BOB DYLAN - Slow Train Coming (1979)
Folk Rock, Classic Rock
Barry Beckett -keyb./ Pick Withers -drums/ Tim Drummond -bass/ Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits!!) -guitar/ Muscle Shoals horns -horns/ Carolyn Dennis,Helena Spring,Regina Havis -background voc.
All songs written by Bob Dylan
01 Gotta Serve Somebody (5:23)
02 Precious Angel (6:30)
03 I Believe In You (5:08)
04 Slow Train (5:57)
05 Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking (5:27)
06 Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others) (3:52)
07 When You Gonna Wake Up (5:28)
08 Man Give Names To All The Animals (4:25)
09 When He Returns (4:29)
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The grandchild of Jewish-Russian immigrants, Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota.
Robert started writing poems around the age of ten, and taught himself rudimentary piano and guitar in his early teens. Falling under the spell of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other early rock stars,he started forming his own bands.
Left Hibbing for Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1959. The sights and sounds of the big city opened new vistas for him, and he began to trace contemporary rock and roll back to its roots, listening to the work of country, rock, and folk pioneers like Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, and Woody Guthrie. The following year went to New York becoming a fixture in the Village's folk clubs and coffee houses and at Guthrie's hospital bedside, where he would perform the folk legend's own songs for an audience of one.he adopted the stage name Bob Dylan, presumably in honor of the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
In the fall of 1961, Dylan's legend began to spread beyond folk circles and into the world at large after critic Robert Shelton saw him perform at Gerde's Folk City and raved in the New York Times that he was "bursting at the seams with talent." A month later, Columbia Records signed Dylan to a recording contract, and the young singer songwriter began selecting material for his eponymous debut album. . .(http://www.bobdylanbiography.8k.com/)
"This album is considered to be the best of Bob's gospel albums (with Saved and Shot of Love). The songs here are more varied in style than Saved, and the Christian message is more subtle. It is more of a rock album with Christian lyrics, rather than a Christian rock album. This does not make it any better or worse than Saved or Shot of Love. From the medium grind of Gotta Serve Somebody to the reggae of Man Gave Names To All the Animals to the simple beauty of I Believe In You, Bob runs a gamut of styles and it all works. The back-up musicians mostly stay out of the way, which sometimes works for Bob and sometimes it doesn't. Here it does. These are beautifully written songs by a man who had found a new passion in his soul. "
""Slow Train Coming" was exactly that-this album was more inevitable than most people realized, and a turning point in the career of Bob Dylan, not just commercially but, obviously, spiritually."
"Slow Train contains Bobs most exciting rock tracks bar Planet Waves.
Fully enjoyable, don't be put off by the christian theme's, it's a great CD with beautiful songs.
Takes it for what it is. "
"Although the word "hip" has never been in my vocabulary, "hip" is certainly not the way one could have described an album of Christian rock songs released in 1979, a time when popular music was dominated by New Wave and the decadance of disco. Bob Dylan wasn't concerned with such labels, one reason why he was (and remains) hipper than everybody. The critics be damned (in more ways than one, I suppose), Dylan was a man with a message who wasn't going to dilute it to curry favor with anyone.
And thank God for that because "Slow Train Coming" is a great, powerful album. Some critics, professional and amateur alike, dismiss these songs on the grounds that they're arrogant, but those same critics did not seem to mind Dylan's self-described "finger pointin'" when the message was secular. The fire and brimstone mentality might have been grating if not for the fact that, musically, Dylan is operating at full power, and, lyrically, he is obviously very sincere in his beliefs.
Whether sympathetic to the message or not, it's hard to believe anyone could not be moved by "I Believe In You" and "Precious Angel," delighted by "Man Gave Names to All the Animals," and overpowered by the dynamic "When He Returns." This album is right up there with his best work, and the follow-up, "Saved," is its equal, and may, in some ways, be even better.
Produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett, this album is the most polished of any Dylan album. Mark Knopfler's fluid guitar licks add to the sonic delight of this first class effort. "
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