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Desire Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B0001M0KCU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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1. Hurricane
2. Isis
3. Mozambique
4. One More Cup Of Coffee
5. "Oh, Sister"
6. Joey
7. Romance In Durango
8. Black Diamond Bay
9. Sara

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2003 Remaster of atmospheric, violin-driven 1976 album featuring Emmylou Harris. Includes "Hurricane", "One More Cup of Coffee & 'Sara'

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Keen on 22 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Feb. 2003
Format: Audio CD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By gomezij@bp.com on 5 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This 1976 album is the seventeenth from icon Bob Dylan, and marks another change in style for this ever evolving artist, and would prove controversial even by his standards.

Following the success of the very personal and bitter `Blood On The Tracks', Dylan teamed up with Jacques Levy to write a series of story songs. Songs range from the fight for justice for Rueben `Hurricane' Carter, the somewhat rose-tinted look at the life and death of gangster Joey Gallo, the metaphysical flight of fancy that is `Isis', the adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Victory that is `Black Diamond Bay', songs of outlaws and the search for love, and culminating in one of Dylan's most personal and revealing songs, the beautiful and bitter `Sara'.

The songwriting here is excellent. The collaboration with Levy pays dividends and some memorable and fascinating imagery results. Musically it is a big change from Dylan's previous work, with quite a large band, backing vocals from Emmylou Harris (especially good on `Oh Sister') and a heavy reliance on Scarlet Rivera's powerful violin playing. It's a lusher sound than Dylan was used to using, and he uses it well.

The melodies are sweeping and grandiose for the most part, providing a solid wall for Dylan's singing to reverberate off. His vocals match the music, and he delivers a very commited performance. With the exception of the slow `Sara', the album is largely uptempo, though it deals, as usual for Dylan, with themes of loss, injustice and love gone wrong.

The opener `Hurricane' is a classic Dylan protest song in the mould of `The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol', totally mesmerising as he puts into verse the facts around the case of a man horribly wronged by the justice system.
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