Human Touch

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This article is about the album by Bruce Springsteen. For other uses, see Human touch (disambiguation).
Human Touch
Studio album by Bruce Springsteen
Released March 31, 1992
Recorded September 1989 - March 1991
at A&M Studios
Genre Rock
Length 58:49
Label Columbia
Producer Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Roy Bittan
Bruce Springsteen chronology
Chimes of Freedom
(1988)
Human Touch
(1992)
Lucky Town
(1992)
Singles from Human Touch
  1. "Human Touch"
    Released: March 21, 1992
  2. "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)"
    Released: July 1992

Human Touch is the ninth studio album by Bruce Springsteen. The album was released on March 31, 1992. The album was co-released on the same day as Lucky Town. It was the more popular of the two, and it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, with "Human Touch" (paired with Lucky Town's "Better Days") peaking at number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Background[edit]

Not long after Springsteen broke up the E Street Band in October 1989, pianist Roy Bittan played Springsteen three instrumental songs he had written, "Roll of the Dice", "Real World", and "Trouble in Paradise".[1] Springsteen later added words to the songs, and liked them to the point where he began writing and recording more songs.[1] With the E Street Band- with the exception of Bittan, who played the keyboards and co-produced the album- gone, Springsteen assembled a band of studio musicians in Los Angeles, mostly using the services of Randy Jackson on bass guitar and Jeff Porcaro on drums.[1] A wide variety of background vocalists were used, including Sam Moore, Bobby Hatfield, and Bobby King. Overall, at least 25 or so songs were recorded, but the exact number is unknown.[1]

The album was originally set for a spring-summer 1991 release date, that being pushed back from early 1991, but was once again halted when Springsteen began recording Lucky Town later that year.[1] Springsteen ultimately decided to release Human Touch and Lucky Town on the same day, with Human Touch coming into the world on March 31, 1992- more than 2 years after starting the project.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Entertainment Weekly B-[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]

Human Touch's release was met with a generally mixed critical reception. Allmusic described the album as "generic pop" and "his first that didn't at least aspire to greatness."[2] Rolling Stone gave the album 4 stars and noted that the songs "explore the movement from disenchanted isolation to a willingness to risk love and its attendant traumas again." The review also stated that the title track "stands among Springsteen's best work."

The album is generally disliked by Springsteen fans and in 2012 was ranked last among Springsteen's albums by the online magazine Nerve. Regarding the bad reputation of Human Touch and Lucky Town among his fans Springsteen said: "I tried it [writing happy songs] in the early '90s and it didn't work; the public didn't like it."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bruce Springsteen except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Human Touch"   6:31
2. "Soul Driver"   4:39
3. "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)"   2:28
4. "Cross My Heart" (Springsteen, Sonny Boy Williamson) 3:51
5. "Gloria's Eyes"   3:46
6. "With Every Wish"   4:39
7. "Roll of the Dice" (Springsteen, Roy Bittan) 4:17
8. "Real World" (Springsteen, Roy Bittan) 5:26
9. "All or Nothin' at All"   3:23
10. "Man's Job"   4:37
11. "I Wish I Were Blind"   4:48
12. "The Long Goodbye"   3:30
13. "Real Man"   4:33
14. "Pony Boy"   2:14

Unreleased outtakes[edit]

Springsteen's first album without the E Street Band featured many outtakes, many of which have been released. A cover of "Viva Las Vegas" was released as a b side and on The Essential Bruce Springsteen, "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips" was released on a children's album, and "30 Days Out" was also a b side however never released anywhere else. "Part Man, Part Monkey", a track originally recorded during the Tunnel of Love session and performed on that tour, was re-recorded and released as a b side and on the Tracks along with other outtakes such as "Trouble In Paradise", "Sad Eyes", "Leavin' Train", "Seven Angels", "My Lover Man", "When the Light Go Out", "Over the Rise", "Goin' Cali" and "Loose Change". "Trouble River" was released on 18 Tracks. Springsteen also recorded "Red Headed Woman", a sexually explicit tribute to his wife Patti Scialfa and a song performed often eventually being released as a live version on the MTV Unplugged album, "Secret Garden", which would later get re-worked with the a reunited E Street Band in 1995 for Greatest Hits, and "All the Way Home", a song Springsteen gave to Southside Johnny and one that Springsteen would not release until 2005's Devils & Dust album.[8]

  • Red Headed Woman
  • Secret Garden
  • All the Way Home

Personnel[edit]

  • Bruce Springsteen – guitar and lead vocals, bass on "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)"
  • Randy Jackson – bass
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums/percussion
  • Roy Bittan – keyboards
  • Sam Moore – backing vocals on "Soul Driver", "Roll of the Dice, "Real World" and "Man's Job"
  • Patti Scialfa – harmony vocals on "Human Touch" and "Pony Boy"
  • David Sancious – Hammond organ on "Soul Driver" and "Real Man"
  • Bobby King – backing vocals on "Roll of the Dice" and "Man's Job"
  • Tim Pierce – second guitar on "Soul Driver" and "Roll of the Dice"
  • Michael Fisher – percussion on "Soul Driver"
  • Bobby Hatfield – harmony vocals on "I Wish I Were Blind"

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Chart Positions[9][10]
US US Main US AC UK IRE GER SWI AUT NOR SWE NZ AUS NL
1992 "Human Touch"[A] 16 1 8 11 4 15 4 19 1 4 12 17 3
"57 Channels (And Nothin' On)" 68 6 32 26 9 32 - 39

Singles were released in both U.S. and UK/Europe, unless otherwise indicated:

  • A^ Charted as double A-Side with "Better Days" when released in the United States.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[31] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[32] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[33] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[34] Gold 35,627[34]
Germany (BVMI)[35] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[36] Gold 116,000[37]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[39] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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