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Under The Red Sky

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SonyBMG Special Markets
  • ASIN: B0015XAT3O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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It's just fun and has a couple of good rockers.
Geoff Marsh
The interpretation that "Handy Dandy" is about Ronald Reagan has quite a bit (i.e. textual evidence) going for it.
Mike London
Dylan's Under the Red Sky has got all the things that makes Dylan great.
Marcelo Da Frota

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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Gianmarco Manzione on June 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Why does the world insist that Bob Dylan's every album be a narrative epic suitable for inclusion in the next Norton Anthology of Literature? Why isn't Bob Dylan allowed to have some fun when he wants? He is, in my book, and he does, on Under The red Sky.
We don't persecute our famous blues artists for using simple rhymes and one or two chord melodies, the same should apply to Dylan, who, all his life, has had to contend with people who only know him as a "poet" or as author of Blowin in The Wind. Fact is, he really loves rock n roll, he really would love to be known for his blues vocals and sound, not just a folk record from 1963.
Under The Red Sky demonstrates his love and mastery of simple, bluesy rock n roll. The album is loads of fun from start to finish. With a line up of legendary producer Don Was, along with the likes of George Harrison, Slash, David Crosby and the Vaughn brothers, this album offers the most consistent collection of good music since Blonde on Blonde. No, it is not the literary masterpiece of his 60's efforts, but it certainly matches the musical intensity of those long-gone days.
Besides, some of the lyrics are very fun, such as the line from "Unbelievable," "It's inconceivable that someone could get this rich this quick." Well, Bob, you oughtta know!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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 children's rhymes, as an earlier reviewer noted. "Wiggle Wiggle" is lots of fun, the backing band is great, and Dylan's 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 album's first hands-down masterwork is "Born In Time." This song absolutely shines, all the way through, it will move you to tears. Dylan's 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 album's weakest songs, "10,000 Men" and "2x2." These performances just don't grab me, they're pleasant enough, but they don't unfold and draw you further in like Dylan's 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 he's 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 "Cat's In The Well" is a fine closer with some great slide guitar. It's 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on September 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 and substantial release. Dylan, just like the rest of us, need a chance to blow steam and just have a good time, and that's what this record is: pure, simple minded fun.
Although I generally agree with Gianmarc Manzione in his Dylan reviews, his five star rating of this particular album, to me, seems a little over generous, to say the least. As for his comparison of it to BLONDE ON BLONDE, I can only shake my head at that comment. However, much of what he says holds true for this album. Not everything Dylan does should have to find a nice, little cozy literary allotment that anthologies generally tend to give artists. ("Now we come to Lord Byron, one of the leading romantic poets because . . ..")
Dylan's always been one for confounding expectations, and this is no exception. Coming off the heels of OH MERCY, Dylan's biggest critical success in years, this was immediately perceived as a disaster and essentially panned by critics and fans alike. It may have not received such harsh treatment as it did had it not come immediately after OH MERCY.
UNDER THE RED SKY, while far from a masterpiece, is a jaunty little record with loads of guest stars and sounds like Dylan's just having a high old time. The lyrics, considered by many to be banal coming from the man who wrote "Tangled Up in Blue," "Visions of Johanna," "Desolation Row," and literally dozens of others, do come across as childish and rather stupid - with the prerequisite in mind that everything Dylan does must be like the aforementioned songs.
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