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Released: August 12, 1981

Rating: 3.155 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: folk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Shot of Love
  2. Heart of Mine
  3. Property of Jesus
  4. Lenny Bruce
  5. Watered-Down Love
  6. The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar
  7. Dead Man, Dead Man
  8. In the Summertime
  9. Trouble
  10. Every Grain of Sand


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 33
peak on U.K. album chart 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Heart of Mine (6/81) –
  • Shot of Love (8/29/81) #38 AR
  • Lenny Bruce (9/81) --

Shot of Love
Bob Dylan
Shot of Love finds Dylan still in born-again mode, but he's starting to come alive again — which isn't as much a value judgment as it is an observation that he no longer seems beholden to repeating dogma, loosening up and crafting songs again. And it's not just that his writing is looser, the music is, too, as he lets himself — and his backing band — rock a little harder, a little more convincingly. Shot of Love still isn't a great album, but it once again has flashes of brilliance, such as Every Grain of Sand, which point the way to the rebirth of Infidels” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.