And it’s a goddamn joy. Originally released in 1969 and produced by Monterey International Pop Festival mogul Lou Adler, this album of gospelized Bob Dylan songs by the California-based Brothers & Sisters works wonders on both the folk-rock icon’s more overtly religious tracks as well as on the secular ones; in fact, the lascivious “Lay Lady Lay” might be my favorite version here. When you have robustly soulful voices like Merry Clayton (stealer of glory on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”), Gloria Jones (“Tainted Love” fame), Edna Wright of the Honeycones, and Clydie King among your 27 vocalists, you’re gonna move some hearts and minds, no matter the material. Seattle’s Light in the Attic reissued this curio on April 1, but it’s no joke—even if it was initially partially conceived to cash in on a popular songwriter’s cachet. Dylan's streetwise songs gracefully make the transition to the church.
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