Bob Dylan, 'Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13, 1979-1981'
Dylan's Christian period (1979-81) remains one of his most controversial and debated chapters. What's often lost in those arguments is that it produced some of his greatest concerts. Trouble No More, an eight-CD set, proves that point, with live highlights from that time, when Dylan's band included legendary session players like organist Spooner Oldham and drummer Jim Keltner. The set is full of revelations: There are six vastly different versions of "Slow Train," plus 14 unreleased songs, such as "Making a Liar Out of Me," which has escaped bootleggers for more than 30 years. A one-hour film features footage from 1980 and a deeply moving version of "Pressing On." Says Dylan scholar Clinton Heylin, "Like the mid-1960s, he was at the absolute peak of his powers."