Sony offering special pre-order deluxe bundles with Bob Dylan harmonica, poster and vinyl

Bob Dylan Tempest pre-order

Bob Dylan’s 35th studio album will be released on September 11th and is getting the deluxe treatment from Sony.

‘Tempest’ is running #3 in rock and #5 in music on the Amazon.com chart for music just in pre-release.

‘Tempest’ is available for pre-order both from Sony and from Amazon.com.

Each version offers something different and special for fans and collectors.

Sony

Sony has the ultimate collectors package along with a CD that allows instant digital download.

The Official Bob Dylan Store is offering pre-orders of Tempest Vinyl Bundle with Harmonica in Key of D which include the signed harmonica, the CD and vinyl of ‘Tempest’ and an  11 x 17 poster. $119 in Canada and the US.

The Tempest CD Bundle with Harmonica in Key of D sheds the vinyl for $19 less.  That’s a bargain since the vinyl plus CD bundle is $30.

The CD only pre-release from Sony is available in either CD or MP3 format. I would not hold my breath hoping for the digital download in Canada. Amazon.com does not allow MP3 downloads in most countries other than the US.

Shipping from the Sony store is more reasonable than the past Dylan releases, only $3.99 for CDs.

Amazon.com

Amazon.com has the CD and vinyl available for pre-release, but not MP3 or the special packages for collectors. Amazon.com pricing is slightly better than Sony and shipping is free if you are buying other items.

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If you want ‘Tempest’ earlier, the release date is September 7th in Germany and the 10th in the UK.

“The album contains 10 songs, including a John Lennon tribute entitled “Roll on John,” which quotes lines from multiple Beatles songs, including “Come together right now” from “Come Together” and “I heard the news today, oh boy” from “A Day in the Life.” The title track is a 14-minute epic about the sinking of the Titanic, which actually refers to a scene from James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic at one point. The chorus of another standout track, “Pay in Blood,” includes the line, “I’ll pay in blood, but not my own.” Rolling Stone


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Sony’s press notice

Columbia Records announced today that Bob Dylan’s new studio album, Tempest, will be released on September 11, 2012. Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist’s eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962.

Tempest is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is the 35th studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009’s worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life.

Bob Dylan’s four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while “Love and Theft” continued Dylan’s Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.

Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist’s most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys. Together Through Life became the artist’s first album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in five other countries, on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.

Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, “Things Have Changed,” from the film Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005. Bob Dylan also released his first collection of holiday standards, Christmas In The Heart, in 2009, with all of the artist’s royalties from that album being donated to hunger charities around the world.

This year, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden’s Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the University of St. Andrews and Princeton University as well as numerous other honors.