Back from Rio

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Back from Rio
Album Back from Rio cover.jpg
Studio album by Roger McGuinn
Released January 1991
Recorded Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 41:44
Label Arista
Producer David Cole, Roger McGuinn
Roger McGuinn chronology
McGuinn - Hillman
Back from Rio
Born to Rock and Roll
Alternative cover
Cover of European release
Singles from Back from Rio
  1. "King Of The Hill"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Someone to Love"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Back from Rio is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of The Byrds Roger McGuinn. It was released in January 1991, more than a decade after McGuinn's previous solo album, Thunderbyrd.[4] The album was issued following the release of the The Byrds box set and musically it leans on the sound of The Byrds thanks to McGuinn's ringing 12-string electric guitar and vocal contributions from ex-Byrds members David Crosby and Chris Hillman. Also prominent on the album are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with Petty co-authoring and duetting with McGuinn on the album's lead single "King of the Hill". In addition, several members of the Heartbreakers provide musical backing on a number of the album's tracks. Other prominent songwriters on the album—besides McGuinn and his wife Camilla—are Elvis Costello, Jules Shear and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

The album was generally well received by music critics and it peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 album chart. [5] Two singles were drawn from the album: "King of the Hill" and "Someone to Love", which peaked at #2 and #12 respectively, on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. [6]

In Europe, Back from Rio was released in February 1991[4] and featured different cover artwork.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Someone to Love" (Roger McGuinn, Camilla McGuinn) – 3:32
  2. "Car Phone" (Mike Campbell, R. McGuinn) (Featuring Stan Ridgway) – 4:33
  3. "You Bowed Down" (Elvis Costello) – 3:52
  4. "Suddenly Blue" (Scott Cutler, Roger McGuinn, David Morgan) – 3:49
  5. "The Trees Are All Gone" (Roger McGuinn, Camilla McGuinn) – 3:51

Side two[edit]

  1. "King of the Hill" (duet with Tom Petty) (Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty) – 5:27
  2. "Without Your Love" (Roger McGuinn, Camilla McGuinn) – 3:59
  3. "The Time Has Come" (Scott Cutler, Roger McGuinn) – 3:45
  4. "Your Love Is a Gold Mine" (Roger McGuinn, Dave Stewart) – 4:06
    • Includes "Back from Rio Interlude" (Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne)
  5. "If We Never Meet Again" (Jules Shear) – 4:28




  • David Cole – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Roger McGuinn – producer, mixing
  • Peter Doell – engineer
  • John Hall - demo engineer, mixing at Firetail-on-the-Hill Studios


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ a b Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 556. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X. 
  5. ^ "Roger McGuinn - Discography - Back from Rio". Retrieved 2008-07-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Roger McGuinn - Artist Chart History". Retrieved 2008-07-02.