Head Like a Rock

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Head Like a Rock
Head Like a Rock (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released4 July 1994
LabelThis Way Up
ProducerRobert Ian McNabb
Ian McNabb chronology
Truth and Beauty
Head Like a Rock
Singles from Merseybeast
  1. "You Must Be Prepared to Dream"
    Released: June 1994
  2. "Go into the Light"
    Released: September 1994

Head Like a Rock is a 1994 concept album[2] by Ian McNabb.[3] The album was nominated for the 1994 Mercury Music Prize and was McNabb's second solo album.[4] The album was recorded in Los Angeles with the backing band Crazy Horse. The album peaked at No. 29 on the official UK charts.[5]

Late in 2012, Ian revealed that his first three studio albums were to be re-released as 'expanded editions' and subsequently in early December, a listing for 'Head Like a Rock (Expanded edition)' was put on Amazon with a scheduled release date of 28 January 2013. The product description reading; "This expanded version has been re-mastered by Ian himself and is a testament to the great album it was, enhanced with upgraded packaging and a bonus disc of the B-sides that came with the assorted singles. This is a great addition to the canon of Ian's work"[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fire Inside My Soul" (8:35)
  2. "You Must Be Prepared to Dream" (6:57)
  3. "Child Inside a Father" (9:02)
  4. "Still Got the Fever" (7:29)
  5. "Potency"(4:38)
  6. "Go Into the Light" (4:08)
  7. "As a Life Goes By" (4:42)
  8. "Sad Strange Solitary Catholic Mystic" (4:45)
  9. "This Time Is Forever"(5:38)
  10. "May You Always" (10:51)


  1. ^ Michael Sutton. "Head Like a Rock". AllMusic.
  2. ^ The Emotional Party: The Thoughts and Words of Ian McNabb
  3. ^ Leslie Carl Seiler. "merseybeasts - ian mcnabb discography". Merseybeasts.COM.
  4. ^ "Mercury Prize - Ian McNabb: Head Like a Rock - 1994 Shortlist - Albums of the Year".
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 341. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "Head Like A Rock (2CD Expanded Edition): Amazon.co.uk: Music".