Saturday, December 31, 1988

Dave’s Faves: My Album Collection in 1988

Dave’s Faves:

My Album Collection in 1988

By year’s end, this was what my collection looked like. Albums acquired in 1988 are marked with an asterisk.

  1. Aha Hunting High and Low (1985)
  2. Aha Scoundrel Days (1986)
  3. Aha Stay on These Roads (1988) *
  4. Air Supply Lost in Love (1980)
  5. Air Supply The One That You Love (1981)
  6. Alabama Greatest Hits (compilation: 1980-86, released 1986)
  7. Alabama The Touch (1986)
  8. Alabama Live (live, 1988) *
  9. Asia Asia (1982)
  10. Asia Alpha (1983)
  11. Asia Astra (1985)

  12. Bangles All Over the Place (1984)
  13. Bangles Different Light (1986)
  14. Bangles Everything (1988)
  15. The Beatles Yesterday…and Today (1966)
  16. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  17. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
  18. The Beatles Hey Jude (1968)
  19. The Beatles 1962-1966 (compilation: 1962-66, released 1973)
  20. The Beatles 1967-1970 (compilation: 1967-70, released 1973)
  21. The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1962-70, released 1982)
  22. Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion (1980)
  23. Pat Benatar Get Nervous (1982)
  24. Pat Benatar Live from Earth (live, 1983)
  25. Pat Benatar Tropico (1984)
  26. Pat Benatar Seven the Hard Way (1985)
  27. Berlin Pleasure Victim (1983)
  28. Berlin Love Life (1984)
  29. Berlin Count Three and Pray (1986)
  30. Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
  31. Blondie Eat to the Beat (1979)
  32. Boomtown Rats In the Long Grass (1984)
  33. Boston Third Stage (1986)
  34. David Bowie ChangesOneBowie (compilation: 1969-76, released 1976)
  35. David Bowie Never Let Me Down (1987)

  36. Paul Carrack One Good Reason (1987) *
  37. Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (1988) *
  38. Chicago Chicago 16 (1982)
  39. Chicago Chicago 17 (1984)
  40. Toni Childs Union (1988) *
  41. Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1985)
  42. Robert Cray Strong Persuader (1986)
  43. Robert Cray Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1988) *
  44. Crowded House Crowded House (1986)
  45. Crowded House Temple of Low Men (1988) *

  46. Terence Trent D’Arby Introducing the Hardline… (1987) *
  47. David + David Boomtown (1986)
  48. Def Leppard Pyromania (1983)
  49. Def Leppard Hysteria (1987)
  50. John Denver Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-72, released 1973)
  51. Dennis DeYoung Desert Moon (1984)
  52. Dennis DeYoung Back to the World (1986)
  53. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
  54. Neil Diamond The Jazz Singer (soundtrack, 1980)

  55. Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (compilation: 1971-75, released 1976)
  56. Eagles Greatest Hits Volume 2 (released 1982)
  57. Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge (1988) *
  58. Eurythmics In the Garden (1981)
  59. Eurythmics Sweet Dreams Are Made of This (1983)
  60. Eurythmics Touch (1983)
  61. Eurythmics 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) (1984)
  62. Eurythmics Be Yourself Tonight (1985)
  63. Eurythmics Savage (1987) *
  64. Everything But the Girl Idlewild (1988) *

  65. Dan Fogelberg Greatest Hits (compilation: 1972-82, released 1982)
  66. Foreigner 4 (1981)
  67. Foreigner Records (compilation: 1976-82, released 1982)
  68. Foreigner Agent Provocateur (1984)
  69. Foreigner Inside Information (1987) *

  70. Peter Gabriel Plays Live (live, 1983)
  71. Peter Gabriel So (1986)
  72. J. Geils Band Freeze Frame (1981)
  73. Bob Geldof Deep in the Heart of Nowhere (1986)
  74. Genesis Genesis (1983)
  75. Genesis Invisible Touch (1986)
  76. Grateful Dead In the Dark (1987)

  77. Daryl Hall & John Oates H2O (1982)
  78. Daryl Hall & John Oates Rock ‘N’ Soul Part I (compilation: (1973-83, released 1983)
  79. Don Henley Building the Perfect Beast (1984)
  80. Hooters Nervous Night (1985)
  81. Hooters One Way Home (1987)

  82. INXS Kick (1987) *

  83. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
  84. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
  85. Michael Jackson Bad (1987)
  86. Billy Joel Turnstiles (1976)
  87. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977)
  88. Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain (1982)
  89. Billy Joel An Innocent Man (1983)
  90. Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (compilation: 1973-85, released 1985)
  91. Billy Joel The Bridge (1986)
  92. Journey Captured (live, 1981)
  93. Journey Escape (1981)
  94. Journey Frontiers (1983)
  95. Journey Raised on Radio (1986)

  96. Kingdom Come Kingdom Come (1988) *

  97. Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (1983)
  98. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  99. Huey Lewis & the News Sports (1983)
  100. Little River Band Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-82, released 1982) *
  101. Little River Band Monsoon (1988) *

  102. Barry Manilow Greatest Hits (compilation, released 1978)
  103. Marillion Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
  104. Marillion Fugazi (1984)
  105. Marillion Real to Reel (live, 1984)
  106. Marillion Misplaced Childhood (1985)
  107. Marillion Brief Encounter (EP, 1986)
  108. Marillion Clutching at Straws (1987)
  109. Marillion B’Sides Themselves (archives: 1982-88, released 1988) *
  110. John Cougar (Mellencamp) American Fool (1982)
  111. John Cougar Mellencamp Uh-Huh (1983)
  112. John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985)
  113. John Cougar Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
  114. Men at Work Business As Usual (1981)
  115. Men at Work Cargo (1983)
  116. Men at Work Two Hearts (1985)
  117. Mike + the Mechanics Mike + The Mechanics (1985) *
  118. Mike + the Mechanics Living Years (1988) *

  119. The Moody Blues This Is the Moody Blues (compilation: 1967-72, released 1974)
  120. The Moody Blues Voices in the Sky (compilation: 1967-82, released 1984)
  121. The Moody Blues The Other Side of Life (1986)

  122. Olivia Newton-John Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-76, released 1977)
  123. Olivia Newton-John Totally Hot (1978)
  124. Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu (soundtrack, 1980)
  125. Olivia Newton-John Physical (1981)
  126. Olivia Newton-John Olivia’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (compilation: 1978-82, released 1982)
  127. Olivia Newton-John Soul Kiss (1985)
  128. Olivia Newton-John The Rumour (1988) *
  129. Stevie Nicks The Wild Heart (1983)

    SinĂ©ad O’Connor The Lion and the Cobra (1987) *

  130. Alan Parsons Project I Robot (1977)
  131. Alan Parsons Project Eve (1979)
  132. Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)
  133. Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky (1982)
  134. Alan Parsons Project The Best of (compilation: 1977-83, released 1983)
  135. Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue (1984)
  136. Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture (1985)
  137. Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy (1986)
  138. Alan Parsons Project Gaudi (1987)
  139. Alan Parsons Project Best of, Vol. 2 (compilation: 1977-87, released 1988) *
  140. Steve Perry Street Talk (1984)
  141. Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  142. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
  143. Pink Floyd The Final Cut (1983)
  144. Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)
  145. Robert Plant Now and Zen (1988) *
  146. The Police Outlandos D’Amour (1978)
  147. The Police Reggatta De Blanc (1979)
  148. The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
  149. The Police Ghost in the Machine (1981)
  150. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
  151. The Police Every Breath You Take – The Singles (compilation: 1978-1986; released 1986)
  152. Prince 1999 (1982)
  153. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)
  154. Prince & the Revolution Around the World in a Day (1985)
  155. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)

  156. Queen Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-81, released 1981)

  157. Gerry Rafferty City to City (1978) *
  158. Gerry Rafferty North and South (1988) *
  159. The Rainmakers The Rainmakers (1986)
  160. The Rainmakers Tornado (1987)
  161. R.E.M. Life’s Rich Pageant (1986) *
  162. R.E.M. Document (1987)
  163. REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity (1980)
  164. REO Speedwagon Wheels Are Turnin’ (1984)
  165. REO Speedwagon The Hits (compilation: 1976-88, released 1988) *
  166. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
  167. Lionel Richie Dancing on the Ceiling (1986)
  168. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-80, released 1980)
  169. The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-71 (compilation: 1964-71, released 1971) *
  170. Rush All the World’s a Stage (live, 1976)
  171. Rush Moving Pictures (1981)
  172. Rush Exit…Stage Left (live, 1981)
  173. Rush Hold Your Fire (1987) *

  174. Charlie Sexton Pictures for Pleasure (1985)
  175. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)
  176. The Smiths Louder Than Bombs (archives: 1983-87, released 1987)
  177. The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)
  178. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
  179. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  180. Bruce Springsteen Live 1975/1985 (live box set, 1986)
  181. Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love (1987)
  182. Squeeze Cool for Cats (1979) *
  183. Squeeze Argybargy (1980)
  184. Squeeze Sweets from a Stranger (1982)
  185. Squeeze 45s and Under (compilation: 1977-82, released 1982)
  186. Squeeze Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti (1985)
  187. Squeeze Babylon and On (1987)
  188. Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
  189. Sting Bring on the Night (live, 1986)
  190. Sting Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
  191. Styx Styx I (1972)
  192. Styx Styx II (1973)
  193. Styx The Serpent Is Rising (1973)
  194. Styx Man of Miracles (1974)
  195. Styx Best of Styx (compilation: 1972-74)
  196. Styx Equinox (1975)
  197. Styx Crystal Ball (1976)
  198. Styx The Grand Illusion (1977)
  199. Styx Pieces of Eight (1978)
  200. Styx Cornerstone (1979)
  201. Styx Paradise Theater (1981)
  202. Styx Kilroy Was Here (1983)
  203. Styx Caught in the Act (live, 1984)
  204. Supertramp Famous Last Words (1982)
  205. Supertramp Brother Where You Bound (1985)

  206. Tears for Fears The Hurting (1983)
  207. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
  208. Toto Toto IV (1982)

  209. U2 War (1983)
  210. U2 Under a Blood Red Sky (live, 1983)
  211. U2 The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
  212. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
  213. U2 Rattle and Hum (studio/live soundtrack, 1988) *

  214. Van Halen 5150 (1986)
  215. Van Halen OU812 (1988) *
  216. Suzanne Vega Solitude Standing (1987)
  217. Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (1983)
  218. Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground (1984)
  219. Violent Femmes Blind Leading the Naked (1986)

  220. Roger Waters Radio K.A.O.S. (1987)
  221. Whitesnake Whitesnake (1987)
  222. The Who Who’s Next (1971)
  223. The Who Greatest Hits (compilation: 1965-78, released 1983)
  224. John Williams (composer) Star Wars IV: A New Hope (soundtrack, 1977)

  225. XTC Skylarking (1986)

  226. Yes The Yes Album (1971)
  227. Yes Fragile (1971)
  228. Yes Classic Yes (compilation: 1971-77, released 1981)
  229. Yes 90125 (1983)
  230. Yes Big Generator (1987)

  231. ZZ Top Afterburner (1985)

    Various Artists:

  232. Brimstone and Treacle (soundtrack, 1982)
  233. Flashdance (soundtrack, 1983)
  234. Footloose (soundtrack, 1984)
  235. K-Tel: High Energy (1979)
  236. K-Tel: Starflight (1979)
  237. K-Tel: Wings of Sound (1979)
  238. Legend (soundtrack, 1986)
  239. Party! Party! (soundtrack, 1982) *
  240. Pretty in Pink (soundtrack, 1986)
  241. Rock for Amnesty (1986)
  242. The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (soundtrack, 1982) *
  243. She’s Having a Baby (soundtrack, 1988) *
  244. Some Kind of Wonderful (soundtrack, 1987)
  245. The Songs of Lennon and McCartney (1986) *
  246. St. Elmo’s Fire (soundtrack, 1985)
  247. Two of a Kind (soundtrack, 1983)
  248. A Very Special Christmas (1987) *
  249. Vision Quest (soundtrack, 1985)
  250. We Are the World (1985)
  251. When the Wind Blows (soundtrack, 1986) *


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First posted 8/31/2021.

Tuesday, November 15, 1988

Journey’s Greatest Hits released

First posted 7/24/2008; updated 9/17/2020. This page has been expanded, reworked, and moved here.

Saturday, November 5, 1988

Fleetwood Mac released Greatest Hits

First posted 4/6/2008; last updated 9/17/2020.

Greatest Hits

Fleetwood Mac


Released: November 5, 1988


Recorded: 1975-1988


Peak: 14 US, 3 UK, -- CN, 3 AU


Sales (in millions): 8.0 US, 0.9 UK, 16.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: classic rock


Tracks: (1) Rhiannon (2) Don’t Stop (3) Go Your Own Way (4) Hold Me (5) Everywhere (6) Gypsy (7) You Make Loving Fun (8) As Long As You Follow (9) Dreams (10) Say You Love Me (11) Tusk (12) Little Lies (13) Sara (14) Big Love (15) Over My Head (16) No Questions Asked


Total Running Time: 64:19


Rating:

4.370 out of 5.00 (average of 9 ratings)


Awards:

A Brief History:

Fleetwood Mac started in 1967 as a British blues band. Over eight years, members came and went with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie being the only constants. By 1975, they’d settled on the lineup that over a dozen years, would bring them to their greatest commercial heights. The American folk-duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the band in 1974, giving the band a poppier, classic rock feel.

  • Lindsey Buckingham (vocals, guitar, et al)
  • Stevie Nicks (vocals, tambourine)
  • Christine McVie (vocals, keyboards)
  • John McVie (bass)
  • Mick Fleetwood (drums, percussion)
These years include five studio albums each with their own DMDB page. All have brief snapshots on this page.

The Studio Albums:

Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the Greatest Hits are noted. Song titles are followed by the names of writers in parentheses, the song’s length in brackets, and then the date the song charted and its peaks on various charts. Click for codes to singles charts.


Fleetwood Mac (1975):

After ten studio albums, Fleetwood Mac leapt into the arena of commercial stardom with a self-titled release. On the strength of three top-20 hits in the U.S., the album which introduced Lindsey Buckingham to Stevie Nicks, hit #1 and became a multi-platinum seller. The band had previously never reached higher than #34 on the Billboard album chart.

  • Over My Head (C. McVie) [4:11] (11/8/75, 20 US, 32 AC, 9 CN, airplay: 2 million)
  • Rhiannon (Nicks) [4:11] (3/6/76, 11 US, 33 AC, 46 UK, 4 CN, 13 AU, airplay: 3 million)
  • Say You Love Me (C. McVie) [4:11] (7/4/76, 11 US, 12 AC, 40 UK, 29 CN, 38 AU, airplay: 2 million)


Rumours (1977):

Expectations were high and so were the band members. They were also fighting so much as a band that the success they’d just found looked certain to derail. Instead, the broken relationships behind the scenes fueled their songs and the album became one of the most successful in history. Sporting four top-ten U.S. hits, it sold 40 million copies worldwide and spent 31 weeks atop the Billboard album chart in the U.S.

  • Go Your Own Way (Buckingham) [3:43] (12/76, 10 US, 45 AC, 38 UK, 11 CN, 20 AU, airplay: 1 million)
  • Dreams (Nicks) [4:14] (3/24/77, 1 US, 11 AC, 24 UK, 1 CN, 19 AU, sales: ½ million, airplay: 5 million)
  • Don’t Stop (C. McVie) [3:13] (4/30/77, 3 US, 22 AC, 32 UK, 1 CN, 30 AU, airplay: 3.0 m)
  • You Make Loving Fun (C. McVie) [3:31] (9/77, 9 US, 28 AC, 45 UK, 7 CN, 65 AU, airplay: 2 million))


Tusk (1979):

Fleetwood Mac got ambitious the next time out, releasing a double album. It didn’t match the success of the previous outing – which would have been damn-near impossible – but it still gave the band two more top-ten hits in the U.S.

  • Tusk (Buckingham) [3:37] (10/6/79, 8 US, 6 UK, 5 CN, 3 AU)
  • Sara (Nicks) [6:22] (12/15/79, 7 US, 13 AC, 37 UK, 12 CN, 11 AU, airplay: 2 million)


Mirage (1982):

Since their last album, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham had each found solo success. Nicks had gone all the way to #1 on the U.S. album chart with Bella Donna, which had two top-ten hits, and Buckingam hit the top 10 with his song “Trouble.” Audiences were eager to hear the band as a whole again. Ironically, though, it was Christine McVie who had the highest-charting single from the album with “Hold Me.”

  • Hold Me (C. McVie/Robbie Patton) [3:44] (6/19/82, 4 US, 3 AR, 7 AC, 94 UK, 9 CN, 12 AU, airplay: 2 million)
  • Gypsy (Nicks) [4:24] (7/24/82, 12 US, 4 AR, 9 AC, 46 UK, 16 CN, 17 AU, airplay: 2 million)


Tango in the Night (1987):

After some more solo forays, which now included a solo album and top-10 hit from Christine McVie, the band came together again for what would be the last studio album with the classic lineup that brought the group its biggest taste of fame. Seven songs from Tango in the Night hit various charts with four of those reaching the top-20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Big Love (Buckingham) [3:37] (3/28/87, 5 US, 2 AR, 23 AC, 9 UK, 17 CN, 16 AU)
  • Seven Wonders (Stewart/ Nicks) [3:38] (4/25/87, 19 US, 2 AR, 13 AC, 56 UK, 47 CN, 23 AU)
  • Little Lies (McVie/ Quintela) [3:40] (8/2/87, 4 US, 14 AR, 1 AC, 5 UK, 3 CN, 16 AU, airplay: 2 million)
  • Everywhere (C. McVie) [3:48] (11/28/87, 14 US, 22 AR, 1 AC, 4 UK, 45 AU, airplay: 1 million)


Greatest Hits (1988):

Greatest Hits is a fine overview of Fleetwood Mac’s hit-making years, containing the bulk of the group’s Top 40 hits of the late ‘70s and ‘80s,” AMG which included such fare as top-10 hits Go Your Own Way, Tusk, Sara, Hold Me, Big Love, and Little Lies and their only #1 hit, Dreams. Minor hits like ‘Think About Me’ [and] ‘Love in Store’… are missing, making room for the new songs As Long as You Follow…and No Questions Asked, but overall, Greatest Hits is an excellent choice for casual listeners.” AMG

  • As Long As You Follow (11/26/88, 43 US, 15 AR, 1 AC, 66 UK, 35 AU)
  • No Questions Asked (12/4/88, 37 AR)


Notes: “Seven Wonders” was added to the 2006 reissue.

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Monday, October 31, 1988

The La’s released “There She Goes” - for the first time

There She Goes

The La’s

Writer(s): Lee Mavers (see lyrics here)


Released: October 31, 1988


First Charted: January 14, 1989


Peak: 49 US, 47 CB, 2 MR, 13 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 0.6 UK


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 9.1 video, 139.62 streaming

Awards:

Click on award for more details.

About the Song:

Rolling Stone called “There She Goes” “a founding piece of Britpop’s foundation.” RS “Credit Lee Mavers’ insistent falsetto bringing the song’s sad-sack protagonist to life as the never-ending guitar hook intensifies his desperation.” RS Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie called it “the perfectly written pop song: an instantaneously recognizable melody and lyric set to simple, economic musical structure.” WK

Mike Badger formed The La’s in 1983 and singer/songwriter/guitarist Mavers joined the next year. Badger departed in 1986 and bassist John Power came on board. Mavers and Power ended up the nucleus of the group with a revolving door of other guitarists and drummers. The band lasted until 1992, but only released one album. Mavers said of the Steve Lillywhite-produced album, “We [hate] it…It never captured anything that we were about. To cut a long story short, too many cooks spoil the broth.” RS

The album featured four singles, of which only “There She Goes” dented the UK top-40. Even that song was a minor hit initially. It was first released in 1988 and reached #59 on the UK charts. It was remixed in 1990 for their debut album and that version – released as a single in October of 1990 – finally charted in the UK and United States.

The lines “There she goes again / Racing through my brain / Pulsing through my vein / No one else can heal my pain” have led to the song being viewed as an ode to heroin. Mavers denies the song is about heroin, although admits to trying it. However, he says he didn’t try it until 1990 – after he wrote the song. WK


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First posted 10/13/2021.

Friday, October 28, 1988

Mike + the Mechanics Living Years released

Living Years

Mike + the Mechanics


Released: October 28, 1988


Peak: 13 US, 2 UK, 12 CN, 10 AU


Sales (in millions): .05 US, 0.1 UK


Genre: mainstream rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Nobody’s Perfect (Rutherford, B.A. Robertson) [4:48] v: Young (11/5/88, 63 US, 58 CB, 3 AR, 29 AU)
  2. The Living Years (Rutherford, Robertson) [5:32] v: Carrack (12/31/88, 1 US, 1 CB, 2 RR, 1 AC, 5 AR, 2 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU)
  3. Seeing Is Believing (Rutherford, Robertson) [3:13] v: Young (4/8/89, 62 US, 53 CB, 18 AR, 46 CN, 91 AU)
  4. Nobody Knows [4:24] v: Carrack (7/22/89, 41 AC)
  5. Poor Boy Down [4:33] v: Young
  6. Blame [5:24] v: Young
  7. Don’t [5:45] v: Carrack
  8. Black & Blue (Rutherford, Robertson, Young) [3:27] v: Young
  9. Beautiful Day (Rutherford, Neil, Young) [3:39] v: Young
  10. Why Me? (Rutherford, Robertson) [6:26] v: Carrack

Songs are written by Mike Rutherford and Christopher Neil unless noted otherwise. V indicates who sang lead vocals.


Total Running Time: 47:11


The Players:

  • Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass)
  • Paul Carrack (vocals)
  • Paul Young (vocals)
  • Adrian Lee (keyboards)
  • Peter Van Hooke (drums)

Rating:

3.730 out of 5.00 (average of 12 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

After the enormous success of Genesis’ Invisible Touch in 1986, Mike Rutherford returned to his side project, Mike + the Mechanics, for a second album. It didn’t seem likely that he’d find the same magic again. After all, that first album surprised people by landing two top-10 hits.

Instead, Rutherford and crew topped themselves, going all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the title cut. Rutherford and co-writer B.A. Robertson had both lost their fathers recently. However, the lyrics were solely by Robinson, whose son was born three months after his death. Paul Carrack, who tackled lead vocals on the track, lost his father when he was eleven years old. WK

The song was Carrack’s fourth trip to the top 10. He’d previously been there with Mike + the Mechanics when he sang lead on “Silent Running” and had also hit the top 10 back in 1974 with Ace and the song “How Long.” After his profile was upped with “Silent Running,” he also found top-10 success with his own solo hit “Don’t Shed a Tear” in early 1988.

“On mid-tempo tracks with Rutherford’s trademark bubbly bass such as Nobody’s Perfect and Beautiful Day and on the infectious Poor Boy Down the group display a soulfulness that many in the genre lack even while there is a distinct lack of individuality present in their musicianship.” AMG

Overall, the album “moves smoothly between anthemic ballads such as the title track and more up-beat numbers such as Seeing Is Believing. The band even shows a trace of Mike Rutherford’s prog rock roots with Genesis on the epic-like Why Me?AMG It didn’t find quite the success of its predecessor, though. “Nobody’s Perfect” and “Seeing Is Believing” both fell far short of the top 40, although the former reached #3 on the album rock chart and the latter got to #18.

“When the group try their hands at funk, as on Don’t, or harder rock, as on Black and Blue, they sound quite out of their element.” AMG The latter did have the credentials of Rutherford’s Genesis bandmates Phil Collins and Tony Banks behind it, though. It used a sample from a riff they played during sessions for the Invisible Touch album. WK

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First posted 1/17/2009; last updated 9/1/2021.

Tuesday, October 11, 1988

U2 released Rattle and Hum

Rattle and Hum

U2


Released: October 11, 1988


Peak: 16 US, 11 UK, 113 CN, 15 AU


Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, 1.2 UK, 14.6 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: mainstream rock


Tracks:

Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Helter Skelter (live) (Lennon/McCartney) [3:07]
  2. Van Diemen’s Land [3:05]
  3. Desire [2:59] (10/1/88, 3 US, 1 AR, 1 MR, 1 UK, 1 CN, 1 AU, gold single)
  4. Hawkmoon 269 [6:22]
  5. All Along the Watchtower (live) (Dylan) [4:24]
  6. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (live) [5:53]
  7. Freedom for My People (Mabins/Robinson) [0:38]
  8. Silver and Gold (live) [5:49]
  9. Pride (In the Name of Love) (live) [4:27]
  10. Angel of Harlem [3:48] (10/22/88, 14 US, 1 AR, 3 MR, 38 AC, 9 UK, 1 CN, 18 AU)
  11. Love Rescue Me (Dylan/U2) [6:24]
  12. When Love Comes to Town (with B.B. King) [4:15] (10/22/88, 68 US, 2 AR, 10 MR, 6 UK, 41 CN, 23 AU)
  13. Heartland [5:03]
  14. God, Part 2 [3:15] (10/22/88, 8 AR, 28 MR)
  15. The Star Spangled Banner (Key/Smith) [0:43]
  16. Bullet the Blue Sky (live) [5:36]
  17. All I Want Is You [6:30] (7/1/89, 50a US, 13 AR, 4 UK, 67 CN, 2 AU)

Songs written by U2 unless indicated otherwise.


Total Running Time: 72:27


The Players:

  • Bono (vocals, harmonica, guitar)
  • The Edge (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards)
  • Adam Clayton (bass)
  • Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums, percussion)

Rating:

3.820 out of 5.00 (average of 17 ratings)


Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Faced with the task of following-up the mega-successful Joshua Tree, U2 made a feature-film documentary and an accompanying soundtrack instead of a conventional studio album. The move wasn’t without precedent. U2 followed their 1983 War album with the live Under a Blood Red Sky and 1984’s Unforgettable Fire with the Wide Awake in America EP which mixed a few B-sides with a couple of live cuts.

The movie was considered a flop, but the soundtrack was a worldwide #1 hit, selling more than 14 million copies The Rattle and Hum album, a mix of new studio cuts as well as live material, “is all over the place. The live cuts lack the revelatory power of Under a Blood Red Sky and are undercut by heavy-handed performances and Bono's embarrassing stage patter.” STE He prefaces “a leaden cover of Helter Skelter with ‘This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles, and now we're stealing it back.’” STE There’s also his laughable “exhortation ‘OK, Edge, play the blues!’ on the worthy, decidedly unbluesy Silver and Gold.” STE

“U2 sound paralyzed by their new status as ‘rock's most important band.’ They react by attempting to boost their classic rock credibility.” STE The live cuts attempt to be an musical history lesson. In addition to tackling the Beatles and claiming to play the blues, the band covers Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower and infuses Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For with a gospel vibe.

By mixing the live material with new studio songs, the album comes across as “the least-focused record U2 ever made.” STE One senses the group couldn’t commit to a live album or a studio album so they comprised and tried to do both.

The studio cuts carry over the general theme of paying tribute to the music that came before, specifically American roots rock. “Desire has an intoxicating Bo Diddley beat.” STE It was released as the first single and became U2’s first #1 hit in the UK.

Angel of Harlem is a punchy, sunny Stax-soul” STE “horn-filled tribute to Billie Holiday.” WKWhen Loves Come to Town is an endearingly awkward blues duet with B.B. King.” STE “The Dylan collaboration Love Rescue Me is an overlooked minor bluesy gem.” STE Bono and Dylan met in Los Angeles and wrote a song called “Prisoner of Love” which evolved into “Love Rescue Me.” On the original recording, Dylan takes lead vocals which Bono called “astonishing,” WK but Dylan asked U2 not to use it because of his commitment at the time to the Traveling Wilburys. WK

All three of those songs were recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, at the famed Sun Studios where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison recorded. Those same sessions produced a cover of Woody Guthrie’s “Jesus Christ,” which appeared on the Folkways compilation, and “She’s a Mystery to Me,” which Orbison recorded for his final studio album. WK

U2 also create an answer to John Lennon’s “God” with “the bass-heavy” WK God, Part 2. In addition, they offer up “a couple of affecting laments — the cascading All I Want Is You and Heartland.” STE The band started writing the latter during sessions for The Unforgettable Fire in 1984 and worked on it again during sessions for The Joshua Tree. WK

Hawkmoon 269 was, according to Bono, written partly as a tribute to Sam Shepard, an American playwright and actor who’d written a book called Hawk Moon. He said they mixed the song 269 times, a comment assumed to be a joke for years but confirmed by the Edge, who said they spent three weeks mixing the song. WK He did, however, contradict Bono about the song’s subject matter, saying it is a place in Rapid City, South Dakota. WK

In the end, a studio-only album would have been more unified and could have stood on its own with just the nine cuts released on Rattle and Hum. However, it could have been fleshed out with the aforementioned “Jesus Christ” and “She’s a Mystery to Me,” as well as “A Room at the Heartbreak Hotel” and “Hallelujah Here She Comes,” as well as covers of “Dancing Barefoot,” “Unchained Melody,” and “Everlasting Love,” all of which were released as B-sides.

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First posted 3/23/2008; last updated 8/13/2021.