Under the Red Sky

Release date
20 Sep 1990
Running length
10 tracks
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1 Wiggle Wiggle 2:09 14,891
2 Under the Red Sky 4:08 29,169
3 Unbelievable 4:05 14,165
4 Born in Time 5:19 19,781
5 T.V. Talkin' Song 3:01 7,739
6 10,000 Men 4:22 6,482
7 2 x 2 3:36 7,602
8 God Knows 3:02 16,019
9 Handy Dandy 4:02 12,394
10 Cat's in the Well 3:20 12,851

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Under the Red Sky is singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s 27th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1990.

The album was largely greeted as a strange and disappointing follow-up to 1989’s critically-acclaimed Oh Mercy. Most of the criticism was directed at the slick sound of pop producer Don Was, as well as a handful of tracks that seem rooted in children’s nursery rhymes. It is a rarity in Dylan’s catalog for its inclusion of celebrity cameos, by Slash, Elton John, George Harrison, David Crosby, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bruce Hornsby.

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  • TheUselessGolem

    The sound is dusty, sometimes mistakable for dull, but shifting and glorious. A year and a half after discovery it's still one of my top Dylan favorites.

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    ok, i have come to appreciate this album more and more with time. I'm liking it, I'm liking it.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Great discussion about the album with several incisive and thoughtful posts, folks weighing in from both sides of the debate: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.music.dylan/toGd42icEiE

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    As of right now, I see only three things wrong with this record. In ascending order of seriousness: Born in Time, by carry-over, has some of those clumsy Oh Mercy lyrics, T.V. Talkin' Song isn't quite up to the level of its brethren and the band(s) can't always keep up with the bandleader. But that's it. The rest is fantastic. Sometimes I listen and it's just a really fun album; other times it catches me in its spell and for forty minutes I'm captivated. Then the music is moving and brilliant and surprising and scary and a good comfort for hard times. I picture Dylan here as the jester in the court of the king in that old Syd Barrett song, Matilda Mother, leading a band of lesser court minstrels uneasy with but nonetheless bravely pursuing the direction of the mad Fool at their front.

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    "Under the Red Sky aims frankly for the evocative. It's fabulistic, biblical. Through it all, though, the sweetness of Dylan's tone does him proud. Apocalyptic though that blood red sky may also be, he's crafted an affectionate elegy for a human race forced to live in a diminished world." That's Robert Christgau, unabashed champion of this wonderful record.

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    That may as well be the last one though, I think I've run out...

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    Hahaha... touche, I suppose. (Though I think your name-calling is more effective than your argument.)

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    Hey now Mr. GreyPoupon, at least unlike with Another Side, I'm not alone on this one with my opinion! :P

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    Basement Tapes + Slow Train Coming = Under the Red Sky. No wonder you don't like this one, Ralf.

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    Three five star songs here, the rest ain't worth squat. One of which is obviously Born in Time, a song that sounds and feels like it should have been on Oh Mercy but was left out and re-recorded for this one. His sandpapery singing ruins most of the songs actually - shame cuz his vocals on Oh Mercy are superb. I can overlook the fourth grader level lyrics cause I more or less understand what he was going for with this album.

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    george harrison, stevie ray and jimmie vaughen

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • SucioVagabundo

    No se porque me gusta!

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • trickly

    Worse than Self Portrait.

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    mine, too. title track and "born in time" are the only two songs I bother with

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ralfsu

    My least favorite Dylan album.

    6 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Rocksijencom

    With Stevie Ray Vaughan ;)

    3 Oct 2009 Reply
  • thesoundhound

    Oh damn, turns out this album is very good. Knew it.

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Born in Time is great

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
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