YORK composer, Late Music concert series administrator and The Press reviewer Steve Crowther will continue his series of talks on Bob Dylan: The Lost Decade? at The Golden Ball, Bishophill, York, on Monday.

Crowther’s four sessions with music and discussion on Dylan’s songs and albums from 1978 to 1989 began last Wednesday with 1978’s Street Legal, in his opinion a “major album charting his journey from Sarah Dylan to Christianity”.

Monday’s 7.30pm subject matter will be 1979’s Slow Train Coming. “Okay, the album is wall-to-wall Jesus, but is it any good?” asks Steve.

“It’s beautifully produced by Mark Knopfler and yes, it’s a perfectly fine set of songs. After a cursory glance at the 1980 follow-up, Saved, we’ll examine the songs on Shot O Love, including the songs Dylan left out: Angelina and Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar.”

The dates are yet to be confirmed for talks three and four, but next to undergo the Crowther critique will be 1983’s Infidels.

“Again it’s a fine album with one outstanding song, Jokerman, but this could and should have been a really great album when we look at the songs not included: Lord Protect My Child, Foot Of Pride and Blind Willie McTell,” argues Steve.

Last up will be 1989’s Oh Mercy.

“After a cursory glance at 1985’s Empire Burlesue and 1988’s Down In The Groove, we’ll examine Daniel Lanois’s beautifully produced album; a fine way to end the decade with a confident set of songs,” says Steve.