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Bob Dylan: Desire (CBS)

Simon Frith, Street Life, 24 January 1976

DESIRE begins with ‘Hurricane’, Dylan’s account of how black boxer Reuben Carter was falsely charged and jailed for murder. I don’t know how many cut of the song Dylan’s made, but this is the disco version — congas, old fashioned rhythm guitar and a tough violin. And lots to listen to while you bop. Dylan’s gone back to the lyrical form of his earliest protest stories — the tale is incredibly detailed as, without pause for breath, banalities

Total word count of piece: 1247

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