Gold Mother

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Gold Mother
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Studio album by James
Released 4 June 1990
May 1991 (re-release)
Recorded 1989
Studio Out of the Blue, Manchester and The Windings, Wrexham
Genre Alternative rock, Madchester
Label Fontana
Producer Nick Garside and Booth/Gott/Glennie
James chronology
One Man Clapping
(1989)One Man Clapping1989
Gold Mother
(1990)
Seven
(1992)Seven1992
Singles from Gold Mother
  1. "Sit Down"
    Released: 19 June 1989
  2. "Come Home"
    Released: 20 November 1989
  3. "How Was It for You?"
    Released: 30 April 1990
  4. "Come Home (Flood Remix)"
    Released: 25 June 1990
  5. "Lose Control"
    Released: 26 November 1990
  6. "Sit Down (reissue)"
    Released: 18 March 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]
BBC Music (favourable)[2]
Martin C. Strong (8/10)[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]

Gold Mother is the third studio album from English band James, originally released June 1990. The album was recorded for Rough Trade Records, but James asked to be released from their contract with them and moved to Fontana. After the success of the Flood mix of "Come Home" and the non-album singles "Lose Control" and "Sit Down", the album was re-released almost a year later to include these tracks, replacing other tracks on the album. In 2001, it was re-released again, this time with all of the original tracks in addition to "Lose Control" and "Sit Down".

Receiving critical acclaim upon release,[6] Gold Mother was placed by the NME at #5 in their list of Albums of the Year 1990.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Tim Booth, Jim Glennie and Larry Gott; except where indicated.

Original release[edit]

  1. "Come Home"
  2. "Government Walls"
  3. "God Only Knows"
  4. "You Can't Tell How Much Suffering (On a Face That's Always Smiling)"
  5. "Crescendo"
  6. "How Was It for You"
  7. "Hang On"
  8. "Walking the Ghost"
  9. "Gold Mother"
  10. "Top of the World" (Booth, Glennie, Gott, Whelan)

1991 re-release[edit]

(Released as "James" in the U.S.)
  1. "Sit Down" (Booth, Glennie, Gott, Whelan)
  2. "Come Home"
  3. "Government Walls"
  4. "God Only Knows"
  5. "You Can't Tell How Much Suffering (On a Face That's Always Smiling)"
  6. "How Was It for You"
  7. "Lose Control" (Produced by Flood)
  8. "Walking the Ghost"
  9. "Gold Mother"
  10. "Top of the World" (Booth, Glennie, Gott, Whelan)
Remastered 2001 reissue additional tracks
  1. "Crescendo"
  2. "Hang On"
  3. "Come Home" (Skunk Weed Mix)
  4. "Lose Control" (Live at GLR)
  5. "Sit Down" (Live at G-Mex)
Singles
  • "Come Home" (1989)
  • "How Was It for You" (1990)
  • "Come Home" (Flood Mix) (1990)
  • "Lose Control" (1990)
  • "Sit Down" (1991)

Release details[edit]

Original release[edit]

  • UK 12" vinyl – Fontana (846 189-1)
  • UK cassette – Fontana (846 189-4)
  • UK CD – Fontana (846 189-2)

1991 re-release[edit]

  • UK 12" vinyl – Fontana (848 595-1)
  • UK cassette – Fontana (848 595-4)
  • UK CD – Fontana (848 595-2)

Personnel[edit]

James[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • John Slater – percussion
  • Martine McDonagh and Inspiral Carpets – backing vocals
  • Vinny Corrigan – saxophone

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Roberts, Chris (4 August 2010). "James – Gold Mother – Review". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ The Essential Rock Discography – Volume 1: 550. 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Williams, Simon (June 1990). "Gold Mother: Reviews". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Aston, Marin (June 1990). "Gold Mother: Reviews". Q. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Cavanagh (1998), p.4
  7. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year: 1990". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 

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