Bob Dylan, Saved (1980)
Way back, when I was collecting the set, I had this on CD. I didn’t play it much – but I did not hate it. I never went fully into bat for it – but couldn’t say it was the worst Bob Dylan album. Finally I’ve picked it up on vinyl and started listening to it again and I’m not about to call it the best or even necessarily a Top 10 Dylan album (Top 20 though, sure, absolutely…why not…) and I reckon it has more merit than a lot of what was to come. It’s not as good as the album directly before it – but it’s possibly better than the one that followed. People make a lot – or made a lot – of his “Born Again” thing, of his religious phase. Religion, spirituality, philosophy is all there all throughout his songs and career and life. And the best of it is fantastic – even if you’re a total non-believer. At least the Bootleg Series of ongoing brilliant off-cuts and live shows gave people a reason to check this out all over again. I’m sure glad I did.
Sample Track: Saved
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