Welcome to the Real World (Mr. Mister album)

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Welcome to the Real World
Studio album by Mr. Mister
Released November 27, 1985
Recorded October 1984 - April 1985
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 43:35
Label RCA Records
Producer Mr. Mister & Paul De Villiers
Mr. Mister chronology
I Wear the Face
(1984)
Welcome to the Real World
(1985)
Go On...
(1987)
Singles from Welcome to the Real World
  1. "Broken Wings"
    Released: September 25, 1985
  2. "Kyrie"
    Released: December 1985
  3. "Is It Love"
    Released: May 1986

Welcome to the Real World was the second album by American pop rock band Mr. Mister. Released in 1985, it climbed to #1 on the Billboard album charts during early 1986.

Two singles from the album, "Broken Wings" and "Kyrie" both went to #1 on the US singles chart. Another single from the album, "Is It Love," was another top 10 hit for the band, peaking at #8 on the Billboard chart.

A remastered 25th-anniversary edition of the album was released as a Digipak on April 20, 2010.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars [2]

AllMusic's retrospective review said simply "Here are the major pop hits 'Broken Wings,' 'Kyrie,' and 'Is It Love' from this band of session musicians and songwriters."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Richard Page, Steve George and John Lang. (Copyright 1985 Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./Entente Music/Poppy-One Music/Stemwa Famo Music)

  1. "Black/White" – 4:18
  2. "Uniform of Youth" – 4:26
  3. "Don't Slow Down" – 4:30
  4. "Run to Her" – 3:37
  5. "My Own Hands" – 5:12
  6. "Is It Love" – 3:34
  7. "Kyrie" – 4:26
  8. "Broken Wings" – 5:46
  9. "Tangent Tears" – 3:20
  10. "Welcome to the Real World" – 4:19

LP/Cassette[edit]

  • Side One
  1. "Black/White" – 4:18
  2. "Uniform of Youth" – 4:26
  3. "Don't Slow Down" – 4:30
  4. "Run to Her" – 3:37
  5. "My Own Hands" – 5:12
  • Side Two
  1. "Is It Love" – 3:34
  2. "Kyrie" – 4:26
  3. "Broken Wings" – 5:46
  4. "Tangent Tears" – 3:20
  5. "Welcome to the Real World" – 4:19

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985-1986) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[3] 19
Austrian Albums Chart[4] 12
Canadian Albums Chart[5] 2
German Albums Chart[6] 8
Italian Albums Chart[7] 11
Japanese Albums Chart[8] 17
New Zealand Albums Chart[4] 21
Norwegian Albums Chart[4] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 13
Swiss Music Charts[4] 10
UK Albums Chart[9] 6
US Billboard 200[10] 1

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 3× Platinum 300, 000^
Sweden (GLF)[12] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^

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

Personnel[edit]

Mr. Mister
Additional personnel
  • John Lang - lyrics
  • Jack Manning, Casey Young: Additional Keyboards & Programming
  • Jonathan Owen MA(RCA) - Cover Illustration

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Mr. Mister & Paul De Villiers
  • Recorded & Engineered By Paul De Villiers & Lois Oki
  • Mixed By Mick Guzauski & Mike Shipley
  • Additional Mix Engineers: T'Chad Blake, Judy Clapp, Carolyn Collins, Eddie Delena, Dave Egerton, Stuart Furusho, Heidi Hanscher, Coke Johnson, Stan Katayama, Daren Klein, Steve MacMillan, Richard Mekernan, Sebastian Thorer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cassidy, Kenneth M. "Mr. Mister Welcome to the Real World review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-27. 
  2. ^ Suter, Paul (3 October 1985). "World in Action". Kerrang! 104. London, UK: Morgan Grampian. p. 15. 
  3. ^ Hits of the World. Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). 1986. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Mr. Mister — Welcome to the Real World". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Top Albums/CDs. RPM (RPM Music Publications). February 15, 1986. 
  6. ^ "Album — Mr. Mister, Welcome to the Real World". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gli album più venduti del 1986". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
  8. ^ Hits of the World. Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). 1986. 
  9. ^ "Mr. Mister. Artist. Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2013-02-05. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Mr. Mister — Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Mr. Mister – Welcome to the Real World". Music Canada. 
  12. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Mr. Mister – Welcome to the Real World". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Mr. Mister – Welcome to the Real World". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Welcome to the Real World in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
Preceded by
Promise by Sade
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 1, 1986 - March 7, 1986
Succeeded by
Whitney Houston by Whitney Houston