Goddess in the Doorway

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Goddess in the Doorway
Studio album by
Released19 November 2001
RecordedFebruary and May 2000, January–February and April–June 2001 (Hit Factory, N.Y.C, NY and Record Plant, L.A., CA)
ProducerMatt Clifford, Marti Frederiksen, and Mick Jagger with Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz, and Chris Potter
Mick Jagger chronology
Wandering Spirit
Goddess in the Doorway
Singles from Goddess in the Doorway
  1. "God Gave Me Everything"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Visions of Paradise"
    Released: 2002

Goddess in the Doorway is the fourth solo album by Mick Jagger, released in 2001. The most recent offering from Jagger as a solo artist, it marked his first release with Virgin Records, who he has been contracted with as a member of The Rolling Stones since 1991.


Following his 1993 album Wandering Spirit, and The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge and Bridges to Babylon in 1994 and 1997, Jagger began to work on demo material in 2000, finally reaching the studio in the spring of 2001. Although Jagger would primarily work with Marti Frederiksen and Matt Clifford as producers, he also sanctioned the talents of Lenny Kravitz and Wyclef Jean to help create Goddess in the Doorway. And while the songs would largely be composed by Jagger, he endeavoured to work with other collaborators, namely, Kravitz and Rob Thomas, lead vocalist of Matchbox Twenty. The recording sessions of several of the album's tracks were featured in the documentary Being Mick.


While recording was underway, many of Jagger's musician friends, including Bono, Pete Townshend, Thomas, Kravitz, Jean and Joe Perry all made contributions. Townshend, in fact, was the initiating force behind the album. After having heard some of Jagger's demos, he told him that they didn't sound like Rolling Stones songs and that Jagger should record them on his own.

In the summer of 2001, Jagger had bumped into Missy Elliott and requested her to be part of the album. At his New York hotel, Jagger previewed his demo material to Elliott.[1][2] Following their meeting, both Jagger's and Elliott's reps confirmed the two artists were slated to collaborate on the song, "Hide Away," however, due to scheduling conflicts their collaboration never saw the light of day.[2][3] Jagger's collaborations with super-producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins would suffer the same fate.[2] By the end of the summer, Goddess in the Doorway was initially completed and the Kravitz-produced (and almost self-performed) "God Gave Me Everything" was put forward as the lead single that October. The song failed to become a significant hit.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[6]

Rolling Stone's chief editor Jann Wenner bestowed a five-star instant classic rating upon the album, a score that The New Yorker noted as part of a general trend at the magazine, "an almost cynical way of preserving the critical legitimacy of classic-rock artists".[7] Writing for the New York Daily News, Jim Farber said "From the musicianship to the production to the performance and the lyrics, everything sounds cold and corporate." Keith Richards regularly referred to the album as "Dogshit In The Doorway".[8]

Goddess in the Doorway only reached No. 44 in the UK and No. 39 in the U.S.[9] It has sold 80,778 copies in the UK [10] and 317,000 copies in the US.[11]

Following this, Jagger returned to work with The Rolling Stones on Forty Licks and A Bigger Bang and their respective worldwide Licks and A Bigger Bang tours. Aside from his soundtrack work with David A. Stewart on Alfie in 2004, and the best of collection The Very Best of Mick Jagger released in 2007, Goddess in the Doorway remains Mick Jagger's latest solo release to date.

Track listing[edit]

1."Visions of Paradise"Mick Jagger, Rob Thomas, Matt Clifford4:02
3."Dancing in the Starlight"Jagger, Clifford4:06
4."God Gave Me Everything"Jagger, Lenny Kravitz3:34
5."Hide Away"Jagger, Wyclef Jean4:31
6."Don't Call Me Up"Jagger5:14
7."Goddess in the Doorway"Jagger, Clifford4:56
8."Lucky Day"Jagger4:51
9."Everybody Getting High"Jagger3:55
10."Gun"Jagger, Clifford4:39
11."Too Far Gone"Jagger4:34
12."Brand New Set of Rules" ("Brand New Set of Rules" only runs 3:36; it is followed by 2:56 silence and the hidden track "Goddess in the Doorway (Cocktail Version)" 1:07)Jagger7:39
Total length:56:42
Japanese edition bonus track
13."If Things Could Be Different" (If Things Could Be Different" was also the B-side to "Visions of Paradise" in Europe and "Blue"—a 5:40 Mick Jagger composition—was the B-side of the European single "God Gave Me Everything" and the British single "Visions of Paradise)Jagger4:49
Total length:61:31



Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2001 UK Top 75 Albums 44[12]
2001 The Billboard 200 39[9]
2002 The Billboard 200 103[9]


Year Single Chart Position
2001 "God Gave Me Everything" Mainstream Rock Tracks 24[13]
2002 "Visions of Paradise" UK Top 75 Singles 43[12]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[14] Gold 150,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[15] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Silver 80,778[10]
United States 317,000[11]

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


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  3. ^ Fricke, David (6 December 2001). "People of the Year: Mick Jagger". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
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  5. ^ Allmusic review
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  10. ^ a b Eamonn Forde (9 July 2014). "From Robin Thicke to Mariah and Mick: five blockbuster albums that bombed". The Guardian.
  11. ^ a b "Ask Billboard". Billboard. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
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  13. ^ "Mick Jagger - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Mick Jagger; 'Goddess in the Doorway')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  15. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 958. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Mick Jagger – Goddess in the Doorway". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 20 August 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Goddess in the Doorway in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.