Bob Dylan – Oh Mercy – Numbered Edition 180g 45rpm Vinyl 2LP – MoFi

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As soon as it was issued, Bob Dylan’s Oh Mercy was rightly regarded as a striking return to form. The 1989 set also won acclaim for the singer’s decision to pair with visionary producer Daniel Lanois, whose sonic guidance draws vivid colors, hues, and warmth from the songs – all the while adding significant ambience, effect, and context. Removed from the circumstances of its original release, Oh Mercy has managed to both justify and transcend such praise. As time wears on, the record only gets better, with its razor-sharp songwriting and atmospheric soundscapes escalating to legendary proportions via Mobile Fidelity’s definitive analog reissue.

Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 4,000 numbered copies, Oh Mercy now takes on cinematic qualities worthy of Lanois’ production and Dylan’s performances on 180g 45RPM 2LP. Available for the first time on audiophile vinyl, and at 45RPM speed, no less, the music benefits from a spaciousness, tonality, and surrealism no prior edition delivers. The extra groove space, too, seemingly gives each note its own physical dimension, whereby the Oh Mercy simultaneously immerses and surrounds you. Its clarity, dynamics, and extension also reach new heights throughout – whether it’s the low-end reach on the spiritual-minded “Ring Them Bells” or combination of guitar-chord treble and piano decay on “Disease of Conceit.”

Achieving a cohesiveness and richness absent from Dylan’s other 80s efforts, Oh Mercy further stands out for its on-the-floor immediacy and nuanced treatments. Gone are the slick, processed, “shoulder pad” synthetic backdrops Dylan employed on the preceding Empire Burlesque. Borrowing from approaches he used on U2’s The Joshua Tree, Lanois serves rather than obscures Dylan’s intent – enhancing the topicality of barbed fare like “Political World” and further charging the self-doubting emotions of quizzical compositions such as “What Good Am I?”

For all of Lanois’ magic, it’s impossible to overlook the brilliance of Dylan’s lyrics – or timbre and commitment of his singing. Many tracks on Oh Mercy have become live staples and fan favorites, and for very good reason. The swampy, percussive-augmented “Everything Is Broken” finds Dylan at his most forthright and descriptive, with the metaphorical and direct account of estrangement, loss, and chaos applicable to any number of eras, situations, or regimes. Mystery, voodoo, and portent fill “Man in the Long Black Coat,” appointed by Lanois with aptly spooky devices and designed by its architect to “make an attack on your most vulnerable spots.”

Indeed, vulnerability peppers the second half of Oh Mercy, whether on the unrequited bite of “What Was It You Wanted” or the gentle, heartbreaking look-back ballad “Shooting Star.” By extension, Dylan strips himself of any defense mechanisms on the romantic albeit somber “Most of the Time,” which rates among the icon’s moving creations and captures the memory-haunting aftermath of a dissolved relationship with a frankness, transparency, and self-knowingness few artists would dare commit to tape.

Conversations about how Oh Mercy compares to Dylan’s classic 1960s output continue to this day and, if anything, have become deeper and more involved due to the record’s still-growing strengths. That several outtakes – “Series of Dreams,” “Dignity,” and “Born in Time” among them – landed on subsequent Dylan records and are beloved by fans speak to Oh Mercy’s lingering magnetism and power.

Hear the 1989 staple as Dylan and Lanois intended, and secure your limited-numbered copy from MCRU today!

Track Listing

  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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MCRU are based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, less than 10 minutes from the M62. The owners are David + Joanne Brook, David has spent over 30 years as an audiophile and music lover, many years spent tinkering with his Hi-Fi and an obsession with cables led to the formation of Mains Cables R Us 8+ years ago, now known as MCRU. Many visitors to our website probably do not even know we have listening rooms and 2 top flight systems on permanent demonstration including the Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable. From our humble beginnings in 2008 we have grown to such an extent that we represent some of the world's foremost Hi-Fi accessory brands, you will find Clearaudio's turntables and phono stages as well as Furutech, IsoTek, Tellurium Q, Oyaide and much more. It may come as a surprise to many audiophiles that we are the UK's top sales outlet for many of these brands as we pride ourselves on impeccable service levels and free impartial advice. Please feel free to visit our shop in Huddersfield town centre on Brook Street, HD1 1EB 1 minutes walk from the train station.

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