Body Wishes

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Body Wishes
Body Wishes.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 June 1983
Recorded1982
GenreRock, pop rock
Length41:19
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTom Dowd
Rod Stewart chronology
Absolutely Live
(1982)
Body Wishes
(1983)
Camouflage
(1984)
Alternative Cover
Body Wishes (Alternate Cover).jpg

Body Wishes is a studio album released by Rod Stewart on 10 June 1983 (see 1983 in music). It was Stewart's 12th studio album and was released on Warner Bros. Records (WEA 92-3877-1). The tracks were recorded and mixed at The Record Plant, Los Angeles. It produced three singles, "Baby Jane", "What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love with You)", and "Sweet Surrender".

The cover is a tribute to the cover of the Elvis Presley album, 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[2]

Body Wishes has received poor reviews. Rolling Stone magazine, at the time of its release, gave it 2 out of 5 stars, calling it "his latest and surely one of his least", although they did praise the opening song, "Dancin' Alone", calling it "a Chuck Berry-styled Rock & Roller that is both lively and witty". Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic retrospectively gave the album 1.5 out of 5 stars, calling it "one of Rod Stewart's worst efforts." In the same review, "Baby Jane" and "What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love with You)" are described as "first-rate, synth-laden pop/rock filler" only sounding "substantial" in comparison to the other songs on the album.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Dancin' Alone" (Rod Stewart, Robin LeMesurier)4:03
2."Baby Jane" (Stewart, Jay Davis)4:44
3."Move Me" (Stewart, Tony Brock, Jay Davis, Wally Stocker, Kevin Savigar)3:36
4."Body Wishes" (Stewart, Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar, Robin LeMesurier)4:41
5."Sweet Surrender" (Stewart, LeMesurier)4:00
6."What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love with You)" (Stewart, Davis, Brock)4:19
7."Ghetto Blaster" (Stewart, Cregan, Savigar)4:07
8."Ready Now" (Stewart, Stocker)3:34
9."Strangers Again" (Stewart, Cregan, Savigar)4:10
10."Satisfied" (Stewart, Bernie Taupin, Cregan, Savigar)4:08

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Body Wishes peaked at #5 in the UK where it went platinum on 18 July 1983. In the United States it failed to reach a sales certification, but did chart at #30

Singles
Year Song Rank
1983 "Baby Jane" 1 (UK), 14 (US), 1 (GER)
1983 "What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So in Love with You)" 3 (UK), 35 (US), 9 (GER)
1983 "Sweet Surrender" 23 (UK), 42 (GER)

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[3] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[4] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[5] Platinum 500,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[6] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Gold 100,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rod Stewart – Body Wishes". Music Canada. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: Albums". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 20 September 2019. (select "Rod Stewart" from drop-down list)
  5. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Rod Stewart; 'Body Wishes')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  6. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 919. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Rod Stewart – Body Wishes". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 20 September 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Body Wishes in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  • Body Wishes liner notes. Warner Bros.