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Desire

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Mid-Price
  • ASIN: B000026933
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,701 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dylan shows an unlikely innocence and a greater sense of the world around him on this 1976 follow-up to the more cynical and introspective Blood on the Tracks. Working with lyricist Jacques Levy, Dylan offers a work with rougher edges and greater urgency that is distinguished by the prominence of Scarlet Rivera's melancholy violin and Emmylou Harris's bare harmonies. The album features two of Dylan's famous wrongly accused-and-misunderstood-criminal sagas but truly peaks elsewhere. Exotic imagery meshes with simple melody on "Isis," one of Dylan's most appealing rambles. The droning piano and plodding drums propel a mystical journey that contains some of his most insightful (and most ridiculous) lyrics about paranoia, trust, betrayal, and, of course, desire. ("What drives me to you is what drives me insane.") In the end Dylan shows no signs of being jaded by love's fickleness. Delicate and heartbreaking, the finale "Sara" is a gift to his ex-wife that eloquently recounts the wonders of a relationship, perhaps in an attempt to revive it. --Marc Greilsamer

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I came to listen to 'Desire' with no previous knowledge of Bob
Dylan's music. Of course, I had heard of him and was aware that he had written a number of classic songs, but I had never heard his music.
Anyway, 'Desire' is now one of the best albums in my collection, and is unfairly overshadowed by 1975's 'Blood on the Tracks', the second Dylan album I heard.
'Desire' features some original violin from Scarlet Rivera, and haunting harmonies from country singer Emmylou Harris. But it is Dylan's songs that stand out. He certainly does not have the most conventional of voices, but he works around this and produces a stellar collection of songs - I wouldn't want it any other way.
"Hurricane" and "Joey" tell of gangster land and murders, both apparently true stories and both told with Dylan's opinions (he strenuously protests boxer Hurricane Carter's innocence after he was accused of a triple murder back in the 1960s) in mind. "Mozambique" and "Oh, Sister" are both highly pleasant songs and highlights, but they aren't as powerful or immediately awe-inspiring as the rest of the material.
"One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)" is haunting and sounds mildly Eastern, with great harmonies from Emmylou Harris. "Black Diamond Bay" is upbeat and breathlessly tells a story set in Greece, while the Latin-flavoured "Romance in Durango" shows how diverse Bob Dylan can be.
"Isis" is a major highlight of the record, with some mystical imagery and a lingering melody. Finally, "Sara" features some of Dylan's most tuneful vocals and is a heartfelt ode to his wife, whom he separated before the making of 'Desire'. The album also carries a gypsy vibe, in part thanks to the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975, a travelling medicine show with a number of highly regarded musicians including Dylan, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.
'Desire' is certainly one of Bob Dylan's greatest records and just as good, if not better, than 'Blood on the Tracks'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best story songs ever 5 Feb 2002
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Close your eyes and listen to Romance in Durango and you can almost see the movie unfold like the best Spaghetti Western Sergio Leone never made.
Point the CD back a few tracks and you're once again in movie land, this time at the hapless hotel/casino on Black Diamond Bay (the twist in the last verse is done with such amazing eloquence it really does take you aback).
Lie back and listen to Mozambique (one of Bob's happy songs - an art of his that is often criminally over looked) and you can almost feel the sun beating down on you and hear the beach bar calling.
Then there is Sara - one of the most heart rending songs you'll ever hear and a rare glimpse right through the mist at what lies beneath the songs.
The bottom line is any one of these songs could have made it as a movie (the Hurricane famously did, although this isn't really Bob's own story). But hey - why dilute these gems on the screen when the songs tell you all you need to know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album may well change your life! 22 Jan 2003
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I find it hard to fault this album. Slide it into your CD player, and press play. The sublime guitar-strums start, and begin to speed up. The experience has begun. The drums cut in, then the gentle violin, and then Dylan : "Pistol shots ring out in a bar-room night..." Cymbals crash, and Bob's voice grows in urgency, a storyteller singing the plaintive song of protest. "If you're black, you might as well not show up on the street, unless you wanna draw the heat..." The beat, and the indignancy, grow until the triumphant yet pleadingly desperate ending - "It won't be over until they clear his name, and give him back the time he's done..." Enough for a whole album, but eight more blistering tracks await... A song about marriage, and one which is steeped in mystery. The fifth of May was the traditional festival of the goddess Isis across the Roman Empire. Bob is not unaware of this, and weaves this into his winding tale... Imagery marries the feeling in his voice to create a sound that washes over you. The sliding bass in Mozambique creates the background for the playful lyrics and feel to the third song. The raw feel to One More Cup of Coffee, and the exquisite rise and fall of the lead singing and backing by Emmylou Harris, added to the laid-back feel of the session, build to a peak, then fall to an oasis of calm... "And your pleasure knows no limits - your voice is like a meadow-lark, but your voice is like an ocean - mysterious and dark..." Oh Sister comes next. "Do a protest song" cried someone when he did this on the 1975 tour. In a way this is a protest - a cry for honesty and tenderness. The violin screams for rebirth, as do the lyrics. The timing on this song is immaculate. And then Joey. A song that begins so languidly... "Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the year of who knows when. Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story for everybody 26 Jun 2005
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This is the Dylan album i always come back to and am always touched by. It's a long way from the electric speed freak era of 'Highway 61' and 'Blonde on Blonde' but the stories in the songs are just as poignant if not more so. 'Sara' is one of his most beautiful songs and even more amazing when you find out it was recorded in one take with his estranged wife Sara actually watching him through the recording studio window as he sang it! It momentarily healed the heartache as described in blood on the tracks....if only for a little while. 'Isis' is quirky and charming, 'Oh Sister' is a warm sweeping ballad and 'Joey' is another fine example of Dylan's story telling. The album is also graced with the beautiful voice of Emmylou Harris on several tracks and the spine tingling excellence of Scarlet Rivera on violin. This is one of Dylan's best works in an overwhelming back catalgogue. So if you don't know where to start give this one a go. It won't disappoint you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Dylan
I thought I had outgrown Dylan some albums ago but I had never owned or listened to most of the tracks on this offering. How mistaken can you be I cant stop playing it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rickardo Rossi
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Bought this as, although had the vinyl, cassette and somehow lost the Cd, as a replacement to ensure I have all music from Bob. This is excellent, one of his best
Published 4 months ago by Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD - the quality and price are great.
A wonderful album at a very fair price. Dylan is one of the true rock greats. The quality of the CD is excellent and delivery was quick.
Published 5 months ago by Soul Supply
5.0 out of 5 stars I already loved it, I'm replacing the vinyl that I regret getting rid...
I already loved it, I'm replacing the vinyl that I regret getting rid of many years ago by buying cheap second hand cd's on amazon. A must for any Dylan fan
Published 6 months ago by AJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it on vinyl and still love on CD
I bought this years ago and found it a heart-rending and atmospheric work. I'm glad to say nothing has changed.
Published 8 months ago by Gary32
5.0 out of 5 stars great Dylan
this is as good as it gets perhaps his best work one of my most favourite albums yum yum enjoy!
Published 9 months ago by i.am, painter
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
One of my favourite Dylan albums. You would go a long way to better One More Cup of Coffee. Irreplaceable.
Published 10 months ago by Ms. Kim J. Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Mmmmm: a wonderful song, this title song of this album, "Hurricane". And a great contribution by Emmylou Harris. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pierre Brewee
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my Sister Gillian.
I bought this CD for my Sister.
I know she'll be Very Happy with it as she told me it's her favourite Bob Dylan album but it had somehow gone missing recently from her Music... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Mark Deacon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob at his best
I have only just got into Dylan! Weird I know, as I'm into my 50's now. I had always liked his earlier stuff - ie 'freewheeling Bob Dylan' - and his later work passed me by. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Balderson
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