Slow Train Coming

Slow Train Coming

by Bob DylanBob Dylan

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Perhaps it was inevitable that Bob Dylan would change direction at the end of the '70s, since he had dabbled in everything from full-on repudiation of his legacy to a quiet embrace of it, to dipping his toe into pure showmanship. Nobody really could have expected that he would turn to Christianity on Slow Train Coming, embracing a born-again philosophy with enthusiasm. He has no problem in believing in a vengeful god -- you gotta serve somebody, after all -- and this is pure brimstone and fire throughout the record, even on such lovely testimonials as "I Believe in You." The unexpected side effect of his conversion is that it gave Dylan a focus he hadn't had since Blood on the Tracks, and his concentration carries over to the music, which is lean and direct in a way that he hadn't been since, well, Blood on the Tracks. Focus isn't necessarily the same thing as consistency, and this does suffer from being a bit too dogmatic, not just in its religion, but in its musical approach. Still, it's hard to deny Dylan's revitalized sound here, and the result is a modest success that at least works on its own terms.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/01/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969239728
catalogNumber: 92397
Rank: 6329


  1. Gotta Serve Somebody
  2. Precious Angel
  3. I Believe in You
  4. Slow Train
  5. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking
  6. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
  7. When You Gonna Wake Up
  8. Man Gave Names to All the Animals
  9. When He Returns

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Guitar
Muscle Shoals Horns   Horn
Barry Beckett   Percussion,Keyboards
Mickey Buckins   Percussion
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass
Regina Havis   Background Vocals
Mark Knopfler   Guitar
Helena Springs   Background Vocals
Pick Withers   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Reissue Producer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Harrison Calloway   Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch   Tape Research
Gregg Hamm   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Nick Saxton   Tray Photo
Catherine Kanner   Cover Illustration

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