Infidels (Remastered) Original recording remastered
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This Bob's critically acclaimed album from 1983.
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A highlight of the album is the fast rocking tour de force titled Neighbourhood Bully, quite striking in its urgent uptempo beat and perceptive lyrics. This track about media bias against Israel definitely stands as one of Dylan's most powerful songs of all time. The next, License To Kill, is a slow mournful ballad with lovely harmonica that becomes more prominent towards the end, whilst Man Of Peace is a slab of potent mid-tempo rock that warns against deception and brainwashing.
The album impresses with its variety of styles, like the galloping rock of Union Sundown which is followed by the musically and lyrically intricate I And I, a tender blues number with stirring imagery. The album closes with the tuneful Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight, a love song in a country-folk style, also with moody harmonica. Infidels is not on a par with masterpieces like Oh Mercy or Time Out Of Mind but still a strong album with more than enough classic tracks.
When he converted to Christianity in 1978, the public was both shocked and dismayed. Of all people, Dylan is now a professing Christian? Though much of the music in the early 1960s used the Bible as a reference point and moral compass, still his fan base was not receptive to him becoming a Christian. Then in the early 1980s, he only sang his Christian material and went on long tirades about his faith in concert. But this would only last for a few years. By 1983, Dylan was in was a strange place, both spiritually and professionally. He had just finished recording his Christian trilogy, where he was explicitly espousing the Christian doctrine (gotta serve somebody, after all). He took up with some Hassidic Jews, had his picture taken at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and while not giving up his Christian faith, was still intent on keeping his Jewish roots alive.Read more ›
Dylan is backed by some top flight musicians on this CD. Guitar work, for example, is divided between Mark Knopfler (formerly of Dire Straights) and Mick Taylor (formerly of the Rolling Stones). Knopfler's playing is instantly recognizable on tracks like Jokerman and Sweetheart Like You. Anyone familiar with Taylor's work with the Rolling Stones will recognize his tone and style on tracks like Neighborhood Bully and Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight.
Dylan alsotackles some interesting topics on the CD. Union Sundown is about globalization and the loss of manufacturing jobs in the USA; Neighborhood Bully is, by far, the best pro-Israel song I've ever heard.
If your music collection only has room for a few Dylan albums, this CD should be one of them. It's an essential CD for any collection of Dylan's work.
One comment for the people who reissue these albums: there was a song called Blind Willie McTell recorded during the original sessions for Infidels. It was not included on the original album release despite Mark Knoppfler's heated arguments in favour of including it on the album. It's not included on this reissue either, although it was included on Dylan's Bootleg series. If you do another reissue of Infidels, put Blind Willie McTell on the album.
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Bob went into the studio with a very strong band and creative team. It's been said that some of his past albums suffered because they were self-produced but this time he has Mark... Read morePublished on July 25 2009 by Douglas MacRae
Bob isn't quite back yet at this point but he's receeded from his preachy Christian sentiments on this tasteful,socially
relevant collection. Read more
The word Israel isn't spoken or written anywhere on this recording. But Israel takes center stage for a couple tracks on Infidels. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Israel Beat
"Infidels", Bob Dylan's first secular record in five years, came out in late 1983, peaking just inside the Top 20 in the US. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2003 by Docendo Discimus
This is a painfully average Dylan album. If you're new or fairly new to the great man, this is no place to start. There's one great song - Jokerman. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Richard McGeough
1983's aptly titled Infidels represents Bob Dylan's return to secular music after a not-so-well-received trilogy of CCM albums, inspired by his brief conversion to fundamentalist... Read morePublished on July 31 2002 by P. Nicholas Keppler