Friday, 27 September 2019

Bob Dylan: Changing Times - 5. 1989: Oh Mercy

BOB DYLAN: CHANGING TIMES - 5. 1989: OH MERCY (320kbs-m4a/69mb/30mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 20th December 2016

John Wilson continues to explore Bob Dylan's career at the end of three decades - 1969, 1979 and 1989 - and, with the help of those who have worked with and written about the enigmatic star, assesses the ways in which he re-invented himself at those times.

Tonight John looks back at 1989 and the album Oh Mercy, which was seen as a comeback and was the first album Dylan had written entirely himself for four years. Recorded in an imposing house in New Orleans and produced by Daniel Lanois (who had been recommended to Dylan by Bono). It was a return to form.

Dylan also stepped up his touring schedule, clocking up ninety nine concerts - an average he has kept up more or less every year since then on what he described as his 'never-ending' tour.

First broadcast on 6 Music in 2009.

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