Album of the Day: Bob Dylan (8/20/79)


Bob Dylan believed he’d received a visit from Jesus Christ in a hotel room in Tucson, Arizona in November 1978. Not long after, he converted to Christianity and joined the Vineyard Fellowship. Slow Train Coming, released on August 20, 1979, was his first album after his second birth, and it’s a celebration of his new-found faith in both lyrics and subject matter. Several tracks draw heavily from the Bible and the themes are biblical, from redemption to the apocalypse. Musically, Slow Train Coming is a straight-forward affair, with little change in style that might accompany Dylan’s conversion, except for the inclusion of up-and-coming Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler and the Muscle Shoals Horns in backing roles. Slow Train Coming is available on Amazon and iTunesDylan’s in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.


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