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Released: November 1, 1983

Rating: 3.509 (average of 14 ratings)

Genre: folk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Jokerman
  2. Sweetheart Like You
  3. Neighborhood Bully
  4. License to Kill
  5. Man of Peace
  6. Union Sundown
  7. I and I
  8. Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight


sales in U.S. only ˝ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 60,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 20
peak on U.K. album chart 9

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Union Sundown (10/83) –
  • Sweetheart Like You (12/17/83) #55 US
  • Neighborhood Bully (12/17/83) #37 AR
  • Jokerman (5/84) --

Bob Dylan
Infidels was the first secular record Bob Dylan recorded since Street Legal, and it's far more like a classicist Dylan album than that one, filled with songs that are evocative in their imagery and direct in their approach. This is lean, much like Slow Train Coming, but its writing is closer to Dylan's peak of the mid-'70s, and some of the songs here — particularly on the first side — are minor classics, capturing him reviving his sense of social consciousness and his gift for poetic, elegant love songs. For a while, Infidels seems like a latter-day masterpiece, but toward the end of the record it runs out of steam, preventing itself from being a triumph. Still, in comparison to everything that arrived in the near-decade before it, Infidels is a triumph, finding Dylan coming tantalizingly close to regaining all his powers” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.