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Editors’ Notes

After Blood on the Tracks re-established Bob Dylan's creative authority, the reinvigorated artist went about planning his next move. Inspired by The Patti Smith Group's energy and repartee, Dylan sought to find a collection of musicians who could work synergistically with him, and The Rolling Thunder Revue was born. The group went on tour (best represented on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5), and Dylan collaborated with theater director Jacques Levy. The two wrote much of what became 1976's Desire, one of Dylan's most commercially successful albums. Songs like "Hurricane," "Isis," "Joey," "Romance in Durango," and "Black Diamond Bay" took on heady narratives that proved the collaboration was an artistic success. Scarlet Rivera's violin is an integral part of the mix, with bassist Rob Stoner and drummer Howie Wyeth giving the sessions a loose but focused appeal. Emmylou Harris provided harmony and backing vocals throughout. Written by Dylan alone, "Sara" closes the album. It's one of his most touching, extremely personal, and straightforward love songs.

Customer Reviews

cleopatra's mom?

I've heard isis is the name of cleopatra's mother..not sure, but what a great song! there's a classic video out there called the rolling thunder revue..dylan at his craziest, and best. also, romance in durango is a great song, but find a live version to hear him truly rock it. love countrified dylan, and this album is among the best in his catalog..there's a rare album called dylan (not the new one) that has covers of sara jane, and lily of the west that's a must have if you like this album...and who doesn't?

What Happened?

Desire and Blood on the Tracks were some of the most haunting and inspirational music ever. From the depth of his lyric, to the violins, to the words. I just wanted more of this...More albums in this same style...

really good

Desire is an album that showcases Dylan's vocals considering what people may think. Hurricane deserves it's recognition and Isis as well. Not his greatest but really good.

Biography

Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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