Scatman's World

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This article is about the album. For the song, see Scatman's World (song).
Scatman's World
Studio album by Scatman John
Released July 10, 1995
Recorded 1994-1995
Genre Pop, eurodance, house, techno, scat
Length 45:14
Label RCA Records
Producer Antonio Nunzio Catania and Ingo Kays
Scatman John chronology
John Larkin
(1986)
Scatman's World
(1995)
Everybody Jam!
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Scatman's World is debut album by American musician Scatman John, recorded after the worldwide success of his debut single "Scatman". It is somewhat of a concept album dealing with an imaginary Utopian society named "Scatland". He speaks about this at length in the liner notes: "If you're wondering where Scatland is, you don't have to look too far; it's between your deepest dreams and warmest wishes".

The songs deal with various elements of American society and many of them draw on Scatman's personal experience; "Popstar" is a tongue-in-cheek number about the shallow nature of stardom, "Quiet Desperation" deals with the homeless problem and "Time (Take Your Time)" is a harrowing song about his time in Alcoholics Anonymous.

The album climaxes with "Song of Scatland", a ballad dedicated to the imaginary kingdom that was notoriously released as a single. "Hi, Louis" closes the album proper with traditional scatting over jazz piano and steady beats; the title is a reference to Louis Armstrong, to whom he later paid tribute on the track "Everybody Jam!".

Scatman's World was very popular internationally, particularly in Japan, where it reached No. 2 and stayed on the charts for 40 weeks, selling more than 1,560,000 copies overall, and ranking as the 9th best selling album that was recorded by a non-Japanese artist of all time in that country.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Welcome to Scatland" – 0:49
  2. "Scatman's World" – 3:40
  3. "Only You" – 3:42
  4. "Quiet Desperation" – 3:51
  5. "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)" – 3:30
  6. "Sing Now!" – 3:38
  7. "Popstar" – 4:13
  8. "Time (Take Your Time)" – 3:41
  9. "Mambo Jambo" – 3:30
  10. "Everything Changes" – 4:38
  11. "Song of Scatland" – 5:05
  12. "Hi, Louis" – 2:34
  13. "Scatman" [Game Over Jazz] – 5:03 (Bonus track)
  14. "Scatman" [Spike Mix] – 6:43 (Japan bonus track)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[17] Gold 185,000[18]
Japan (RIAJ)[19] Million 1,560,000[20]
Poland (ZPAV)[21] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[22] Gold 50,000^

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r224129
  2. ^ "austriancharts.at Scatman John – Scatman's World" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "ultratop.be Scatman John – Scatman's World" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
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  5. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Scatman John – Scatman's World" (ASP). Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "finnishcharts.com Scatman John – Scatman's World" (ASP). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "lescharts.com Scatman John – Scatman's World" (ASP). Hung Medien (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Album Search: Scatman John – Scatman's World" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ スキャットマン・ジョン-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "Highest position and charting weeks of Scatman's World by Scatman John". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Scatman John – Scatman's World" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "swedishcharts.com Scatman John – Scatman's World" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Scatman John – Scatman's World – hitparade.ch" (ASP). Hung Medien (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ "1995年 アルバム年間TOP100" [Oricon Year-end Albums Chart of 1995] (in Japanese). Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Les Albums (CD) de 1995 par InfoDisc" (PHP) (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Hitparade.ch - Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1995". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ "1996年 アルバム年間TOP100" [Oricon Year-end Albums Chart of 1996] (in Japanese). Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  17. ^ "French album certifications – Scatman John – Scatman's World" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select SCATMAN JOHN and click OK
  18. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  19. ^ "年度別ミリオンセラー一覧 1995年" [Million-certified Singles and Albums: 1995]. Recording Industry Association of Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
  20. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  21. ^ "Polish album certifications – Scatman John – Scatman's World" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved March 2, 2013. 
Preceded by
These Days by Bon Jovi
Finnish Chart number-one album
32 – 33 / 1995
Succeeded by
Sex Affairs by E-Rotic