Infidels: As It Should Have Been

In my thoughts on Infidels, I forgot to make the well-known point that Dylan’s choice of tracks for Infidels is inexplicable. He recorded a bunch of other songs during the Infidels session, including the great Foot of Pride and the absolute masterpiece Blind Willie McTell. He should have included both of them. Let’s say he leaves off Union Sundown and Neighborhood Bully. Start the album with Foot of Pride cuz there ain’t no going back when the foot of pride comes down. End it with Blind Willie McTell cuz nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell, and no song can follow it. 

This would make Infidels a great Dylan album, not quite at the level of the acknowledged masterpieces, the big four, which of course are Blood on the Tracks, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, and Bringing It All Back Home. But still a great album, and one I’d want to revisit.

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