Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby

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Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
Introducing the Hardline.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 13, 1987
Recorded1986–1987
Genre
Length47:11
LabelColumbia
Producer
Terence Trent D'Arby chronology
Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
(1987)
Neither Fish nor Flesh
(1989)
Singles from Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
  1. "If You Let Me Stay"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Wishing Well"
    Released: 1987
  3. "Dance Little Sister"
    Released: 1987
  4. "Sign Your Name"
    Released: 1988
  5. "Rain"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
The Philadelphia Inquirer3/4 stars[4]
Q3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceB+[7]

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby is the debut studio album by Terence Trent D'Arby. It was released in July 1987 on Columbia Records, and debuted at number one in the UK, spending a total of nine weeks (non-consecutively) at the top of the UK Albums Chart. It hit number 1 in Australia and Switzerland. It was eventually certified 5× Platinum (for sales of 1.5 million copies). Worldwide, the album sold a million copies within the first three days of going on sale.[8] The album was also a hit in the USA, although its success was slower. It was released there in October 1987, eventually peaking at number four on May 7, 1988,[9] – the same week that the single "Wishing Well" hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. It did peak higher on the Billboard R&B Albums chart at number one around the same time.[10]

Other singles from the album included "If You Let Me Stay", which was a top-ten hit in the UK, and "Sign Your Name", which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK. A fourth single, "Dance, Little Sister", reached the UK top 20 as well. As was common for big-selling artists at that time, the singles were released in a plethora of limited editions in multiple formats. These were bolstered by a multitude of non-album studio and live tracks.[11]

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12] In 2012, journalist Daryl Easlea said the album was crystallized as Trent's moment, "a soundtrack to the turning point when the 80s turned from austerity to prosperity. It's as central to that decade as the much-seen image of the city trader waving his wad of banknotes to the camera. It remains one big, infectiously glorious record."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by D'Arby, except where noted.

  1. "If You All Get to Heaven" – 5:17
  2. "If You Let Me Stay" – 3:14
  3. "Wishing Well" (D'Arby, Sean Oliver) – 3:30
  4. "I'll Never Turn My Back on You (Father's Words)" – 3:37
  5. "Dance Little Sister" – 3:55
  6. "Seven More Days" – 4:32
  7. "Let's Go Forward" – 5:32
  8. "Rain" – 2:58
  9. "Sign Your Name" – 4:37
  10. "As Yet Untitled" – 5:33
  11. "Who's Loving You" (William "Smokey" Robinson) – 4:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Terence Trent D'Arby – vocals, keyboards, piano, drums, percussion, baritone saxophone, all instruments on "Sign Your Name" and "As Yet Untitled"
  • Bruce Smith, Preston Heyman, Clive Mngaza – drums, percussion
  • Sean Oliver, Phil Spalding, Cass Lewis – bass
  • Nick Plytas, Andy Whitmore – keyboards
  • Pete Glenister, "Blast" Murray, Tim Cansfield – guitars
  • Christian Marsac – guitar, saxophone
  • Ivar Ybrad – sinubla
  • Frank Ricotti – percussion
  • Mel Collins – saxophone
  • Glenn Gregory, Tony Jackson, Frank Collins, Ebo Ross, Lance Ellington, Michele Oldland – backing vocals
  • Strings on "Sign Your Name" scored by Chris Cameron

Production[edit]

  • Arranged by Terence Trent D'Arby
  • Produced by Terence Trent D'Arby and Martyn Ware, except "If You Let Me Stay" and "Seven More Days" (produced by Howard Grey).
  • Recorded and Mixed by Phil "Foghorn" Legg.
  • Remix and additional overdubs on "If You Let Me Stay" by Michael H. Brauer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987–1988) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 4
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[16] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 4
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 1
US Billboard 200[9] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[10] 1

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil 95,000[23]
Canada (Music Canada)[24] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[25] Gold 29,843[25]
France (SNEP)[26] Platinum 400,000*
Germany (BVMI)[27] Platinum 500,000^
Italy 470,000[28]
Netherlands (NVPI)[29] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[31] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[32] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] 5× Platinum 1,721,685[33]
United States (RIAA)[35]
video
Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe
1987-1988 sales
4,000,000[37]
Worldwide 8,000,000[38]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock (3rd ed.). Rough Guides. p. 269. ISBN 1-84353-105-4.
  2. ^ Bowman, Rob. "Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby – Terence Trent D'Arby". AllMusic. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (October 25, 1987). "Terence Trent D'Arby: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby (Columbia)". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  5. ^ "Terence Trent D'Arby: Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby". Q (107): 138. August 1995.
  6. ^ Gross, Joe (2004). "Terence Trent D'Arby". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 211–12. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 1, 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Whaley, Christopher (September 2007). "Sananda Maitreya Speaks! (interview)". Sobo Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
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  10. ^ a b "Terence Trent D'Arby Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "Introducing the Hardline Non-Album Tracks for That Expanded Reissue". Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  13. ^ Daryl Easlea (2012). "Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby Review". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  14. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 82. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  23. ^ Serpa, Paulo Ernesto (January 2, 1990). "A parada de sucessos do Hollywood Rock". Jornal do Brasil (in Portuguese). p. 28 – via National Library of Brazil.
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Terence Trent D'Arby – Introducing the Hardline". Music Canada. Retrieved March 5, 2021.
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  28. ^ "Italian Market" (PDF). Billboard. 100 (50): I-6. December 10, 1988. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 3, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  30. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. p. 924. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
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  33. ^ Harris, Bill (November 17, 2006). "Queen rules – in album sales". Jam!. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Terence Trent D'Arby – Introducing the Hardline". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Introducing the Hardline in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ "American video certifications – Terence Trent D'Arby – Introducing the Hardline". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 5, 2021. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH. 
  36. ^ "American album certifications – Terence Trent D'Arby – Introducing the Hardline". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 5, 2021. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  37. ^ Serpa, Paulo Ernesto (March 2, 1988). "Esta é pra tocar no rádio". Jornal do Brasil (in Portuguese). p. 41 – via National Library of Brazil.
  38. ^ Mckelvy, Tara (May 14, 1993). "Terence Trent D'Arby Repents". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 4, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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