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Which do you think is the best album of three?
Slow Train Coming 43%  43%  [ 55 ]
Saved 13%  13%  [ 17 ]
Shot of Love 31%  31%  [ 39 ]
None of the Three 7%  7%  [ 9 ]
They're Equally Great! 6%  6%  [ 7 ]
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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 05:00 GMT 

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Though I'm pretty sure there have been polls under the same theme here before, since a bootleg release focused on this era is soon going to get released, I'll try anyway. Sorry if you think this is an unnecessary poll.

So, everyone, which is the best album of the three released during Dylan's "gospel era"- Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love?

My vote goes for Slow Train Coming, which is also one of my favorite Dylan albums (which is so many). Overall great singing, no stinkers, and cool keyboards. I love it. (I completely ignore lyrics, "Gotta Serve Somebody"'s lyrics sound nice, though)


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 05:09 GMT 
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I think Slow Train will win in a landslide, but I also think Saved especially is an underated record.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 05:29 GMT 
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I think Slow Train will win in a landslide, but I also think Saved especially is an underated record.


Agree that Slow Train Coming is the best but I'd say the same for Shot of Love- Shot of Love, Trouble (very Lou Reed-esque), and Every Grain of Sand are all fantastic.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 05:32 GMT 
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Shot of Love for me, and even as released without the great outtakes. Slow Train second and Saved clearly in third - though it is still underrated.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 06:04 GMT 

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I think Slow Train is streets ahead. One of his best produced records
ever, and six killer songs: Slow Train, Precious Angel, When You Gonna
Wake Up, I Believe In You, When he Returns & Serve Somebody. Still sounds
great today, just like those old Aretha records. Wexler was a genius.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 06:28 GMT 
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I never listen to any of them.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 06:40 GMT 
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I don’t listen to any of them regularly but Slow Train Coming is the most tolerable of the three


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 07:37 GMT 
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Desolation Row wrote:
I think Slow Train will win in a landslide, but I also think Saved especially is an underated record.

It's a bit like putting Real Madrid up against Accrington Stanley, Doncaster Rovers, Yeovil Town and Wigan Athletic and asking which is the best footballing club. I feel sorry for supporters of those underrated teams! No offence intended.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 08:17 GMT 

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From a musical point of view, Slow Train, but I think Saved has the stronger songs. However I picked Slow Train, as that is the one I listen to most


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 08:35 GMT 

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STC on top following SOL and Saved.

I love all three, STC cause of " Man gave names to all the animals. " :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 09:39 GMT 
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I havent heard any of them for a while, because most of my CDs are in my parents house, and would like to hear them again now for a better opinion, but as things stand right now, it was a tough call between Train and Shot, but Train won in the end.
I do want to mention that I really like Saved too


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 11:29 GMT 
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I'm going with the admittedly ragged SOL. STC is just too damn smooth for me. Saved just never gets out of first gear, despite featuring some great songs.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 12:46 GMT 

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Watamushi wrote:
Though I'm pretty sure there have been polls under the same theme here before, since a bootleg release focused on this era is soon going to get released, I'll try anyway. Sorry if you think this is an unnecessary poll.

So, everyone, which is the best album of the three released during Dylan's "gospel era"- Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love?

My vote goes for Slow Train Coming, which is also one of my favorite Dylan albums (which is so many). Overall great singing, no stinkers, and cool keyboards. I love it. (I completely ignore lyrics, "Gotta Serve Somebody"'s lyrics sound nice, though)
STC, easily, but... "no stinkers"? 'Man Gave Names To All The Animals' makes me want to put a bullet through the speakers. Down there with 'They Killed Him' and 'Mozambique' in the 'SKIP THIS TRACK EVERY TIME' pile.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 15:57 GMT 
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1) STREET LEGAL
2) SLOW TRAIN COMING
3) SHOT OF LOVE
4) SAVED


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 16:10 GMT 

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Why " Street legal " ???


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 16:11 GMT 
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I don’t listen to any of them regularly but Slow Train Coming is the most tolerable of the three


This.........


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 16:51 GMT 
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Why " Street legal " ???


Because the question is :
"Which is the best album of Dylan's GOSPEL erea ?"


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 16:57 GMT 

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JackaRoe61 wrote:
Because the question is :
"Which is the best album of Dylan's GOSPEL erea ?"


I would not go as far as to say that Street Legal belongs
to the gospel era (in that case Infidels belongs to the same)
but he's never written a more powerful gospel song than
Senor.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 17:56 GMT 
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I never listen to any of them.



Your loss.

The OP never pays any attention to lyrics, but is a fan of Bob Dylan (let alone of the gospel trilogy). What?

Street-Legal is not part of the Gospel Trilogy. Just as Kraftwerk's Man Machine isn't part of the Gospel Trilogy. Why? Neither of them feature Gospel songs by Bob Dylan.

Also, Man Gave Names To All The Animals is actually a very good song indeed, a very sharp and very witty insight into the blindness of man's assumed dominance of the planet.

This thread is a real mess already! What is going on?


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 18:40 GMT 

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What´d I say ???

" Man gave name to all the animals " is a very good song.

And also the complete album.


I can remember sitting in a bar a few years ago and they played this song on the radio.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 18:56 GMT 
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All three have about three songs apiece that I really like, and would be willing to listen to just about any time I hear Dylan. STC is the best produced, S never shifts out of first gear as was stated, and SOL is erratic, but probably my fave listen as an album. All subjective.


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PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 20:03 GMT 
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I never listen to any of them; the only song I've gone back to on rare occasions has been Lenny Bruce, which I'm already tired of; I guess it just sounded so much better than anything else on Shot Of Love (and still does, which isn't saying much).

I loathe the hatred and hypocrisy of Slow Train Coming and also hate Saved completely.


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PostPosted: Mon October 23rd, 2017, 01:02 GMT 
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I would argue that Infidels is a gospel album, The performances are less passionate but its still pretty good. Slow Train Coming is probably my favorite gospel album but Saving Grace and What Can I Do for You? are two of my favorite Dylan songs. Every Grain of Sand is up there too.

The Official Bootleg Series , Volume 13 - Trouble No More will likely surpass the era. Releasing the numerous gems performed live but never officially released previously along with the songs we never had... I can't imagine anything living up to this. The expectations are WAY over the top.


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PostPosted: Mon October 23rd, 2017, 01:04 GMT 
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Yeah, I don't really care for any of them. Slow Train is nasty, fundamentalist, judgmental, right-wing nonsense with disco production (though his voice isn't too bad -- he's really tryin'). Saved is probably the most likable of the three, and the easiest to swallow, but it's also totally slap-dash, poorly recorded, and extremely thin. Shot of Love is the least preachy (=good), and has a few really good songs (one classic), but his vocals are nearly un-listenable.

In short, this period deservedly killed off Dylan's sales-appeal with the mass public.


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PostPosted: Mon October 23rd, 2017, 06:00 GMT 
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Slow Train is the best produced album in that trilogy, Saved is the most passionate, Shot Of LOve the most ambitious one.
I like Saved the most. Everything fits together there: Bobs singing, the band is on fire, you can feel the power of his faith. Great stuff.


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