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Released: August 18, 1979

Rating: 3.737 (average of 15 ratings)

Genre: folk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Gotta Serve Somebody
  2. Precious Angel
  3. I Believe in You
  4. Slow Train
  5. Gonna Change My Way of Thinking
  6. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others0
  7. When You Gonna Wake Up
  8. Man Gave Names to All the Animals
  9. When He Returns


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Precious Angel (8/79) –
  • Goota Serve Somebody (9/8/79) #24 US
  • Man Gave Names to All the Animals (10/79) –
  • Slow Train * (3/80) #8 AR
* First released as a single on 3/80, but AR charted version is actually a live performance with the Grateful Dead that didn’t chart until 2/4/89.

Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan
“Perhaps it was inevitable that Bob Dylan would change direction at the end of the '70s, since he had dabbled in everything from full-on repudiation of his legacy to a quiet embrace of it, to dipping his toe into pure showmanship. Nobody really could have expected that he would turn to Christianity on Slow Train Coming, embracing a born-again philosophy with enthusiasm. He has no problem in believing in a vengeful god — you gotta serve somebody, after all — and this is pure brimstone and fire throughout the record, even on such lovely testimonials as I Believe in You. The unexpected side effect of his conversion is that it gave Dylan a focus he hadn't had since Blood on the Tracks, and his concentration carries over to the music, which is lean and direct in a way that he hadn't been since, well, Blood on the Tracks. Focus isn't necessarily the same thing as consistency, and this does suffer from being a bit too dogmatic, not just in its religion, but in its musical approach. Still, it's hard to deny that Dylan doesn't sound revitalized here, and the result is a modest success that at least works on its own terms” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.