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Bob Dylan Audio CD
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Amazing grace how sweet the sound! Traditional gospel flavors the background as the singer reaches for the heavens with songs like What Can I Do for You; Covenant Woman; Solid Rock, and Saving Grace.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 and 1/2 Stars Aug. 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bob Dylan's trilogy of albums released during the years 79-81, of which Saved is the second, have historically been referred to as his "Christian trilogy" or the albums released during his "born-again period." With the release of the excellent Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan, which has led to a subsequent re-examination of all his work from that era, it is now being widely referred to as his "Gospel period." To be sure, all three albums contained strong religious overtones, Christian imagery, and gospel elements. However, the first of the albums, Slow Train Coming, was still firmly-rooted in rock music, backed, as it was, primarily by the members of Dire Straits, with some R&B elements intermixed. Shot of Love was a far more secular effort, with only a few overt religious songs and much more of a rock element. Saved, on the other hand, is Dylan's fully-fledged gospel effort, by God.
This is apparent from the opening of the very first track, a cover of A Satisfied Mind. This leads into the title track, with Dylan's most overt set of lyrics ever, up to that point. The lyrics throughout the entire album, in fact, are unabashedly Christian. Some of the songs on Slow Train were somewhat ambiguous, and could be taken in more than one way -- I Believe In You, for instance, which could just as easily be a statement of dedication to a loved one as a testament to Christ -- and Shot of Love contained much material that was undoubtedly secular. Not Saved. Every track is a full-on gospel number. The music matches the lyrics accordingly. All of the songs contain huge, striking gospel arrangements, featuring superb piano-playing from legendary keyboardist Spooner Oldham, as well as some fantastic organ playing on a few tracks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's taken years to convert me to this recording! March 30 2003
By Dirk
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Well, I tried to like this album when it was released and in many ways, I did like it a lot. Strangely, perhaps to some, I preferred the lyrics to the actual music. In recent years I have undergone some changes in my tastes in music, maybe one could even suggest 'maturing' (or maybe just getting older!). The thing that I now love about certain records, over everything else, is passion and sincerity, on which platform an artist can produce genuinely meaningful work. What I recognise about this album now, is that it is a masterwork. The vocal performances of Dylan and his amazing backup singers are passionate, heartfelt and intense. The band is road-hardened and ready to deliver what sounds like a live recording of very few takes. True to the spirit of the original [black] gospel sound I have no doubt that Dylan, always (I believe) a respecter of his musical forebears, pays tribute to the many great known & unknown performers of this wonderful genre. It's pure, unadulterated gospel music and is also an uncompromising and unrestrained rock and roll outburst. Quite simply, I love it and consider it to be one of his very best works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars has some strong material April 6 2006
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I have to disagree with the reviewer who made this album into an ashtray. Saved has some quality songs, namely "What Can I Do For You?", "Covenant Woman", "Pressing On" and "Solid Rock." I too have been a Dylan fan for many years(30 years to be exact.)
I think "Solid Rock" is a killer tune, one of the most intense recordings he ever made. Of course if you don't like Gospel music you might not like the album, but I think it offers Dylan fans some pleasant surprises. The album "Shot of Love" has a few good songs as well,particularly "The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar", which was not on the original vinyl release but is included on the CD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad! March 14 2004
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Mr. Dylan's most strictly "Christian" album is not bad. Musically, it is quite stirring in places. Dylan's voice is deteriorating here, but his enthusiasm for the "message" he's trying to convey is always touching. He really sounds like a man who's been saved from "the fiery pit" in the nick of time.
In a way, SAVED is Dylan's "gospel" equivalent to NASHVILLE SKYLINE, his "country" album. He immersed himself in a genre, turned out some good-to-passable songs in the new idiom, then moved on to other things. Much of the criticism of Dylan's gospel work reeks of hypocrisy. Rock music "experts" like Dave Marsh did chastise Mr. Dylan for buying into a prepackaged ideology and trying to force it onto an unwilling public, while simultaneously lavishing their worthless praise on dead, quasi-literate black men like Blind Willie Johnson and Blind Gary Davis, both of whom sang almost nothing but gospel on street corners. (See the ROLLING STONE RECORD GUIDES of the 1980s.) So what if Dylan resembles more Blind Willie Johnson than he does Blind Willie McTell? Judge the music, not the man. Furthermore, the ideology of the "protest song" movement is fixed for all time, for anyone to adopt and make his own, if only to sell records to a target audience and make a name for himself - as Dylan did when he was young.
SAVED isn't a failure because it's a Christian album from end to end, or because its maker was an icon of the "counterculture." The problem with SAVED, I think, is that it was somewhat hastily thrown together between two evangelical tours, and poorly recorded at that. Dylan's lyrics on SAVED are atypically focused and straightforward, sometimes to the point of ridiculousness. "Are You Ready?
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Are You Ready...Hope You're Ready?"
As a Bob Dylan fan, I beg you to give this album a chance. The message is more apt today than it was when first released 32 years ago. Read more
Published on June 7 2012 by Joanne L. Korek
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark Days
I love Bob Dylan or Robert Zimmerman as he was named when he was born. When he became born again, it was painful, like watching a good friend join a cult. Read more
Published on June 26 2011 by Naomi Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars " Saved " by His Bobness
Although not lauded as in the upper echelon of Dylan's catalogue ,
this is a fine example of his unique way of " switching gears " and
bringing a fresh perspective to his... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2010 by Robert A. Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking, Emotional, Sincere - among the best
In the early days of Dylan's career, it took Joan Baez's ANY DAY NOW (ASIN/B000000EKG) and other folk rockers to reveal to people the amazing lyrical nature of Dylan's melodies,... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by Maillew
1.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's WORST Album
I used to own the vinyl version. It made a lovely ashtry.
Seriously: SKIP THIS ALBUM. I own almost every album by Dylan, but I threw this one away. Literally. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by KS
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad!
Mr. Dylan's most strictly "Christian" album is not bad. Musically, it is quite stirring in places. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Howard Sauertieg
3.0 out of 5 stars good solid bob
If you like Bob These gospel records are not to be missed.
Nice stripped down recording and the band sounds good.
Some very good songs here.
Published on May 20 2003 by David M. Sasso
3.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening Moments And Noteworthy Drawbacks
Based upon reading numerous comentary on Saved, I certainly had to check it for myself. Some people seem to say that it glows with spirituality and others think its a major... Read more
Published on April 28 2003 by G. J Wiener
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid as a rock
This one takes some warming up to, but despite what the critics say, Bob keeps penning great songs on "Saved. Read more
Published on March 7 2003 by S. Sroczynski
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