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Oh Mercy [Remastered]
     

Oh Mercy [Remastered]

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by Bob Dylan
 

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Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion. There was cohesion on Empire Burlesque, of course, but that cohesion was a little too slick, a little too commercial, whereas this record was filled with

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Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion. There was cohesion on Empire Burlesque, of course, but that cohesion was a little too slick, a little too commercial, whereas this record was filled with atmospheric, hazy production -- a sound as arty as most assumed the songs to be. And Dylan followed suit, giving Lanois significant songs -- palpably social works, love songs, and poems -- that seemed to connect with his past. And, at the time, this production made it seem like the equivalent of his '60s records, meaning that its artiness was cutting edge, not portentous. Over the years, Oh Mercy hasn't aged particularly well, seeming as self-conscious as such other gauzy Lanois productions as So and The Joshua Tree, even though it makes more sense than the ersatz pizzazz of Burlesque. Still, the songs make Oh Mercy noteworthy; they find Dylan quietly raging against the materialism of President Reagan and accepting maturity, albeit with a slight reluctance. So, Oh Mercy is finally more interesting for what it tries to achieve than for what it actually does achieve. At its best, this is a collection of small, shining moments, with the best songs shining brighter than their production or the album's overall effect. [In 2003, Columbia/Legacy reissued 15 selected titles from Dylan's catalog as hybrid SACDs, playable in both regular CD players and Super Audio CD players. Each title is packaged as a digipak, containing the full original artwork. On each of the titles, and on each of the layers, the remastered sound is spectacular, a considerable upgrade from the initial CD pressings.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969239124
catalogNumber:
92391
Rank:
20675

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Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Mason Ruffner   Guitar
Malcolm Burn   Bass,Keyboards,Tambourine,Mercy Keys
Rockin' Dopsie   Accordion
Darryl Johnson   Percussion
Daniel Lanois   Dobro,Guitar,Omnichord,Lap Steel Guitar
Cyril Neville   Percussion
Alton Rubin   scrubboard
Brian Stoltz   Guitar
Willie Green   Drums
Larry Jolivet   Bass
Paul Synegal   Guitar
John Hart   Saxophone
Tony Hall   Bass
Rockin Dopsie   Accordion

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Mark Howard   Engineer,Studio Construction
Steven Berkowitz   Reissue Producer
Malcolm Burn   Engineer
Didier C. Deutsch   Tape Research
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Trotsky   Artwork,Cover Art
Mark Burdett   Type Design

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