Goodbye Jumbo

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Goodbye Jumbo
Studio album by World Party
Released 24 April 1990
Recorded 1987–1989
Genre Alternative rock
Length 53:22
Label Ensign
Producer Karl Wallinger
World Party chronology
Private Revolution
Goodbye Jumbo
Singles from Goodbye Jumbo
  1. "Way Down Now"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Put the Message in the Box"
    Released: 1990
  3. "Thank You World"
    Released: 1991

Goodbye Jumbo is the second studio album by British alternative rock band World Party. Originally released on 24 April 1990 on Ensign Records, the album was aided by a number of guest artists, including Sinéad O'Connor and frontman Karl Wallinger's former bandmates in The Waterboys. Its traditional rock sound – guitar, bass and drums – was augmented by piano, strings, flute and electronic percussion. The songs on Goodbye Jumbo follow the loose concept of an everyman's journey from lonely despair to spiritual fulfillment.[citation needed]

Goodbye Jumbo was voted as Album of the Year by Q magazine in 1990, with the album also receiving a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album the same year. In 2000, Q placed it at number 94 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. A remastered version of Goodbye Jumbo was reissued by Seaview Records on 4 April 2006.

"Way Down Now", the album's lead single, spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, and follow-up single "Put the Message in the Box" reached number 8.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/5 stars[6]
Orlando Sentinel 5/5 stars[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]

In a contemporary review for the Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot noted heavy influence from The Beatles in the album's "sense of pop and studio craft" and wrote that the biting humor and ironic viewpoint on life expressed in Wallinger's lyrics was balanced out by "memorable melodies and moments", calling all the album's songs "worth savoring."[3] Chris Willman of the Los Angeles Times felt that his "Lennonisms sound somehow endemic, not affected" and the wide range of musical influences on Goodbye Jumbo did not constitute "petty theft", stating that the album "comes together marvelously."[6] Don McLeese of Rolling Stone wrote that Goodbye Jumbo "displays an ambition as broad as the emotional range of its music" and that while Wallinger's "missionary zeal occasionally belabors his messages", the album's music is "sufficiently vital to overpower resistance".[9] Spin's Jon Young dubbed it as a "winning opus".[10] One detractor was Robert Christgau of The Village Voice, who assigned the album a "dud" rating, indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought".[11] Goodbye Jumbo was named the fifteenth best album of 1990 in The Village Voice's year-end Pazz & Jop critics' poll.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Karl Wallinger.

  1. "Is It Too Late?" – 4:24
  2. "Way Down Now" – 3:49
  3. "When the Rainbow Comes" – 4:58
  4. "Put the Message in the Box" – 4:16
  5. "Ain't Gonna Come Till I'm Ready" – 5:05
  6. "And I Fell Back Alone" – 3:57
  7. "Take It Up" – 4:37
  8. "God on My Side" – 4:14
  9. "Show Me to the Top" – 5:15 (contains untitled hidden track beginning at 4:42)
  10. "Love Street" – 4:21
  11. "Sweet Soul Dream" – 4:39
  12. "Thank You World" – 3:47


Credits for Goodbye Jumbo adapted from album liner notes.[13]


Chart (1990 Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 38
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 36
US Billboard 200[1] 73


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  2. ^ Erlewine, Iotis. "Goodbye Jumbo – World Party". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Kot, Greg (10 May 1990). "World Party: Goodbye Jumbo (Ensign)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ Sandow, Greg (18 May 1990). "Goodbye Jumbo". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Willman, Chris (27 May 1990). "World Party 'Goodbye Jumbo' Ensign/Chrysalis". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Gettelman, Parry (20 July 1990). "World Party". Orlando Sentinel. 
  8. ^ Black, Johnny (June 1990). "World Party: Goodbye Jumbo". Q (45). 
  9. ^ a b McLeese, Don (31 May 1990). "World Party: Goodbye Jumbo". Rolling Stone (579). Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Young, Jon (July 1990). "World Party: Goodbye Jumbo". Spin. 6 (4): 79–80. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "World Party: Goodbye Jumbo". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "The 1990 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. 5 March 1990. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Goodbye Jumbo (liner notes). World Party. Ensign Records. 1990. CDP 32 1654 2. 
  14. ^ " – World Party – Goodbye Jumbo" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  15. ^ " – World Party – Goodbye Jumbo". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 20, 2016.
  16. ^ "World Party | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved January 20, 2016.