By Calvin Palmer
American icon Bob Dylan jumped to the top of Britain’s album charts today, almost 40 years since his last number one album in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company
Together Through Life, the singer-songwriter’s 33rd studio album, released in the UK on April 28, went in straight at number one some 38 years and five months after he last claimed the top slot.
He last topped the UK album chart in 1970, when New Morning reached number one on November 28 after its release in October.
Together Through Life is Dylan’s seventh number one album in Britain. His first was The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1964.
“Dylan’s words and music remain as relevant and as powerful today as they did five decades ago,” said Gennaro Castaldo of music retailer HMV.
“His albums always sell consistently well, but it’s evident that Dylan is going through one of his zeitgeist moments, as a new generation of fans joins his more established followers in appreciating his musical legacy.”
Dylan now holds a record, previously held by Tom Jones, for the longest gap between solo number one albums.
Jones’ 1999 comeback album, Reload, topped the UK chart more than 31 years after Delilah reached the top in 1968.
Together Through Life was recorded late last year and is Dylan’s first studio album since 2006 and is his 53rd album, including compilations and soundtracks.