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(A) Higher Calling to an Ordinary People
source: Stereo audience cassette tape

Disc one
Gotta Serve Somebody
I Believe In You
When You Gonna Wake Up
When He Returns (1)
Man Gave Names To All The Animals
Precious Angel
Slow Train
Covenant Woman
Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking
Disc two
Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
Solid Rock
Saving Grace
Saved (Bob Dylan/Tim Drummond) (2)
What Can I Do For You?
In The Garden
Blessed Be The Name
Pressing On (3)

The first fourteen gospel concerts that Bob ever performed were all at San Francisco's Fox Warfield Theater. The next four were at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica. This show is the fourth and final night of Santa Monica. So, while this is the eighteenth performance of the Gospel Tour, it's only the second venue that Dylan and the band have played. While this show was released as a commercial CDr nearly two decades earlier, this is the first appearance on silver disc. The Thinman has once again created a beautiful package with incredible period photos, and pleasing fonts, graphics and layout. The discs themselves are each offset printed with different concert photos from the tour that take up half of the disc. There are more images to be found on the liner and insert back. This is simply a great package. As for the music... I can't say enough about these gospel shows. They are among my favorite Dylan shows of all time. Every song is an incredible highlight. Dylan pours himself into these new songs like a man possessed... by the Holy Spirit. Of course, all shows are alike in content and format. The songs never change, the order never changes. To a casual fan, they can become tiresome. As for me, I can't get enough. Just to hear the different raps, intros and preaching that Bob does is worth owning every show. Bob performs every song from the Slow Train album, and every original song that would eventually appear on the Saved album except for the as yet unwritten Are You Ready.
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Source / Venue:
Civic Auditorium  Santa Monica, CA.  Nov. 21 1979

Manufacturer / Catalog No.
Thinman       /      079/80

Sept 2008
Other Nov. 21 commercial releases:
Preaching to the Converted

Quality:  7 stars

Bob's Boots ref. #

Thanks to Tiny Montgomery for scans

Bob Dylan - vocal & guitar
Fred Tackett - lead guitar
Spooner Oldham - keyboards
Terry Young - keyboards

Drummond - bass

Jim Keltner - drums
Havis, Springs, Young - backup vocals

(1) Dylan-vocal & guitar / Spooner Oldham-piano
(2) Dylan - harp
(3) Dylan - piano

Dylan wrote the nonsensical liner notes for his 1965
masterpiece Highway 61 Revisited. Even back then there were a few thoughts floating around his mind that would, years later, seem almost prophetic. The following lines have been pulled from those liner notes:
On the slow train time does not interfere.
...Inevitables made of solid rock...
...she points to the slow train & prays...
Lifelessness said when introducing everybody "go save the world"
...the subject matter -- though meaningless as it is -- has something to do with ... the holy slow train.
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