Shot of Love Import
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Where does Shot of Love fit into all this? It is an underrated album. However it is not a great album, or a classic. It is much, much more secular than the first two gospel albums; indeed, only one song -- Property of Jesus - is unabashedly Christian. Several of the songs -- Heart of Mine, Lenny Bruce, and possibly several others -- are not Christian at all. There is almost none of the fire and brimstone here that Slow Trained Coming was loaded with; neither is it unabashedly gospel, as Saved was. Dylan wraps the virtues of Christianity up in more everyday forms, and does not bash us over the head dogmatically here; it's barely self-righteous, and it doesn't preach to the choir. Music-wise, none of the songs are in actual gospel style; several are even poppy. Others rock quite hard -- harder than anything since the mid-60's, in fact. Piano is the lead instrument on several songs, often played by Dylan himself. The backup singers do a good job here, and aren't overly intrusive or robotic-sounding, as they sometimes had been in the past. The legendary Jim Keltner is excellent on drums, as always. As for Dylan's singing, let it be known that the album contains some of Dylan's best vocal performances ever. His voice is as sweet as honey on In The Summertime -- a beautiful performance.Read more ›
That being said, the music on this album is always great. The band is top-notch. We know from the way Dylan generally works in the studio that the sessions are played without much rehearsal. Indeed, the sounds on this record are warm and natural, with plenty of the natural room sounds on the tracks. This gives it a nice loose feeling which can yield mixed results. For example, Heart of Mine is slowed down here, and comes across as an unfortunately weaker recording of a great song. The unreleased version on the Biograph album is miles better. Other songs have been mentioned by other reviewers. There's not a single bad song here.
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I have a Bob Dylan collection and had this as a casette years ago but lost it somewhere. Great selection of songs.Published 23 months ago by Fredrick S.
Dylan's critical reputation had sort of gotten into a funk, and this album does not help any matters. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2012 by Mike London
Arguably his worst record ever. Gave it two stars because Dylan is..well Dylan. Anyone else had done this and I would never have listened to it more than the one time. Read morePublished on March 4 2012 by highparkdave
1981's "Shot of Love" is the last, hardest-rocking, and most accessible of Bob Dylan's trio of "Born-again" albums that began in 1979, and many fans call this... Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by Bud Sturguess
Not a classic record, but very solid - "Shot of Love," "Heart of Mine," "In The Summertime," and, of course, "Every Grain of Sand. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Django