The cast of 27 singers also includes Ruby Johnson, Shirley Matthews, Clydie King, Patrice Holloway, Julia Tillman and more. The tracks include some of the best-loved Dylan songs from the singer songwriter's most productive decade, including Lay Lady Lay, All Along The Watchtower, My Back Pages and Just Like A Woman.
The genesis of the project was Lou Adler, the music business visionary who staged the legendary Monterey International Pop Festival. He imagined a project that combined the songs of Dylan with L.A.'s most sought after session singers, most of which began their singing in the Baptist churches of South Los Angeles.
''Listening to Dylan's songs, I felt there was a gospel-like feel to them, both spiritually and lyrically,'' Adler says in the liner notes. ''So those two ideas, to work with these singers and to explore that side of Dylan - came together.''
Recording sessions at Sound Recorders Studios in Hollywood were a four-day party, with food, drink and far more musicians than were ordered, many of the singers bringing along cousins, mothers, partners and more. Carole King came to hear, as did Peggy Lipton and Papa John Phillips. It was a rock 'n' roll version of a gospel church.
''Lou just put on a big, crazy party,'' remembers Edna Wright. ''He had all these people together, all this raw talent. And we were there for nothing but the love of singing.''
Presented in this long-overdue reissue by Light In The Attic, this oft-overlooked album is a must for fans of Dylan. The word of Dylan has rarely sounded so stirring.
Liner notes include interviews with Lou Adler, Merry Clayton and Edna Wright along with archive photos. Remastered from the original stereo 1/4'' tapes. Available on both CD and vinyl, with the LP coming in an expanded gatefold tip-on jacket.