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Jan 5: Bob Dylan released “Desire” in 1976 – 41 years ago

Bob Dylan Desire

 The result is a sound and a set of songs unlike anything Dylan or anyone else has ever done before…. The lyrics of “Sara” and “Abandoned Love” (and, for that matter, of “Isis” and “Hurricane”) could not be more perfect, but overall the triumph of Desire is musical
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

Recorded in the summer lull before the first Rolling Thunder tour and released soon after it, the stand-out tracks are ‘Isis’, ‘Romance in Durango’ and ‘Black Diamond Bay’, but ‘Hurricane’, ‘One More Cup of Coffee’ and ‘Oh Sister’ are breathing down their necks.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

Desire is considered by many Dylan fans to be among his best albums, It’s number 5 on my list – check out: Bob Dylan’s best albums


Let’s kick off with Dylan’s performance of Hurricane on Sept. 10 – 1975 (WTTW-TV Studio, Chicago for “The World of John Hammond”):

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Bob Dylan’s best songs: Abandoned Love #98

Bob Dylan & Sara Dylan

‘Abandoned Love’ marks the very point at which Dylan decided to (temporarily) abandon love, and particularly forsaken love, as the prime subject-matter for his songs.
~Clinton Heylin (Still On The Road)

A lovely song recorded for (but left out of) Desire in NYC, July 31, 1975. It was later released on Biograph in 1985.

The only live version of the song is even better, and it would definitely been higher on my list (it is the studio version that is @ #98).

Studio version:

Studio E
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
31 July 1975
5th Desire session, produced by Don DeVito.


  • Bob Dylan (guitar, vocal)
  • Scarlet Rivera (violin)
  • Sheena Seidenberg (tambourine & congas)
  • Rob Rothstein (bass)
  • Howie Wyeth (drums)
  1. Golden Loom
  2. Abandoned Love

    not able to find it on youtube.. sorry…
  3. Abandoned Love
  4. Town (Reference)
  5. Town (Reference)
  6. Sara
  7. Sara
  8. Sara
  9. Sara
  10. Sara
  11. Sara
  12. Isis (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  13. Isis (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)

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