Audio: Bob Dylan’s ‘Desire’ Outtakes Are Pretty Damn Cool

When Bob Dylan recorded Desire during six sessions starting on July 14, 1975 and ending on October 24, 1975, as usual he cut some tracks that didn’t make it onto the album. The album was released on January 16, 1976, a little over 38 years ago.

It’s the tracks that didn’t make it onto the album that I want to share with you today.

“Rita Mae” is terrific, at least the July 30, 1975 version, and has both the spirit and vibe of songs Dylan cut at Big Pink with The Band.

“Abandoned Love” “Catfish” and “Golden Loom” are excellent too.

I’ve also included two versions of “Hurricane.” The shorter version that was released on Desire, as well as the longer version. I like both. I also included a tremendous live version of “Sara.”

The musicians and backup singers include Emmylou Harris and violin player Scarlet Rivera — their participation really adds to the studio recordings below and others on Desire.

“Rita Mae,” July 30, 1975:

Rita May by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Rita Mae,” July 7, 1975:

Rita Mae by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Golden Loom” July 30, 1975:

Goldon loom by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Catfish” July, 28, 1975

Catfish by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Abandoned Love,” July 31, 1975 (outtake):

Abandoned Love by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Abandoned Love,” July 3, 1975 (Other End Club, NY):

Abandoned Love by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Hurricane” (single):

Hurricane by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Hurricane” July 30, 1975 (original lyrics)

Hurricane by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Sara,” November 21, 1975 (live, Boston):

Sara by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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5 thoughts on “Audio: Bob Dylan’s ‘Desire’ Outtakes Are Pretty Damn Cool

  1. Hey. Just like you, I love the Desire outtakes. However, the studio album “Desire” was released by Bob Dylan on the 16th of January 1976 not “January 5, 1975, a little over 39 years ago”. I just wanted to let you know. Cheers.

  2. The Live “Other End Club” Abandoned Love I have always thought may, in fact, be his best live performance. Ever. And that is saying a lot. It is just too awesome.

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