The Wishing Chair (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Wishing Chair
Studio album by 10,000 Maniacs
Released 23 September 1985
Recorded Livingstone Studios, London,[1] June 1984 - May 1985
Genre Rock
Length 49:38
Label Elektra Records (US/Europe/Germany/Canada)[2]
Producer Joe Boyd
10,000 Maniacs chronology
Secrets of the I Ching
(1983)
The Wishing Chair
(1985)
In My Tribe
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone (Not Rated) [4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars [5]

The Wishing Chair is the first major-label album by 10,000 Maniacs, released in 1985 by Elektra Records. Recorded in London, the album did not achieve the commercial success some of their later releases would receive, but received mostly favorable reviews and brought the band more visibility than had their previous independent releases. A live concert video of "Scorpio Rising" was produced and received a moderate amount of airplay on MTV.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Natalie Merchant and John Lombardo, except where noted.

  1. "Can't Ignore the Train" – 2:43
  2. "Scorpio Rising"  (Robert Buck, Lombardo, Merchant) – 3:06
  3. "Just as the Tide Was A Flowing"  (Traditional) – 2:25
  4. "Lilydale"  (Buck, Merchant) – 3:11
  5. "Back o' the Moon"  (Dennis Drew, Merchant) – 3:32
  6. "Maddox Table"  (Merchant) – 3:19
  7. "The Colonial Wing" **  (Buck, Merchant) – 4:02
  8. "Grey Victory"  (Buck, Lombardo, Merchant) – 3:07
  9. "Among the Americans"  (Buck, Drew, Merchant) – 3:07
  10. "Everyone a Puzzle Lover" – 3:17
  11. "Cotton Alley" – 3:23
  12. "Daktari" ** – 4:23
  13. "My Mother the War"  (Merchant, Lombardo, Michael Walsh) – 3:31
  14. "Tension Makes a Tangle" – 3:33
  15. "Arbor Day"  (Merchant) – 2:59

(**) These tracks were not on the original vinyl release, which had the running order 1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 10, 15, 5, 14, 9, 8, 11, 13. They were originally released on the 12" single of "Can't Ignore the Train" along with "Grey Victory".

"Grey Victory", "Daktari", "My Mother the War" and "Tension Makes a Tangle" are rerecorded versions of songs that had previously appeared on the band's 1983 release Secrets of the I Ching. (In fact, "Tension Makes a Tangle" also appeared in yet another version on the band's very first record, the 1982 EP Human Conflict Number Five, titled simply "Tension" as it was on Secrets of the I Ching).

Personnel[edit]

10,000 Maniacs
Technical staff

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Wishing Chair (album) at Discogs
  2. ^ The Wishing Chair (album) at Discogs (list of releases)
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone list
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 807. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.