Let Love Rule

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Let Love Rule
Lenny Kravitz-Let Love Rule (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Lenny Kravitz
Released September 19, 1989
Recorded 1988–89
Genre
Length 55:27
Label Virgin
Producer Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz chronology
Let Love Rule
(1989)
Mama Said
(1991)
Alternative cover
Digipak cover
Singles from Let Love Rule
  1. "Let Love Rule"
    Released: July 23, 1989
  2. "I Build This Garden For Us"
    Released: January 18, 1990
  3. "Mr. Cab Driver"
    Released: June 29, 1990
  4. "Be"
    Released: August 13, 1990
  5. "Does Anybody Out There Even Care"
    Released: February 6, 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 3/10[3]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 4/10[7]
The Village Voice B−[8]

Let Love Rule is the debut album of American rock musician Lenny Kravitz, released on September 19, 1989 by Virgin Records. Then-wife Lisa Bonet wrote the lyrics to "Fear" and co-wrote the lyrics on the song, "Rosemary".

Let Love Rule reached number 61 on the Billboard 200, while it peaked at number 56 on the UK Albums Chart. Initially, the album was a moderate success in the United States, but became a hit worldwide, particularly in Europe, selling over 2 million copies. The album was certified gold in the United States in 1995. As of November 2002 the album has sold 860,000 units in the US (based on MTV.com sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lenny Kravitz, except "Fear" lyrics by Lisa Bonet, and "Rosemary" lyrics by Kravitz and Bonet.

  1. "Sittin' on Top of the World" – 3:16
  2. "Let Love Rule" – 5:42
  3. "Freedom Train" – 2:50
  4. "My Precious Love" – 5:15
  5. "I Build This Garden for Us" – 6:16
  6. "Fear" – 5:25
  7. "Does Anybody Out There Even Care" – 3:42
  8. "Mr. Cab Driver" – 3:49
  9. "Rosemary" – 5:27
  10. "Be" – 3:16
CD bonus tracks
11. "Blues for Sister Someone" – 2:51
12. "Empty Hands" – 4:42
13. "Flower Child" – 2:56
American version
14. "What The ... Are We Saying? – Live"
15. "Stop Draggin' Around – Live"
16. "Always on the Run – Live"
17. "I'll Be Around – Live"

20th Anniversary Edition bonus tracks[edit]

All songs written by Lenny Kravitz, except where noted.

14. "Let Love Rule" (Basic Rough Mix)
15. "Cold Turkey" (John Lennon)
16. "Light Skin Girl from London"
17. "Fear" (1987 demo)
18. "Mr. Cab Driver" (home demo)
19. "Let Love Rule" (home demo)
  • Track 16 first appeared on the single "Always on the Run", but was originally recorded on tour with "Let Love Rule".[9]
Disc 2 (Let Love Rule Live)
  1. "Flower Child"
  2. "Blues for Sister Someone"
  3. "Mr. Cab Driver"
  4. "Freedom Train"
  5. "Be"
  6. "My Precious Love"
  7. "Does Anybody Out There Even Care"
  8. "Let Love Rule"
  9. "Rosemary" (lyrics by Kravitz and Bonet)
  10. "Fear" (lyrics by Bonet)
  11. "My Flash on You" (Arthur Lee)
  12. "If 6 Was 9" (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Tracks 1–10 recorded at The Paradise, Boston, Mass. – 3/28/90
  • Tracks 11–12 recorded at The Paradiso, Amsterdam – 12/20/89

Personnel[edit]

  • Lenny Kravitz – vocals, guitar, organ, bass, drums, percussion
  • Alfred Brown – viola
  • Henry Hirsch – piano, organ
  • Adam Widoff – guitar
  • Eric Delente – violin
  • Nancy Ives – cello
  • Lee Jaffe – harmonica
  • Steve Remote – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • David Domanich – recording engineer
  • Henry Hirsch – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Tom "Bone" Edmonds – mixing engineer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering engineer[10]

Awards[edit]

The video for the lead single "Let Love Rule" was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist.

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). MUZE. p. 25. ISBN 0195313739. 
  3. ^ O'Neill, Joshua (July 20, 2009). "Let Love Rule (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)". PopMatters. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ Al-Kaisy, Laith (August 2009). "Let Love Rule 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition". Record Collector. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Anthony DeCurtis; James Henke; Holly George-Warren, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. p. 409. ISBN 0679737294. 
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). "Lenny Kravitz". Spin Alternative Record Guide. ISBN 0679755748. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 13, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ Let Love Rule (liner notes). Lenny Kravitz. Virgin. 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Lenny-Kravitz-Let-Love-Rule-20th-Anniversary-Deluxe-Edition/release/3513050