Bob Dylan - Desire

 (Numbered Limited Edition)


Mobile Fidelity



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AMOB 416
UPC: 821797241618
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45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

45 RPM  

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Effort balances epic storytelling and Dylan's heartbreak over failing marriage

Multi-platinum 1976 record made with the Rolling Thunder Revue and Emmylou Harris

Winner of a Gruvy Award, chosen by AnalogPlanet's editor, Michael Fremer, for vinyl records that are musically and sonically outstanding and are also well mastered and pressed.

Bob Dylan cut Desire flanked by more than a dozen musicians, aided by a producer averse to multitracking, and bent on tequila. Reeling from the effects of his disintegrating marriage, the singer penned several of the most heartfelt songs of his career, including "Sara," the most overtly public broadcasting of his private life and emotions committed to tape. Straddling lines between haphazard and organized, loose and planned,Desire lives up its title, a masterwork that Dylan would not equal in creativity, performance, and lyricism for another two decades.

Mastered from the original master tapes on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system, this double LP cut at 45 RPM lays bare the catch-all ambience of the sessions as well as the unguarded emotionalism that fueled them. Largely captured at one unruly New York studio date, many songs are first-take arrangements, experienced on this reissue in a raw, realistic fashion that allows chords to swell, vocals to naturally carry, and percussion to span a seemingly bridge-wide soundstage. Accenting instruments-bouzouki, accordion, mandolin, violin, congas, piano-gain their own space and color the music with intriguing textures.

Surging with a nothing-to-lose disposition, Desire juggles myriad styles and owns up to no single theme. Disappointment and loss related to Dylan's broken relationship surfaces directly and metaphorically, but the album isn't mired in depression or sadness. More often than not, it howls, the sprawling canvas needlepointed with complexity and diversity. In pairing with lyricist Jacques Levy, Dylan invites narrative collaboration he never again repeated, as well as an eclecticism that gives the effort its fascinating charm.


Side 1

Side 2
One More Cup of Coffee
Oh, Sister

Side 3
Romance in Durango

Side 4
Black Diamond Bay

Customer Reviews (4.80 Stars) 5 person(s) rated this product.

In response to the first review

posted on 04/08/2018
5 Stars
John Wesley Harding was the last Dylan album with a dedicated mono mix. From Nashville Skyline onward, there were only stereo mixes. Mofi have the 'Original Master Recording' banner on this one. It's from the master tapes.


posted on 09/14/2016
5 Stars


posted on 04/25/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Greg D
Once again Mobile Fidelity hits it out of the park. Stellar sound. Pristine vinyl. Acoustic guitar, electric bass, violin all sound amazing. The only complaint would be how this copy shows the over compressed and distorted vocals on some of the tracks. Worthy investment.

Not As Desirable

posted on 02/16/2014
4 Stars
Reviewer: Emmanuel
It does not take a genius to spot the modus operandi behind Mofi's decision to cut some of their recent releases in 45rpm. Take their reissues of Bob Dylan for example. A lot of these record were recorded on Mono, but Mofi does not have access to those Mono tapes for whatever legal and financial reasons. What they do have access to are re-channeled stereo mixes. And as a result they've opted to cut most of these Dylan records at 45rpm to make up for some of the lack of a true master tape.

On the other hand when Mofi have had access to the original Master tape as in the case of Blood On The Tracks, they've achieved great sound without resorting to 45rpm. The lesson here is no matter what speed you cut a record, the end product is only gonna sound as good as the source.

As someone who owns all the Mofi Dylan records I have to say Desire is my least favorite in terms of sound.Parts of this reissue sound nice and then there are passages that come across dull & compressed.

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