Relish (album)

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Studio album by Joan Osborne
Released March 21, 1995
Recorded 1994-1995 at The Crawlspace (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); additional recording at Big Blue (Katonah, New York) and PIE Studios (Glen Cove, New York)
Genre Rock
Length 61:06
Label Blue Gorilla Records/Mercury
Producer Rick Chertoff
Joan Osborne chronology
Soul Show: Live at Delta 88
Early Recordings
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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
NME (7/10) (March 1996)
Q 3/5 stars (January 1996)
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]

Relish is the debut album by Joan Osborne, released on March 21, 1995. It is her first studio album. It was nominated for Album of the Year at the 38th Grammys.[6]


Relish is a mixture of raw styles of contemporary folk, rock, and sometimes pop-rock sounds.

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 rather than the original 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's hit show The Sopranos. It was also used in an episode in the 4th 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.


Additional personnel[edit]


  • Produced By Rick Chertoff
  • Tracks 1-11 Recorded & Mixed By William Wittman; Track 12 Recorded & Mixed By Rob Hyman
  • Assistant Recording Engineer at Big Blue: Mark Mason
  • Additional Recording & Mix Engineering At PIE Studios By Rob Polhemus
  • Mastered By George Marino at Sterling Sound (NYC)



Chart (1995–1996) Peak
Swedish Albums Chart 6
UK Albums Chart 5
U.S. Billboard 200 9
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 1
Austrian Album Charts (Ö3) 8


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 Top 40 Mainstream 14
Austrian Charts Ö3 13


Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold November 20, 1995
Platinum January 16, 1996
Double Platinum March 22, 1996
Triple Platinum July 16, 1996


  1. ^ Relish (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Dretzka, Gary (June 29, 1995). "Joan Osborne Relish (Blue Gorilla/Mercury)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  3. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (March 10, 1995). "Relish Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: joan osborne". Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  5. ^ Evans, Paul (May 4, 1995). "Joan Osborne: Relish : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone: 69. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  6. ^ "Joan Osborne: Relish". Retrieved 2015-06-02.