is the second studio album by English Rebel Yell rock musician Billy Idol. It was released on 10 November 1983, by Chrysalis Records. After the release of his 1982 eponymous debut album, Idol continued his collaboration with producer Keith Forsey and multi-instrumentalist Steve Stevens. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York. Initially recording without a drummer, utilizing only the electronic drum machine LinnDrum, Forsey and Stevens later decided to hire Thommy Price to play drums on some of the songs. Musically, Rebel Yell is a rock album with a strong influence of new wave music. The cover sleeve and images were shot by Brian Griffin. Idol got the idea of the album's title after attending a party with The Rolling Stones and drinking the Rebel Yell whiskey.
Upon its release,
Rebel Yell received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success. In the United States, it peaked at number six on the and also peaked into the top ten in other countries, such as Canada, Germany, and New Zealand. The Billboard 200 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it double platinum for shipment of two million copies across the United States. Four singles were released from the album. The accompanying music videos for all singles received heavy airplay on television channel MTV.
Background and recording [ edit ]
The album reunited the hit-making team of Billy Idol,
Steve Stevens and Keith Forsey after their success with Idol's 1982 solo debut, . Idol got the idea to name the album "Rebel Yell" after attending a party with Billy Idol The Rolling Stones. He explained on that people were drinking " VH1 Storytellers Rebel Yell" bourbon and thought that would be a great title for an album.
The title track was recorded in only three days at the
Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Idol was battling Chrysalis Records over creative control, and decided to steal the master tapes. Keith Forsey stated in an interview with  magazine that Idol stole the wrong tapes. Idol battled the label and came back to the studio victorious. Forsey then informed him that he had taken the wrong tapes.
Working with Forsey were guitarist Steve Stevens, bassist Phil Feit and later
Steve Webster, drummer Gregg Gerson, and keyboardists Judi Dozier and Jack Waldman.
EMI Music re-issued the album as part of their "Expanded" series. The new version of the album included previously unreleased bonus tracks and expanded liner notes. In 2010, audiophile label Audio Fidelity re-issued a 24-karat CD remastered in HDCD by Steve Hoffman.
All of the singles, but particularly "
Rebel Yell", " Eyes Without a Face" and " Flesh for Fantasy", were hit music videos on MTV. Idol's longtime girlfriend Perri Lister can be seen in the front row during the "Rebel Yell" video.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and arranged by
Billy Idol and Steve Stevens except where indicated.
10. "Rebel Yell" (Session Take) 5:27 11. "Motorbikin'" (Session Take) Christopher Spedding 4:16 12. "Catch My Fall" (Original Demo) 4:11 13. "Flesh for Fantasy" (Session Take) 5:09 14. "Blue Highway" (Original Demo) 5:00
Personnel [ edit ]
Billy Idol – guitar, vocals
Steve Stevens – lead guitar, bass guitar, guitar synthesizer, synthesizer, keyboards Phil Feit - bass guitar on "Rebel Yell" (Session Take), "Motorbikin'" (Session Take), and "Flesh For Fantasy" (Session Take)
Sal Cuevas – bass guitar on "Eyes Without A Face"
Steve Webster – bass guitar Judi Dozier – keyboards
Jack Waldman – keyboards
Thommy Price – drums Gregg Gerson – drums on "(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows", "Rebel Yell" (Session Take), "Motorbikin'" (Session Take) & "Flesh For Fantasy" (Session Take)
Mars Williams – saxophone on "Catch My Fall" Perri Lister – background vocals on "Eyes Without A Face"
Keith Forsey – producer Michael Frondelli – engineer, mixing
Dave Wittman – engineer, mixing
Gary Hellman – engineer
Steve Rinkoff – engineer
Pete Thea – engineer
George Marino – mastering Brian Griffin – photography
Michael McNeil – cover design
Kevin Flaherty – compilation
Stephanie Tudor – production co-ordination
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Certifications and sales [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 306. ISBN . 0-646-11917-6 N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
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"Canadian album certifications – Billy Idol – Rebel Yell". Music Canada . Retrieved . 11 April 2016
"Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Billy Idol; 'Rebel Yell')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie . Retrieved . 16 December 2019
"New Zealand album certifications – Billy Idol – Rebel Yell". Recorded Music NZ . Retrieved . 20 November 2019
"British album certifications – Billy Idol – Rebel Yell". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved . 11 April 2016 Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Rebel Yell in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
"American album certifications – Billy Idol – Rebel Yell". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved . 11 April 2016 If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Album , then click SEARCH .
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