This is not a “best from 1981” list, just 5 Great songs Bob Dylan recorded in 1981.
How to comment on this extraordinary piece of writing? Recorded at the ‘Shot of Love’ sessions of April-May 1980, Angelina is unlike anything else Bob Dylan has ever written – part Cocteau film, part Braque painting, totally surreal, it defies logic and heads off for the deepest, darkest parts of poetic mystery. Though Dylan has never commented about the song in public, chances are that he’d confess that it was as much mystery to him as to anyone else.
~John Bauldie (TBS1-3 booklet)
Santa Monica, California
26 March 1981
1st Shot Of Love recording session. Produced by Jimmy Iovine.
Released on THE BOOTLEG SERIES (RARE & UNRELEASED) 1961-1991, 26 March 1991.
Well, it’s always been my nature
To take chances
My right hand drawing back
While my left hand advances