Melissa Etheridge (album)

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Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge - Melissa Etheridge.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 2, 1988
RecordedOctober 19–25, 1987
StudioCherokee (Hollywood)
GenreRoots rock[1]
Length45:50
LabelIsland
Producer
Melissa Etheridge chronology
Melissa Etheridge
(1988)
Brave and Crazy
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Q (Deluxe edition)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]
Uncut (Deluxe edition)[2][4]

Melissa Etheridge is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, released in 1988.

The album was re-released on September 23, 2003, as a two-CD remastered edition containing a bonus disc of ten tracks recorded live at the Roxy in Los Angeles and a five-track session from BBC Kent in April 1988.

As of 2010, the album has tallied 1,145,000 copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[5] This figure does not include sales of the album between 1988 and 1991.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Melissa Etheridge.

  1. "Similar Features" – 4:42
  2. "Chrome Plated Heart" – 3:59
  3. "Like the Way I Do" – 5:23
  4. "Precious Pain" – 4:15
  5. "Don't You Need" – 4:59
  6. "The Late September Dogs" – 6:33
  7. "Occasionally" – 2:36
  8. "Watching You" – 5:33
  9. "Bring Me Some Water" – 3:52
  10. "I Want You" – 4:07

Note

  • The album lists the running time of "I Want You" as 4:07, but the actual running time is 3:43.

Remastered edition bonus disc

  1. "Chrome Plated Heart" – 3:55
  2. "Don't You Need" – 4:54
  3. "Similar Features" – 4:25
  4. "Precious Pain" – 5:55
  5. "Occasionally" – 3:11
  6. "The Late September Dogs" – 6:34
  7. "Watching You" – 5:57
  8. "I Want You" – 5:26
  9. "Bring Me Some Water" – 5:34
  10. "Like The Way I Do" – 10:31
  11. "Chrome Plated Heart" – 3:28
  12. "Don't You Need" – 4:22
  13. "Similar Features" – 4:07
  14. "Bring Me Some Water" – 3:37
  15. "Precious Pain" – 3:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Melissa Etheridge – 12-string Ovation acoustic guitar, vocals, production, arranger
  • Johnny Lee Schell – guitar - additional overdubs
  • Waddy Wachtel – guitar - additional overdubs
  • Kevin McCormick – bass guitar, production
  • Scott Thurston – keyboards - additional overdubs
  • Wally Badarou – keyboards - additional overdubs
  • Craig Krampf – drums, percussion, production, arranger

Overdubs recorded at Studio A, Sunset Sound Factory on November 16-18, 1987. Guitars on "Precious Pain" and "I Want You" recorded at Yo Dad Studio on October 25, 1987.

Technical

  • Niko Bolas – production
  • Chris Blackwell – executive producer
  • Rob Fraboni – executive producer
  • Engineers: Allan Blazek – engineer
  • Jim Nipar – engineer
  • David Kane – assistant engineer
  • Duane Seykora – mixing assistant
  • Bob Vogt – mixing assistant
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • George DuBose – photography
  • Tony Wright – cover design

Charts[edit]

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1988 "Bring Me Some Water" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
1988 "Like the Way I Do" Mainstream Rock Tracks 28
1988 "Similar Features" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
1988 "Similar Features" Billboard Hot 100 94
1989 "Chrome Plated Heart" Mainstream Rock Tracks 22

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[17] 2× Platinum 300,000[18]
Austria (IFPI Austria)[19] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[20] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Germany (BVMI)[21] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[22] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[23] Platinum 15,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ a b Album Reviews at CD Universe
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City: Simon and Schuster. p. 283. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. rolling stone melissa etheridge album guide.
  4. ^ Uncut review
  5. ^ Trust, Gary (August 5, 2010). "Ask Billboard: Records About Records". Billboard. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  6. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge". Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge" (in German). Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge". Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge". Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Melissa Etheridge Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums for 1989". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  14. ^ "Top Selling Albums of 1989". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  15. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1989". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1993". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  17. ^ "Aria Album Charts – 1989". Aria Charts.
  18. ^ "Pacing the Majors" (PDF). Billboard. January 20, 1990. p. A-10. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  19. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge". Music Canada. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Melissa Etheridge; 'Melissa Etheridge')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  22. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved February 17, 2020. Enter Melissa Etheridge in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  23. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Melissa Etheridge – Melissa Etheridge". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 17, 2020.