Heart Shaped World (Chris Isaak album)
|Heart Shaped World|
|Studio album by Chris Isaak|
|Genre||Rock and roll, rockabilly, roots rock|
|Chris Isaak chronology|
When Heart Shaped World was released in the summer of 1989, it was on Billboard's pop 200 album chart for ten weeks, peaking at number 149; but in October 1990, after Lee Chesnut, music director of WAPW in Atlanta, played the song "Wicked Game" repeatedly over two weeks after hearing an instrumental version on the soundtrack from the 1990 David Lynch film Wild at Heart. "Wicked Game" was released as a single, the album reached the U.S. Top 10 peaking at number 7 on the Billboard chart, garnering sales of more than 500,000 copies. The video for the single, filmed in black and white, featured a topless Helena Christensen and a shirtless Isaak in the surf and on the beach. It was shown in heavy rotation on MTV.
Reprise staged a gaudy, sold-out gig at L.A.'s Wiltern Theater. Sean Penn was there. So were Eric Roberts, k.d. lang, Dwight Yoakam, and, standing discreetly in a side aisle, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. There were lots of young girls, whose screaming Isaak may have to get used to. Afterward came The Hollywood Party, where, amid more dazzling stars, Isaak (decked out in his shiny brocade stage suit) got his first gold record while the waiters passed around goat cheese quesadillas and a Hawaiian band played in the background. It was a lot to handle, but then, as Isaak had said the night before..., "I used to tar-paper roofs for a living. So, as far as I'm concerned, this is a pretty fun job."
At the first of a May 1991 two-night stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York City—the first in that city after "Wicked Game" became a top 10 hit— Isaak's performance was characterized as "consummate showmanship": performances "right on the edge of caricature" yet with the ability to "infuse the ballads "Wicked Game" and "Blue Spanish Sky" ... with a spine-tingling intensity."
All tracks written by Chris Isaak except where noted.
|1.||"Heart Shaped World"||3:30|
|2.||"I'm Not Waiting"||3:16|
|3.||"Don't Make Me Dream About You"||3:33|
|4.||"Kings of the Highway"||4:47|
|6.||"Blue Spanish Sky"||3:58|
|7.||"Wrong to Love You"||4:20|
|10.||"In the Heat of the Jungle"||6:20|
|11.||"Diddley Daddy" (CD bonus track)||Bo Diddley, Harvey Fuqua||4:01|
Adapted from Discogs.
- Chris Isaak – vocals, guitar
- James Calvin Wilsey – lead guitar
- Rowland Salley – bass guitar, vocals
- Kenney Dale Johnson – drums, vocals
- Prairie Prince - drums, percussion
- Frank Martin - keyboards, piano
- Pete Scaturro - keyboards
- Christine Wall - vocals
- Cynthia Lloyd - vocals
- Chris Solberg - guitars
- Joni Haastrup - keyboards
- Erik Jacobsen – production
- Mark Needham – engineering
- Daniel Levitin – sound design
- Lee Herschberg – mixing assistance
- Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders – mastering
Sales and certifications
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,600,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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