Sold (album)

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Studio album by Boy George
Released June 1987
Recorded Air Studios / Montserrat
Rak Studios / London 1986
Genre Pop rock, reggae, white soul, Motown style
Length 43:50
Label Virgin Records
Producer Stewart Levine, Glen Skinner
Boy George chronology
From Luxury to Heartache
(with Culture Club)
Tense Nervous Headache
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Sold is the debut solo album by British singer Boy George, released in 1987, for the Virgin Music label, including the following hit singles, "Everything I Own" (UK Number 1), "Keep Me In Mind" (UK number 29), "To Be Reborn" (UK number 13), and the title track "Sold" (UK number 24).


The album was a big success in Europe, and a modest success in the UK. Things were worse in the USA because George was not able to tour and promote the record there due to drugs-related restrictions, so the record charted only in the lower regions of the U.S. Top 200,[1] even though he was a multi-platinum artist with Culture Club in previous years. The album was instead a huge hit in Italy, where it became the artist's highest-charting and bestselling work ever - not even his band Culture Club, though extremely popular in that country, ever achieved such an outcome there. The album got good reviews,[2] even if Virgin Records did not like the use of brass on many tracks.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Sold" – 3:54 (O'Dowd, Vic Martin and Lamont Dozier)
  2. "I Asked for Love" – 4:43 (O'Dowd and Dozier)
  3. "Keep Me in Mind" – 4:05 (O'Dowd, Glen Nightingale and Brown)
  4. "Everything I Own" – 3:53 (David Gates)
  5. "Freedom" – 3:49 (O'Dowd, Vic Martin and Richie Stevens)
  6. "Just Ain't Enough" – 4:18 (O'Dowd and Dozier)
  7. "Where Are You Now (When I Need You)" – 4:16 (O'Dowd, Skinner, Richie Stevens, Martin, Glen Nightingale, Ian Maidman and Paul "Wix" Wickens)
  8. "Little Ghost" – 3:13 (Kevin Mooney and Marco Pirroni)
  9. "Next Time" – 3:28 (Lasley)
  10. "We've Got the Right" – 3:46 (O'Dowd, Martin and Richie Stevens)
  11. "To Be Reborn" – 4:25 (O'Dowd and Dozier)

B sides[edit]

  1. "Use Me" – (O'Dowd, Martin, Stevens)
  2. "State of Love" (Edit & Extended Mix) – (O'Dowd, Hay, Pickett)
  3. "I Pray '87" – (O'Dowd, Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig, Pickett)
  4. "Are You Too Afraid" – (Roy Hay and O'Dowd)

Other non-album tracks of the period[edit]

  1. "Let It Be" (with Ferry Aid) - 6:08 (Lennon-McCartney)
  2. "Wishing Well" (with GOSH!) - 5:30 (Copping)
  3. "Live My Life" (from the soundtrack Hiding Out)

Singles taken from the album[edit]

  • "Everything I Own" / "Use Me"
  • "Keep Me In Mind" / "State Of Love" (+ "I Pray '87" on the 12" maxi single)
  • "Sold" / "Are You Too Afraid?"
  • "To Be Reborn" / "Where Are You Now (When I Need You?)"





  • Stewart Levine: production
  • Glenn Skinner: sound engineer; production on track 10
  • Steve Reece: assistant sound engineer

Release details[edit]

Country Year Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom 1987 Virgin Records CD CDV 2430
MC MCV 2430
LP V 2430


External links[edit]

  • professional and customer reviews, product details, track listing and audio samples.
  • Lyrically Speaking: Web page, including, in particular, all the lyrics to the "Sold" album, the lyrics of its singles B sides, Wishing Well and Let It Be, as well as all lyrics to the songs by Culture Club, Boy George, Jesus Loves You and related projects, in general.