The Brothers and Sisters weren't a band per se, but a one-off project helmed by producer and music-biz legend Lou Adler. The dubious idea: Gather L.A.'s finest background singers into a makeshift Baptist-style gospel-soul choir to cover classic Dylan songs. The result: a largely ignored but delicious 1969 LP, now reissued. Two of the most dazzling moments come from 20 Feet From Stardom star (and "Gimme Shelter" vocalist) Merry Clayton, who fires up "The Mighty Quinn" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'." It's born-again Dylan before even Dylan knew it was coming.
From The Archives Issue 1206: April 10, 2014