Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan

Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan


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A little more than 20 years after Bob Dylan stunned the world by proclaiming himself a born-again Christian, his gospel legacy is given new life in a remarkable tribute. Dylan's importance to the world of gospel music can't be underestimated; to the faithful and even the casual Iistener, his songs from this period resonate as powerfully today as they did then, bringing to spiritual matters the same unwavering, astute eye that he brought to his songs of social commentary. (Indeed, Dylan earned his first-ever Grammy for "Gotta Serve Somebody" off 1979's Slow Train Coming). Here, an all-star cast of gospel greats performs 11 songs taken from Slow Train Coming and Saved. Shirley Caesar opens this collection with a powerful take on "Gotta Serve Somebody," her forceful delivery of its cautionary lyric all the more chilling in a new era of Middle East violence, war, and political and corporate corruption. As for declarations of faith, Dottie Peoples's "I Believe In You" soars to heavenly heights, her performance packing an emotional wallop. Dylan himself appears with Mavis Staples on "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking," a rowdy, raucous track with a barroom ambience and a hefty dose of humor as the two legends chat about reading "Snoozeweek" and eating chicken. Other artists participating include Aaron Neville, the Fairfield Four, Sounds of Blackness, and Helen Baylor, to name a few. As tributes go, this collection admirably honors and educates fans about Dylan's enduring contribution to the gospel music world, and is a must-have for any serious collector.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972423623
catalogNumber: 724236
Rank: 8652


  1. Gotta Serve Somebody @@Shirley Caesar
  2. When You Gonna Wake Up @@Lee Williams & The Spiritual Qc'S
  3. I Believe In You @@Dottie Peoples
  4. Are You Ready @@Fairfield Four
  5. Solid Rock @@Sounds Of Blackness
  6. Saving Grace @@Aaron Neville
  7. What Can I Do For You? @@Helen Baylor
  8. Pressing On @@Chicago Mass Choir
  9. Saved @@Mighty Clouds Of Joy
  10. When He Returns @@Rance Allen
  11. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking @@Bob Dylan,Mavis Staples

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Preston   Hammond Organ
Charlie Sexton   Guitar
Glenn Alexander   Guitar
Greg Mathieson   Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Joe Chemay   Bass
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Bruce Brody   Hammond Organ
Larry Campbell   Guitar
Shannon Ford   Drums,Tambourine
Tony Garnier   Bass
Paul Leim   Drums
Adriane Lenox   Background Vocals
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Bill Maxwell   Drums
Michael Merritt   Bass
Spooner Oldham   Hammond Organ
George Recile   Drums
Brent Rowan   Guitar
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Terry Young   Piano
Jeral Gray   Piano
Percy Gray   Choir Director
Gary Hines   Choir Director
Sharay Reed   Bass
Chris Byrd   Hammond Organ
Scott Healy   Piano
Keith Spentz   Bass
Calvin Rodgers   Drums
Wayne Barrett   Guitar
Capathia Jenkins   Background Vocals
Michael McElroy   Background Vocals
Philip Feaster   Hammond Organ
Gary "Bud" Smith   Piano,Hammond Organ
Aisha Dehaas   Background Vocals
Regina McCrary   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Joe Chemay   Musical Director
Tim Drummond   Composer
Bill Maxwell   Musical Director
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Tom Piazza   Liner Notes
Christopher Shaw   Engineer
Terry Young   Musical Director
Percy Gray   Musical Director
Gary Hines   Musical Director
Yvonne Staples   Contributor
Horace Clarence Boyer   Liner Notes
Scott Healy   Musical Director
Michael McElroy   Musical Director
Jeffrey Gaskill   Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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