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Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
180 gram, Box Set
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The next installment in the award-winning Bootleg Series, 'Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981', focuses on the albums 'Slow Train Coming' (1979), 'Saved' (1980) and 'Shot of Love' (1981) and the legendary live shows from that period.
30 highlights from the legendary 1979, 1980 and 1981 tours
180 grams vinyl
Packaged in a slipcase with separate booklet
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While some hardcore Dylan fans have written this period in Dylan's music off as not worthy of their attention, I have been enjoying his three gospel themed albums for years. Many who attended these concerts (I wish I could have been there) were less than ecstatic by the new direction of Bob Dylan's music, but the ever evolving artist had confounded his legions of fans in the past, and this was no different.
The music is filled with gospel overtones including a band of some of the finest backup singers and musicians ever recorded. Reminiscent of a cross between old time gospel and Andre Crouch, this album is alive with the spirit of revival and moves one to tap his feet, clap his hands, and shout out loud!
Given a chance, most will find the music in this collection is some of his best, and in my humble opinion ranks right up there with Highway 61, Blood on the tracks, and Time Out Of Mind, my three favorite Dylan albums.
I will be listening to and enjoying this collection of live recordings for many years to come!
Later in life when I returned to my Christian faith, I purchased Dylan's Christian albums because mainstream Christian praise and worship music just didn't interest me. They are my favorite Christian rock albums. When I heard plans to release performances from this period, I was elated. But I opted for the two disc set and plan to download select cuts from the Deluxe Edition.
I'll skip the analysis of this period of Dylan's career. You'll find well-written essays in the booklet that accompany this set, and you can make up your own mind.
The performances on this set are a revelation. Dylan sings with a conviction and emotional depth that is sometimes lacking from his other live recorded performances. The band is tight and delivers great grooves and amazing solos when needed. The back-up singers are brilliant and the piano and organ are amazing. The recording quality is equally amazing. The levels are clear and even. At times it sounds like a live in the studio performance. It's that good. I do notice a slight difference in mix between tracks of different origin, but it is slight.
Some reviewers here may review the content rather than the performances. That is a mistake. One of the essays in the booklet is written by an avowed atheist and Dylan devotee who writes about his second thoughts concerning the music from this period of Dylan's career and his regret that he skipped seeing Dylan perform these songs live. You should not make the same mistake, and listen to this. Dylan has made a career of confronting what you believe, especially about yourself. Don't miss this.