Bob Dylan's 1983 album Infidels is without doubt one of his most accessible, and this SACD re-release is well-deserved.
I was never much of a Dylan fan until I stumbled across Modern Times a couple of years ago - after which a lot of his back catalogue was re-released in 5.1, and that made me curious enough to invest in Blood On The Tracks, Blonde On Blonde and Bringing It All Back Home... all classical Dylan albums of course, and before long I became totally hooked on his lyrics and vocal delivery, which far transcend any misgivings I had about his technique or the tonal qualities of his voice - it's an acquired taste to be sure, but one definitely worth acquiring.
His newest, Together Through Life is also a real treat... but Infidels is now my all-time favourite. His voice is strong and crystal clear, while the mix (and engineering by Dire Straits' alumni Neil Dorfsman) is flawless - largely thanks to the involvement of co-producer Mark Knopfler, who also plays guitar on the album.
Knopfler and Dylan assembled an impressive lineup of musicians, including Dire Straits' keyboardist Alan Clark, former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, and Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare - who Dylan recruited for the album's rhythm section.
Outstanding tracks are hard to pick, because there are no duds here at all. My personal favourites are I and I, Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight, Sweetheart Like You and Neighborhood Bully, but there are really no dull moments.
I must admit I was a bit disappointed and surprised that the SACD part of this release is only in stereo and not multichannel, unlike some of the earlier albums which also got the SACD treatment. Also, the non-inclusion of the two tracks from the album sessions left off the original album - Blind Willie McTell and Foot Of Pride - is mystifying. THAT would really have made this release indispensable.