Oh Mercy [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969239124
  • Catalog Number: 92391
  • Sales rank: 1,038

Album Credits

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
Greg Calbi Mastering
Didier C. Deutsch Tape Research
Daniel Lanois Producer
Trotsky Artwork, Cover Art
Mark Burdett Type Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Politics and Romance era Pt.3

    This is an album of Politics and Romance as was Infidels and Empire Burlesque but this one is much better than either of those. The songs "Political World" and "Everything IS Broken" make this an important album in the Dylan catalogue even if its not among the best of them.

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