This Desert Life
|This Desert Life|
|Studio album by Counting Crows|
|Released||November 2, 1999|
|Recorded||1998 in a house in California|
|Producer||David Lowery, Dennis Herring|
|Counting Crows chronology|
|Singles from This Desert Life|
|The Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Village Voice|||
This Desert Life is the third studio album from Counting Crows. The cover art is by noted comic book artist Dave McKean, best known for his work with Neil Gaiman, and was adapted from the cover art McKean did for Gaiman's picture book The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.
All songs written by Adam Duritz except as indicated.
- "Hanginaround" (Duritz, Dan Vickrey, Ben Mize, David Bryson) – 4:07
- "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" – 7:46
- "Amy Hit the Atmosphere" (Duritz, Matt Malley) – 4:36
- "Four Days" – 3:28
- "All My Friends" – 4:49
- "High Life" (Duritz, Vickrey) – 6:20
- "Colorblind" (Duritz, Charlie Gillingham) – 3:23
- "I Wish I Was a Girl" (Duritz, Gillingham) – 5:53
- "Speedway" (Duritz, Vickrey) – 3:44
- "St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream" – 15:40
- "Kid Things" (hidden track)
The CD cover lists tracks one through five as "side one" and tracks six through ten as "side two". "Kid Things" is a hidden track as part of "St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream". The vinyl release of this album also contains "Kid Things" as a hidden track along with another hidden track called "Baby I'm a Big Star Now", which is featured in the film Rounders. They are both on the side D with a text asking you not to play that side.
- Counting Crows
- Dave Bryson – guitar, slide guitar
- Adam Duritz – vocals, piano, art direction
- Charlie Gillingham – synthesizer, piano, Hammond organ, Mellotron, guitar, Chamberlin, Wurlitzer, vocals
- David Immerglück – bass, mandolin, guitar, pedal steel
- Matt Malley – bass, vocals, guitar
- Ben Mize – drums, percussion, vocals
- Dan Vickrey – guitar, sitar, vocals
- Additional musicians
- Chris Seefried – backing vocalist
- David Lowery - backing vocalist, producer
- Dennis Herring – producer, keyboards, loops, mixing
- Gary DeRosa – backing vocalist
- Cinjun Tate – backing vocalist
- Bob Ludwig – mastering
- Matt Funes – viola
- Eve Butler – violin
- Joel Derouin – violin
- Larry Corbett – cello
- David Campbell – string arrangements, conductor, orchestration
- Joe Chiccarelli – engineer
- Jim Champagne – engineer
- Clay Jones – guitar, mandolin
- Ok Hee Kim – engineer
- David McKean– art direction, illustrations
- Bill Merryfield – art direction, creative director
- Martin Pradler – engineer
- Jack Joseph Puig – mixing
- Richard Ash - engineer
- Rocky Schenck – photography
- Jim Scott – mixing
- Jeff Sheehan – engineer
- Janette Sheridan – production coordination
|United Kingdom||November 1, 1999|
|United States||November 2, 1999|
|1999||Billboard 200||8|
|Billboard Top Canadian Albums||8|
|Billboard Top Internet Albums||3/18|
|UK Albums Chart||19|
|Australian Albums Chart||20|
|1999||"Hanginaround"||Billboard Adult Top 40||5|
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||37|
|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||17|
|The Billboard Hot 100||22|
|Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||21|
|Billboard Top 40 Tracks||19|
|2000||Billboard Top 40 Recurrents||3|
|"Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"||Billboard Adult Top 40||40|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,100,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "This Desert Life". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
- Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
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- "This Desert Life CD Album". CDUniverse. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
- Christgau, Robert (2000-03-07). "Cleanup Time". The Village Voice.
- Hunter, James (1999-11-25). "Counting Crows: This Desert Life". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24.
- "Canadian album certifications – Counting Crows – This Desert life". Music Canada.
- "British album certifications – Counting Crows – This Desert Life". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter This Desert Life in the search field and then press Enter.
- "American album certifications – Counting Crows – This Desert Life". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
- "Counting Crows Content In 'Candy' Land". Billboard. 15 March 2002. Retrieved 21 April 2018.