Exile on Coldharbour Lane

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Exile on Coldharbour Lane
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Studio album by Alabama 3
Released November 11, 1997
Recorded March 1997 – June 1997
Genre Electronica, alternative rock, acid jazz, trip hop
Label One Little Indian / Geffen
Producer Matthew Vaughan
Alabama 3 chronology
Exile On Coldharbour Lane
La Peste
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (8.9/10.0) [2]

Exile on Coldharbour Lane is the debut album by Alabama 3, released November 11, 1997, on One Little Indian and Geffen. The name and cover are references to Exile on Main St. by The Rolling Stones and Coldharbour Lane a major street in Brixton, South London best known for containing several after-hours clubs and not a few drug dealers.[3] Recording sessions took place from March to June 1997. Upon its release, the album received favorable reviews, including an 8.9 review from Pitchfork Media. Exile on Coldharbour Lane did not chart on any album charts in the United States. The song "Sister Rosetta" was featured in the film "Barnyard".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Converted"
  2. "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" (John Prine)
  3. "Woke Up This Morning"
  4. "U Don't Dans 2 Tekno"
  5. "Bourgeoisie Blues"
  6. "Ain't Goin' to Goa"
  7. "Mao Tse Tung Said"
  8. "Hypo Full of Love (The 12-Step Plan)"
  9. "The Old Purple Tin (9% of Pure Heaven)"
  10. "The Night We Nearly Got Busted"
  11. "Sister Rosetta"
  12. "Peace in the Valley"


  • Larry Love - vocals
  • The Very Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Love (First Minister of the First Presleyterian Church of Elvis The Divine (UK)) - vocals
  • The Mountain of Love - analogue terrorism, harmonica, jaws harp & vocals
  • Sir Real 'Congaman' Love L.S.D. O.P.T. - percussion, acoustic guitar
  • Mississippi Guitar Love - guitar
  • L.B. Dope - drums
  • The Spirit - keyboards
  • The Book of Love (Security), I.V. Lenin (Socialism In The Mainline), Lady Love and Little Eye Tie - D. Wayne's Ladies

  • Produced by The Ministers at Work and Boss Hogg
  • Engineered by John Wilkinson at The Steamroom and The Dairy
  • Mixed by Andy Wallace at The Town House

    • Track 3 contains an element of "Tell Me" performed by Howlin Wolf, a sample from "Standing at the Burying Ground" by Mississippi Fred McDowell and a sample from "Mannish Boy" by Muddy Waters.
    • Track 8 contains elements from "Honey Hush" performed by Johnny Burnett & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio.
    • Track 11 contains samples from "Oh In That Morning" by The Reverend BC Campbell and "Wrapped Up And Tangled Up" by The Reverend Charlie Jackson.

In Lovin' Memory: Sean Phelan 1971-1997


  • "Woke Up This Morning" is well known as the opening theme music for the HBO drama series The Sopranos, although the mix used for the show is different from the one on this album.
  • "Mao Tse Tung Said" features a lengthy sample from the cult leader Jim Jones.
  • The second track is a cover version of John Prine's Speed of the Sound of Loneliness.
  • "The Old Purple Tin (9% of Pure Heaven)" is about Tennent's Super, a 9% a.b.v. Scottish beer that comes in a purple can, which makes its consumers appear purple when aged and weathered, and thus deserves its reputation for being the drink of choice of the vagrant.
  • "Ain't Goin' to Goa" features the Reverend D. Wayne Love's description of A3's style: "sweet, pretty, country acid house music."

Later Samples[edit]


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. Exile on Coldharbour Lane at AllMusic
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ "Brixton: Ghetto fabulous". The Observer (London: The Guardian). April 24, 2005. Retrieved May 2, 2010. dealers hassle you as soon as you turn left from the station, mithering until the corner of Coldharbour Lane and beyond.