Bob Dylan's 1979 album turn to born-again Christianity, Slow Train Coming, and its 1980 follow-up, Saved, may have been shocking then, but the songs from those discs seem like gospel standards now, es

Bob Dylan's 1979 album turn to born-again Christianity, Slow Train Coming, and its 1980 follow-up, Saved, may have been shocking then, but the songs from those discs seem like gospel standards now, especially when performed by the genre greats who grace this set. The indomitable Shirley Caesar sets the bar high with her ministry on the title track opener, but the other participants rise to the challenge on a musically varied disc. Dottie Peoples' measured reading of "I Believe in You," Sounds of Blackness' edifying "Solid Rock," and Chicago Mass Choir's uplifting "Pressing On" are equally strong. Dylan himself closes the collection, hamming it up with Mavis Staples, on "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking."—JB