The Lobbyist

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The Lobbyist
The Lobbyist diesel album.jpg
Studio album by Diesel
Released 9 August 1993 (1993-08-09)
Recorded
  • October 1992
  • February 1993
  • February 1993
Studio
  • Air Studios, London
  • Metropolis Studios, Melbourne
  • The Metro, Melbourne & The Old Lion, Adelaide
Genre Hard rock, acoustic
Length 47:53
Label EMI
Producer Diesel, Don Gehman
Diesel chronology
Hepfidelity
(1992)
The Lobbyist
(1993)
Solid State Rhyme
(1994)
Singles from The Lobbyist
  1. "Never Miss Your Water"
    Released: July 1993
  2. "Masterplan"
    Released: October 1993
  3. "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
    Released: January 1994

The Lobbyist is the third studio album by American-Australian hard rocker, Diesel. It features twelve tracks: four live, five acoustic, and three studio recordings. The album was released on 9 August 1993 via EMI Records and was co-produced by Diesel with Don Gehman. It peaked at No. one on the ARIA Albums Chart and followed directly after his previous number-one album, Hepfidelity (1992).[1] In New Zealand it reached No. 27.[2] The album's title is in "reference to the amount of time he spends in hotels."[3]

Three singles were released from the album: "Never Miss Your Water" (July 1993), "Masterplan" (October) and "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (January 1994).[1] The album was certified gold in Australia.[4] At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994 Diesel won Best Male Artist for the second of three times in a row. He was also nominated for Album of the Year for The Lobbyist and Single of the Year, Song of the Year, Producer of the Year for "Never Miss Your Water" – the latter nomination also covered his work on "Masterplan" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long".[5]

Reception[edit]

In September 1993 Nicole Leedham of The Canberra Times rated the album at seven-and-a-half out of ten and explained, "[it]s not Diesel's best work so far but it is more proof that the man is one of the greatest guitarist-singer-songwriters in this country."[6] She described the album as "not really 'new' in that there are only three new studio songs appearing, with most of the material coming from acoustic and live sessions. It is, however, destined to be well regarded by fans and critics alike."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mark Denis Lizotte (aka Diesel),[7] except where noted.

No. Title Session Length
1. "Brand New Song" studio 4:20
2. "Never Miss Your Water" (Lizotte, John Daniel Tate) studio 3:56
3. "Masterplan" studio 5:21
4. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" (Otis Redding, Jerry Butler) acoustic 3:53
5. "One More Time" (Lizotte, Jerry Lynn Williams) acoustic 3:59
6. "Come to Me" acoustic 4:28
7. "Harder They Come" (Jimmy Cliff) acoustic 3:28
8. "Tip of My Tongue" (Lizotte, Tate) acoustic 3:57
9. "Rhythm of Your Soul" (Lizotte, James Hilbun) live 3:43
10. "Get Lucky" (Lizotte, Don Walker) live 5:42
11. "One More Time" (Lizotte, Williams) live 4:33
12. "The Righteous One" live 3:51

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 ARIA Albums Chart[1] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[2] 27

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[8] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

List of number-one albums in Australia during the 1990s

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Discography Diesel". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Diesel". New Zealand charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Leedham, Nicole (1 December 1994). "Good Times: Just a Soul Man". The Canberra Times. 70 (21,777). p. 25. Retrieved 27 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1994". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Not exactly new, but it's a Diesel gem". The Canberra Times. 68 (21,331). 9 September 1993. p. 24. Retrieved 27 November 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "'Brand New Song' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 November 2016.  Note: User may have to click "Search again" and provide details at "Enter a title:" e.g. Brand New Song; or at "Performer:" Diesel
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1993 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
Preceded by
Promises and Lies by UB40
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
22–28 August 1993
Succeeded by
River of Dreams by Billy Joel