Oh Mercy is the 26th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on September 18, 1989 by Columbia Records. Oh Mercy gave Dylan his best chart showing in years, reaching No. 30 on the Billboard charts in the United States and No. 6 in the UK.
Format: Cassette, Album, Chrome Tape. Oh Mercy (LP, Album).
Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, 12-string guitar, organ Malcolm Burn – tambourine, keyboards, on 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 Rockin' Dopsie – accordion on 2 Willie Green – drums on 1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10 Tony Hall – bass guitar on 1, 3, 6, 8, 10 John Hart – saxophone on 2 Daryl Johnson – percussion on 3 Larry Jolivet – bass guitar on 2 Daniel. Lanois – dobro, lap steel, guitar, omnichord, bass guitar.
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.
Dylan in the ‘80s wasn’t nearly as bad as it’s sometimes mythologized to be, but there is no doubt that he needed some sort of triumph when he hooked up with producer Daniel Lanois at decade’s end. If nothing else, Lanois brought a coherent moodiness to this album, while Dylan responded with his most consistent set of songs in a decade.
By 1989, many Bob Dylan fans were convinced that Dylan had completely lost his songwriting muse. His last two albums, Knocked Out Loaded and Down in the Groove, were arguably the two worst works of his career. In what seemed to be an ominous sign, most of the songs on those discs were either covers or tunes he wrote with others. Thankfully, Dylan realized he needed to completely rethink his career. In 1988, he began his Never Ending Tour (which is still going), and he took advice from Bono and teamed up with producer Daniel Lanois for a new album