Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
31 July 1975
5th Desire session, produced by Don DeVito
|The following night [31 July 1975], Dylan held another session, this time recording three songs. From this session, Dylan recorded the master take for “Isis” as well as master takes for “Abandoned Love” and “Sara.” Dylan’s wife Sara, the subject of the song that bore her name, also accompanied him to this session.|
Fantastic material. … The sound quality of the recording is as true and clean as any ever made along the Rolling Thunder tour. The vocals are crisp, powerful, and on top of the mix. All instruments are well balanced and represented in the overall sound.
The 11th recording made along the tour, this show was recorded on the 11th day of the 11th month …. and what a magical mystery tour it is. The complex, though loose weaving and interacting of the instruments and vocals create a beautiful tapestry that will not be matched on any tour before or since. With the ‘Desire’ album to be released in a few weeks, Bob relies heavily on it for the show material. The cryptic songs of desire and despair add another layer to the thick blanket of mythography that is, was, and will forever be ‘Rolling Thunder’. …. The obscure title comes from Dylan’s introduction of the song ‘Sara’. “We want to do this one for Larry, our favorite reporter, who’s out there somewhere. He tells it like it is.”
The Dylan/Baez set 1s extended to five songs. Tonight’s set includes the version of “The Water Is Wide” used as back- ground in the “Renaldo, Clara, and the Woman in White” scene. The concert is filmed for Renaldo and Clara. However, no footage is used, probably because Dylan uses no white face makeup, for the only time on the tour.
-Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)
11 November 1975
- Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar)
- Bob Neuwirth (guitar)
- T-bone J. Henry Burnett (guitar)
- Roger McGuinn (guitar)
- Steven Soles (guitar)
- Mick Ronson (guitar)
- David Mansfield (steel guitar, violin, mandolin ,dobro)
- Rob Stoner (bass)
- Howie Wyeth (piano, drums)
- Luther Rix (drums, percussion)
- Ronee Blakeley (vocal)
@ Columbia Studio 1 in New York City, New York – 24 October 1975: Bob Dylan’s 6th and last Desire recording session, produced by Don DeVito.
In this session he tried Hurricane 10 times, no other songs were tried.
A splice of takes 2 & 6 was released on his great album “Desire” – 16 January 1976.
Here it is:
And here are some other versions as well: