Saturday, June 23, 2007

Bob Dylan - I Will Love Him

An unreleased song from Dylan's "gospel" period - roughly 1979-81 - I Will Love Him is only known to have been performed at this 1980 concert in Toronto.

If you're a fan of Dylan's gospel period - or even if you're not - you should hunt down Contract with the Lord - a 2-disc audience recording at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco that is of near-commercial quality.

I'm not much of a fan of Dylan's output during this period, but Contract with the Lord was the first step in convincing me it was work re-examination. Gotta Serve Somebody, both the CD and and DVD sets of various gospel artists covering Dylan (as well as a contribution by Dylan himself), are also convincing arguments that Dylan produced some of his most heartfelt and powerful music during this period.

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