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Slow Train Coming (Remastered) [Original recording remastered]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Japanese remastered reissue packaged in a limited edition miniature LP sleeve. CBS/Sony. 2004.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius x 2: Dylan and Knopfler July 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
This 1979 mellow but masterful offering from Bob Dylan was recorded in the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, and has a slightly funky feel to it. It's a work of amazing strength, and I can only conclude that the reason it has been so underrated is because of its Christian theme. The words are powerful, and the melodies bright and beautiful.
Mark Knopfler's unique sound can always be recognized after only a few notes from his guitar, and he graces this recording with his extraordinary musicianship. The former guiding light of Dire Straits, Knopfler is a large part of what makes this recording so special.
Though most of the songs have tough lyrics about making the right choices in life, "Man Gave Names To All the Animals" is a humorous and delightful tune that one keeps humming long after the CD has ended.
Dylan was asked by John Dolen of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel in 1995 if he thought there was still a Slow Train Coming, and Dylan said, "When I look ahead now, it's picked up quite a bit of speed. In fact, it's going like a freight train now". Yes, this CD and its message are more relevant than ever, and it deserves its place at the forefront of popular music history with the best of Dylan's other great recordings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's Got Dylan Back Again June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Slow Train Coming" was exactly that-this album was more inevitable than most people realized, and a turning point in the career of Bob Dylan, not just commercially but, obviously, spiritually. Some called the Christian transition "bizarre;" but it's strange how no one complained when Pete Townshend expressed his religious beliefs in Meher Baba, or when actor Richard Gere became a Buddhist, which suggests some sort of prejudice. There's nothing wrong with a celebrity finding religion, but Dylan's transition is another example of the harsh standards that fans set for celebrities. What's worse is that they expect them to live by those standards. (Confusingly enough, Dylan actually said in 1983 "Whoever said I was Christian? I am a humanist!")
Dylan had been wandering for quite sometime, searching for himself in a way, while all at once becoming the "voice of a generation." What that generation probably didn't know was that their leader (a title Dylan denounced), the person they came to believe in, was searching for something to believe in too. And he obviously had good reason; in 1970, the generation he inspired turned on him at the drop of a hat, only that hat was in the form of an album called "Self Portrait," a purposely disastrous album Dylan released in hopes that critics and fans would remember he had told them "don't follow leaders." As he would later say, "I wanted out." They forgave him after another album, "New Morning." One rock and roll headline read "We've Got Dylan Back Again." But did Dylan have Dylan back?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, powerful album Feb. 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although the word "hip" has never been in my vocabulary, "hip" is certainly not the way one could have described an album of Christian rock songs released in 1979, a time when popular music was dominated by New Wave and the decadance of disco. Bob Dylan wasn't concerned with such labels, one reason why he was (and remains) hipper than everybody. The critics be damned (in more ways than one, I suppose), Dylan was a man with a message who wasn't going to dilute it to curry favor with anyone.
And thank God for that because "Slow Train Coming" is a great, powerful album. Some critics, professional and amateur alike, dismiss these songs on the grounds that they're arrogant, but those same critics did not seem to mind Dylan's self-described "finger pointin'" when the message was secular. The fire and brimstone mentality might have been grating if not for the fact that, musically, Dylan is operating at full power, and, lyrically, he is obviously very sincere in his beliefs.
Whether sympathetic to the message or not, it's hard to believe anyone could not be moved by "I Believe In You" and "Precious Angel," delighted by "Man Gave Names to All the Animals," and overpowered by the dynamic "When He Returns." This album is right up there with his best work, and the follow-up, "Saved," is its equal, and may, in some ways, be even better.
Produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett, this album is the most polished of any Dylan album. Mark Knopfler's fluid guitar licks add to the sonic delight of this first class effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very solid album June 3 2003
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Format:Audio CD
... I don't think it's really up to the level of some of his other albums (if you want to get Dylan's absolute best work, in my opinion you should start off with Bringing It All Back Home, Blood On The Tracks, and/or Love And Theft, but that's just my opinion), but, that said, it's a heck of a lot better than most things released in 1979, and it's on a completely different plane of existence from the much of the puerile, soulless treacle labeled "Contemporary Christian Music," which is basically the same garbage on your average pop or generic alt-rock radio station with slightly altered lyrics. I'm more acquainted with that genre than most people of my religious background, since I share an office with someone who is rather intensely involved in an evangelical free church. One day, after hearing Audio Adrenaline one too many times, I played this album and a Blind Lemon Jefferson collection for him. He was hooked immediately, and I haven't heard any more Audio Adrenaline in several months since.
One interesting thing this album has made think about is this: the reason why certain subsets of both secular liberals and conservative Christians can each hold an artist like Bob Dylan in equally high esteem is probably because we have more in common than either would generally like to consider. Think about it: if you're sitting here, tooling through reviews of some of Bob Dylan's lesser-known albums, chances are you (1) have a sneaking suspicion that there's more to life than making as much money and acquiring as much material [items] as possible, and (2) that our culture in particular pursues and values those things far too much, no matter what your religious or political orientations may be... Toodles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan at his BEST
The word is "rich in sound", like too much chocalate icing ;) but u love it.
I ain't that "folksy" and maybe thats why, with Mark Knoppfler, I like Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rickster
3.0 out of 5 stars Bob diverted
As an atheist I can't relate to the subject matter at all. Does that matter? Not at all. It's simply not one of Bob's stronger outings. Read more
Published on March 4 2012 by highparkdave
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat grim
This notorious album opens with Gotta Serve Somebody, a slow edgy number with prominent female vocals in a genuine gospel style, whilst Precious Angel is a tuneful folky track. Read more
Published on May 25 2007 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Train Coming
I love this album. However, I was disappointed that I didn't get the words with it. I guess that is why I was able to buy it for $14.98. Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Sarah Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bob CD with awsome vocal from Bob
Slow Train contains Bobs most exciting rock tracks bar Planet Waves.
Fully enjoyable, don't be put off by the christian theme's, it's a great CD with beautiful songs. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best Spiritual Music I have heared.
Of all the albums I own,somewhere between 500-1000?
This is without doubt the most Spiritual.
I think if limited to just 5 albums on a desert island (or even on the... Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by cygnusx1
5.0 out of 5 stars SACD volume low?
The cd is great.
Wondering if anyone else has noticed the volume on some of the the Dylan SACD hybrid cds is mixed low. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by Robert Gowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Train is a rare gem
I agree totally with Staphanie's prior review. Slow Train is in my top 10 list of essential rock albums to own. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2003 by Vincent A. Hackley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Allusions
This CD although bashed by others for Biblical and Christian influence, is a great cd. What makes it great is not only the music, but also the Christian message. Read more
Published on May 6 2003
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