Red Letter Days (album)

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Red Letter Days
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 5, 2002
Recorded2001 to April, 04 2002;
recorded at
Groovemasters Studio in Santa Monica,
Sound City Studios in Van Nuys,
Record One in Sherman Oaks
mixed at
South Beach Studios in Miami Beach
ProducerTobias Miller & Bill Appleberry
The Wallflowers chronology
Red Letter Days
Rebel, Sweetheart
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

Red Letter Days is the fourth album by The Wallflowers, released in 2002. The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200. Red Letter Days was the first Wallflowers record that featured Jakob Dylan playing a majority of the lead guitar parts. The album had a much more aggressive sound than any of their previous releases, especially the song "Everybody Out of the Water," which they performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn. The first single and only music video shot was for "When You're On Top." Although the album contains some profanity (in "Everybody Out of the Water"), it does not carry the Parental Advisory sticker. It was produced by the band's first guitarist Tobi Miller.

Up to May 2005, Red Letter Days had sold 208,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

After years of fetching hundreds of dollars for an original pressing on the open market, Red Letter Days was reissued on LP for its 15th anniversary on Nov. 3rd, 2017.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jakob Dylan.

  1. "When You're on Top" – 3:54
  2. "How Good It Can Get" – 4:11
  3. "Closer to You" – 3:17
  4. "Everybody Out of the Water" – 3:42
  5. "Three Ways" – 4:19
  6. "Too Late to Quit" – 3:54
  7. "If You Never Got Sick" – 3:44
  8. "Health and Happiness" – 4:03
  9. "See You When I Get There" – 3:09
  10. "Feels Like Summer Again" – 3:48
  11. "Everything I Need" – 3:37
  12. "Here in Pleasantville" (includes 30 seconds of silence at end of track) – 4:10
  13. "Empire in My Mind" (hidden track) – 3:32

The Japanese edition of the album included two bonus tracks, the original "Empire in My Mind", and a cover of Nick Lowe’s (and Elvis Costello’s) "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding".

Other media[edit]

"Everybody Out of the Water" has been used in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and "The Empire in My Mind" was the main theme of the television series The Guardian for its second and third seasons.


Additional personnel
  • Rusty Anderson: Guitar
  • Jamie Caliri: Art direction, packaging, photography
  • David Campbell: String arrangements
  • Lenny Castro: Percussion
  • Marina Chavez: Cover photo
  • Ed Churney: Mixing
  • Tim Durfey: Tour manager
  • Femio Hernández: Assistant engineer
  • Courtney Kaiser: Background vocals
  • Ken Kraus: Legal advisor
  • Bill Lane: Engineer, engineering consultant
  • Tom Lord-Alge: Mixing
  • Stephen Marcussen: Mastering
  • Val McCallum: Guitar
  • Mike McCready: Guitar
  • Moe Z M.D.: Background vocals
  • Ben Peeler: Lap steel guitar
  • Dave Reed: Engineer
  • Bob Salcedo: Engineer
  • Louie Teran: Editing
  • Darrell Thorp: Assistant engineer
  • Rich Tosi: Assistant engineer
  • Robert Vosgien: Mastering
  • Mark Williams: A&R
  • Miles Wilson: Assistant engineer
  • Ed Wong: Studio technician


  1. ^ "Red Letter Days by The Wallflowers". Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone : The Wallflowers: Red Letter Days : Music Reviews". 6 January 2007. Archived from the original on 6 January 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)