Sold (album)

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Sold
Sold 1987.jpg
Studio album by Boy George
Released June 8th 1987
Recorded 1986
Studio Air Studios, Montserrat
Rak Studios, London
Genre Dance pop[1]
Length 43:50
Label Virgin
Producer Stewart Levine, Glen Skinner
Boy George chronology
From Luxury to Heartache
(with Culture Club)
(1986)
Sold
(1987)
Tense Nervous Headache
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

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

Overview[edit]

The album was a big success in Europe, and a modest success in the UK, but failed to sell as well in the US because George was not able to tour and promote the record there due to drugs-related restrictions, so Sold reached only number 145 on the Billboard 200,[2] even though Boy George had been a multi-platinum artist with Culture Club in previous years. The album was nonetheless a huge hit in Italy, where it became George’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,[3] 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, Lamont Dozier)
  2. "I Asked for Love" – 4:43 (O'Dowd, Lamont Dozier)
  3. "Keep Me in Mind" – 4:05 (O'Dowd, Glen Nightingale, Jocelyn Brown)
  4. "Everything I Own" – 3:53 (David Gates)
  5. "Freedom" – 3:49 (O'Dowd, Vic Martin, Richie Stevens)
  6. "Just Ain’t Enough" – 4:18 (O'Dowd, Lamont Dozier)
  7. "Where Are You Now (When I Need You)" – 4:16 (O'Dowd, Glenn Skinner, Richie Stevens, Vic Martin, Glenn Nightingale, Ian Maidman, Paul “Wix” Wickens)
  8. "Little Ghost" – 3:13 (Kevin Mooney, Marco Pirroni)
  9. "Next Time" – 3:28 (David Lasley)
  10. "We've Got the Right" – 3:46 (O'Dowd, Vic Martin, Richie Stevens)
  11. "To Be Reborn" – 4:25 (O'Dowd, Lamont 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, O'Dowd)

Other songs[edit]

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

Singles[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?)"

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Release history[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart Position
UK Albums Chart[5] 29
US Billboard 200 145

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Amazon.com: professional and customer reviews, product details, track listing and audio samples.
  • Lyrically Speaking: Web page including all the lyrics to the Sold album, the lyrics of its singles, B-sides, "The 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.