Call Off the Search
|Call Off the Search|
|Studio album by|
|Released||3 November 2003|
|Katie Melua chronology|
|Singles from Call Off the Search|
Recording and release
British songwriter, producer and arranger Mike Batt signed Melua to his Dramatico recording and management label after she performed at a showcase at the Brit School for the Performing Arts in early 2003. Batt was looking for a young artist capable of "performing jazz and blues in an interesting way". Melua went into the studio soon after with Batt as the producer. She recorded songs written by Batt, John Mayall, Delores J. Silver, herself, Randy Newman, and James Shelton. Melua wrote "Faraway Voice" about singer Eva Cassidy. "Belfast (Penguins and Cats)" refers to Melua's upbringing in Belfast, Northern Ireland: "Penguins" referring to Protestants and "Cats" to Catholics.
Call Off the Search was released in the United Kingdom on 3 November 2003. It became a hit, reaching number one on the UK album chart in January 2004 and the top twenty of the Australian album chart in June 2004. It spent 87 weeks in the ARIA Top 100, certified Platinum for shipments of 70,000+. First single "The Closest Thing to Crazy", written by Batt, reached the top five in Ireland, top ten in the UK, top twenty in Norway, and top fifty in Australia. The second single from the album was the title track, "Call Off the Search", which gave Melua her second UK top twenty hit. The third single, a cover of Mayall's "Crawling up a Hill", was released on 18 July as the third single in the UK. In the UK the album sold 1.2 million copies within its first five months of release, making it four times platinum. It spent six weeks at the top of the chart.
|1.||"Call Off the Search"||Mike Batt||3:24|
|2.||"Crawling Up a Hill"||John Mayall||3:25|
|3.||"The Closest Thing to Crazy"||Batt||4:12|
|4.||"My Aphrodisiac Is You"||Batt||3:34|
|5.||"Learnin' the Blues"||Delores J. Silver||3:23|
|6.||"Blame It on the Moon"||Batt||3:47|
|7.||"Belfast (Penguins and Cats)"||Katie Melua||3:21|
|8.||"I Think It's Going to Rain Today"||Randy Newman||2:30|
|10.||"Tiger in the Night"||Batt||3:07|
|12.||"Lilac Wine"||James Shelton||4:11|
The Japanese release has the extra track "Deep Purple".
- Katie Melua – guitar, vocals
- Mike Batt – organ, piano, conducting, arrangements, production
- Jim Cregan – guitar
- Tim Harries – bass
- The Irish Film Orchestra – orchestra
- Michael Kruk – drums
- Alan Smale – leader
- Chris Spedding – guitar
- Henry Spinetti – drums
- Steve Sale – engineering
- Simon Fowler – photography
- Michael Halsband – cover photo
Charts and certifications
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