Wandering Spirit (album)

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Wandering Spirit
Studio album by Mick Jagger
Released 8 February 1993
Recorded February–September 1992
Genre Rock, rock and roll
Length 54:05
Language English
Label Atlantic
Producer Mick Jagger and Rick Rubin
Mick Jagger chronology
Primitive Cool
(1987)
Wandering Spirit
(1993)
Goddess in the Doorway
(2001)
Singles from Wandering Spirit
  1. "Sweet Thing"
    Released: January 1993
  2. "Wired All Night"
    Released: 1993
  3. "Don't Tear Me Up"
    Released: 1993
  4. "Out of Focus"
    Released: 1993

Wandering Spirit is the third solo album by Mick Jagger. Released in 1993, it was his only solo album release of the 1990s.

Following the The Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels (1989), Jagger began writing new material for what would become Wandering Spirit. In January 1992, after landing Rick Rubin as co-producer, Jagger recorded the album in Los Angeles over seven months until September 1992, recording simultaneously as Keith Richards was making Main Offender.

Jagger kept the celebrity guests to a minimum on Wandering Spirit, only having Lenny Kravitz as a vocalist on his cover of Bill Withers' "Use Me" and bassist Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers on three tracks.

Following the end of The Rolling Stones' Sony Music contract and their signing to Virgin Records, Jagger elected to sign with Atlantic Records (which had signed the Stones in the 1970s) to distribute what would be his only album with the label.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Released in February 1993, Wandering Spirit was commercially successful, reaching #12 in the UK and #11 in the US, going gold there. The track "Sweet Thing" was the lead single, although it was the third single, "Don't Tear Me Up", which found moderate success, topping Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart for one week. Critical reaction was very strong, noting Jagger's abandonment of slick synthesizers in favour of an incisive and lean guitar sound.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wired All Night"   Mick Jagger 4:05
2. "Sweet Thing"   Jagger 4:19
3. "Out of Focus"   Jagger 4:36
4. "Don't Tear Me Up"   Jagger 4:11
5. "Put Me in the Trash"   Jagger, Jimmy Ripp 3:35
6. "Use Me"   Bill Withers 4:28
7. "Evening Gown"   Jagger 3:33
8. "Mother of a Man"   Jagger 4:18
9. "Think"   Lowman Pauling 2:59
10. "Wandering Spirit"   Jagger, Ripp 4:18
11. "Hang On to Me Tonight"   Jagger 4:37
12. "I've Been Lonely for So Long"   Posie Knight, Jerry Weaver 3:29
13. "Angel in My Heart"   Jagger 3:24
14. "Handsome Molly (Traditional)"   Jagger 2:06
Total length:
53:58

Personnel[edit]

Sales chart performance[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1993 UK Top 75 Albums 12[2]
1993 Billboard 200 11[3]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1993 "Sweet Thing" UK Top 75 Singles 24[4]
1993 "Sweet Thing" Mainstream Rock Tracks 34[5]
1993 "Sweet Thing" Billboard Hot 100 84[6]
1993 "Don't Tear Me Up" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[7]
1993 "Wired All Night" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3[8]

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