Description: Infidels is the twenty-second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in October 1983 by Columbia Records.
Produced by Mark Knopfler and Dylan himself, Infidels is seen as his return to secular music, following a conversion to Christianity, three evangelical, gospel records and a subsequent return to a secular, culturally Jewish lifestyle. Though he has never abandoned religious imagery, Infidels gained much attention for its focus on more personal themes of love and loss, in addition to commentary on the environment and geopolitics. Christopher Connelly of Rolling Stone called those Gospel albums just prior to Infidels "lifeless", and saw Infidels as making Bob Dylan's career viable again. According to Connelly and others Infidels is Dylan's best poetic and melodic work since Blood on the Tracks. It has been reported that reviews like these of Dylan's religious works depressed the musician profoundly, inspiring Dylan's comment at one concert that he was only referred to as a "prophet" when he was a secular "prophet" (paraphrased).
The critical reaction was the strongest for Dylan in years, almost universally hailed for its songwriting and performances. The album also fared well commercially, reaching #20 in the US and going gold, and #9 in the UK. Still, many fans and critics were disappointed that several songs were inexplicably cut from the album just prior to mastering—primarily "Blind Willie McTell", considered a career highlight by many critics, and not officially released until it appeared on The Bootleg Series Volume III eight years later.
Track Listing: Please see below
"Jokerman" – 6:12
"Sweetheart Like You" – 4:31
"Neighborhood Bully" – 4:33
"License to Kill" – 3:31
"Man of Peace" – 6:27
"Union Sundown" – 5:21
"I and I" – 5:10
"Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight" – 5:54
Artist: Bob Dylan
Pressing Origin: Australia
Catalogue Number: SBP 237955
Record Grading: VG++ with glimpses of NM
Cover Grading: VG++ / NM with insert being VG+