Bob Dylan Desire on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Multi-Platinum 1976 Record Made With Members of Celebrated Rolling Thunder Revue, as well as Emmylou Harris
Ranked #174 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Go-for-Broke Sonics: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Mobile Fidelity Reissue Spotlights Live, Raw Sound of First-Take Arrangements
Bob Dylan cut Desire
flanked by more than a dozen musicians, aided by a producer averse to
multitracking, and bent on tequila. Reeling from the effects of his
disintegrating marriage, the singer penned several of the most heartfelt
songs of his career, including “Sara,” the most overtly public
broadcasting of his private life and emotions committed to tape. Straddling lines between haphazard and organized, loose and planned, Desire lives up its title, a masterwork that Dylan would not equal in creativity, performance, and lyricism for another two decades.
Mastered from the original master tapes on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system, this audiophile-standard SACD lays bare the catch-all
ambience of the sessions as well as the unguarded emotionalism that
fueled them. Largely captured at one unruly New York studio date,
many songs are first-take arrangements, experienced on this reissue in a
raw, realistic fashion that allows chords to swell, vocals to naturally
carry, and percussion to span a seemingly bridge-wide soundstage.
Accenting instruments—bouzouki, accordion, mandolin, violin, congas,
piano—gain their own space and color the music with intriguing textures.
Surging with a nothing-to-lose disposition, Desire juggles myriad styles and owns up to no single theme. Disappointment and loss related to Dylan’s
broken relationship surfaces directly and metaphorically, but the album
isn’t mired in depression or sadness. More often than not, it howls,
the sprawling canvas needlepointed with complexity and diversity. In
pairing with lyricist Jacques Levy, Dylan invites narrative
collaboration he never again repeated, as well as an eclecticism that
gives the effort its fascinating charm.
Desire finds Dylan at an evocative peak. With the
tour de force single “Hurricane,” he composes his first protest song in
years, the enraged verses aimed squarely at maintaining the innocence of
boxer Ruben Carter, falsely convicted of murder, as a violin melody swirls in the background. He finds similar inspiration in gangster Joey Gallo, turning “Joey” into a beautiful epic outfitted with Emmylou Harris’
transcendent backing vocals. Flashing a sense of humor,
“Mozambique” relishes an irreverent quirkiness that balances the more
And in the nakedly biographical “Sara,” Mediterranean-flavored “One More
Cup of Coffee (Valley Below),” fragile “Oh, Sister,” and swirling fable
“Isis,” Dylan develops a series of loosely related songs at once flawless, timeless, and tireless.
Rarely has the folk-rock icon addressed love, romance, and loss more
openly, eloquently, or universally. It’s no wonder they remain amongst
the very favorites of many hardcore Dylan enthusiasts, and account for a large reason why Rolling Stone ranks Desire the 174th greatest album of all-time. Don’t miss your chance to experience it in the best fidelity it’s ever enjoyed.
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Bob Dylan Desire Track Listing:
4. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
5. Oh, Sister
7. Romance in Durango
8. Black Diamond Bay