Joyride (Roxette album)

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Joyride
Studio album by Roxette
Released 28 March 1991
Recorded

January–November 1990

Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Label EMI
Producer Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette chronology
Look Sharp!
(1988)
Joyride
(1991)
Tourism
(1992)
Singles from Joyride
  1. "Joyride"
    Released: 28 February 1991
  2. "Fading Like a Flower"
    Released: 17 April 1991
  3. "The Big L."
    Released: 21 August 1991
  4. "Spending My Time"
    Released: 22 November 1991
  5. "Church of Your Heart"
    Released: 8 March 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Joyride is the third studio album by Swedish duo Roxette, released 28 March 1991 by EMI. After the great popularity of "It Must Have Been Love" single and enormous sales of Look Sharp!, Joyride became just as successful, spawning the US #1 hit "Joyride".[4]

Album information[edit]

"Joyride", "Fading Like a Flower", "The Big L.", "Spending My Time", and "Church of Your Heart" were released as singles. Roxette's original recording of "Soul Deep" (more synthesiser-driven and with less guitars) appeared on their 1986 album Pearls of Passion. In some releases, "I Remember You" was an additional track on the album, bringing the total track count to 15 instead of 14. "Joyride" became Roxette's fourth and last US #1 single.[4]

Joyride immediately became a worldwide best-seller. It held the position of best selling album in Europe for 2 weeks in June 1991, following its debut and peak at #2 on UK charts two months earlier. It was certified 2x platinum by BPI in August 1992 for selling more than 600,000 copies,[5] after staying on British charts for almost a year.[6] Joyride reached #12 on the American Billboard Top 200 albums and was certified platinum by the RIAA in July 1991,[7] eventually selling 1.3 million copies there[8] and stayed on charts there for over a year.[9] Joyride also reached the upper end of charts across the world, including #1 in Germany (13 weeks) and #1 in Sweden (7 weeks). In Argentina, the album was awarded as the best-selling English album ever (to that date), with sales of more than 400,000 copies there. To date the album has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.[10]

Track listings[edit]

Worldwide release
Released: 1991-03-28 // EMI / 796048

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Joyride"   4:24
2. "Hotblooded" (Music: Marie Fredriksson & Gessle) 3:18
3. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"   3:52
4. "Knockin' on Every Door"   3:56
5. "Spending My Time" (Music: Mats Persson & Gessle) 4:36
6. "I Remember You"   3:54
7. "Watercolours in the Rain" (Music: Fredriksson) 3:40
8. "The Big L."   4:26
9. "Soul Deep"   3:34
10. "(Do You Get) Excited?" (Music: Persson & Gessle) 4:16
11. "Church of Your Heart"   3:16
12. "Small Talk"   3:53
13. "Physical Fascination"   3:27
14. "Things Will Never Be the Same"   4:26
15. "Perfect Day" (Music: Persson & Gessle) 4:05
Total length:
59:03

Singles

  • "Joyride"
    1. "Joyride"
    2. "Come Back (Before You Leave)"
  • "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
    1. "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
    2. "I Remember You"
  • "The Big L."
    1. "The Big L." (album version)
    2. "One Is Such a Lonely Number" (demo, September 1987)
  • "Spending My Time"
    1. "Spending My Time" (album version)
    2. "The Sweet Hello, the Sad Goodbye"
  • "Church of Your Heart"
    1. "Church of Your Heart"
    2. "I Call Your Name"

Credits[edit]

  • Vocals — Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson
  • Lyrics — Per Gessle on all tracks
  • Music — Per Gessle, except for the following:
    • "Hotblooded": music by Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle
    • "Spending My Time", "(Do You Get) Excited?" and "Perfect Day": music by Per Gessle and Mats "MP" Persson
    • "Watercolours in the Rain": music by Marie Fredriksson
  • Keyboards, programming, grand piano, barrel organ, and Hammond-organ — Clarence Öfwerman
  • Programming and electric bass — Anders Herrlin
  • Six- & twelve-string electric guitars, six- & twelve-string acoustic guitars, slide guitar, & mandolin — Jonas Isacsson
  • Additional drums and hihats — Pelle Alsing
  • Additional backing vocals — Staffan Öfwerman
  • Produced and arranged by Clarence Öfwerman

All songs published by Jimmy Fun Music, except "Hotblooded" and "Watercolours in the Rain" (Jimmy Fun Music/Shock the Music) and "Soul Deep" (Happy Accident Music).

Charts[edit]

Album

Country Position Certification
Argentina 6× Platinum
Australia[13] 2 2× Platinum
Austria[14] 1 3× Platinum
Canada 1 5× Platinum
Finland 1 2× Platinum[15]
Germany 1 7× Gold[16]
Hungary 4
New Zealand[17] 4 Platinum
Norway[18] 1
Spain 2× Platinum
Sweden[19] 1 6× Platinum[20]
Switzerland[21] 1 4× Platinum
UK[6] 2 2× Platinum[5]
USA[22] 12 Platinum[7]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buss, Bryan. "Joyride - Roxette". AllMusic. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  2. ^ Farber, Jim (1991-04-19). "Joyride Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  3. ^ Considine, J.D. (1991-06-27). "Roxette: Joyride : Music Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-03-25. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Roxette's Billboard Hot 100 chart history". www.billboard.com. 
  5. ^ a b "BPI certifications". www.bpi.co.uk. 
  6. ^ a b "UK charts archive". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  7. ^ a b "Awards for Roxette from RIAA.". www.riaa.com. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  8. ^ "Ask Billboard section on billboard.com (2005)". www.billboard.com. 
  9. ^ "Roxette's Billboard 200 chart history". www.billboard.com. 
  10. ^ "Expressen's Roxette story - part 3". www.archive.org/Expressen. Archived from the original on 2001-06-05. 
  11. ^ "Joyride US album release info". www.thelookforroxette.com. 
  12. ^ "Joyride album 2009 re-release info". www.thelookforroxette.com. 
  13. ^ "Australian charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  14. ^ "Austrian charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  15. ^ Kulta- ja platinalevyt IFPI.fi
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Roxette)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  17. ^ "New Zealand charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  18. ^ "Norwegian charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  19. ^ "Switzerland charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  20. ^ "Swedish Certifications 1987-1998". IFPI Sweden. 
  21. ^ "Switzerland charts archive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  22. ^ "Roxette's Billboard 200 chart history". www.billboard.com.