Lean into It

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Lean into It
Mr. Big - Lean Into It.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 1991
April 16, 1991 (Europe)
Recorded1990–91
StudioRumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, Cherokee Studios, Hollywood and Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
Genre
Length46:09
LabelAtlantic
ProducerKevin Elson
Mr. Big chronology
Mr. Big
(1989)
Lean into It
(1991)
Bump Ahead
(1993)
Singles from Lean into It
  1. "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"
    Released: November 21, 1991
  3. "To Be with You"
    Released: January 1992
  4. "Just Take My Heart"
    Released: May 23, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal7/10[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
Rock Hard7.5/10[4]

Lean into It is the second studio album by the American rock supergroup Mr. Big, released on March 26, 1991. The band's breakthrough release, Lean into It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 charts, while the single "To Be with You" became the band's first and only song to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single, "Just Take My Heart", was a top-20 hit, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

"Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy" features Gilbert and Sheehan running Makita cordless drills over their guitar strings in harmony to create an unusually fast solo which is likely not possible to replicate with hands.[6] The "CDFF" prefix of the Jeff Paris-penned "Lucky This Time", is the song "Addicted to That Rush" from the band's 1989 eponymous debut album, played at a higher playback speed; hence the "CDFF" for "Compact Disc Fast Forward", "CDFF" is also the chord structure to the song.

The cover image is a picture from the Montparnasse train accident that occurred on October 22, 1895 in Gare Montparnasse station in Paris, France.

The album was ranked No. 49 on Rolling Stone's list of the 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time.[7]

The album includes the psychedelic rock song "Green-Tinted Sixties Mind".[8][7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)"Billy Sheehan, Paul Gilbert, André Pessis, Pat Torpey, Eric Martin3:54
2."Alive and Kickin'"Gilbert, Martin, Pessis, Sheehan, Torpey5:28
3."Green-Tinted Sixties Mind"Gilbert3:30
4."CDFF-Lucky This Time" (Originally recorded by Jeff Paris)Jeff Paris4:10
5."Voodoo Kiss"Martin, Pessis4:07
6."Never Say Never"Martin, Jim Vallance3:48
7."Just Take My Heart"Martin, Pessis4:21
8."My Kinda Woman"Gilbert, Martin, Sheehan4:09
9."A Little Too Loose"Gilbert5:21
10."Road to Ruin"Torpey, Paris, Gilbert, Sheehan3:54
11."To Be with You"Martin, David Grahame3:27
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Love Makes You Strong"Gilbert3:28
2010 remastered edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Love Makes You Strong"Gilbert3:28
13."Alive and Kickin'" (Demo)Gilbert, Martin, Pessis, Sheehan, Torpey4:56
14."Green-Tinted Sixties Mind" (Demo)Gilbert3:42
15."To Be with You" (Demo; reggae version)Martin, Grahame1:17
2021 30th Anniversary Edition MQA-CD Disc-2
No.TitleLength
1."Stop Messing Around" 
2."Wild Wild Women" 
3."Just Take My Heart (acoustic)" 
4."Shadows" 
5."Strike Like Lightning" 
6."Love Makes You Strong" 
7."Alive and Kickin' (early version)" 
8."Green-Tinted Sixties Mind (early version)" 
9."To Be With You (reggae version)" 
10."Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song) (minus guitar version)" 
11."Green-Tinted Sixties Mind (minus guitar version)" 
12."Love Makes You Strong (minus bass version)" 
13."Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song) (minus bass version)" 

Personnel[edit]

Mr. Big
  • Eric Martin – lead vocals, handclaps
  • Paul Gilbert – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, handclaps, backing vocals, electric drill
  • Billy Sheehan – bass guitar, handclaps, backing vocals, electric drill
  • Pat Torpey – drums, percussion, handclaps, backing vocals
Production

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[44] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[46] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[47] Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[48] Gold 25,000^
Taiwan (IFPI Taiwan)[49] Gold 20,000*
United States (RIAA)[51] Platinum 1,200,000[50]

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

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