Holding Back the River

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Holding Back the River
Studio album by Wet Wet Wet
Released 30 October 1989 (UK)
Recorded Unknown
Genre Pop
Label Mercury
Producer Wet Wet Wet
Wet Wet Wet chronology
The Memphis Sessions
Holding Back the River
Wet Wet Wet: Live
Singles from Holding Back the River
  1. "Sweet Surrender"
    Released: 18 September 1989
  2. "Broke Away"
    Released: 27 November 1989
  3. "Hold Back the River"
    Released: 26 February 1990
  4. "Stay With Me Heartache (Can't Stand the Night)"
    Released: 30 July 1990
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Holding Back the River is the third studio album by Wet Wet Wet. It was released on 30 October 1989. The album is actually a follow-up to their debut, Popped In Souled Out. Its offspring singles were "Sweet Surrender", "Broke Away", "Hold Back the River" and "Stay With Me Heartache (Can't Stand the Night)". The album reached #2 in the charts. 1000 of the first CD pressings of this album include an unlisted 10th track called "How The Hell Did They Get There" and was only available on limited edition copies at Littlewoods stores in the United Kingdom. The song was later added to the digital download copies of the album and can also be found on the CD and 12" vinyl versions of single Sweet Surrender, but never put onto future CD and Vinyl pressings for the album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Clark/Cunningham/Mitchell/Pellow unless otherwise stated.

  1. "Sweet Surrender" (6:00)
  2. "Stay with Me Heartache (Can't Stand the Night)" (4:10)
  3. "Blue for You" (orchestral arrangements by Anne Dudley) (4:51)
  4. "Broke Away" (4:45)
  5. "You've Had It" (5:12)
  6. "I Wish" (5:04)
  7. "Keys to Your Heart" (4:23)
  8. "Maggie May" (Martin Quittenton, Rod Stewart) 6:02
  9. "Hold Back the River" (4:45)
  10. "How the Hell Did They Get There" (hidden track) 3:38 *
  • Hidden track was only on the first pressing of 1000 to Littlewoods Music Stores