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.
It's ironic that "Shot of Love" may be the easiest for non-Christian fans to enjoy, because it still has God written all over it, starting with the quote of Matthew 11:25 in the liner notes. This album is full of a sense that a God-less society is falling apart, but Dylan pulls off the task of turning the end of times/Armageddon stew into vigorous, enjoyable rockers (case in point, 'Trouble'). In the blistering title track, Dylan speaks of those who mocked his God, and desires an escape from all the condemnation he took, and from the morbid side of the world in general. 'Property of Jesus' is self-explanatory, and 'Watered Down Love' seems to speak out against organized religion blocking man's relationship with God. Amidst the rocking world-gone-wrong of 'The Groom's Still Waiting At the Altar,' Dylan assures the listener that "God has mercy on them who are slandered and humiliated," a great anthem for any weary Christian, and the feeling that the world is falling apart is evident throughout this album; 'Dead Man, Dead Man' shares the same message of an earlier song 'When You Gonna Wake Up' and describes "politics of sin" and those who "curse God with every move.Read more ›
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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 on March 7 2014 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
_Shot of Love_, the third of Dylan's so-called "born again" trilogy of albums, is, musically, among his strongest releases of the 80s, with his voice still in decent shape,... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2010 by Blind Blake
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