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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.]
Performance CreditsBob 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 CreditsAllen 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
Ken Regan Cover Photo
Ruth Bernal Collage
Don Waxman Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Its hard to find a Dylan album that is as diverse as this.Set back in a time that almost now seems forgotten. Hurricane-catchy as well as political. Isis-who hasnt "COME TO A HIGH PLACE OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT" and then had to make a decision. Mozambique-one of my favorite songs because of its constant flow. Ahhh. Romance on vacation. One More Cup Of Coffee-This is a very haunting tune that actually caught my attention quite quickly.Sara-We all know this was a song about Bobs ex. But it will always remind me of the years spent in York Maine \ Harbour where this album was supposedly written. Joey-Musical genius to keep a tune this long, this interesting.Romance In Durango-Brings you closer than youll ever be. Black Diamond Bay-From beginning to end, a jewel. Oh Sister-If you dont know this song already.... LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!
I loved this album because it is an amazing followup to what was perhaps Dylan's most critically acclaimed album, Blood on the Tracks. Dylan made lightning strike twice in a row with producing this album right after Blood on the Tracks. Desire is a stellar collection of varying styles of music. The opening song, Hurricane, makes a highly politicized protest song into a harrowing and breezy rock song. Praises have been sung for Isis, Mozambique and Joey, but personally I enjoy the hidden jewels in this album, such as Oh Sister, Romance in Durango and Sara. Oh Sister is a beautiful melody, Romance in Durango is a nifty, foot-tapping tune (it's also pretty neat to hear Bob sing in Spanish in this one), and Sara is a highly emotional personal reflection while at the same time calming and enthralling. Desire is a simply radiant and incredible album. It should be mentioned whenever Dylan's greatest albums are being listed off, and I highly recommend it to any music fan.
I really loved the song ''hurrican'' in the movie when i was in 7th grade i had to read it and it was really good and thats what inspired me to see the move and now buy one of his CD's. And allthough i am young and probably dont really under stand the movie to well i really like the movie and the song.
"Isis" is a beautiful violin-driven song, and Bob sings with somewhat funny inflections on words like "ordinary" and "necessary," but I like it 100% nonetheless. Bob's piano work is awesome. Another minus to some (not me) is that the song has only three chords altogether. Anyone interested in Bob Dylan should listen to this song's parts where the violin (played by Scarlet Rivera) and Bob's harmonica "join together" in certain breaks. Bob sings these songs like he's telling stories. The leadoff track, "Hurricane" is about troubled boxer Rubin Carter and runs over 8 minutes long.
this is definitely dylan's best album in my opinion. although the album trys out many different styles there is a haunting gypsy flavor that overshadows the whole affair. the drums have a lazy opium haze to them that make the album romantic, while the mandolins and dylan's voice make it simultaneously very haunting and desperate. absolutely perfect.
This is definitely his best. I lost this CD a long time ago, and have not been able to get the songs online. I was so psyched to order it today!
I think the title Desire is perfect- the violin is wonderful-very vital stuff