Sedaka's Back

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Sedaka's Back
Sedaka's Back cover.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 1974[1]
GenrePop
LabelRocket
ProducerNeil Sedaka and Robert Appère, Neil Sedaka and 10cc
Neil Sedaka chronology
Live at the Royal Festival Hall
(1974)
Sedaka's Back
(1974)
Overnight Success/The Hungry Years
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]

Sedaka's Back is a compilation album by American singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka. The record, composed of selections from his previous three albums, which had been released only in the UK,[4] was released on Elton John's label, The Rocket Record Company, in 1974. Three singles were released from this album: "Laughter in the Rain" (a #1 hit), "The Immigrant" (dedicated to John Lennon) and "That's When the Music Takes Me." The latter two songs were both Top 40 hits. Also included were songs that were turned into hits by other artists: "Solitaire" (The Carpenters) and "Love Will Keep Us Together" (The Captain & Tennille). The album reached No. 23 on the US Billboard album charts and was certified Gold for shipping half a million sales.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Standing on the Inside"Neil Sedaka3:59
2."That's When the Music Takes Me"Sedaka3:38
3."Laughter in the Rain"Sedaka, Phil Cody2:53
4."Sad Eyes"Sedaka, Cody3:43
5."Solitaire"Sedaka, Cody5:03
6."Little Brother"Sedaka, Cody3:30
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Love Will Keep Us Together"Sedaka, Howard Greenfield3:39
8."The Immigrant"Sedaka, Cody4:24
9."The Way I Am"Sedaka, Cody3:53
10."The Other Side of Me"Sedaka, Greenfield3:39
11."A Little Lovin'"Sedaka, Cody2:57
12."Our Last Song Together"Sedaka, Greenfield4:03
Bonus Tracks for the 1998 CD re-issue
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."For the Good of the Cause"Sedaka, Cody2:42
14."Endlessly"Sedaka2:56
15."Love Ain't an Easy Thing"Sedaka, Cody3:30
16."Alone in New York in the Rain"Sedaka, Cody3:34

Source of tracks[edit]

US Singles Releases[edit]

  • "Standing On The Inside" saw a 45 rpm release as the B-side of "That's When The Music Takes Me"; however, the version of "Standing On The Inside" heard on the single is a different version from the album version.
  • "That's When The Music Takes Me" saw a 45 rpm release in 1974 and scored a No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.
  • "Laughter In The Rain" saw a 45 rpm release in 1974 and scored No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1974 and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.
  • "The Immigrant" was released on a 45 rpm single in 1974 and scored a No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and a No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1975.
  • "Endlessly" served as the B-side of "Laughter In The Rain".

Many of the other songs on this album saw singles releases in the UK and throughout Europe.

Personnel[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neil Sedaka – Sedaka's Back". Super Seventies. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ a b "Q Rock Stars Encyclopedia" by Dafydd Rees and Luke Crampton, Dorling Kindersley, 1999
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Neil Sedaka – Sedaka's Back". Music Canada. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Neil Sedaka – Sedaka's Back". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 14, 2022.