9 Songs, 56 Minutes

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.

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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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

bluemoonlady ,

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...

fotofrenzy ,

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?

iBenjammin ,

The Inner Dylan

By most experts opinion, it was in this era when Dylan opened up and let some of his personal life resonate within his music. I feel I must agree with this statement. Although this album contains just as wondrous lyrics, the topics about which Dylan sings seem more like a memoir than a "protest" song, as his past works are claimed to be. Sara, for example, is about his divorce with his then wife Sara Lowndes. Isis, One More Cup of Coffee, and Romance in Durango are all also about past loves, although not as direct as Sara is.

Although I have rambled for most of this review, I will sum it up now. Every song on here is amazing. This is Dylan at his finest. yet again.

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