Relish (album)

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Relish
Joan Osborne - Relish.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 21, 1995
Recorded1994–1995 at The Crawlspace (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); additional recording at Big Blue (Katonah, New York) and PIE Studios (Glen Cove, New York)
Length61:06
LabelBlue Gorilla Records/Mercury
ProducerRick Chertoff
Joan Osborne chronology
Soul Show: Live at Delta 88
(1991)
Relish
(1995)
Early Recordings
(1996)
Singles from Relish
  1. "One of Us"
    Released: February 21, 1995; December 28, 1995 (re-release)
  2. "St. Teresa"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Right Hand Man"
    Released: 1996
  4. "Ladder"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
NME7/10[6]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[9]

Relish is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, released on March 21, 1995. It was nominated for Album of the Year at the 38th Grammys, and also earned nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Osborne. In addition, the track "One of Us" was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.[10]

Background[edit]

Relish contains songs performed in a mixture of styles: contemporary folk, rock, and pop.

Its biggest hit single, "One of Us", was used as the theme to the 2003–2005 television series Joan of Arcadia, although the show used a re-recorded version. The album and the song were both nominated for multiple Grammy Awards in 1996. The song was written by Eric Bazilian of the Hooters.

"Man in the Long Black Coat" is a cover of the Bob Dylan song from his 1989 album Oh Mercy.

The final track, "Lumina", was used on the first episode of the HBO hit show The Sopranos. It was also used in an episode in the fourth series of the CBS hit show The Good Wife in 2013.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Joan Osborne, Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman and Rick Chertoff unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "St. Teresa" – 5:20
  2. "Man in the Long Black Coat" (Bob Dylan) – 4:49
  3. "Right Hand Man" (Osborne, Bazilian, Hyman, Chertoff, Don Van Vliet) – 4:57
  4. "Pensacola" – 4:32
  5. "Dracula Moon" – 6:32
  6. "One of Us" (Bazilian) – 5:21
  7. "Ladder" – 4:11
  8. "Spider Web" (Joan Osborne, Chertoff, Gary Lucas, Sammy Merendino, Chris Palmaro) – 5:34
  9. "Let's Just Get Naked" (Joan Osborne, Bazilian) – 5:08
  10. "Help Me" (Sonny Boy Williamson II, Ralph Bass) – 5:14
  11. "Crazy Baby" (Joan Osborne) – 6:31
  12. "Lumina" (Joan Osborne, Bazilian) – 3:08
  • "One of Us" contains an introduction of "The Airplane Ride," a spiritual written by J. S. McConnel and sung by Nell Hampton, under license from Alan Lomax. Used by permission.
  • "Ladder" contains a sample from "Mambo Sun," written by Marc Bolan under license from Straight Ahead Productions Ltd. TRO/Essex Music International (ASCAP) as recorded by T. Rex. Used by permission.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

  • Rick Di Fonzo – acoustic guitar on 2 8
  • Sammy Merendino – drums on 2 9, rhythm collage on 7 8
  • Chris Palmaro – electric piano on 2 8, organ on 7, virtual fiddle on 8, Mellotron on 8 9
  • William Wittman – electric guitar on 2, guitar on 7
  • Rick Chertoff – percussion on 3 5
  • Leo Osborne – backing vocals on 3
  • Lee Campbell – actual fiddle on 8
  • Omar Hakim – drums on 8
  • Gary Lucas – guitar on 8 9
  • Wade Schurman – harmonica on 8 9
  • Catherine Russell – backing vocals on 8

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Rick Chertoff
  • Tracks 1–11 recorded and mixed by William Wittman; track 12 recorded and mixed by Rob Hyman
  • Assistant recording engineer at Big Blue: Mark Mason
  • Additional recording and mix engineering at PIE Studios by Rob Polhemus
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound (NYC)

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1995–96) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 12
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[15] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 13
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 5
US Billboard 200[23] 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
German Albums Chart[24] 37

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "One of Us" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 7
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
Billboard Adult Top 40 16
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 2
Billboard Hot 100 4
Billboard Adult Top 40 Recurrents 7
Billboard Adult Contemporary 20
Austrian Singles Chart 13

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[26] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Dretzka, Gary (June 29, 1995). "Joan Osborne: Relish (Blue Gorilla/Mercury)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (March 10, 1995). "Relish". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Sweeting, Adam (March 8, 1996). "Joan Osborne: Relish (Blue Gorilla/Mercury)". The Guardian.
  6. ^ "Joan Osborne: Relish". NME: 41. March 9, 1996.
  7. ^ "Joan Osborne: Relish". Q (112): 143. January 1996.
  8. ^ Evans, Paul (May 4, 1995). "Joan Osborne: Relish". Rolling Stone: 69. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  9. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Joan Osborne". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 608–09. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  16. ^ "Joan Osborne: Relish" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
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  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Joan Osborne – Relish". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Joan Osborne – Relish". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Joan Osborne – Relish". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  22. ^ "Joan Osborne | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  23. ^ "Joan Osborne Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  25. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 210.
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish". Music Canada. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  27. ^ "British album certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 June 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Relish in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ "American album certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 29 June 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.