Personnel: Gene Page (piano); Evelyn Freeman (organ); Gene Pello (drums); Joe H. Vaerga (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Dave Cooley.
Liner Note Author: Jessica Hundley.
Recording information: Sound Recorders.
Director: Lou Adler.
Photographers: Tom Wilkes ; Barry Feinstein; Rudy Calvo.
Arranger: Gene Page.
In 1969, Lou Adler was one of the hottest producers and songwriters in Los Angeles, having worked with the Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, Sam Cooke, Johnny Rivers, the 5th Dimension, Spirit, and many others. Struck by the melodic influences of vintage gospel music in the songs of Bob Dylan, Adler was inspired to bring together some of the best session vocalists in California -- nearly all of whom had a background in gospel -- and make an album that cast some of Dylan's best-known songs in a brand new light. Dylan's Gospel, credited to the Brothers and Sisters of L.A., was the result, with Merry Clayton, Gloria Jones, Clydie King, Edna Wright, Patrice Holloway and many others bring heart, soul, and gospel fervor to tunes like "I Shall Be Released," "Chimes of Freedom," "My Back Pages," "Mr. Tambourine Man," and more. ~ Mark Deming
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Two of the most dazzling moments come from 20 Feet From Stardom star Merry Clayton, who fires up 'The Mighty Quinn' and 'The Times They Are A-Changin'.'"
Pitchfork (Website) - "[I]t's way better than it has a right to be: it's always at least interesting, and often pretty delightful. If you didn't catch the words, DYLAN'S GOSPEL could pass as a solidly played, splendidly sung 'contemporary gospel' record..."