Category Archives: Bob Dylan – Gospel years

November 2: Bob Dylan @ Fox Warfield Theatre, San Francisco in 1979 (audio)

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The importance of identifying Bob Dylan as a performing artist, as distinct from the popular perception that he’s a songwriter and recording artist, is immediately clear when one has a chance to hear his fall 1979 concerts. “What Can I Do for You?,” “Solid Rock,” “Saving Grace,” “Covenant Woman” and “In the Garden” as performed at these shows are some of the finest works in Dylan’s oeuvre..
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

I love Dylan’s Gospel tours from 1979 & 1980. And the concerts @ Fox Warfield Theatre November 1979 might be the best of them. Listening to this concert today is a great “warm-up” for tomorrows release 🙂

Fox Warfield Theatre
San Francisco, California
2 November 1979

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Spooner Oldham (keyboards)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Terry Young (keyboards)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)
  • Regina Mcrary , Helena Springs , Mona Lisa Young (background vocals)

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Listen: 7 Songs From Bob Dylan’s Soon To Be Released “Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13”





November 3 is approaching… and we are really looking forward to the release of Dylan´s “Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13”

Here are all the seven teasers published on BobDylanVEVO.

Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted
Can’t help but wonder what’s happenin’ to my companions
Are they lost or are they found
Have they counted the cost it’ll take to bring down
All their earthly principles they’re gonna have to abandon?
There’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

Slow Train (Sound check – Largo, MD – Oct. 5, 1978)

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Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 1 – Awakening





This is the first part in a new series of posts about Bob Dylan 1979-81: “The Gospel Years”.  We will look at the albums, the tours (each leg), timeline, etc..

For obvious reasons, too many Dylan fans seems to ignore this period. That is sad, because it´s an interesting period with many great performances and 3 strong albums. You don´t have to be religious to enjoy such great art.

The next “Bootleg series” release will be about “The Gospel Years”:

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Updated: News about Bob Dylan Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 / 1979-1981




Release date: Nov. 3rd 2017
It will be released on several formats (MP3, CDs and Vinyl).

Edit no2, From BobDylan.com!:

Deluxe 9 Disc (8CD/1DVD) Box Set, Latest Volume in Acclaimed Dylan Bootleg Series Presents Definitive Retrospective of a Pivotal Period in the Artist’s Canon

Essential Dylan Anthology Premieres 100 Previously Unreleased Live and Studio Recordings including 14 Unreleased Songs

Deluxe Box Includes an Exclusive DVD of “Trouble No More: A Musical Film,” a New Feature-Length Film Incorporating Never-Before-Seen Footage from Dylan’s 1980 Tours

The deluxe box set will include a hardcover book featuring an introduction by Dylan scholar Ben Rollins with liner notes by Amanda Petrusich, Rob Bowman and Penn Jillette.

also:

Disc 9: Bonus DVD
Trouble No More – A Musical Film

DVD EXTRAS:
Shot of Love
Cover Down, Pray Through
Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (Alternate version)
Ain’t Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody (Complete version)
Precious Angel (Complete version)
Slow Train (Complete version)

Did I order it? I sure did!

Edit no1:
Price for the 8 disc version in the US: 174.98$
Price for the 2 disc version in the US:    19.98$

The Vinyl set is 99.98$ with 4 records, and it looks amazing!:

Track listings for the cds at the end of the post. I’m guessing that the 4 vinyls equals the 2 cd set.

There will be a book and a film released  titled  Trouble No More and Trouble in Time: Bob Dylan’s Gospel Years – What Really Happened.

The newest edition in Columbia/Legacy Recordings Bob Dylan bootleg series has been revealed. Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13/1979-1981 gives us live recordings from his “Christian” or “born again” years from Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love (79-81). Continue reading Updated: News about Bob Dylan Trouble No More – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13 / 1979-1981

August 20: Bob Dylan – The Gospel Years, Part 3 – Slow Train Coming (album)

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It’s in my system. I don’t really have enough time to talk about it. If someone really wants to know, I can explain it to them, but there are other people who can do it just as well. I don’t feel compelled to do it. I was doing a bit of that last year on the stage. I was saying stuff I figured people needed to know. I thought I was giving people an idea of what was behind the songs. I don’t think it’s necessary any more. When I walk around some of the towns we go to, however, I’m totally convinced people need Jesus. Look at the junkies and the winos and the troubled people. It’s all a sickness which can be healed in an instant. The powers that be won’t let that happen. The powers that be say it has to be healed politically.
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Hilburn – Nov 1980)

Musically, this is probably Dylan’s finest record, a rare coming together of inspiration, desire and talent that completely fuse strength, vision and art.
~Jann S. Wenner (rollingstone.com – Sept. 1979)

Slow Train Coming was a collection of songs Dylan had originally intended to donate to backing singer Carolyn Dennis.
~Clinton Heylin (The Recording Sessions)

More posts in the series:

 

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