Measure for Measure (album)

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Measure for Measure
Australian release (Regular Records)
Studio album by Icehouse
Released 21 April 1986 (1986-04-21)
Recorded August 1985, Crescent Studios, Bath and Whitehouse, Livingston and Air Studios, London
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 51:55
Label Regular / Chrysalis
Producer David Lord, Rhett Davies
Icehouse chronology
Boxes
(1985)
Measure for Measure
(1986)
Man of Colours
(1987)
Singles from Measure for Measure
  1. "No Promises"
    Released: November 1, 1985 (1985-11-01)
  2. "Baby, You're So Strange"
    Released: March 10, 1986 (1986-03-10)
  3. "Mr. Big"
    Released: June 15, 1986 (1986-06-15)
  4. "Cross the Border"
    Released: October 20, 1986 (1986-10-20)
  5. "Paradise"
    Released: 1986 US / UK only release
Measure for Measure
US release (Chrysalis Records)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Measure for Measure is the April 1986 studio album by Australian rock/synthpop band Icehouse and was the third album in the world to be recorded entirely digitally.[2] The album, which peaked at #8 on the National albums charts,[3] features the singles "No Promises", "Baby, You're So Strange", "Mr. Big", "Cross the Border" and "Paradise". "No Promises" had been released as a 7" vinyl single in November 1985, it peaked at #30 on the Australian singles charts.[3] It was used for the Boxes ballet created by Icehouse members Iva Davies and Robert Kretschmer together with Sydney Dance Company's choreographer Graeme Murphy, Davies and Kretschmer performed the score with guest percussonist Masaki Tanazawa.[4]

Both "No Promises" and "Cross the Border" were remixed and released as 12" singles, and while a major US pop hit would elude them until the following year, "No Promises" went Top 10 on both the Billboard Rock tracks and Dance / Club charts.[5] "Cross the Border" did not see as much club play in the US, but was a Top 20 rock hit there.[5] In Australia, the two further singles lifted from the album, "Baby, You're So Strange" and "Mr. Big", both reached the pop Top 20,[3] higher than the Australian chartings of the singles which achieved international success. "Paradise" was released as a late 1986 US / UK single but achieved no notable chart success in either market.

There are various versions of this album; the Australian and American releases each feature different artwork (see infobox) and track running order while the 2002 Australian remastered version features bonus tracks.

The title "Measure For Measure" refers to the Shakespearean play of the same name – "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." – (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measure_for_Measure#Sources)

Track listing[edit]

Songwriters according to Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA).[6]

Australian release[edit]

  1. "Paradise" (Iva Davies) – 4:47
  2. "No Promises" (Davies, Robert Kretschmer) – 4:40
  3. "Mr Big" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 3:33
  4. "Angel Street" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 4:46
  5. "The Flame" (Davies) – 5:11
  6. "Regular Boys" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 3:30
  7. "Cross the Border" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 4:25
  8. "Spanish Gold" (Davies) – 4:17
  9. "Lucky Me" aka "American Way" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 4:38
  10. "Baby, You're So Strange" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 3:59
  11. "Too Late Now" (Davies) – 3:11 **
  12. "Into The Wild" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 4:53 **

(**) Not on original pressing, eventually on 1993 re-release and on all re-releases since.
The 2002 reissue also featured bonus tracks:[7]

  1. "Just A Word" (Davies, Kretschmer) – 4:26
  2. "The Perfect Crime" (Davies, Kretschmer, Andy Qunta, Masaki Tanazawa) – 3:38
  3. "The Flame" (live) (Davies) – 5:26
  4. "No Promises" (live) (Davies) – 5:25
  5. "Sister" (live) (Davies, Michael Hoste) – 3:48

American release[edit]

  1. "No Promises"
  2. "Cross The Border"
  3. "Spanish Gold"
  4. "Paradise"
  5. "The Flame"
  6. "Regular Boys"
  7. "Mr. Big"
  8. "Angel Street"
  9. "Lucky Me"
  10. "Baby, You're So Strange"
  11. "Too Late Now"
  12. "Into The Wild"

Singles chart positions[edit]

Song AUS

Pop singles

UK

Pop singles

US

Hot 100 Singles

US

Rock Tracks

US

12" Sales/Club play

"No Promises" 30 72 79 9 7
"Baby, You're So Strange" 14
"Mr. Big" 18
"Cross the Border" 65 19

"—" denotes did not chart.

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1986 Australian Chart 8
1986 US Billboard Chart 55

Personnel[edit]

Credited to:[7][8]

Icehouse members

Additional musicians

  • Brian Eno — backing vocals, piano, keyboards
  • Stuart Gordon — strings
  • Maurice Green — backing vocals
  • Steve Jansen — drums, percussion
  • Gasper Lawal — percussion
  • David Lord — keyboards, string arrangement, percussion
  • Shena Power — female voices, vocals
  • Masaki Tanazawa — drums, percussion
  • Glen Tommey — percussion, backing vocals

Recording details

  • Engineer — Rhett Davies, David Lord, Andy Lyden, Iva Davies, Warne Livesey
    • Assistant — George Shilling, Matt Howe
  • Mastering — Paul Ibbotson
  • Mixing — David Hemmings, Warne Livesey, Glen Tommey
    • Assistant — Raine Shine
  • Producer — Rhett Davies, David Lord, Warne Livesey, Iva Davies
  • Digital remastering (2002) — Iva Davies, Ryan Scott

Art work

  • Brett Cabot — Cover Photography
  • David McKenzie — Artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Artist: Icehouse". Warner Music Australia. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  3. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1970 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988.
  4. ^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop (doc). Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Archived from the original on 2003-05-17. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Billboard Music Charts – Search Results – Icehouse". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  6. ^ "Australasian Performing Right Association". APRA. Retrieved 2008-07-02.  Note: requires user to input song title e.g. PARADISE
  7. ^ a b "Measure for Measure (bonus tracks) credits". allmusic guide. Retrieved 2008-07-02. 
  8. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "The Flowers / Icehouse". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014.