Joan As Policewoman – Warning Bell
Thrilled that this lady is back with some fresh music. ‘Warning Bell’ is the first taster of her new album Damned Devotion, which will be with us on February 18th next year
Bruce Springsteen – Freedom Cadence
The world is a better place when Bruce is active. There’s something very very comforting about The Boss, like everything is gonna be ok. This song was written especially for the new movie ‘Thank You For Your Service’, which focuses on the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on veterans of the Iraq war
The Levee Walkers – All Things Fade Away
We’ve written previously about what constitutes a ‘supergroup’. The Levee Walkers features Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Duff McKagan of Guns ‘N Roses, and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees. By our definition of a Supergroup, they fall a bit short, but let’s call this Very-Famous-Indeed-Group.
Wilco – Myrna Lee
One of the previously unreleased tracks from the A.M. album sessions, and now available as one of the many bonuses on that album’s new reissue. A.M., along with its follow-up Being There will be rereleased on December 1st through the always-reliable Rhino Records
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – Already Great
Neil‘s 760th album of new material in the last 5 years will be out on the 1st of next month, and we like the lead single a lot. Very simple but effective piano work in this song. He’s just doing exactly what he wants to these days, and why shouldn’t he?
Reissue Of The Week
Bob Dylan – Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13
Bob Dylan’s conversion to Christianity in late-1978 is one of the more iconic periods of his long career. It appeared that almost overnight, he transformed from one who enjoyed very much the excesses of the Rock N Roll life to a fire-and-brimstone preacher warning against the evils of sin and the need for redemption througn Our Lord Jesus Christ.
From 1979 to 1981, Dylan released three albums that can best be summed up by the term “I Love Jesus, me”. The first, Slow Train Coming, was received well, with no little curiosity from press and public alike. By the time its follow-up, Saved, came out in 1980, the ‘novelty’ was beginning to wear off for many long-time Dylan fans. He had become increasingly conservative in his Christian beliefs, and was known to deliver, mid-show, long sermons about the need to repent. By the time Shot Of Love came out in ’81, fans were relieved that it took as some of it’s subject matter issues that weren’t exclusively Jesus-Esque.
One thing cannot be denied about this period is Dylan’s belief in what he was doing, and how that upped his melodic game considerably. The music behind his Jesus-bothering lyrics was nothing short of exquisite, and his vocals were astounding. Nor were the lyrics were below-par – Dylan delivered some powerful and life-affirming words to go along with his music.
The newest volume of The Bootleg Series (13, if you’re counting), takes The Christian Years exclusively as it’s subject, offering live tracks, outtakes, and previously unreleased songs. There’s a 15-track sampler on the major streaming sites, a 2CD ‘Best Of’, and a nine-disc Deluxe set, which includes a new documentary about this period in Dylan’s development. Check out some of the music below, and whatever may be your stance on Jesus, feed your soul!
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