Liverpool (album)

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Liverpool
Monochrome photo of 5 men with 5 superimposed colored pictograph-like symbols
Studio album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Released 20 October 1986
(see also 1986 in music)
Recorded 1986
Genre Dance, new wave, pop, rock
Length 44:03
Label ZTT
Producer Stephen Lipson
Frankie Goes to Hollywood chronology
Bang! (Japan-only LP)
(1985)
Liverpool
(1986)
Bang!
(1993)
Singles from Liverpool
  1. "Rage Hard"
    Released: 25 August 1986
  2. "Warriors of the Wasteland"
    Released: 10 November 1986
  3. "Watching the Wildlife"
    Released: 23 February 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Liverpool is Frankie Goes to Hollywood's second and last studio album, released in October 1986. It would be the band's final album of all-new material, and lead singer Holly Johnson would leave the band following the corresponding world tour, followed by a flurry of lawsuits from ZTT. The album's production was handled by Trevor Horn's engineer Stephen Lipson, who urged the band to play their own instruments on this album (Horn having replaced many of the band's performances and arrangements with his session musicians or his own performances on Welcome to the Pleasuredome.) Liverpool therefore features a heavier rock sound than its predecessor.

The album was a commercial disappointment compared to the band's previous effort, though it charted generally high at #5 in the United Kingdom and Germany, #7 on the Austrian and Swiss music charts and #8 in Norway. The cover photo was different depending on what format was purchased (LP, cassette, or compact disc). It also produced the Top 5 single "Rage Hard" (#1 in Germany), Top 20 single "Warriors of the Wasteland" and Top 30 single "Watching the Wildlife".

Track listing[edit]

All songs Gill/Johnson/Nash/O'Toole unless otherwise stated.

  1. "Warriors of the Wasteland" - 4:58
  2. "Rage Hard" - 5:03
  3. "Kill the Pain" - 6:16
  4. "Maximum Joy" - 5:32
  5. "Watching the Wildlife" - 4:18
  6. "Lunar Bay" - 5:42
  7. "For Heaven's Sake" - 4:29
  8. "Is Anybody Out There?" - 7:25

A later release includes two bonus tracks:

  1. "(Don't Lose What's Left) of Your Mind"
  2. "Suffragette City" (David Bowie)

Singles[edit]

  1. "Rage Hard"
  2. "Warriors of the Wasteland"
  3. "Watching the Wildlife"

2-CD Deluxe Edition[edit]

In 2011, a remastered Deluxe Edition of Liverpool was released, featuring a second disc containing rare and previously unreleased material. The first CD contains the LP version of the original album with extra tracks and the second CD rare and unreleased tracks.

CD1

  1. "Warriors of the Wasteland" - 4:54
  2. "Rage Hard" - 5:08
  3. "Kill the Pain" - 6:16
  4. "Maximum Joy" - 5:30
  5. "Watching the Wildlife" - 4:19
  6. "Lunar Bay" - 5:42
  7. "For Heaven's Sake" - 4:30
  8. "Is Anybody Out There?" - 7:28
  9. "The Waves" - 2:44
  10. "Pamela" (Spoken) - 0:22
  11. "Pocket Vibrator" (Monitor Mix Sarm Sessions October 1986) - 3:32
  12. "Suffragette City" - 3:35
  13. "Roadhouse Blues" - 4:06
  14. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (Monitor Mix Sarm Sessions May 1986, Voiceless) - 4:50
  15. "(Don't Lose What's Left) of Your Little Mind" - 6:14
  16. "Rage Hard" (Voiceless) - 5:07

CD2

  1. "Rage Hard" (Montreux Mix) - 5:34
  2. "Warriors of the Wasteland" (Montreux Mix) - 3:19
  3. "Warriors Cassetted" - 19:58
  4. "Drum Loop" (Monitor Mix Wisseloord Sessions November 1985) - 3:20
  5. "Fuck Off" (Monitor Mix Wisseloord Sessions November 1985) - 4:01
  6. "Wildlife Cassetted" - 24:26
  7. "Our Silver Turns to Gold" - 3:44 (Monitor Mix Ibiza Sessions May 1985) - 3:44
  8. "Delirious" (Monitor Mix Ibiza Sessions October 1985) - 3:12
  9. "Stan" (Spoken) - 0:42
  10. "For Heaven's Sake" (Monitor Mix Wisseloord Sessions March 1986) - 7:54

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 72
Austrian Albums Chart[3] 7
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 72
French Albums Chart[5] 9
German Albums Chart[6] 5
New Zealand Albums Chart[7] 12
Norwegian Albums Chart[8] 8
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 13
Swiss Albums Chart[10] 7
UK Albums Chart[11] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 88

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "Liverpool – Frankie Goes to Hollywood". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 118. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website | Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-08-12. 
  6. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung (15 June 2006). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  11. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  12. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-07.