UPDATED: Links to 9 songs below!
From the Introduction to Clinton Heylin's "Trouble In Mind: Bob Dylan's Gospel Years - What Really Happened":
Just as from September 1965 to May 1966, the shows which ran from November 1979 to the following May saw the gospel gauntlet thrown down nightly. Dylan delivered an unceasing barrage of biblical glossaries set to the soundtrack of a heavenly choir and a band of unbelievers riding the musical tide all the way to New Jerusalem. ... He would continue beating his ecumenical drum most of the time for the next eighteen months.Box Set: November 3.
For much of this period, his was very much a voice in the wilderness. Much of the media, and a large percentage of his hardcore fan base, simply switched off. ...
As for the shows themselves, journalists delighted in reporting that this 'voice of a generation' couldn't even sell out intimate theatres. ...
So, on the face of it, hardly the sort of period where a thorough revisit would send ripples of excitement through the Dylan world in 2017. And yet, when at the start of the year Dylan's long-time manager hinted to a Rolling Stone reporter that the next Bootleg Series (lucky thirteen!) would re-examine the gospel years afresh, the fan sites were abuzz with anticipation. ...
The good news – praise the Lord of Happenstance – is that the period 1979 to 1981 turns out to be among the best documented eras in Dylan's six-decade-long career as a recording/performance artist. ...
With the release of an 8-CD Deluxe Bootleg Series, the three studio albums [Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot of Love] will no longer be the be-all and end-all of the gospel years, and we are a whole lot closer to knowing what really happened, artistically. As always with Dylan, it turns out that the more we understand, the more we can enjoy...
Book: November 14.
Bob Dylan - Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series - Volume 13
Slow Train, October 5, 1978 (Soundcheck)
Slow Train, October 2, 1979 (Rehearsal, with horns)
Slow Train, November 16, 1979 (San Francisco, CA)
Making A Liar Out Of Me, September 26, 1980 (Rehearsal, Previously unknown song)
Every Grain Of Sand, September 26, 1980 (Rehearsal)
The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar, November 13, 1980 (San Francisco, CA)
Solid Rock, June 27, 1981 (London, England)
Slow Train, June 29, 1981 (London, England)
When You Gonna Wake Up, July 9, 1981 (Oslo, Norway)