Forever Blue (Chris Isaak album)

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Forever Blue
Forever Blue - Chris Isaak.jpg
Studio album by Chris Isaak
Released May 23, 1995
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly, roots rock
Length 39:48
Label Reprise
Producer Erik Jacobsen
Chris Isaak chronology
San Francisco Days
(1993)
Forever Blue
(1995)
Baja Sessions
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]

Forever Blue is the fifth album by American rock and roll musician Chris Isaak, released in 1995. The album included three singles: the Grammy-nominated "Somebody's Crying"; "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," which was featured in Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut; and "Graduation Day," featured in the 1996 film Beautiful Girls. In 1996, Forever Blue was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album, though it lost to Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill.[7][8]

In 2014, a ballad cover for "I Believe" was done by Melissa Hollick[9][10] for the video game Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Isaak.

  1. "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" – 2:54
  2. "Somebody's Crying" – 2:46
  3. "Graduation Day" – 3:11
  4. "Go Walking Down There" – 2:49
  5. "Don't Leave Me on My Own" – 2:14
  6. "Things Go Wrong" – 3:00
  7. "Forever Blue" – 2:42
  8. "There She Goes" – 3:14
  9. "Goin' Nowhere" – 2:52
  10. "Changed Your Mind" – 3:51
  11. "Shadows in a Mirror" – 3:59
  12. "I Believe" – 3:09
  13. "The End of Everything" – 3:05

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Isaak - vocals, guitar
  • Rowland Salley - bass, vocals
  • Kenney Dale Johnson - drums, vocals
  • Bruce Kaphan - pedal steel guitar
  • Jimmy Pugh - Hammond B3 organ
  • Johnny Reno - saxophone, vocals
  • Jeff Watson - lead guitar

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[11] 2
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[11] 37
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[11] 32
Dutch Albums Chart[11] 46
French SNEP Albums Chart[12] 19
German Albums Chart[11] 55
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[11] 7
Norwegian Albums Chart[11] 31
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 9
Swiss Albums Chart[11] 40
UK Albums Chart[13] 27
Billboard 200[14] 31

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[17] none 187,700 [18]*
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,200,000[20]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r212508
  2. ^ Goulding, Steve (1995-07-27). "Chris Isaak Forever Blue (Reprise)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. p. 145. ISBN 9780312245603. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. 
  5. ^ Sinclair, Tom (1995-05-26). "Forever Blue". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
  6. ^ Willman, Chris (1995-05-27). "Album Reviews: Making a Good Case Out of Lost Love". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  7. ^ Strauss, Neil (1996-01-05). "New Faces in Grammy Nominations". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  8. ^ "38th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
  9. ^ "Melissa Hollick - singer songwriter - music". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  10. ^ "The New Order - I Believe - SoundCloud". Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i Forever Blue, in various albums charts Lescharts.com Retrieved June 26, 2009
  12. ^ French Albums Chart See: "Sélection des autres artites" => "Chris ISAAK" Infodisc.fr Archived June 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 26, 2009
  13. ^ "Chris Isaak". The Official Charts Company. 
  14. ^ Billboard allmusic.com Retrieved June 26, 2009
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Chris Isaak – Forever blue". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "French album certifications – Chris Isaak – Forever blue" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  18. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=2334
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Chris Isaak – Forever blue". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  20. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/57365/ask-billboard