Under the Red Sky

Released:- 10th September 1990
Official Release Number:- 27
Dylan Vinyl Number:- 29

Part twenty-nine of the DYLAN VINYL collection which is a brand-new collection of every single Bob Dylan album on high-quality 180-gram vinyl plus a collectors’ magazine

Bob Dylan’s 1990 album Under the Red Sky seems to be the forgotten child of his discography. It’s like that awkward family reunion where nobody seems to know who you are. From the cheesy production to the lackluster lyrics, it feels like Dylan was just phoning it in, like he was trying to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks, but unfortunately not much does. It’s a shame, really, as it’s clear Dylan was having an “off” day. Nevertheless, we can still appreciate the album for what it is – an interesting collection of styles and sounds.

As an aside the following all appeared on this album:- David Crosby, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bruce Hornsby and Elton John

Side 1
Wiggle Wiggle
Under the Red Sky
Born in Time
TV Talkin’ Song

Side 2
10,000 Men
2 x 2
God Knows
Handy Dandy
Cat’s in the Well

My Top Three

1) Born in Time
. The lyrics explore the themes of love, fate, and the passage of time. Dylan’s gravelly voice and poetic lyricism create a poignant atmosphere, as he reflects on missed opportunities and the longing for a lost love. The haunting melody and melancholic instrumentation enhance the emotional depth of the song.

2) Under the Red Sky
The track features a catchy melody accompanied by Dylan’s distinctive vocals. The lyrics are enigmatic and whimsical, with references to a mysterious red sky and a playful cast of characters including a dog and a cat.

3) Handy Dandy
With its catchy rhythm and blues sound, the song reflects on the complexities of love and relationships. Dylan’s soulful vocals and poetic lyrics captivate listeners as he explores themes of trust, betrayal, and the ever-changing nature of human connections.

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