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POLL: Bob Dylan's Infidels - your favourite track!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dave Gilmour's Cat, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

  2. AGimS

    AGimS Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    Have to go with "Jokerman".
    "Sweetheart Like You" is also a favorite. Many good songs this record.
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  3. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    I and I.

    But if you went with my Infidels, it would be "Foot Of Pride" and then "Blind Willie McTell".

    Last edited: Nov 22, 2016
  4. Vaughan

    Vaughan Forum Resident

    Essex, UK
    Love the entire thing, not a note is wrong. But you're making me choose just one, and so I'll start at the beginning....
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  5. Jamaican bass legend Robbie Shakespeare who played (with Sly Dunbar on drums) on this album loves "Don't fall apart on me tonight"

    We even started recording a cover of this tune a couple of years ago at Anchor Studio in Kingston.

    He played me a cassette of rough mixes of Infidels he did one night with the engineer to prepare for a next session, and they are quite nice, but like all the other alternate versions circulating around, they dont change the album fundamentally. True some songs could have been included, but as it was released, it's a great album
  6. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH_Forums.

    "Jokerman" - Dylan at his most melodic.

    Here's what the Infidels album looks like:

  7. richierichie

    richierichie My glass is always full.

    Bob` `80`s return to form!?! :righton:

    After `The Holy Trinity` I found myself liking this album but it was no `Blood On The Tracks` or even `Street Legal` but apart from `Neighborhood Bully` I thought OK, there are some good tracks, the next one will be a classic! :cool::laugh::shake:
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  8. richierichie

    richierichie My glass is always full.

    Just been listening to some other tracks from `other sources` and as often been said `coulda been a classic`. :edthumbs:
  9. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect The prose and the passion

    Winchester, UK
    I love this album. It is as it is. The two standout tracks from my perspective are Jokerman and "I and I". My vote goes to Jokerman. Such wonderful ambiguity. Who is the Jokerman? Dylan? Christ? Some other figure?

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  10. Elton

    Elton I Hope Being Helpful, Will Make Me Look Cool

    Carson Ca.
    Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight is my personnel favorite.

    But this is one of the Dylan album I love that I found on my own. Jokerman, Sweetheart Like You, License to Kill, all are great songs. It's the attitude and the word play, that's what let you know your listening to Dylan;

    I ain’t too good at conversation, girl
    So you might not know exactly how I feel
    But if I could, I’d bring you to the mountaintop, girl
    And build you a house made out of stainless steel
    But it’s like I’m stuck inside a painting
    That’s hanging in the Louvre
    My throat start to tickle and my nose itches
    But I know that I can’t move

    -Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight
  11. drbryant

    drbryant Senior Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    Blind Willie McTell, the spare acoustic version. The best song on the album and one of the best of this Nobel Prize winner's career.
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  12. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    "Jokerman". It's cryptic Dylan at his best.
  13. Harry Hood

    Harry Hood Forum Resident

    I like it all (probably apart from Union Sundown) but for favourites, I'll go tracks 8, 1, 2, in that order.
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  14. Mark87

    Mark87 Forum Resident

    London, England
    Although I love this album, I tend to play the outtakes more than the songs selected for the album. It would have made an awesome album if Blind Willie McTell, Lord Protect My Child and Foot of Pride were included.
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  15. Chooke

    Chooke Forum Resident

    Perth, Australia
    This was one of the first CDs I bought. Jokerman for me.
  16. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Savannah, Georgia
    Speaking as a very casual fan, I'll choose Jokerman.
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  17. babyblue

    babyblue Pactches Pal!

    Pacific NW
    Jokerman is one of Dylan's best. Lyrics you can dig into, plus a killer hook chorus.
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  18. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    "Sweetheart Like You" is one of Dylan's best songs.

    I also like "Neighborhood Bully", "I And I", and "License to Kill."
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  19. jpmosu

    jpmosu a.k.a. Mr. Jones

    Ohio, USA
    Not a surprise that it's a "Jokerman" landslide.

    I agree with the vote, but I do have a soft spot for the much-unloved "Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight."
  20. lschwart

    lschwart Senior Member

    Richmond, VA
    From my perspective, "Jokerman" and "I and I" are major songs in Dylan's body of work, and "Sweetheart...," "Man of Peace," and "Don't Fall Apart..." are very, very good second-tier Dylan songs. The other 3 are flawed in serious ways, although they all have their virtues. "License" has some nice moody images and a lovely melody, but its also expresses some weird, half-baked ideas. "Union" and "Bully" fail for me because they express their political ideas in what I think are cartoonish ways. I'm in sympathy with the politics of the former, not so much with the latter, but it's not the ideas themselves that are the problem for me as much as the mode of expression. "Bully" certainly captures a forceful performance, though. Dylan's vocal seems lost in the murk of "Union" (and not just the production, but the arrangement, and the structure of the song itself), so it has a lot less drama for me.

    Of course, as others have said, the real masterpiece from the sessions is missing in action!

    I voted for "I and I."

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  21. Carserguev

    Carserguev Forum Resident

    Madrid, Spain
    "I and I" was the first Bob song that really "got" to me... I only gave the album a chance because, y'know, Mick Taylor played on it, and Knopfler (I was 15 in 1983!). And at first i didn't really get it, I thought it was OK. My favourite song at first was Neighborhood Bully, I kid you not. But little by little I got it; the Real Live version, which is amazing, helped to...

    "I and I" is one for the ages, one of my favourite Bob and non-Bob songs ever.

    Jokerman is not that far behind...
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  22. ScramMan2

    ScramMan2 Forum Resident

    Portland OR
    Had to go with Jokerman on this record. I wonder how he'd hack it up on his current tour.
  23. Carserguev

    Carserguev Forum Resident

    Madrid, Spain
    He did last play Jokerman a few times in 2003, if I remember correctly, with Freddie Koella on guitar, and he NAILED it! Those 2003-early 2004 shows rocked, IMHO.
  24. noname74

    noname74 Allegedly Canadian

    Room 237
    Love every song on this album but if forced to pick one its "Sweetheart Like You.
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  25. ManFromCouv

    ManFromCouv Employee #3541

    Sweetheart Like You
    Man Of Peace comes second (I love shuffles).

    Jokerman is the weak link on the album . :hide:

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