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the conviction in this doubleCD, covering live performances
from '79 through '81.
Slow Train featured stellar backing from bassist Tim
Drummond, Muscle Shoals
keyboardist (and co-producer
with Jerry Wexler) Barry Beckett, Dire Straits drummer Pick

Bob Dylan

Shirley Caesar, Rance
Allen, and others

Trouble No More: The Bootleg
Series Vol. 13; 1979-1981
the former Robert Zimmerman
had converted to Christianity
and the release of Slow Train
Coming, consisting entirely
of original gospel tunes, he
formed one of his best backup
ensembles and played only
sacred material, from that
album and what would
become its follow-up, Saved.
Despite announcements that
he would not be playing any
older material, there were still
disappointed reactions from
some in the crowd, ranging
from pleas to heckles, but he
soldiered on. Dylan had gone
through so many changes,
from folk to protest to rock
to country, some thought his
born-again stance was a hoax.
But it's hard to imagine anyone
having doubts after listening to

Gotta Serve Somebody: The
Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan
Withers, and Straits guitarist
Mark Knopfler - channeling
Albert King so convincingly one
wonders why they didn't just
enlist the southpaw blues icon.
But Dylan's live band - Drummond, keyboardists Spooner
Oldham and Terry Young,
drummer Jim Keltner, and
guitarist Fred Tackett (with a
collective resumé encompassing James Brown, Eric Clapton,
Little Feat, Aretha Franklin, Ry
Cooder, J.J. Cale, Wilson Pickett, Bonnie Raitt, Gabor Szabo,
Neil Young, three Beatles, and
Mad Dogs & Englishmen) - dug
even deeper into the material.
Tackett is at his bluesy best
on "Gonna Change My Way
Of Thinking," his most sensitive on "I Believe In You," and

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Bob Dylan

his fiercest on "Solid Rock,"
one of the highlights of the
'79 shows, though it hadn't
yet appeared on album.
Twenty-two years after
Dylan's third and final Christian album, 1981's Shot Of
Love, producer Joel Moss
collected some of the genre's
finest (including Shirley
Caesar, Rance Allen, and the
Mighty Clouds Of Joy) for
stirring re-interpretations on
Gotta Serve Somebody: The
Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan.
An excellent documentary
of the making of that album
has been released on DVD.

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Containing interviews with the
gospel participants as well as
members of Dylan's touring
band, its studio footage displays the guitar work of Brent
Rowan, Glenn Alexander, Tony
Maiden, and Wayne Barrett.
"Solid Rock" is the film's
centerpiece, performed by
the Sounds Of Blackness,
backed by Keltner, Tackett,
Young, and Billy Preston.
In Tackett's words, "It was
probably the band's signature
song. It really summed up our
basic statement, the theme
of what the whole thing was
all about." - Dan Forte

Bob Dylan: Lawrence Kirsch.

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f there was a more controversial, dramatic moment in
Dylan's career than "going
electric" at the 1965 Newport
Folk Festival, it was his twoweek stand at San Francisco's
Warfield Theater in November
'79.
Following the revelation that


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