Back when Dylan got saved he put out three gospel cds, "Slow Train Coming", "Saved", and "Shot of Love". None of them recieved much attention and was viewed as a step back from his previous work. Well, fast forward a few decades and no one knows how Dylan leans. That hasn't stopped Columbia Records from compiling this tribute cd. This cd features mainly black gospel artists, so the folky gospel of the origional versions has been replaced.
Shirley Caesar- Gotta Serve Somebody
Lee Williams & the Spiritual QC's- When You Gonna Wake Up
Dottie Peoples- I Believe In You
Fairfield Four- Are You Ready
Sounds of Blackness- Solid Rock
Aaron Neville- Saving Grace
Helen Baylor- What Can I Do For You?
Chicago Mass Choir- Pressing On
Mighty Clouds of Joy- Saved
Rance Allen- When He Returns
Mavis Staples & Bob Dylan Gonna Change My Way of Thinking
The highlight of the cd is by for the last track, where Mavis Staples and Bob Dylan do a duet. It is the least black sounding song on the cd. For me, my favorite songs are the ones I know best. So all of the ones off of "Slow Train Coming" top my list, however, Fairfield Four give one of the top performances on "Are You Ready".
All of the performances are very solid. Black gospel in general is not a musical genre I prefer listening to at all, so it's hard for me to judge, but these songs sound explosive.
All in all, this is a cd for the fans of that time period for Dylan. Or, if you just want to hear rousing black gospel versions of his songs give it a try. Hardcore fans will want to hear the Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples track.