Thoughts on Bob Dylan's "Desire"

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  1. NorwegianWood65

    NorwegianWood65 New Member Thread Starter

    I just picked up Bob Dylan's Desire LP today at the record store, and I have to say I am really impressed with it. One of his more underrated LPs, I think, maybe because it was the first one released after Blood on the Tracks, and perhaps rightly so, since I don't really think Desire is as amazing as that one, but I still think this is a very great job by Dylan. It's so interesting. I like the fiddle playing on all the tracks, and the female vocals add a nice change from his other stuff. Also, the songwriting is brilliant, as usual. What do you think of it?
  2. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member

    The recent BOOTLEG SERIES release of this album's tour, LIVE 1975, is even better.
  3. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    LOVE IT! Hurricane is a wonderfully melodic song even if the subject matter sucks...GREAT ALBUM...bested by the SACD!
  4. pig whisperer

    pig whisperer CD Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    If you read on of the Dylan Bios there are some interesting stories about these sessions. For example, the first song that drummer Howard Wyeth played on was "Mozambique". He was still setting up his kit when they started the song, which is why he comes in late. That is the take that was used. (I can't remember the book I read - there is a web site with the sessionography). Since these were recorded on the quick, the live versions on "Rolling Thunder" are better (and "Isis" from "Biograph"), but I'm kind of used to the unpolished/under rehearsed sound of the original album - I think the only one who was unhappy was Emmy Lou Harris.

    It is a favorite, but I haven't listened to it much in the past couple of years. I'm really into "Saved" at the moment.

    How is the SACD compared with the original CD?

    Found my own answer:

    Hey NorwegianWood65, have the Gorts add "Beatles" to the thread title and you will get more response. ;)
  5. Joey Self

    Joey Self Red Forman's Sensitivity Guru

    I like a lot of DESIRE--"Hurricane," "Isis," "Sara," and if pressed to name ONE, my favorite Dylan track of all, "Black Diamond Bay." It's burdened with "Joey"--I can't sit through it any more, and there are a couple of others I can do without, but all in all, it's in my top 8 Dylan albums.

    The nudge to LIVE 1975 is a good one, by the way.

  6. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City south of Detroit

    Fonthill, Ontario
    One of my favourites mainly because of Emmylou Harris
  7. Leppo

    Leppo Forum Librarian

    Everytime I hear "Mozambique" it's stuck in my head for days.

    by Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy

    I like to spend some time in Mozambique
    The sunny sky is aqua blue
    And all the couples dancing cheek to cheek.
    It's very nice to stay a week or two.

    There's lots of pretty girls in Mozambique
    And plenty time for good romance
    And everybody likes to stop and speak
    To give the special one you seek a chance
    Or maybe say hello with just a glance.

    Lying next to her by the ocean
    Reaching out and touching her hand,
    Whispering your secret emotion
    Magic in a magical land.

    And when it's time for leaving Mozambique,
    To say goodbye to sand and sea,
    You turn around to take a final peek
    And you see why it's so unique to be
    Among the lovely people living free
    Upon the beach of sunny Mozambique.

    Copyright © 1975 Ram's Horn Music
  8. street legal

    street legal Forum Resident

    west milford, nj
    I like Desire a lot. I think Dylan had a string of great albums in the mid-70's: Blood on the Tracks, Desire, Street Legal. An excellent run.
  9. Solaris

    Solaris a bullet in flight

    New Orleans, LA
    I also like Desire, but I've always thought it sounded as if it was recorded/mastered "hot," as in distorted, overdriven, in the red -- something. I was hoping the SACD would correct this, but maybe I'm finally realizing it's just the intended sound of the album. Does anyone have any thoughts on that particular point? Do the other layers sound this way too?

  10. Adam9

    Adam9 Senior Member

    When it came out I found it disappointing coming on the heels of Blood on the Tracks. But lately, I've listened to it and quite liked it. It is true that there are some killer live versions of some of the tracks on Live 1975 and Biograph.
  11. jpmosu

    jpmosu a.k.a. Mr. Jones

    Ohio, USA
  12. Horace Wimp

    Horace Wimp The 39,891st Beatle

    Henderson, NV
    My favorite Dylan album. Especially "Black Diamond Bay" :righton:
  13. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

    South Plymouth, Ma
    I love "Isis". It took me close to 15 years to really enjoy it. I had the LP since I was little, but the song didn't hit me until much later. It doesn't look brilliant on paper, but I like the way it flows in the song.
  14. CardinalFang

    CardinalFang New Member

  15. CardinalFang

    CardinalFang New Member

    Especially the Bootleg Series/Rolling Thunder version: "I said, If you want me to, YYYESSS!" :)
  16. pig whisperer

    pig whisperer CD Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    If you have the version with the DVD included there is a performance of this song. It also has an audio only "Biograph" version IIRC.

    My favorite "Desire" song is "One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below). I prefer the studio version on this one.
  17. Leppo

    Leppo Forum Librarian

    I don't know but that damn melody is so catchy. :help:
  18. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brother™ In Memoriam

    I love Dylan's "Desire." One of his best during the 70's, hands down!

    My favorites are "Isis" and "Hurricane"

    A very atmospheric record...that said, why oh why was so much echo on everything?
  19. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

    South Plymouth, Ma
    If it was released dry, IMHO, it would be an even better record.
  20. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brother™ In Memoriam

    Sckott - I tend to agree with you, here! :righton:
  21. Toby

    Toby Well-Known Member

    I like this album too-- although I prefer the albums that came before and after Desire, it has such a wonderful atmosphere with the violin and female backing vocals. "Hurricane" is a killer. I love the twist at the end of "Black Diamond Bay", with Dylan sitting with a beer watching Walter Cronkite tell the story on the 7 pm news.

    Isis is by far my favorite song on the album-- I like the Rolling Thunder version, but the slow, piano-driven dirge from Desire is still my favorite. That song has such evocative lyrics, and is one of Dylan's three-chord wonders. The back and forth dialog between the narrator and Isis in the penultimate verse is pure Dylan. Dylan gives such a great vocal performance on Isis: "What DRIVES me to YOU is what DRIVES me INSANE"
  22. Fortune

    Fortune Senior Member

    Great album, but the Rolling Thunder Bootleg Series gives me a whole new appreciation for it. Especially Romance In Durango.
  23. qwerty

    qwerty A resident of the SH_Forums.

    It was the first Dylan LP that i really got into, since then I have grown to love almost all of his work. 30 years later I still enjoy it, it has a feel very different to his other albums. I never fail to enjoy it, and feel that it is often misjudged my many.
  24. ezio gallino

    ezio gallino New Member

    torino (italia) NW
    Hurricane, Isis and joey are my favourite of this long album. Hurricane project me in a movie, Isis its a mix between a poem and a dream...

    A man in the corner approached me for a match.
    I knew right away he was not ordinary.
    He said, "Are you lookin' for somethin' easy to catch?"
    I said, "I got no money." He said, "That ain't necessary."


    I picked up his body and I dragged him inside,
    Threw him down in the hole and I put back the cover.
    I said a quick prayer and I felt satisfied.
    Then I rode back to find Isis just to tell her I love her.

    friends this is real poetry...
  25. McLover

    McLover Senior Member

    Athens, Tennessee
    Hi all,

    I think this and "Blood On The Tracks" are the best '70's Dylan albums. Hurricane, Isis, and Mozambique are fave cuts. I feel like this was the return of a new powerful Dylan.
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