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His biggest hit in years, this 1979 LP (#3) found Dylan embracing his spirituality-and his fans celebrating a new set of unmistakably inspired songs. The hit Gotta Serve Somebody leads to Precious Angel; I Believe in You; Slow Train; When He Returns; When You Gonna Wake Up , and more!
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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00026WU6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Fairbanks VINE VOICE on July 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although the word "hip" has never been in my vocabulary, "hip" is not the way to describe an album of Christian rock songs released in 1979 when new wave and the decadance of disco were dominating popular music. That's one reason why Bob Dylan is hipper than anybody. The critics be damned (in more ways than one, I suppose), Dylan was a man with a message who wasn't going to dilute that message to curry favor with anyone. Thank God for that because "Slow Train Coming" is a great, powerful album. The songs may be arrogant, as some critics have charged, but so was "The Times They Are-a Changin'" and "Like a Rolling Stone." 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 the beauty of "I Believe In You" and "Precious Angel," amused 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, in some ways, even better.
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77 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on June 17, 2004
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"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. Some called the Christian transition "bizarre;" but it's strange how no one complained when Pete Townshend expressed his religious beliefs in Meher Baba, or when actor Richard Gere became a Buddhist, which suggests some sort of prejudice. There's nothing wrong with a celebrity finding religion, but Dylan's transition is another example of the harsh standards that fans set for celebrities. What's worse is that they expect them to live by those standards. (Confusingly enough, Dylan actually said in 1983 "Whoever said I was Christian? I am a humanist!")
Dylan had been wandering for quite sometime, searching for himself in a way, while all at once becoming the "voice of a generation." What that generation probably didn't know was that their leader (a title Dylan denounced), the person they came to believe in, was searching for something to believe in too. And he obviously had good reason; in 1970, the generation he inspired turned on him at the drop of a hat, only that hat was in the form of an album called "Self Portrait," a purposely disastrous album Dylan released in hopes that critics and fans would remember he had told them "don't follow leaders." As he would later say, "I wanted out." They forgave him after another album, "New Morning." One rock and roll headline read "We've Got Dylan Back Again." But did Dylan have Dylan back?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grigory's Girl on August 22, 2006
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A lot of people really freaked out when Dylan became a born again Christian. I remember reading that he appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1979 right around the time this album got released, and that the cast and staff were terrified of his Christianity. I find their paranoia silly. Much of Dylan's work dealt with God and religious & spiritual issues anyway, here it was just made more explicit. This is one of Dylan's best albums, and one of my top 5 favorite Dylan albums. His voice is filled with passion, and these songs are excellent. All of these songs still hold true today. Slow Train, Gotta Serve Somebody, Precious Angel, and When You Gonna Wake Up? are my favorites here. The closer, When He Returns, is one of Dylan's most passioned vocals ever. Even the song Man Gave Names to All the Animals (which many people mock simply because of its title) is very good. There isn't one wasted song on the whole album. Even if you're not religious, you can still listen to this, and appreciate Dylan's passion and fire. This is a great spiritual record. It isn't overly preachy, and it isn't sanctimonious. It's just really sincere, like all great art. Dylan rules...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl VINE VOICE on September 16, 2005
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Fans who have long preferred Dylan's rebellious, folksy lyrics won't be disappointed. In a market which often pushes Christianity to the gospel music genre, Dylan steps up and gives us his best music in years.

"I Believe in You," is the story of a person who is rejected because of his faith but doesn't flinch. Dylan hits on a theme universal to anyone who has believed in something intangible. Autobiographical, he sings about the public's reaction. They wanted him to sing terribly politically incorrect lyrics like "Just like a Woman," when he wanted to sing about his new found faith in Christ, equally politically incorrect. Some of his more close-minded fans had a hard time letting Dylan sing a song this counter to what they wanted him to be.

"Gotta Serve Somebody" is witty and insightful, and has a great urban old-school gospel flavor to it. Look around and you will see it is becoming one of his most covered songs.

"Man Gave Names to All the Animals" is a funny look at what Adam's first job was in Eden.

I fully recommend "Slow Train Coming" by Bob Dylan.

Anthony Trendl

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