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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: MVD0843D
  • UPC: 760137084396
  • Street Date: 02/09/18
  • PreBook Date: 12/15/17
  • Label: Mvd Visual »
  • Genre: Pop/Rock
  • Run Time: 81 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2006
  • Director: Michael B Borofsky
  • Producers: Jeffrey Gaskill
  • Actors: Bob Dylan, Arlethia Lindsey, Sounds of Blackness, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, Aaron Neville, Helen Baylor, The Fairfield Four, Great Day Chorale, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Chicago Mass Choir, Rance Allen, Paul Williams, Alan Light, Regina McCrary, Jerry W
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


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Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan

The best African-American covers of Dylan songs since Jimi Hendrix. --The New York Times

Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan
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Gotta Serve Somebody - The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan is all about redemption. That's apparent enough in the music, where the struggle between sin and salvation is inherent in the tunes that are interpreted here by a host of superb gospel artists. But in a larger sense, the very existence of this DVD (and the Grammy-nominated CD that preceded it in 2003) can be viewed as redemption for Dylan himself, who weathered another controversy and emerged, if not triumphant, then certainly vindicated. When he plugged in an electric guitar in 1965, he was labeled "Judas" by the folkie faithful; ironically, when he turned to Jesus some 15 years later, proclaiming himself born again and releasing Slow Train Coming and Saved, the outcry was even louder. But once again Dylan has the last laugh, as now, a quarter of a century after the fact, it's clear that the material on those recordings was his strongest not only since 1975's Blood on the Tracks but perhaps since his '60s heyday. The quality of the songs lies in what Jerry Wexler, co-producer of the two Dylan albums, describes as the "immaculate funk" of the music, and especially in the heartfelt simplicity (especially by Dylan standards) and emotional directness of the lyrics; clearly, that's what attracted great gospel singers like Shirley Caesar (singing "Gotta Serve Somebody," the most recognized song on the two Dylan albums), Dottie Peoples (a powerful version of the beautiful "I Believe in You"), the Mighty Clouds of Joy (a rockin', sanctified "Saved"), the Fairfield Four (the stirring, a cappella "Are You Ready"), and the angel-voiced Aaron Neville ("Saving Grace") to this project. We also get Dylan himself, performing "When He Returns" at a 1980 concert, along with an animated rendering of his original "Gotta Serve Somebody." Hallelujah, y'all. --Sam Graham Amazon.com


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Track Listing

  • Arlethia Lindsey - Every Grain of Sand
  • Bob Dylan - When He Returns
  • Sounds of Blackness - Solid Rock
  • Shirley Caesar - Gotta Serve Somebody
  • Dottie Peoples - I Believe in You
  • Aaron Neville - Saving Grace
  • Helen Baylor - What Can I Do For You'
  • The Fairfield Four - Are You Ready
  • Great Day Chorale - In the Garden
  • Mighty Clouds of Joy - Saved
  • Chicago Mass Choir featuring Regina McCrary - Pressing On
  • Rance Allen - When He Returns

Bonus Materials

  • Animated video to -Bob Dylan's original GRAMMY┬« -winning, 'Gotta Serve Somebody.'

Sales Points

  • This musical documentary premieres 1980 footage of Bob Dylan performing 'When He Returns,' the first archival performance released from this important era.

Press Quotes

The best African-American covers of Dylan songs since Jimi Hendrix.

     —The New York Times

An interesting rewind to the powerful gospel music Bob Dylan wrote in the late 70's and early 80's.


This DVD overflows with interest, and, more importantly, with music.

     —Michael Gray, author of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia

A successful bridge of genres, Gotta Serve Somebody is a fun, moving, and inspired tribute to the songs of faith by one of the great American songwriters.

     —Christianity Today

This collection just might change a lot of people's thinking about what remains America's greatest songwriter's most controversial pilgrimage.

     —Detroit Free Press

even agnostics may now agree there was something nearly supernatural about Dylan's mastery of an unlikely idiom--black gospel.

     —Entertainment Weekly

These songs from Bob Dylan's fundamentalist-Christian period are truly born again, thanks to bracing reinterpretations by gospel icons.

     —Rolling Stone


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