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Under the Red Sky [VINYL] [Import]

Bob Dylan Vinyl
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (27 Aug 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00008FRSY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

1. Wiggle Wiggle
2. Under the Red Sky
3. Unbelievable
4. Born in Time
5. T.V. Talkin' Song
6. 10,000 Men
7. 2 X 2
8. God Knows
9. Handy Dandy
10. Cat's in the Well

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One that got away...... 29 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
After the pleasantly surprising first Wilbury adventure, Bob released the Daniel Lanois-produced Oh Mercy (his finest album of the 80's), and then this (his first of the 90's). Few would have thought that it would be seven years until his next album of original songs, the multi-grammy award winning Time Out of Mind, so in many ways this seemed for many years like a stuttering final statement.
And perhaps this is why history hasn't treated it kindly for a) it is quite short b) it doesn't sound as 'serious' as its predecessor and c) it didn't sell very well. It seems to lack the intensity and production values of its predecessor. In reality, this rough and ready album sounds far more like the in-the-studio-and-out Bob that we all know and love and is not far removed from his current (Modern Times/Together Through Life) sound.
Lyrically, much has been made of the childlike lyrics and imagery and has been put down to a dearth of inspiration or laziness. Dylan alludes to Hansel and Gretel, The Man In The Moon, The Grand Old Duke Of York, Noah's Ark and the Cat In The Well. He doesn't try to mask it either. But then, fairy tale is a part of the folk medium and has been present in Dylan's most celebrated work ('Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row' etc). Now his voice had changed, the lines were delivered in a particularly creepy Grimm style and imply that any fairy tale in a world gone wrong will end in tears.
Of the remaining songs, Wiggle,Wiggle is daftly inconsequential enough that it could have opened Wilbury's Vol 3. Unbelievable presents Dylan's view of America's lost dream. TV Talkin' Song is an amusing tale of the author listening to soap-box preachers in Hyde Park.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars underrated 16 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a fascinating album, and, actually, a bit frightening. The singer seems to be trying to recite nurcery rhymes. But he can't help infuse these with feverish Bible-inspired images that whirl around in his head. In other words, a portrait of a singer lost in the lonely graveyard of his mind. It is easy to dismiss this album. Some even find it scandalous. Of course, all the smooth frases from "Oh Mercy" are nowhere to be found. But the album is coherent in its own way, and very listenable. The point is perhaps that the listener is free to analyse, but he can't ever fully comprehend. (That is, a real Dylan album.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, yet unnoticed 1 Sep 2003
By b
This is yet another Dylan album that has been ripped by critics. But, on deeper inspection, one will find that there are many memorable performances on this album, and it offers an interesting picture of who Bob Dylan is in 1991. Most of the Red Sky songs are constructed like childrens rhymes, as an earlier reviewer noted. "Wiggle Wiggle" is lots of fun, the backing band is great, and Dylans voice sounds pretty awesome (especially that last phrase "...like a big fat snake!..."). "Under The Red Sky" has beautiful words and a great G. Harrison slide guitar. "Unbelievable" drops the ball to a degree, in my opinion, with Dylan turning in a fairly lifeless vocal. The albums first hands-down masterwork is "Born In Time." This song absolutely shines, all the way through, it will move you to tears. Dylans tender ennuciations really make this a keeper. "TV Talkin Song" is interesting, but to my ears the accompaniment is kinda cheesy. Following this are what I consider to be the albums weakest songs, "10,000 Men" and "2x2." These performances just dont grab me, theyre pleasant enough, but they dont unfold and draw you further in like Dylans best stuff does. Then, true to form, Dylan turns around and goes for the hat trick with three killer tunes. "God Knows" rocks all over the place, and hes played it frequently since. "Handy Dandy" is classic, a great song and a great vocal by Dylan (I love when he yells "Pour him another brandy!" at the end). And "Cats In The Well" is a fine closer with some great slide guitar. Its hard to know what Dylan was going with Red Sky. But there are enough great songs to make it worthwhile to any Dylan fan.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Under The Red Sky: Bob Dylan - Unbelievable... 25 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
Dylan's 27th studio album, released in 1990, had many expectations and totally failed to live up to them. Dylan parted company with Danny Lanois after his previous album, the superb `Oh Mercy'. This was a mistake, and it would be 3 albums, 7 years and a reunion with Lanois before Dylan produced another worthwhile album with 1997's Time Out Of Mind.

The album has a set of rocky bluesy tunes with a very childlike air. There is a cast of guest musicians (unusually for Dylan) including Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Harrison, Elton John and Slash. These just serve to make the record feel a bit fragmented. Dylan himself sounds almost disinterested. And the songwriting is poor. There really isn't a standout song here that sticks in the mind, apart from the opener Wigge Wiggle, which sticks in the mind for all the wrong reasons.

Not quite as bad as `Good As I Been To You' in that there is not much truly bad here, just nothing at all that is particularly good. 2 stars.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird but not without merit 28 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I first listened to this album, I thought it had the craziest, most nonsensical lyrics I had ever heard. Admittedly, some of the tracks still don't make much sense to me, but a few surprisingly good songs give this album a solid depth that is too little appreciated. Certainly, this is not the moralizing philosopher Dylan of old, but that's OK. It's pretty cool to hear Dylan playing a few songs seemingly just for fun. "Wiggle Wiggle" is total nonsense, but it's a pretty cool, catchy song nonetheless. "Under the Red Sky" does seem to be some kind of musical tribute to nursery rhymes, but its meaning quite escapes me. "10 000 Men" and "Cat's in the Well" are also weird songs with seemingly no meaning. The other tracks have varying degrees of substance to them. "Handy Dandy" confuses me somewhat, but if I had to interpret it, I would lean toward the autobiographical line of thought and steer clear of the Ronald Reagan "theory," in large part due to the fleeting echo of "Like a Rolling Stone" it exhibits. "Unbelievable," "TV Talkin' Song," and "God Knows" are pretty good tracks, with "God Knows" possessing a somewhat comforting quality to it. My two personal favorites here are "2 x 2" and "Born in Time," both of which happen to feature David Crosby's distinctive background vocals. "2 x 2" doesn't make a lot of sense, but the bridges with their unique blend of Dylan and Crosby vocals fill me with delight for some reason. "Born in Time" must be singled out for particular attention. I consider it one of Dylan's best songs of the 1990s, featuring particularly strong and powerful bridges.
I really like this album, but it is definitely one of Dylan's weirdest releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on!
Not my favourite Dylan album by a long chalk but as a bit of a Dylan fan I just wanted it for my collection. However, the service was great and drlivery was very quick!
Published 11 months ago by Snowy Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album
This has to be one of the best albums Bob Dylan has ever recorded. Each song is instantly likeable. Brilliant
Published 12 months ago by Sean
3.0 out of 5 stars FUNK..!!
Love it or loathe it. Well its okay but Under the Red Sky may be known for the sleeve covering insert and its song of the same title but the rest of it contains mostly... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jonathan Sanger
4.0 out of 5 stars 'They said it was the land of milk and honey, Now they say it's the...
I love Dylan, I mean I have the lot, everything he's done, but I never gave this one the time of day. Why? Well... it's Under the Red Sky, I mean it's a dud, right? Read more
Published 17 months ago by Trompe Le Monde
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather bluesy, very light-weight material from Dylan., September 24,...
UNDER THE RED SKY sounds more like Dylan calling up some old friends and well-known rockers and jamming to nursery rhymes and someone happened to record them than it does a serious... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2012 by Mike London
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid!
I made the mistake of buying this CD once and it put me off listening to Dylan for years. Thankfully I discovered his later excellent work and have returned to adoration again. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Aprilc
5.0 out of 5 stars It had to happen
There's a section in the Michael Gray book about Dylan's use of Nursery Rhyme Imagery which takes up about 6 pages of small print. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2009 by Richard
3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's egg follow up to the great Oh Mercy
Under The Red Sky was doomed to be underrated,following on as it does from Oh Mercy(indisputably Dylan's best 80s album,though that isn't that much of a achievement,admittedly). Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2007 by Ted Maul
3.0 out of 5 stars Sure it's fluff, but it's fun fluff. Handful of the songs are as good...
At the end of the 1980s, Dylan's most critically reviled decade, he went out on a high note, the critical darling OH MERCY. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2007 by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars just like sugar and candy
This album was savaged by the critics when it came out, and continues to be rubbished by Dylan fans. I too thought it was awful the first few times I heard it. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2004 by King Zevon
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