On this day in music history: October 27, 1983 – “Infidels”, the…

On this day in music history: October 27, 1983 – “Infidels”, the twenty second album by Bob Dylan is released. Produced by Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City from April – May 1983. The album marks Dylan’s return to secular music after his conversion to Christianity at the end of the 70’s. The material on his three previous records heavily reflected his then newly found spiritual beliefs. With many of the songs focusing on love and loss as well as environmental concerns, it is his best received album in many years both by fans and critics. The album features guest musicians such as former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor and Robbie Shakespeare and Sly Dunbar. It is also Dylan’s first album to be recorded on digital recording equipment. It spins off two singles including “Sweetheart Like You” and “Jokerman”. Originally released on CD simultaneously with the vinyl LP and cassette configurations, it is remastered and reissued in 2003 as a hybrid SACD. The high resolution disc is replaced with the standard redbook CD release in 2004. “Infidels” peaks at number twenty on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.