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Dylan's Gospel

The Brothers and Sisters Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • ASIN: B00I8OETB6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Times They Are a Changin'
2. I Shall Be Released
3. Lay Lady Lay
4. Mr. Tambourine Man
5. All Along the Watchtower
6. The Mighty Quinn
7. Chimes of Freedom
8. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
9. My Back Pages
10. Just Like a Woman

Product Description

Incredible 1969 album of Bob Dylan covers, performed by a 27-piece Los Angeles gospel collective featuring Merry Clayton, Gloria Jones and Edna Wright! Produced by Lou Adler (Carole King's "Tapestry"). Includes liner notes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Conceived, produced and recorded by legendary producer Lou Adler in Los Angeles and originally released on the Adler owned Ode label in 1969, this is a very welcome reissue. Recorded over four days, the raw energy, spontaneity and enthusiasm from the recording sessions is perfectly captured and presented on this disc.

The Brothers & Sisters consisted of 20 female and eight male vocalists and they were not an established group in any shape or form - they were brought together by Adler solely to record this album. All of the lead vocals are undertaken by female singers who, amongst others, feature Merry Clayton who sang on The Rolling Stones 'Gimme Shelter', Edna Wright and Carolyn Willis who went on to sing in Honey Cone and Gloria Jones of 'Tainted Love' fame.

Musically and lyrically the Dylan songs Adler chose to record lend themselves really well to a gospel makeover and, unexpectedly, this is at times a very uplifting and joyous listening experience. Beautifully arranged, both the lead and backing vocals are immaculate throughout and some top session musicians provide the music. There are many highlights but 'All Along the Watchtower', which starts as a sensual soul number and builds up to something very powerful when the backing vocalists join in, is truly outstanding. Nothing here is better than the Dylan originals, they're just different interpretations with a more spiritual vibe.

Remastered from the original stereo tapes and with a playing time of 36.50, the sound quality is perfect. The CD is housed in a digipak (near) replica of the original vinyl release and includes a booklet with newly-commissioned liner notes and some archive photographs. Whether you're a Dylan aficionado or a fan of soul and gospel music, there's much to enjoy here and this is another first class reissue from Light in the Attic Records.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patchy but inspiring 8 Jun 2014
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Really wonderful in parts, other tracks I'm not so sure about, but at it's best it's spine tingling, anyone who loves Dylan, or gospel music will love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent Gospel 1 May 2014
By Mr Mark
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is a lovely Gospel record bring out the best of 10 Dylan songs.It dates from1969 and has just been re realised by light in the attic records from Seattle.Lovely pressing and a really great thick card cover. At a very good price!
By and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 July 2014
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Bob can't go wrong in my eyes a great cd
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Praise 16 April 2014
By Richard C. Ferris - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a 2014 Light in the Attic reissue of a 1969 Ode records release. The project originally produced by the legendary Lou Adler, contains 10 tracks of Bob Dylan composed classics performed by The Brothers and Sisters.

The playing time totals 37 minutes, which by today's standards would be considered more of an EP then an LP.

The material was recorded at SRS in Hollywood, considered one of the top tier West Coast recording studios. The session was arranged and conducted by Gene Page, who also played a prominent role on piano. Mr. Page's professional reputation is well earned, having worked on more then 200 gold and platinum albums.

Armin Steiner, the Sound Engineer, worked on over 100 gold and platinum albums. In recent decades, Mr. Steiner expanded his musical career acting as the scoring engineer for countless major film soundtracks.

The session musicians were simply the best gospel/soul artists available, of special note, was the organist, Evelyn Freeman (Ernie Freeman's sister). She was an extremely talented gospel artist. Her 1958 Bell-Canto records release of" Didn't It Rain" is legendary within the music industry. The 1964 United Artist re-release of this tune went on to become a major hit throughout Western Europe, particularly in London and Paris.

Five decades later, it remains a cult favorite in dance clubs throughout Eastern Europe.

The vocalists, eight male and twenty females, were the top gospel/soul/ R&B singers on the planet. Examples include, Billy Storm who had already established his credentials with the R&B super group "The Valients". Jesse Kirkland continued to release successful solo albums with major labels as Columbia, ABC and A&M records. Chester Pipkin co-w rote the soul hit"Love is in the Air". He also co-founded the group"Africa" with Billy Storm. The group recorded and released the legendary album,"Music from Lil Brown".

Carolyn Willis, Shelly Clarke and Edna Wright (Darlene Love's sister) went on to create the wildly successful R&B group "Honey Cone". Clydie King, Merry Clayton and many other of the" Sisters" build their reputations ,through the decades, as in demand backup singers for major artists both in the studio and on tour.

These Bob Dylan compositions contained on this CD readily lends itself to a gospel/soul interpretation. The arrangements are brilliant and the vocals are both fiery and passionate.

Some examples include Merry Clayton's "The Mighty Quinn" and Edna Wright's soulful rendition of" Lay Lady Lay".

Gloria Jones sexy and soulful voice brings"I'll be your Baby Tonight" to a level even the composer may not have conceived. The musicians, featured vocalists and mighty chorus all conspire to elevate Dylan's work to a new musical plateau.

Gratitude should be extended to Matt Sullivan for his re-release production efforts and to Jessica Hunley for her extensive and thorough liner notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan, with some feeling. 9 April 2014
By Scott McWade - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent re-release of Lou Adler's 1969 gem featuring some of his L.A. session backup singers and musicians. Most of the material is perfectly suited for this sacred sounding treatment. Watchtower being one of the better efforts and Lay Lady Lay being, imo, one of the lesser. Overall a worthy listen/purchase. I would love to see this concept revised for a part 2.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Bout time! 27 April 2014
By boldsworthington - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the earlier CD edition of this album, which I spent decades trying to find. (I was also lucky to get the original LP shortly after its release.) This remastering and new background make this edition a must-have for me. *Dylan's Gospel* is a treasure of the recorded catalog. The album's reissue is justice long delayed but, thank goodness, not ultimately denied.

For more, please see my earlier review: Brothers and Sisters/Dylan's Gospel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-doing Bob Dylan's songs into gospel style 22 Jun 2014
By Beth Cummings - Published on Amazon.com
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Purists probably wouldn't care for this new rendition of some of the old favorites from Dylan's repertoire, but I found this Gospel take to be both interesting and enjoyable. They will never replace my love of the original versions, but the style lends new meaning to some pieces. As any good music, Dylan's tunes and lyrics, are able to stand up to diverse treatments. In many ways this is then a tribute to the man and his music as well as an exploration of musical genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. 1 May 2014
By Todd Buchacker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Great album. Everyone will like it. Great voices, music and production. The gatefold album is beautiful too. Buy this album.
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