|Released||June 23, 1980|
|Recorded||February 11–15, 1980|
|Producer||Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler|
Saved was the second album of Dylan’s “Christian trilogy”, following his conversion to born-again Christianity. It expanded on themes explored on its predecessor Slow Train Coming, with gospel arrangements and lyrics extolling the importance of a strong personal faith.
The album hit No. 3 on the UK charts, reached No. 24 on the US charts and did not go gold. CCM Magazine described the album as an “open declaration of Dylan’s deepening faith.”
The cover of Saved originally featured a painting by Tony Wright of God‘s hand reaching down to touch the hands of his believers. However, this cover was subsequently replaced by a painting of Dylan on stage performing during that time period in order to downplay the overtly religious nature of the original cover. It has since been changed back on some re-releases. A quote inside the sleevenotes reads: “‘Behold, the days come, sayeth the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah’ (Jeremiah 31:31)”.
All songs written by Bob Dylan, except where noted.
- Side one
- “A Satisfied Mind” (Red Hayes, Jack Rhodes) – 1:57
- “Saved” (Tim Drummond, Dylan) – 4:00
- “Covenant Woman” – 6:02
- “What Can I Do for You?” – 5:54
- “Solid Rock” – 3:55
- Side two
- “Pressing On” – 5:11
- “In the Garden” – 5:58
- “Saving Grace” – 5:01
- “Are You Ready” – 4:41
- Bob Dylan – guitar, harmonica, keyboards, vocals
- Additional musicians
- Carolyn Dennis – vocals
- Tim Drummond – bass guitar
- Regina Havis – vocals
- Jim Keltner – drums
- Clydie King – vocals
- Spooner Oldham – keyboards
- Fred Tackett – Guitar
- Monalisa Young – Vocals
- Terry Young – Keyboards, Vocals
- Technical personnel
- Barry Beckett – production
- Gregg Hamm – engineering
- Bobby Hata – mastering
- Mary Beth McLemore – assistant engineering
- Arthur Rosato – photography
- Jerry Wexler – production
- Paul Wexler – mastering supervision
- Tony Wright – artwork
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4 thoughts on “June 23: Bob Dylan – Saved was released in 1980”
This album was a good companion through the sweaty summer of 1980. Some hard truths here; “to search for love, that ain’t no more than vanity” — and some words of hope too.
“Covenant Woman,” “Pressing On,” “In the Garden,” — These three are the cream of what is a terrific album, IMO. Bob’s singing has rarely been better, likely because he delivered the lyrics with the conviction he not often duplicates any more. When Dylan puts his heart into a song — think “Idiot Wind” on Hard Rain — it’s just unmatched.
I think the ones I like best are …In the Garden…. and Saving Grace… . That’s just me , how I feel now. You gotta be ready for this album and that’s what Bob says on the last song. Saw him on this tour in Portland, Maine…it was a great venue and an intimate show .
I’ve always felt than anyone who didn’t like this album didn’t understand gut-bucket back hills gospel. Oddly enough, this is the album that totally cemented Dylan’s genius status with me. A genre album as good as a life long practitioner could put out.
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