Tuesday, January 5, 2016

40 Year Itch : To the Valley Below

   On January 5, 1976 Bob Dylan released Desire, an album that would top the US charts for five weeks and be declared New Musical Express' album of the year.  I'm not a huge fan of this record. Dylan seems to be on the wrong side of history, declaring Ruben "Hurricane" Carter an innocent man framed for murder. He also pays an 11-minute tribute to Mafioso Joey Gallo who was clearly a menace. The whiny chorus for "Joey" is repeated in "Sara".

   So I'll take Dylan's Middle East influenced wailing on the gypsy folk song "One More Cup of Coffee" with Emmylou Harris singing harmony and Scarlet Riviera playing a haunting violin.

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