Candles in the Rain

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Candles in the Rain
Canldes Rain Melanie.jpg
Studio album by Melanie
Released April 1970
Genre Pop
Label Buddah
Producer Peter Schekeryk
Melanie chronology
Affectionately Melanie
(1969)
Candles in the Rain
(1970)
Leftover Wine
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Candles in the Rain is singer Melanie's third album, released in 1970. The album produced Melanie's first Top Ten single in North America, "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)", which was inspired by the crowd's reaction to her performance at Woodstock. The cover of The Rolling Stones' 1967 song "Ruby Tuesday" reached the Top Ten in the United Kingdom.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Melanie Safka except where noted.

  1. "Candles in the Rain" 1:42
  2. "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" (accompanied by the Edwin Hawkins Singers) 3:49
  3. "Carolina in My Mind" (James Taylor) 3:37
  4. "Citiest People" 3:32
  5. "What Have They Done to My Song Ma" (fr) 4:02
  6. "Alexander Beetle" (Safka, A.A. Milne) 2:35
  7. "The Good Guys" 3:08
  8. "Lovin' Baby Girl" 4:20
  9. "Ruby Tuesday" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) 4:31
  10. "Leftover Wine" 6:06

Some versions of the album substituted "Close to It All" for "Alexander Beetle", some versions have neither song.

On the original 1970 UK release by Buddah Records (2318009), "Lay Down" is given a timing of 3:49 on both label and sleeve notes as is quoted above. On this album, the track is in fact 7:44 minutes long (from direct timing), but was 3:49 on her Very Best of album.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album Charts Peak
position
U.S Charts 17
UK Album Charts 5
Australian Album Charts 2
Canadian Album Charts 5
Singles Charts Title Peak
position
U.S. Cash Box Charts "Lay Down" 3
U.S Billboard Hot 100 "Lay Down" 6
Australian Charts "Lay Down" 2
Canadian Charts "Lay Down" 1
U.S. Cash Box Charts "Ruby Tuesday" 34
U.S Billboard Hot 100 "Ruby Tuesday" 52
Canadian Charts "Ruby Tuesday" 25
UK Chart "Ruby Tuesday" 9
Australian Charts "Ruby Tuesday EP" 70
UK Chart "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma" 39

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