Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Dylan's Gospel- HOLY MOLY!
I admit, this could be one of those personal moments where I gush for a few minutes only to be drizzled with a few tepid comments. Here goes.
Brought to you by the somewhat legendary Lou Adler, the man behind The Mamas & The Papas, the Monterey Pop Festival, "Tapestry," and The Rocky Horror Horror Show, The Brothers & Sisters Of Los Angeles performing "Dylan's Gospel" was released in 1969 and featured a litany of session men and singers, including Ruby Johnson, Shirley Matthews, Clydie King, Patrice Holloway, Julia Tillman, Edna Wright and Merry Clayton, turning the songs of Bob Dylan into big, joyous church hymns.
I knew nothing of this record until I recently stumbled across a copy. Not everything works. I don't quite get the inclusion of "Lay Lady Lay," other than it was Dylan's current hit. (Adler's idea of a recessional hymn, maybe?)
But songs like "The Times They Are A-Changin," "I Shall Be Released," and "Chimes Of Freedom" are absolutely triumphant. Everything is given that "Oh Happy Day" treatment, and if you get beyond the odd combination of choir voices, pleading and exposing their souls to Quinn The Eskino, what you will find is a lost gem of a record.
01. The Times They Are A-Changin' (2:45)
02. I Shall Be Released (4:09)
03. Lay Lady Lay (3:24)
04. Mr. Tambourine Man (3:39)
05. All Along The Watchtower (3:28)
06. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) (3:33)
07. Chimes Of Freedom (4:33)
08. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (2:22)
09. My Back Pages (5:05)
10. Just Like A Woman (2:54)
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:23 AM