Slow Train Coming (Columbia FC 36120) 1979
Slow Train Coming represents the ﬁrst in a series of three albums that overtly expressed Dylan’s conversion to Christianity. Critics in general have not been particularly kind to this “phase” of Dylan’s career. While obviously not as ground breaking as his earlier classics like Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, this album has stood the test of time as one of the ﬁnest artistic expressions of new-found faith. Of course even Dylan’s table scraps would have been haute cuisine for the lagging late-‘70s Jesus music subculture, where trite lyrics and bland music were all too common. Thankfully Slow Train Coming would have none of that. Lyrically Dylan ran the spectrum from bold proclamations like ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’ to more personal introspective ballads like ‘I Believe In You’ and ‘When He Returns’, all the while maintaining song-writing that was accomplished, discerning and heartfelt. His barbed insights were still as pointed with conviction as ever (‘Slow Train’, ‘When You Gonna Wake Up’), albeit guided by a new perspective (‘Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking’). The music was top-notch and professional as well. By this time r&b and soul were heavily inﬂuencing Dylan’s familiar rock/folk-rock palette. Credits include the Muscle Shoals Horns, female backing vocals and Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopﬂer. A milestone recording that seemed to slip in unannounced and without fanfare into the whole ccm scene, then proceeded to blow it all away and set new standards for what could be accomplished. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|01||Gotta Serve Somebody||5:25|
|03||I Believe In You||5:05|
|05||Gotta Change My Way Of Thinking||5:28|
|06||Do Right To Me Baby||3:53|
|07||When You Gonna Wake Up||5:28|
|08||Man Gave Names To All The Animals||4:26|
|09||When He Returns||4:30|