Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue

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Slow Train Coming is the nineteenth studio album by American singer songwriter Bob Dylan, originally released in August 1979 via Columbia Records.

Slow Train Coming was transitional in more ways than one. For starters, the thin mix and wishy-washy production on Dylan’s previous album, 1978’s Street Legal, occasionally distracted from how good some of its songs really were. That had to change on the new album. And so did something else.

No stranger to defying his audience’s expectations, Dylan – who was born Jewish – decided to explore Christianity at the end of the ’70s. And he decided to make an entire album about his experiences.

Slow Train Coming was a transitional album for Dylan all right. After a few bumpy years at the top of the decade, he had finally managed to win back (mostly) the confidence of his fans, so, naturally, it was time to shake things up again.

Recognizing that Street Legal‘s sound wasn’t so great, Dylan persuaded Jerry Wexler – who was behind some of R&B’s greatest songs in the ’60s to produce. Wexler’s history with gospel-influenced soul artists was a perfect fit for Bob Dylan’s first born-again album.

And Dylan wasted no time hiring a band – made up of studio vets Tim Drummond (on bass) and Barry Beckett (keyboardist and co-producer of Slow Train Coming), as well as Dire Straits‘ Pick Withers and Mark Knopfler, fresh from the success of their debut LP – that he felt would help get across his new message and music.

Thing is, nobody knew what Bob Dylan was up to. He hadn’t bothered to tell Jerry Wexler or the musicians that — as Knopfler told his manager — “all these songs are about God.” But after a somewhat rocky start to the sessions (which began with the recording of a song that didn’t even make it on the album), things started to smooth out.

A dozen songs were recorded for Slow Train Coming, with nine of them eventually making the final cut. The best of them (“Gotta Serve Somebody”, “Precious Angel”, “Slow Train” and “Man Gave Names To All The Animals”) don’t hide their faith-driven narratives. A few others (“When You Gonna Wake Up” and “When He Returns”, especially) even swerved into semi-rapture territory.

But fans didn’t seem to mind the God talk all that much – at least this time. Slow Train Coming made it to No. 3 and went platinum. (It was Dylan’s last Top 10 album until his heralded comeback on 1997’s Time Out Of Mind.) “Gotta Serve Somebody” made it to No. 24.

Check out the album’s singles: “Gotta Serve Somebody”; “Precious Angel” and “Slow Train”.

This is a Music On Vinyl, Bob Dylan 2015 Remaster Reissued on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with a Printed Insert, pressed in Europe.









Gotta Serve Somebody



Precious Angel



I Believe In You



Slow Train



Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking



Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)



When You Gonna Wake Up



Man Gave Names To All The Animals



When He Returns


SKU 8718469539482
Record Label Colombia Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1459
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 29 June 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 20 August 1979
Barcode # 8718469539482
Shipping Weight 0.2950kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Printed Insert, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Folk Rock

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