Desire [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Blood on the Tracks was an unapologetically intimate affair, Desire is unwieldy and messy, the deliberate work of a collective. And while Bob Dylan directly addresses his crumbling relationship with his wife, Sara, on the final track, Desire is hardly as personal as its predecessor, finding Dylan returning to topical songwriting and folk tales for the core of the record. It's all over the map, as far as songwriting goes, and so is it musically, capturing Dylan at the beginning of the Rolling Thunder Revue era, which was more notable for its chaos than its music. And, so it's only fitting that Desire fits that description as well, as it careens between surging...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Blood on the Tracks was an unapologetically intimate affair, Desire is unwieldy and messy, the deliberate work of a collective. And while Bob Dylan directly addresses his crumbling relationship with his wife, Sara, on the final track, Desire is hardly as personal as its predecessor, finding Dylan returning to topical songwriting and folk tales for the core of the record. It's all over the map, as far as songwriting goes, and so is it musically, capturing Dylan at the beginning of the Rolling Thunder Revue era, which was more notable for its chaos than its music. And, so it's only fitting that Desire fits that description as well, as it careens between surging folk-rock, Mideastern dirges, skipping pop, and epic narratives. It's little surprise that Desire doesn't quite gel, yet it retains its own character -- really, there's no other place where Dylan tried as many different styles, as many weird detours, as he does here. And, there's something to be said for its rambling, sprawling character, which has a charm of its own. Even so, the record would have been assisted by a more consistent set of songs; there are some masterpieces here, though: "Hurricane" is the best-known, but the effervescent "Mozambique" is Dylan at his breeziest, "Sara" at his most nakedly emotional, and "Isis" is one of his very best songs of the '70s, a hypnotic, contemporized spin on a classic fable. This may not add up to a masterpiece, but it does result in one of his most fascinating records of the '70s and '80s -- more intriguing, lyrically and musically, than most of his latter-day affairs. [In 2003, Columbia/Legacy reissued 15 selected titles from Dylan's catalog as hybrid SACDs, playable in both regular CD players and Super Audio CD players. Each title is packaged as a digipak, containing the full original artwork. On each of the titles, and on each of the layers, the remastered sound is spectacular, a considerable upgrade from the initial CD pressings.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969239322
  • Catalog Number: 92393
  • Sales rank: 3,649

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hurricane (8:32)
  2. 2 Isis (6:58)
  3. 3 Mozambique (3:01)
  4. 4 One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) (3:47)
  5. 5 Oh, Sister (4:03)
  6. 6 Joey (11:05)
  7. 7 Romance in Durango (5:44)
  8. 8 Black Diamond Bay (7:30)
  9. 9 Sara (5:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals
Scarlet Rivera Violin
Rob Stoner Bass, Background Vocals
Ronee Blakley Background Vocals
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Steven Soles Background Vocals
Vincent Bell bellzouki
Howie Wyeth Drums
Technical Credits
Allen Ginsberg Liner Notes
Bob Dylan Composer
Steven Berkowitz Reissue Producer
Don DeVito Producer, Reissue Producer
Harold J. Kleiner Quadrophonics
Jacques Levy Composer
Don Meehan Engineer
Lou Waxman Engineer
Don Young Engineer
Stan Kalina Mastering
Ken Regan Cover Photo
Ruth Bernal Collage
Don Waxman Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Starts With A Big Bang!

    It is a classic of 1970's Dylan. There are several great selections on this album.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

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    Very Inconsistent

    I just upgraded Desire from cassette to compact disc. It is unusually long for what was a single LP, clocking in at over 56 minutes.Three stars is probably too low for this CD but I would not go above 3 1/2. There are two masterpieces here. Sara is Dylan unmasked, for once totally emotional and saying exactly what he means. The final line, "Don't ever leave me, don't ever go," is one of the most desperate moments in rock, as anguished as Clapton's Layla or Neil young's Tonight's the Night.Isis is another great song, even better when heard in one of its live versions. Hurricane is a fine song but now a bit dated. On the other side, Joey is one of the worst topical songs Bob ever did, trying to glorify a mobster who, by all accounts, was not the man in the song. The rest of the songs are average for Dylan, although Mozambique is a catchy if odd number. Most critics felt this was the last Bob Dylan album that really mattered until the 90s, although he wrote many good individual songs during the interval.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great followup to "Blood on the Tracks"

    After Blood on the Tracks, I thought a followup album would be a let-down. Not so with this album. The album takes on a tenor of it's own, punctuated by Scarlet Rivera's violin, along with the other great backing musicians. A great album within a body of work by a great songwriter and musician.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Power equal to Blood On The Tracks

    This is a wonderful album on its own but it does have a feel very much like that of his Blood On The Tracks album. Among the many great songs here is his classic "Hurricane" which put in motion events that would set free the wrongly convicted boxer from prison. How many albums have you heard of that have THAT kind of power?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His best album of the 70's

    This album gets knocked by the critics as being all over the place, but I believe it is one of Bob's best. The words are very reveling and the music is clean. This album never gets old.

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