Slow Train Comming*

Slow Train Coming
Railway rolling stock carrying ballast for track repairs at the York rail yard in Western Australia. Sony A7r with a Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Super Wide – Heliar lens mounted via a Fotodiox DLX Stretch Leica M to Sony E mount adapter. Exposure: 1/400th sec, f16 ISO 800.

 

* Easy musical reference this week – it is of course the title track off of Bob Dylan’s first album produced during his Christian phase – Slow Train Coming. It marked a couple of departures for his Bobness. Firstly The use of Mark Knopfler and Pick Withers, from Dire Straits, on lead guitar and drums respectively to add a more polished sound. Secondly the use of Jerry Wexler,who originally coined the term “Rhythm and Blues” and was famous for producing Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, to produce a bigger funkier sound. Although the song was used as the Title Track for his first Christian album the song actually predates the album and was used by Dylan as a sound check. The song has no Biblical references and is more a rant by Dylan over the direction the USA was taking. Many critics at the time  found it to be racist and jingoistic but some forty years later many are saying that it was prophetic and showed the gradual moral, economic and political decline of the country.

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