Bob Dylan - Saved (reissue)

Published Monday 25th June 2007
Bob Dylan - Saved (reissue)
Bob Dylan - Saved (reissue)

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 8609-8344
LABEL: Lore Music 32742
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2007-04-30

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Reviewed by Philip Croft

I guess there are many reading this who can remember vividly the shock of hearing that Bob Dylan had become a born again Christian. At the time his career was on the slide as the music world changed around him. During the last night of his world tour of 1979 Dylan announced to the audience that he had become a Christian. Later that year came 'Slow Train Coming' which went to number three in the charts as people clamoured to find out if his Christianity was a gimmick. From the passionate lyrics of the album it was quite clear that it was not. In 1980 this album, the second of his Christian trilogy, was released. 'Saved' has a "live" sound to it with Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett at the helm as they were on 'Slow Train Coming', but this time they keep the production grittily organic. Both "Saved" and "Solid Rock" are remarkably energetic with Beckett's superlative boogie piano impossible to resist while "Covenant Woman" and "What Can I Do For You" are excellent ballads. Like its predecessor it was panned by critics but the truth was that it was the lyrical content that they hated because musically this is up there with anything else and even now more than 25 years later this still sounds like the classic that it truly is. Whether you can remember it first time round on crackly vinyl or whether you weren't born at the time this is one CD that you really should have in your collection.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. A Satisfied Mind [Listen]
2. Saved [Listen]
3. Covenant Woman [Listen]
4. What Can I Do For You- [Listen]
5. Solid Rock [Listen]
6. Pressing On [Listen]
7. In The Garden [Listen]
8. Saving Grace [Listen]
9. Are You Ready [Listen]

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Product Description
There was much buzz in the Christian community in the late 1970s when Bob Dylan announced his conversion to Christianity and released his first Christian music album.
Whilst Dylanís spiritual journey has redefined his musical style, he left behind landmark Christian music with a living message.
Dylanís classic album Saved from the early days of Christian music is here available once again.

Reader Comments

Posted by Allan Clare in Bristol, UK @ 18:55 on Jun 25 2007

This and 'Slow Train Coming' are two SUPERB albums, and if their lyrical content wasn't so explicitly christian they would have been recognised as such by more people!

Dylan has said:

"Years ago they... said I was a prophet. I used to say, "No I'm not a prophet" they say "Yes you are, you're a prophet." I said, "No it's not me." They used to say "You sure are a prophet." They used to convince me I was a prophet. Now I come out and say Jesus Christ is the answer. They say, "Bob Dylan's no prophet." They just can't handle it."



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