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  CH 90316
  Bob Dylan: Oh Mercy
  "Oh Mercy"

Bob Dylan
Track listing:
  1. Political World
2. Where the 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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  See also CXH 90615

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Review by raffells December 22, 2007 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I seem to have missed this when it was on vinyl (1989) and was quite suprised how good this is.Certainly in the best recorded class of Dylan albums.
I was taken aback at the previous reviewers comments on the latter half of this shortish 38 minutes as I regard it as equal or better than the first half.I waited a few months before posting a review of someone I rate very highly..There is not a weak number on the disc.It does have possibly the slowest number he has ever done but the comments re atmosphere are absolutely spot on.
Man in the long black coat stands out..All tracks very sincere and as usual tremendous lyrics.His singing voice is not he best in the world but this albums wreaks of emotion.It will appeal to those who want to take an sacd chance on a Dylan disc.Probably ther best choice.Hints of a Dire straits in Disease,Perhaps the first track has some significance buy it for night time listening.

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Review by vonwegen November 7, 2005 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This one makes a case for having all of Dan Lanois-produced albums released on SACD. Sonically, this one is a feast for fans of atmospheric sound effects, be it tremolo-ed electric guitars, spooky swamp reverb or sounds of the nocturnal insects of Louisiana. It's a pity that there's no MC mix, but hell, we are lucky to have this one in DSD at all, just for the sound.

Guitars sound great, the bass is really punchy and the drums don't sound over-produced, unlike most 1980s-era recordings that I've heard. Dylan's voice is mostly a low growl without sounding as blown out as he did on Love & Theft: you can hear the words, which is the most important thing here.

Musically, it's late-period Dylan: the songs are either bone-dry observations on life ("Everything Is Broken") or ghostly vignettes like "Man In The Long Black Coat". The first 5 songs are particularly strong and fit well together. The second half does drag a bit, as the tunes are all slow-ish, but all the songs are worth a listen, if not always played back to back.

OK, so it doesn't compete with Dylan's all-time classics like Highway 61 or Blonde On Blonde, but it still is pretty damned good and it stands up well to repeated listenings.

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