Bob Dylan - Desire

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue

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Desire is the seventeenth studio album by American singer songwriter Bob Dylan, originally released in January 1976 via Columbia Records.

What's most striking about the record is that it is such a collaborative effort. Dylan works as closely with these musicians and singers as he has with anyone since The Band. But it's still Dylan's album.

If Blood On The Tracks was an unapologetically intimate affair, Desire is unwieldy and messy, the deliberate work of a collective. And while 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.

Desire 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.

Check out the album track: “Hurricane”.

This LP is a Music On Vinyl, 2013 remaster, reissued on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl with a printed insert, pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Hurricane

8:33

A2

Isis

6:58

A3

Mozambique

3:00

A4

One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Blow)

3:43

A5

Oh, Sister

4:05

B1

Joey

11:05

B2

Romance In Durango

5:50

B3

Black Diamond Bay

7:30

B4

Sara

5:29

SKU 8718469533305
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP836
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 19 August 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 05 January 1976
Barcode # 8718469533305
Shipping Weight 0.3050kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Insert
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP

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