The Living Return

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The Living Return
Studio album by Swing Out Sister
Released September 1994
Length 72:33
Label Fontana Records
Producer Ray Hayden, Swing Out Sister
Swing Out Sister chronology
Get in Touch with Yourself
(1992)Get in Touch with Yourself1992
The Living Return
Best of Swing Out Sister
(1996)Best of Swing Out Sister1996

The Living Return is the title of the fourth studio album by the British pop group Swing Out Sister. It was released in September 1994 on Fontana Records.


Although this was the first studio album by the group that failed to reach the UK Albums Chart, the lead single, "La-La (Means I Love You)", peaked at #37 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] This song is a cover version of the 1968 hit by The Delfonics and appeared on the soundtrack of the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. "Better Make It Better" was also released as a single, although it did not make the music charts in either the UK or the US. The song "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool" was featured on the American basic cable and satellite television network, Disney Channel.


New Musical Express magazine gave The Living Return an 8 out of 10 rating in its17 September 1994 issue, saying that the album "...sounds divine, a glissando of strings and things, an aural bath for the ears."[2] Q magazine also spoke favourably of the album, mentioning that "SOS have an ear for a snappy arrangements and a mature lightness of touch as they gently echo Miles Davis, Weather Report and the whole modish Afro era."[2] It rated the album with four stars and an "excellent" rating.

Track listing[edit]

CD and cassette version

1. "Better Make It Better" -(5:53) (Andy Connell/Corinne Drewery)
2. "Don't Let Yourself Down" - (4:42) (A. Connell/C. Drewery)
3. "Ordinary People" - (6:22) (A. Connell/C. Drewery)
4. "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool" - (5:11) (A. Connell/C. Drewery)
5. "Don't Give Up On A Good Thing" - (3:44) (A. Connell/C. Drewery/Derick Johnson/Tim Cansfield)
6. "Making the Right Move" - (10:32) (A. Connell/C. Drewery)
7. "La-La (Means I Love You)" - (4:52) (T. Bell/W. Hart)
8. "Feel Free" - (5:06) (A. Connell/C. Drewery)
9. "Stop and Think It Over" - (6:03) (A. Connell/C. Drewery)
10. "That's the Way It Goes" - (4:42) (A. Connell/C. Drewery/D. Johnson/T. Cansfield)
11. "All in Your Mind" - (4:15) (A. Connell/C. Drewery)
12. "O Pesadelo Dos Autores" - (5:52) (A. Connell/C. Drewery/M. White/A. Moreira/R. Werneck/T. M. C. Reis/S. Wonder/S. Moy/H. Cosby/I. Lins/V. Martins/A. De Oliveira/H. Hancock/B. Maupin/Burick)
13. "Low Down Dirty Business" - (5:19) (A. Connell/C. Drewery/D. Johnson/T. Cansfield)
  • The song "O Pesadelo Dos Autores" features a medley of the songs:
  1. "Brazilian Rhyme" - Earth, Wind & Fire
    From the 1977 album "All 'N All" (Maurice White) [3]
  2. "Celebration Suite" - Return to Forever
    From the 1975 album "No Mystery" (Airto Moreira) [4]
  3. "Come with Me" - Tania Maria
    From the 1982 album "Come with Me" (Regina Werneck, Tania Maria Correa Reis) [5]
  4. "My Cherie Amour" - Stevie Wonder
    From the 1969 album "My Cherie Amour" (Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby) [6]
  5. "The Smiling Hour" - Kalima
    From the 1984 single "The Smiling Hour/Flyaway" (Ivan Lins, Victor Martins, Aloysio de Oliveira) [7]
  6. "Butterfly" - Herbie Hancock
    From the 1974 album "Thrust" (Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin) [8]

A limited edition "edits" version was also available featuring edited versions of six tracks from the album.


  1. ^ UK Singles Chart info Retrieved 8 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b Reviews for The Living Return Retrieved 8 April 2009.
  3. ^ Earth Wind & Fire Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  4. ^ Airto Moreira Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  5. ^ Tania Maria Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  6. ^ Stevie Wonder Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  7. ^ Kalima Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  8. ^ Herbie Hancock Retrieved 9 April 2009.