Saved (album)

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Saved
A painting of a giant finger reaching from the clouds to touch several outstretched hands
Studio album by Bob Dylan
Released June 23, 1980 (1980-06-23)
Recorded February 11–15, 1980
Genre Rock, gospel
Length 42:39
Label Columbia
Producer Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler
Bob Dylan chronology
Slow Train Coming
(1979)
Saved
(1980)
Shot of Love
(1981)
Re-released cover
A painting of Dylan playing harmonica onstage into a microphone with a guitar slung over his shoulder

Saved is the twentieth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on June 23, 1980 by Columbia Records.

Album information[edit]

Saved was the second album of Dylan's "Christian trilogy", following his conversion to born-again Christianity. It expanded on themes explored on its predecessor Slow Train Coming, with gospel arrangements and lyrics extolling the importance of a strong personal faith.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]
Entertainment Weekly C− [3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
CCM Magazine [5]

The album hit #3 on the UK charts, reached #24 on the US charts and did not go gold. CCM Magazine described the album as an "open declaration of Dylan's deepening faith."[5]

Cover art[edit]

The cover of 'Saved' originally featured a painting by Tony Wright of God's hand reaching down to touch the hands of his believers. However, this cover was subsequently replaced by a painting of Dylan on stage performing during that time period in order to downplay the overtly religious nature of the original cover. It has since been changed back on some re-releases. A quote inside the sleevenotes reads, "'Behold, the days come, sayeth the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah' (Jeremiah 31:31)".[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Dylan, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "A Satisfied Mind" (Red Hayes, Jack Rhodes) – 1:57
  2. "Saved" (Tim Drummond, Dylan) – 4:00
  3. "Covenant Woman" – 6:02
  4. "What Can I Do for You?" – 5:54
  5. "Solid Rock" – 3:55
Side two
  1. "Pressing On" – 5:11
  2. "In the Garden" – 5:58
  3. "Saving Grace" – 5:01
  4. "Are You Ready" – 4:41

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians
Technical personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Saved (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Loder, Kurt (1980-09-18). "Rolling Stone : Bob Dylan: Saved : Music Reviews". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Reviews / Bob Dylan Saved". CCM Magazine 3 (1): 27. July 1980. 

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