Manic Nirvana

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Manic Nirvana
Studio album by Robert Plant
Released 19 March 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 49:43
Label Es Paranza
Producer Robert Plant, Phil Johnstone, Mark "Spike" Stent
Robert Plant chronology
Now and Zen
(1988)Now and Zen1988
Manic Nirvana
Fate of Nations
(1993)Fate of Nations1993

Manic Nirvana is the fifth solo album by former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, released in 1990. The album's lead single, "Big Love", reached #35 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and its follow-up single, "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)", held the #1 position on the same chart for six consecutive weeks.

The vinyl release of the LP had 10 songs (5 on each side) rather than 11, omitting "She Said" from its track listing.

The album was re-released in a remastered edition on 20 March 2007.

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Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)" (Robert Plant, Phil Johnstone, Charlie Jones, Doug Boyle, Chris Blackwell) – 4:04
  2. "Big Love" (Plant, Johnstone, Blackwell) – 4:24
  3. "S S S & Q" (Plant, Johnstone, Jones, Boyle, Blackwell) – 4:38
  4. "I Cried" (Plant, Johnstone) – 4:59
  5. "She Said" (Plant, Johnstone, Jones, Boyle, Blackwell) – 5:10
  6. "Nirvana" (Plant, Jones, Boyle) – 4:36
  7. "Tie Dye on the Highway" (Plant, Blackwell) – 5:15
  8. "Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night" (Stephen Schlaks, Mel Glazer) – 4:36
  9. "Anniversary" (Plant, Johnstone) – 5:02
  10. "Liars Dance" (Plant, Boyle) – 2:40
  11. "Watching You" (Plant, Johnstone, Blackwell) – 4:19

Bonus tracks on remastered edition[edit]

  1. "Oompah (Watery Bint)" (Plant, Johnstone, Jones, Boyle, Blackwell) - 5:48
  2. "One Love" (Plant, Johnstone, Jones, Boyle, Blackwell) - 3:15
  3. "Don't Look Back" (Billy Vera) - 3:02



Additional musicians[edit]

  • Siddi Makain Mushkin – voices on "Watching You"
  • Laila Cohen & Caroline Harding – girl vocals
  • Micky Groome & Bob Stride – some male vocals on "Big Love"
  • Jerry Wayne – voice over on "White, Clean & Neat"

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Mark "Spike" Stent – co-producer, engineer
  • Michael Butterworth – assistant engineer
  • Jeremy Wheatley – assistant engineer
  • Bill Price – mixing on "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)" & "Big Love"

US Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 13

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Big Love" Mainstream Rock Tracks 35
1990 "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
1990 "Hurting Kind (I've Got My Eyes on You)" The Billboard Hot 100 46
1990 "I Cried" Mainstream Rock Tracks 39
1990 "Tie Dye on the Highway" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1990 "Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8