I’m usually either here or on the West Coast or down in the Caribbean. Me and another
guy have a boat down there. Jokerman kinda came to me in the islands. It’s very
mystical. The shapes there, and shadows, seem to be so ancient. The song was sorta
inspired by these spirits they call jumbis.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder, March 1984)
New York City, New York
14 April 1983
4th Infidels recording session. Produced by Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan.
Continue reading April 14: Bob Dylan – The 4th Infidels session, NYC 1983
Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please
And if things don’t change soon, he will
Oh, man has invented his doom
First step was touching the moon
I’m not sure the exact date this cool video was shot, but I’m pretty sure it has to be @ The Power Station in NYC – April/May 1983.
If anyone got more hard facts… please enlighten me.
New York City, New York
April / May – 1983
- Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar)
- Mark Knopfler (guitar), Mick Taylor (guitar)
- Alan Clark (keyboards)
- Robbie Shakespeare (bass)
- Sly Dunbar (drums)
Continue reading Bob Dylan: License To Kill, Studio A, Power Station, NYC April/May 1983 (rare Video)
April 27: Bob Dylan – The 15th Infidels recording session in 1983
…..I did the album, and I call it that, but what it means is for other people to interpret, you know, if it means something to them. Infidels is a word that’s in the dictionary and whoever it applies to… to everybody on the album, every character. Maybe it’s all about infidels.
~Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder in March 1984)
Foot of Pride:
“Bob’s musical ability is limited, in terms of being able to play a guitar or a piano,….. It’s rudimentary, but it doesn’t affect his variety, his sense of melody, his singing. It’s all there. In fact, some of the things he plays on piano while he’s singing are lovely, even though they’re rudimentary. That all demonstrates the fact that you don’t have to be a great technician. It’s the same old story: If something is played with soul, that’s what’s important.”
“I’ve made shoes for everyone, even you, while I still go barefoot”
~Bob Dylan (from “I and I”)
Continue reading April 27: Bob Dylan – The 15th Infidels recording session in 1983
This is not the jokerman. This is someone whose heart can be got ahold of. And in a real sense this person is more vulnerable, and even more in need of a place to hide, than the genius who could write and perform “Blind Willie McTell.”
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)
It’s getting harder and harder to recognize the trap
Too much information about nothing, too much educated rap
Never could learn to drink that blood, and call it wine
What looks large from a distance, close up is never that big
~Bob Dylan (Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart)
Great song recorded during the “infidels” sessions in 1983, but sadly not included on the released album.
It later developed into “Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)”, recorded during the “Empire Burlesque” sessions in 1985 (and released on that album).
Continue reading April 16: Bob Dylan – Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart