Recorded July 1975
Released Jan 16 1976
- One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
- Oh, Sister
- Romance in Durango
- Black Diamond Bay
In a blog post, Oisin O’Faghain suggested I write the following about Desire:
I think Dylan’s best singing is on Desire and Rolling Thunder (the latter being the superior).
Desire stories (yes i just used “story” as a verb) the crap out of other story albums and yet its “stories” contain questionable biographies “Joey”, “Sara”, “Hurricane”.
It is (chord-speaking) probably his most straightforward album with major and minor chords, no capo and all standard tuning. A departure, but also lyrically it is a stand-alone album (probably closest to John Wesley Harding) because its lyrics are not complex but yet remain opaque: “Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore”.
So I did. I think I have a thing or two to say about Desire myself, eventually, but until I do, the above stands, with the possible qualification that it should start: “While I listen to Desire, I tend to forget that Dylan’s best singing happened a few years later, during the Gospel period.”