Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gotta Serve Somebody

Whether or not many people know it, Bob Dylan is an accomplished gospel songwriter in his own right. After converting to Christianity in the late 70s, Dylan released 3 albums of gospel rock. Slow Train Coming, Saved, & Shot of Love complete his most prolific work in the realm of gospel music.

But, if the thought of hearing gospel music blaring from the obscure vocals of Dylan, you need not worry. A few years ago, a variety of black gospel singers took some of Dylan's best gospel songs and created a compilation called Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan. Hearing these particular renditions make you forget that you are listening to gospel music written by a middle-aged, white, jewish man. 

For my taste though, this particular rendition of Dylan's "In the Garden" with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers from his 1986 Australian tour is one of the best gospel performances by Dylan:

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