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Oh, Mercy (1989)

Artist: Bob Dylan
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Format: CD
Sku: 61008344
UPC: 827969239124
UPC 14: 00827969239124
Release Date: 6/1/2004
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Song Listing

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

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, 6- & 12-string guitars, guitar, harmonica, piano, organ); Daniel Lanois (guitar, lap steel, dobro, Omnichord); Mason Ruffner, Brian Stoltz, Paul Synegal (guitar); Rockin' Dopsie (accordion); John Hart (saxophone); Malcolm Burn (keyboards, tambourine); Tony Hall, Larry Jolivet (bass); Willie Green, Alton Rubin, Jr. (drums); David Rubin, Jr. (scrub board); Cyril Neville, Daryl Johnson (percussion).
Muze PNote The second half of the 1980s was a dark time for hardcore Dylan fans, as their hero released a string of overproduced, lackluster albums, but the trend was gloriously reversed in 1989 with OH MERCY. The record was produced by Eno acolyte Daniel Lanois, and would help make the Canadian studio wizard a first-call producer, in addition to righting Dylan's reputation. Accordingly for an album made in New Orleans, OH MERCY has a thick, swampy, organic feel that echoes the blues roots so fundamental to Dylan's aesthetic, while simultaneously re-imagining them in a fresh, contemporary setting.
Muze PNote The songs, too, were Dylan's strongest in years. The modal "Political World" and chugging "Everything Is Broken" accurately take the sociopolitical temperature of the times without resorting to pedantry. "Most of the Time" is as full of romantic regret as "What Was It You Wanted" (later covered by Willie Nelson) reeks of emotional aloofness, and "Man in the Long Black Coat" is a mortality meditation as foreboding as anything in Dylan's catalogue. Though Dylan would turn out one more sub-par album after this (UNDER THE RED SKY), OH MERCY nevertheless marked the master songwriter's powerful return and dramatic upswing.

Producer: Daniel Lanois

Engineer: Malcolm Burn; Mark Howard

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Mason Ruffner
Muze Guest Artist Cyril Neville
Muze Guest Artist Rockin' Dopsie
Muze Guest Artist Daniel Lanois

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Last Waltz (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Folksingers Of 60's
Muze Music Compilations Newport Broadside-Newport Folk
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Evening Concerts-Newpor
Muze Music Compilations Rattle & Hum
Muze Music Compilations Forrest Gump-Special Collector's Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Natural Born Killers (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Music Never Stopped-Roots Of T
Muze Music Compilations Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Conce
Muze Music Compilations Big Lebowski
Muze Music Compilations Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
Muze Music Compilations Folk Hits Of The Sixties
Muze Music Compilations Folk Duets
Muze Music Compilations Movie Music-Definitive Perform
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Broadside 1962-88
Muze Music Compilations Ballad Of Ramblin' Jack
Muze Music Compilations Blow
Muze Music Compilations Sopranos-Peppers & Eggs (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Timeless-Hank Williams Tribute
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations This Land Is Your Land: songs Of Freed
Muze Music Compilations Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Vanguard: roots Of Folk
Muze Music Compilations Gods And Generals [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD] (w/ Bonus DVD) (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Let Freedom Ring-This Land Is Your La (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Is It Rolling Bob Dub Versions
Muze Music Compilations The Legend
Muze Music Compilations Musical History
Muze Music Compilations Great American Baseball Box
Muze Music Compilations Concert For Bangladesh (Live)
Muze Music Compilations Ricky Jay Plays Poker
Muze Music Compilations Legend Of Johnny Cash Ii
Muze Music Compilations Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Muze Music Compilations Temptation:music From The Showtim(ost
Muze Music Compilations Essential 3.0(Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Gonzo (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Watchmen (Original Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Away We Go (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations People Speak (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations True Blood:Volume 2 (Music from the Series) (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Johnny Cash
Muze Music Compilations Singers Songwriters
Muze Music Compilations Help (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations American Roots Music
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations 60'S Music Revolution
Muze Music Compilations Greatest:duets
Muze Music Compilations Complete Columbia Collection
Muze Music Compilations Twas The Night Before Hanukkah:musica
Muze Music Compilations Silver Linings Playbook (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Touched By An Angel
Muze Music Compilations Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Inside Llewyn Davis (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CELEBRATION
Muze Music Compilations Rock Of Ages (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Best Of A Musical History
Muze Music Compilations West Of Memphis:voices/justice (Ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Baez, Joan
Band (The)
Before the Flood [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
The Basement Tapes [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
Before the Flood [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
The Basement Tapes [Digipak] ~ Band (The)
Cash, Johnny
Dylan, Nob
Dylanesque ~ Ferry, Bryan
Four Seasons (The)
Freeman, Denny
Garcia, Jerry
Grateful Dead
Greene, Jackie
Highway 61 (Bob Dylan Tribute B
Highway 61 Revisited
Hitchcock, Robyn
Howe, Steve
Jungr, Barb
Nob Dylan & His Nobsoletes
Red On Blonde ~ O'Brien, Tim
O.S.T.
On, Pickin'
Original Soundtrack
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home - Th ~ Original Soundtrack
Pickin' On
Valentino, Sal
Listen to Bob Dylan: A Tribute Album ~ Various Artists
Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan [Box] ~ Various Artists
Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebratio ~ Various Artists
Vitamin String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/01/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1989
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 92391
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827969239124

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (11/89)
- Ranked #44 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The 80s" survey.

Q (3/93, p.94)
- 4 Stars (out of 5)
- "...OH MERCY put him in the studio with Daniel Lanois, who accordingly delivered his usual sticky-in-the-heat-of-the-night feel, and Dylan did the business with 10 superior songs..."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Dylan,Bob
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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