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Infidels [Original recording remastered]

Bob DylanAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00026WU4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Infidels" is Not as "Secular" as It's Paraded To Be October 18, 2004
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It's baffling that any critic can call 1983's "Infidels" a return to "secular recording" for Bob Dylan. After three straight Christian albums, the record was certainly more broad in its horizons, at least when compared to its predecessor, the rollicking "Shot of Love" or the second Born-Again album "Saved," but its attitude is still as straightforward and uncompromising as Dylan's first Christian release, "Slow Train Coming."

He may look ticked on the album cover, but in truth, Bob Dylan sounds musically and lyrically comfortable all throughout the wittingly titled "Infidels", and artistically he is still as free as he sounded on his Born-Again albums. But his lyricism here is much more deliciously complex than on the three predecessors; a glance at 'Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight' may suggest that its a cliched song about sex, but it's not, it's much deeper and much more creative than that. 'Jokerman' boasts a slight reggae influence and Dylan's alluring attempt to try and reveal false prophets, as he does elsewhere when he clearly states that sometimes Satan disguises himself as a 'Man of Peace.' The driving 'Neighborhood Bully' reminds one of the rocking "Shot of Love," but with a much more complex political message, unlike the straightforward social statements of 'License To Kill' and 'Union Sundown.' And like 'Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight,' the second track 'Sweetheart Like You' may have a cliched title, but the content within is bursting with originality and mystery, much like 'I and I.'

Ironically titled, this album is a must-have in Dylan's cannon and arguably the last great album he made for years, as critics claim he went into an up-and-down spin throughout the rest of the 80s. The different spiritual elements that make up "Infidels" (Christianity and Judaism among them) would put many other artists in a creative pretzel-twist, but here Bob Dylan handles them all with integrity and delivers one of his most effective albums.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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I am a Dylan fanatic, as I have said many times. I'm not bragging by any stretch, but I own literally just about every piece of music the man has put out. Bootlegs, complete live concerts, rare soundtrack songs, outtakes, acetates, you name it. If it's Dylan, odds are I have it. So this review is coming from a true Dylanologist here.

The album that made me a Dylan fan was 'Infidels.' While this was not the first Dylan album I bought (that honor goes to 1970's 'Self Portrait,' which I bought more than a few years ago), it was certainly the most important Dylan record I ever bought. Instantly, the songs resonated with me. It was almost a revelation. Having heard all of Dylan's records, the one I come back to most is probably 'Infidels.'

The year is 1983. Dylan is coming off of his Christian period, which turned off many critics and rock fans alike. 'Slow Train Coming,' 'Saved' and 'Shot of Love,' his two Christian albums released in 1979, 1980 and 1981, respectively, were not warmly received (although 'Slow Train Coming' sold well and did garner a hit single in 'Gotta Serve Somebody,' as well as some critical praise). It was obvious: by this time, Dylan needed a great record, and he needed one pronto.

So he assembled what was perhaps his finest band. Hiring reggae legends Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare to play drums and bass respectively, Mick Taylor (of The Rolling Stones) in a dual guitar role with Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits, who had also worked with Dylan in 1979 on 'Slow Train Coming') plus fellow Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark, Dylan had assembled what could only be called a "dream band."

And while the musicians seem like a random assortment, they amazingly blend incredibly well together as a unit.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune October 21, 2005
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Infidels took me a few listens to fully appreciate, but now I really love it and listen to it often. Of course, it doesn't compare to the heights of Blood on the Tracks or Desire, nor is it as stunning as the subsequent Oh Mercy, but it is a fine album that makes a very enjoyable listen. Right from the opening song, the excellent Jokerman, you realize that this is going to be a bit different from Dylan's usual sound. However, Dylan has reinvented his sound so many times that he really can't be said to have a distinctive sound. With its Caribbean rhythm, Jokerman is a distinctive song in Dylan's oeuvre. I particularly like that little bass thing right before the chorus kicks in. Another thing I like about this album is the "rambling" songwriting style. On songs such as Jokerman, Dylan just seems to ramble on and on about these completely unrelated scenarios and you often have no clue what he's talking about. That's not a criticism though, I find it very interesting. You never know what he's going to talk about next. There is a bit of political content here, yes, but I really don't think of Infidels as a political album. I think it's more cynical than political. I think Dylan is basically saying that the world sucks, and he wishes to wash his hands of it. Whether or not this is from a religious perspective is debatable. There are certainly religious references here, but they're not blatant like on Slow Train Coming and Saved. To be honest, I'm not quite sure what most of these songs are about. A couple are pretty obvious, such as Union Sundown and License to Kill, but I don't have a clue as to what Jokerman or I and I are about. It's okay though, Dylan doesn't often spell out the meaning of his songs. Read more ›
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Published 1 month ago by Katherine Whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars great for all dylan lovers
One of Dylan's best, after this album he began to lose the muse.
Published 2 months ago by Michel Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best
This is one of Dylan's best. 'Sundown on the unions' is as applicable now as it was 30 years ago and it shows how keenly aware dylan is of evolving social issues.
Published 3 months ago by acehc1
1.0 out of 5 stars Cracked cd cover
Disappointed the cover was badly cracked on sides. I don't suppose you wld give me a new cover? It's happened before..,,,,Samuel
Published 5 months ago by Samuel Padman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe Inspriing
This cd is actually hard to find. Many videos of the "Infidel" song has been taken off of YouTube because of controversy. If you are a Dylan fan, this cd is a must.
Published 6 months ago by Dawn Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok enough!
She won't stop playing it. It is one of his best. If you're a Dylan fan or just like some good down to earth music with it's twisting you'll love this. Download worked great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BrotherWind
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan Infidels
Another gift for the husband. He a big fan of Bob Dylan and of couse still like his cds over mp3…go figure. He would buy this again.
Published 10 months ago by M. Morrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's "comback" album/cd
If you missed it first time around, jump on this NOW! Great rhythm section, great lead guitarists -- (T-bone/Mark K/Mick T -- u don't know 'em, that's your problem). Read more
Published 10 months ago by cassiusclaysugarray
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick shipping, great condition
My husband lives Bob Dylan. I am slowly collecting these CDs for him. I am pleased that it came when it did and was in great condition.
Published 10 months ago by TheMrs.R
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