October 2, 2008 – 12:02 pm

Bob Dylan became a born-again Christian in the late ’70s and produced three albums that had his non-Christian fans going “What the hell!”

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Yonder Comes Sin [Acousticharmonies Singer/Songwriter Collection Vol 2, 1CD]

Live on tour 1979-1981; possibly a mix of very good soundboard and audience recordings.

In the late ’70s, Bob Dylan found religion. More importantly, he became a born-again Christian. He said: “Jesus did appear to me as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords… There was a presence in the room that couldn’t have been anybody but Jesus… Jesus put his hand on me. It was a physical thing. I felt it. I felt it all over me. I felt my whole body tremble. The glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me up.”

In the wake of Dylan’s conversion, he released three Christian albums - Slow Train Coming (1979), Saved (1980) and Shot Of Love (1981). Gotta Serve Somebody, from Slow Train Coming, was a Top 30 hit and the album outsold both Blood On The Tracks and Blonde On Blonde in its first year of release.

For a period, Dylan refused to play any of his older compositions, as well as any secular material. According to the wikipedia, Dylan would say he would not “sing any song which hasn’t been given to me by the Lord to sing.” Fans at his shows wishing to hear his older songs openly expressed their disappointment. Hecklers continued to appear at his concerts, only to be answered by lectures from the stage.

As the title suggests, this compilation collects together some of Dylan’s key Christian songs that were performed live between 1979 and 1981. However missing are key tracks of the period - Gotta Serve Somebody and Every Grain Of Sand. No doubt Dylan musicologists will debate the importance of Dylan finding the light among the canon of his works but for many fans, the late ’70s was a vibrant period for Dylan where he still had the voice, the verve and the fire to give each song the power it deserved.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download these tracks at a later time.

Track 01. Let’s Begin (Webb) (A)
Track 02. Abraham, Martin & John (Holler) (B)
Track 03. Rise Again (Holm) (B)
Track 04. Let’s Keep It Between Us (B)
Track 05. Mary From The Wild Moor (B)
Track 06. Covenant Woman (C)
Track 07. We Just Disagree (Mason) (B)
Track 08. Caribbean Wind (D)
Track 09. City Of Gold (B)
Track 10. In The Summertime (E)
Track 11. Thief On The Cross (F)
Track 12. The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar (G)
Track 13. Ain’t Gonna Go To Hell (H)
Track 14. Coverdown Breakthrough (H)
Track 15. Jesus Is The One (A)
Track 16. Ain’t No Man Righteous (C)
Track 17. Blessed Be The Name
Track 18. Yonder Comes Sin

A. Avignon, July 25, 1981
B. Seattle, November 30, 1980
C. San Francisco, November 16, 1980
D. San Francisco, November 12, 1980
E. Oslo, Norway, July 10, 1981
F. New Orleans, November 10, 1981
G. San Francisco, November 15, 1979
H. Toronto, April 20, 1980

Note: The CD compilers did not list where these tracks come from - 17. Blessed Be The Name and 18. Yonder Comes Sin. Any reader care to venture a guess?

Click here to order Dylan’s Christian albums - Slow Train Comin, Saved and Shot Of Love.

  1. 10 Responses to “SEE THE LIGHT”

  2. the selection also misses Pressing On, which Todd Haynes turned into a centre point in his chronicling of the dyalns who weren’t dylans. thankfully dylan’s own performance can be found on youtube - it’s incredible because it’s the only time where i’ve seen dylan’s song take over from dylan the man - and dylan the man senses it and walks off, leaving the good lord as possessed by the crowd and the band, to keep on keeping on

    By geoff on Oct 2, 2008

  3. according to some sites the two last songs are from…
    (17) Fox Warfield Theater (San Francisco, CA); November 16, 1979
    (18) Rundown Studio (Santa Monica, CA); October 1980
    hope this is correct

    By John on Oct 2, 2008

  4. Thank you very much for Bob Dylan’s “Yonder Comes Sin”. Greetings Lee

    By Lee on Oct 3, 2008

  5. the strange thing with Dylan’s christian songs is: the lyrics may be “enlightened”, intolerant right-wing shit or just plain stupid, but the music is some of his best. “Slow Train Coming” or “Gotta Serve Somebody” or “In the Garden” are great songs (musically), and “Slow Train Coming” is one of his best-produced albums.

    By Walter on Oct 4, 2008

  6. Excelent! Thanx for posting!

    By Yomina on Oct 4, 2008

  7. Great conzert. Many thanks.

    By Georg on Oct 6, 2008

  8. These albums were an era of Dylan’s work that I had never delved into. Until now. This bootleg really caught me by surprise. I can’t beleive how musically great these tracks are. They’re really something special. Awesome find.

    By brad on Oct 15, 2008

  9. Hi
    Will you be featuring Dylan’s ‘Yonder comes Sin’ again sometime please.
    Thanks for all the interesting stuff to listen to.

    By Charl on Nov 21, 2011

  10. Charl- Send a note to the address highlighted just above the tracklist. BigO has always been kind toward requests. You just have to ask in the right place.

    By sking on Nov 21, 2011

  11. There is a 2 hour DVD that covers this era, the making of the albums, the tour which these recordings cover, interviews with Jerry Wexler the Jewish record producer on his 3 Christian albums (!), and interview with Bob Dylan’s pastor from the Valley Vineyard, where Dylan went and also attended weekly bible study in the late 70’s (I attended there 79-80). The DVD was only $14.99, came out about 2-3 years ago, and was available at Barnes and Noble. Caution - one F bomb from Wexler, one S grenade from a music columnist.

    By 3yrsnojob on Nov 21, 2011

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