Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan Even agnostics may now agree there was something nearly supernatural about Dylan's mastery of an unlikely idiom -- black gospel -- in the underrated Saved… Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan Even agnostics may now agree there was something nearly supernatural about Dylan's mastery of an unlikely idiom -- black gospel -- in the underrated Saved… 2003-04-01 Various Artists
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Gotta Serve Somebody -- The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan (2003)

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Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2003; Lead Performance: Various Artists

Even agnostics may now agree there was something nearly supernatural about Dylan's mastery of an unlikely idiom -- black gospel -- in the underrated Saved years. Enlisting the genre's greats, from Shirley Caesar to the Fairfield Four, this tribute lets us hear these spirituals the way their writer probably heard 'em in his head. Strange addendum: Dylan himself joins Mavis Staples in remaking ''Gonna Change My Way of Thinking,'' thoroughly rewritten to sound like a scorching, loopy Love and Theft outtake.

Originally posted Apr 03, 2003 Published in issue #703 Apr 04, 2003 Order article reprints