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Oh Mercy Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 22 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00026WU3M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Political World
2. Where Teardrops Fall
3. Everything Is Broken
4. Ring Them Bells
5. Man In The Long Black Coat
6. Most Of The Time
7. What Good Am I?
8. Disease Of Conceit
9. What Was It You Wanted
10. Shooting Star

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Daniel Lanois brought as much imagination to the production on this 1989 LP as Dylan did to the images and poems within these striking songs. Lots of gems to be discovered here: Everything Is Broken; Ring Them Bells; Disease of Conceit; Shooting Star; Most of the Time; Political World , and more!

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The '80s was a particularly shifting, uncertain decade for Bob Dylan's creative voice. But he capped it off with his first album of all-original material in several years and his best since Infidels. A lot of the credit for Oh Mercy's distinctive appeal has been given to producer-musician Daniel Lanois (who backs Dylan on all but one cut), and there's no denying the effect of his magnetic, fog-thick sound sculpturing here. Overlays of lap steel, dobro, and mercy keys along with a slithering subterranean bass evoke a complete sonic climate, and the synergy between Lanois and Dylan would have a huge payoff with 1997's devastating Time Out of Mind. But however tightly produced, Oh Mercy also displays Dylan at the peak of his songwriting craft, fracturing words and phrases for the things-fall-apart jeremiads of "Political World" and "Everything Is Broken" and stringing images together for the noirish ballad "Man in the Long Black Coat." There's the usual dichotomy between Dylan's slashing accusatory mode ("What Was It You Wanted") and the self-effacement of "What Good Am I?" Aside from the miscalculated, sappy "Where Teardrops Fall" (the disc's sore thumb), this album has the classic staying power of Dylan's finest efforts. --Thomas May --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on April 30 2007
Format: Audio CD
Produced by Daniel Lanois, this graceful work was Dylan's final statement of the 1980s. The uptempo Political World delivers a profound message over an urgent rolling rhythm whilst the poignant Where Teardrops Fall is melancholy and uplifting at the same time, very much like Leonard Cohen.

Since this album was released in 1989, the song Everything Is Broken now seems to be prophetic and truer than ever. The arrangement stands out, as well as the impressive instrumental textures. With its appealing organ touches, the slow song Ring Them Bells has an anthemic quality and gospel undertones.

The atmospheric story-song Man In The Long Black Coat is followed by the introspective Most Of The Time, a reflection upon lost love and lingering memories. What Good Am I is similarly sad and reflective with thought-provoking lyrics, and the same goes for Disease Of Conceit.

I love the appearance of the harmonica on some of the songs like Shooting Star; it reminds me of his legendary 1960s work. With its heavenly melodies, evocative imagery and inspired production by Lanois, Oh Mercy is Dylan at his very best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Collins on Dec 18 2006
Format: Audio CD
How do you rate a Bob Dylan album? It's tough. I was going to say that this one was definitely in the top five since the sixties. But what about all the great music that you would have to leave off that list? But I will say it nonetheless.

This is a man finding his form even as the eighties tried to steal the soul of the songs. It starts off with Political World a decent song that is a little repetitious. The When Tear Drops Fall which is a ballad. It really hits it's stride on track four Ring Them Bells. This song features just a piano and it soars. It has great honesty and smart lyrics and a great melody. Then Man In The Long Black Coat follows it. A great sing songy, almost spoken melody that hits deep. And then the greatest song he recorded in the eighties Most Of The Time. Produced by Daniel Lanois, this track almost feels like it should have been done by U2. It's melody is carried by a tasteful synth that adds rather than overloads the track. There is a great amount of subtlety to song and it makes me listen over and over.

What Was It You Wanted and Shooting Star are also fantastic.
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Ol' Mr. Zimmerman's career had been lagging for sometime in both the critical establishment (but what do they know anyway?) and the buying public (ah, but they have the dollar, they have power as well). The comeback album of the 1980s, coming at the end of what is generally regarded as the worst decade in Dylan's career. A little bit of history may be required to understand this album's critical reception: coming off the tails of such critically panned works as KNOCKED OUT LOADED and DOWN IN THE GROOVE (the later I own but do not know well and the KNOCKED OUT LOADED I haven't heard), and then the DYLAN AND THE DEAD album which umercifully kills seven Dylan songs with all of them sounding really stoned, many people had thought Dylan had come to the end of his rope. Not me though. That's because I've only been listening to him a year. =)

Anyway, much of the credit goes to Lanois of U2 fame. For once, Dylan's lyrics sound focused and forceful, singing wiht conviction about politics, Israel (with the Man in a Black coat being a rabbi), two relationship songs and one questioning the narrator's self-worth. The rest of the material stands out as well, proving Dylan's inspiration could still ring true. One thing I'd disagree with, which is the disc's sore thumb being "Where Teardrops Fall", which I personally like.

My complaints are three. I personally think the placement of "Disease of Conceit" ruins the running order of this, with songs 7, 8, and 9 being, at least to me, being of the same type and something of a song cycle with the mood they create. It should have been placed before "Most of the Time", which stands as one of Dylan's best "painful" songs.
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This is the first of two Dylan albums produced by Daniel Lanois. Lanois definitely puts his stamp on everything he produces: Peter Gabriel's SO, Robbie Robertson's first album, Emmylou Harris's WRECKING BALL, and more famously his work with U2. Those albums don't sound like the artists' previous work, but they all share a similar atmosphere. The same can be said of OH MERCY, which sounds nothing like Dylan's previous work. Everything has plenty of space around it, yet it's drenched in warm, wet reverb, especially the bright, ringing guitars, and there's a spartan but rock-solid bottom to this whole album. A few critics complained about Lanois 'messing' Dylan's songs, but I agree with the majority who applauded the production. It is refreshing to hear even after all these years. While I'm not a fan of some of the things Lanois has done, though his hand is in every nook and cranny of this album, he doesn't overdo it.
My only complaint is the songs. Like "Infidels," "Oh Mercy" has been criticized heavily for its song selection, and for good reason. The first two tracks are weak cuts. "Political World" is a cynical diatribe that goes nowhere nor is it particularly enlightening, but goes down easy. "Where Teardrops Fall" is pretty lame and corny. Lanois wanted to open with "Series Of Dreams" (later released with an unfortunate crossfade on BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 1-3 and intact on GREATEST HITS VOL. 3), but Dylan vetoed it at every turn. Too bad, because it would've been the best track, and a better opening, a grand, epic production that rolls and thunders along in a wall of reverb, surrounding Dylan's evocative verses. Lanois also wanted "Dignity," but that was left off. It was butchered and remixed for GREATEST HITS VOL.
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