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Slow Train Coming Original recording remastered

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Reis Rmst ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • ASIN: B00026WU6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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

editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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Bob Dylan accepted Christ as his Savior in 1978, and right away, his newborn faith became evident in his music. Slow Train Coming has a slick rock sound, with intoxicating guitar work, pretty melodies, and good female background singers.

The record kicks off with the warning that it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you "Gotta Serve Somebody." The second song is the pretty, but long winded "Precious Angel," a tribute to Mary Alice Artes, the woman who introduced Dylan to the Savior (and to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship).

The next song is the poignant, passionate "I Believe in You," where Dylan wears his faith on his sleeve, singing, "I believe in you, even through the tears and the laughter, even though I be outnumbered." He still performs this number in concerts once in a while.

The title track follows after this, and the Slow Train Coming is about the Kingdom of God and the time of the end inexorably approaching, even as Dylan's own loved ones are "turning into puppets," following the beat of this world system rather than following Christ.

The next tune is the resolute blues rock number "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking," complete with a beautiful horn section reminiscent of the Stones' Exile in Main Street sound. The song itself is about taking on the mind of Christ, thinking the thoughts of a Christian rather than the thoughts of the world.

There are also songs about the Golden Rule (Do Right to Me Baby), and the Garden of Eden story (Man Gave Names to all the Animals, a good children's song), and the closing number "When He Returns," probably the greatest song on the album, a stirring gospel tune that looks forward to the return of Jesus Christ.
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Honestly, I too went through the "born again" thing just prior to Dylan's adventure there...The aging hippies of the 60's faced a choice in the 70's: cocaine or Jesus--I chose the later. Saved some money; saved a few thousand brain cells; gained a few extra pounds(Christians like to eat)! But anyhow, I was very relieved when Bob Dylan came out with this album which, in my mind, told me I had chosen correctly---It was ok. But, like many others, including Dylan, a couple years of piotic living was enough to say, "I tried it." Odd, how once you've tried something, it increases your tolerance for that behavior or belief. So, now, many years later and far removed from the born again experience, I can still enjoy this album and not be "offended" by its subject. And for that alone, I'm very happy I chose Jesus over cocaine! Back then though, this album was literally a God send for me. I could listen to this; enjoy my old ways; hear great music; and still be pious. Complicated beats, smooth-powerful guitar (some of the best you'll hear on any Dylan album),and calming, yet powerful lyrics and vocals. Dylan was at peace during this time and it comes across in the music...anyone who won't give this album a chance misses out on a part of Dylan that can only be found in these "Messianic-period" albums. It's too bad; his music during this time in his life was pretty special. And the best part for me was that I could actually be "in tuned" with what Dylan was singing about and not have to pretend he was singing to a girl :-)...His lyrics, regardless of subject matter, have always been brilliant and these lyrics were no less powerful to those who would listen. But that aside, notice how many 5 star reviews there are here from people who are reviewing this album for the music's sake only and not buying into the spiritual subject matter...it speaks loudly for the musical quality of this album.
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