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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B0001M0KCA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe on 24 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
Considering this album's predecessors, Oh Mercy is a near miraculous return to form for Bob Dylan. Boasting his pithiest pop single for a decade in Everything Is Broken, the album catches fire from the off and carries on burning slowly with a sinister sizzle. Great night time listening, the deep bass rumblings and evocative dobro and pedal steel create such an atmosphere one is drawn into the humid swampy south of these songs and left wallowing in Dylan's gravelly tones. Nowehere is this better effected than on Man In The Long Black Coat, but the five songs that follow it are all splendid examples of both writer and producer (Daniel Lanois) in perfect sync together as they tread lightly through Dylan's strongest set for 15 years. Certainly a record that stays simmering in the back of your mind long after you have heard it, while this may not be a classic Dylan album it is certainly a very good one - and that is some achievement for someone with his back catalogue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By street-legal on 18 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
After five years of sub-par product, Oh Mercy has Dylan throwing over a few tables, shaking off cobwebs, and giving us what for. Despite, once again, some career defining songs mysteriously not appearing (Series Of Dreams, Dignity, God Knows, Born In Time) he still put out a five star ground breaking album. It all happened (apparently) on stage at a gig in Locarno, Switzerland; an epiphany of the soul - a realisation that he had found a voice and a purpose that was the new Dylan.
In all honesty, all of this aside, the fact is that the songs were flowing once more. That's what mattered. They were brilliantly swamped up by Daniel Lanois and they fit perfectly with Dylan's new Leonard Cohenesque delivery. Gone was Dylan the ageing rock star - here was Dylan who could spin his age around to his advantage.
Moments like Ring Them Bells, Man In The Long Black Coat, Most Of The Time and Shooting Star show that he really meant business. Most of The Time in particular showcased his new style, one that more or less crops up to this day. Wistful, slightly sentimental, tinged with an aching form of regret....it is simply engaging. We find ourselves hanging on to his every word because he speaks for all of us at some point in our lives. But in truth there isn't a bad song on here and it doesn't outstay its welcome. It was a perfect way to end an imperfect decade; the fact that several masterful songs were absent only makes it all the more impressive.
(I would recommend Bootleg Series Vol 8 as an accompaniment to this. It contains quite a few out-takes and missing songs from this period).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Don Fielder VINE VOICE on 9 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
I probably don't qualify as a Dylan fan because I own fewer than ten of his albums, which ain't much, given the size of his catalogue. But I bought this one when it first came out, having read exceptionally good press reviews for it. And they weren't wrong. I'm not going to repeat what's already been said in the other contributions on this page, though I disagree with most of the very few negative comments to be found. This is one of the best albums you'll ever hear, by anybody. You don't have to be a Dylan fan for this one. If you don't own it and you really love music, you're missing out big-time. Beautiful, moving, evocative, there's not a bad song on here, and the synergy between artist & producer is perfect. If I had to pick a favourite, the enigmatic "Man in the Long Black Coat" is probably mine, but if you've ever looked back tenderly on a lost love in your life, then there's no doubt that after listening to the closer, "Shooting Star", the tears will be flowing.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By FRS VINE VOICE on 29 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
An Dylan 80's album that wasn't a disaster, and better than anything we could have expected from his 80's recording morass. Hurrah !

It has brilliant production by Lanois and some truly wonderful Dylan tracks, "Shooting Star", "..Long Black Coat","Most of the Time", "..Broken..." and "..Bells.." would all make any sensible Best of Compilation of his last 25 years.

It could have been an a bona fida classic if "Dignity" and "Series of Dreams" had not inextricably been dropped.

Great singing, minimalist instrumentation, great melodies, great hook lines, moody and atmospheric. File between "Desire" and "Street Legal". A real treat.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Neesham on 7 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dylan writes extensively about this album in his recent autobiography, and what he has to say about the recording of Oh Mercy makes me appreciate the album even more. The strongest songs are in the first half of the album, but unusually for Dylan there is not a poor song on the album. My favourite is Man In The Long Black Coat, with its haunting vocal sound and mysterious central figure. Overall, this is one of the best albums from the last 30 years of his career!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Merry Terry on 24 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
After a dry decade or so, Mr Zimmerman delivered this stone-cold but classy slab of genius.

Daniel Lanois' excellent production adds a swamp-like mist over 10 fine songs.

Something of a prelude to 1997's excellent "Time Out Of Mind", Dylan here is cynical and sound ("Political World"), curiously vulnerable ("Most Of The Time") and evocative "Man In The Long Black Coat."

A Dylan album that deserves to be owned and listened to repeatedly.
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