To the Faithful Departed

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To the Faithful Departed
To the Faithful Departed (album cover).jpg
Studio album by The Cranberries
Released 30 April 1996 (1996-04-30)
Recorded November – December 1995
Studio

Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin

Armoury Studios, Vancouver, B.C.
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:19
Label Island
Producer Bruce Fairbairn, The Cranberries
The Cranberries chronology
No Need to Argue
(1994)No Need to Argue1994
To the Faithful Departed
(1996)
Bury the Hatchet
(1999)Bury the Hatchet1999
Singles from To the Faithful Departed
  1. "Salvation"
    Released: 6 April 1996
  2. "Free to Decide"
    Released: 25 August 1996
  3. "When You're Gone"
    Released: 12 November 1996
  4. "Hollywood"
    Released: 1 May 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[3]
The New York Times(favorable)[4]
Robert ChristgauC+[6]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[5]
USA Today2.5/4 stars[8]

To the Faithful Departed is the third studio album by the Irish rock band The Cranberries, released on 30 April 1996. The album was made in memory of Denny Cordell who signed the band to Island Records[9] and Joe (vocalist Dolores O'Riordan's grandfather), who had both died that year.[citation needed]

Packaging[edit]

The album sleeve photo session was made up of two parts, the first being the original design for the front cover, a naked baby boy (supplied by their press officer Smash at Island Records) on his back urinating into the air which was shot in photographer Andy Earl's new studio on Shad Thames in London, and the band seated in a yellow room.

At the last minute, at Dolores O'Riordan's request, the two were swapped and the yellow room became the front cover.

The yellow room was designed to be an echo of the previous two album sleeves. It was built in London and transported to the Lake District and erected in a forest near Loughrigg Holme. Snow fell on the erection day and the band spent as little time as possible on the shoot clad, as they were, in new purple Dolce and Gabbana outfits.

A new logo and typeface were decided upon signifying the band's desire to move on from the strict repetition of the previous album sleeves. Incidental studio photos were included, taken by Cally in the band's studio in Vancouver, Canada. Cally added "I attended the surreal Brit Awards where Jarvis Cocker invaded Michael Jackson's stage and left soon after to drive through horizontal snow to get to the Lake District in readiness for the photo shoot the next day. On waking in the Ambleside Hotel I saw Jarvis on the front cover of every paper, being released from jail with Nigel, The Cranberries A&R man beside him. Things only became more surreal when we realised that later we were shooting the band bravely clad in thin purple suits under snowfall in a yellow room in a forest in the Lake District".

Television Performances[edit]

To promote "To the Faithful Departed", The Cranberries appeared on different television shows (1995–96)

Television Show Performance Date Broadcast Date Media Loctation Setlist Notes
Concierto Básico 40 31 January 1995 1995 40 Principales Madrid, Spain 1. "I'm Still Remembering"
2. "Dreaming My Dreams"
3. "Ode to My Family
4. "Empty"
5. "Zombie"
▪ Acoustic set
▪ Dolores grows her hair long
▪ The first performance of "I'm Still Remembering"
MTV Unplugged 14 February 1995 18 April 1995 MTV USA New York City, New York, United States 1. "Dreaming My Dreams
2. "Ode to My Family"
3. "Linger"
4. "Free to Decide"
5. "I'm Still Remembering"
6. "Empty"
7. "Zombie
8. "Yesterday's Gone"
9. "No Need to Argue"
▪ Acoustic set
▪ Recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
▪ Accompanied by the Electra strings
▪ The only performance of "Yesterday's Gone"
The Late Show with David Letterman 7 August 1995 7 August 1995 CBS "I Just Shot John Lennon" ▪ Hosted by David Letterman
▪ Dolores dyes her hair red
Sanremo Music Festival 1996 24 February 1996 24 February 1996 Rai 1 Sanremo, Italy "Salvation" ▪ Hosted by Pippo Baudo
▪ Recorded at the Teatro Ariston
X-Ray Vision 11 April 1996 11 April 1996 MTV Europe London, England 1. "Salvation"
2. "Free to Decide"
▪ Hosted by Ray Cokes
TFI Friday 12 April 1996 12 April 1996 Channel 4 "Salvation" ▪ Hosted by Chris Evans
1996 MTV Video Music Awards 4 September 1996 4 September 1996 MTV USA New York City, New York, United States "Salvation" ▪ Hosted by Dennis Miller
▪ Live broadcast from Radio City Music Hall
The Late Show with David Letterman 10 September 1996 10 September 1996 CBS "Free to Decide" ▪ Hosted by David Letterman

Free to Decide World Tour[edit]

To the Faithful Departed
Tour by The Cranberries
Associated album To the Faithful Departed
Start date 30 April 1996
End date 9 September 1996
Legs 2
The Cranberries concert chronology

In 1996, The Cranberries toured in Asia, Oceania and North America to promote their third studio album "To the Faithful Departed". The band originally planned for a European Leg, but had to cancel a few shows in Oceania and North America and the European leg. They played songs from their previous albums as well as their current album at the time.

Tour Dates[edit]

Date City/Town Country Venue
First Leg
Asia
30 April 1996 Manila Philippines Cuneta Astrodome
1 May 1996
4 May 1996 Bangkok Thailand Huamark Stadium
6 May 1996 Taipei Taiwan Convention Centre
8 May 1996 Hong Kong China Coliseum
11 May 1996 Tokyo Japan Nakano Sun Plaza
13 May 1996 Akasaka Blitz
14 May 1996
16 May 1996 Fukuoka Skara Es Patio
17 May 1996 Osaka Koseinenkin Kaikan
Oceania
20 May 1996 Christchurch New Zealand Town Hall
21 May 1996
23 May 1996 Wellington Events Centre
25 May 1996 Auckland Supertop
27 May 1996 Newcastle Australia Entertainment Centre
29 May 1996 Melbourne National Tennis Centre
30 May 1996
1 June 1996 Launceston Silverdome
2 June 1996 Hobart Derwent Entertainment Centre
5 June 1996 Canberra Bruce Stadium
Asia
26 June 1996 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Stadium Negara

Personnel[edit]

  • Dolores O'Riordan (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead guitar, grand piano)
  • Noel Hogan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lead guitar)
  • Mike Hogan (bass guitar)
  • Fergal Lawler (drums, percussion)

Track listing[edit]

1996 European version

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan; all music composed by O'Riordan except tracks 2, 8, 9 and 12, which are by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan.

No.TitleLength
1."Hollywood"5:08
2."Salvation"2:23
3."When You're Gone"4:56
4."Free to Decide"4:25
5."War Child"3:50
6."Forever Yellow Skies"4:09
7."The Rebels"3:20
8."Intermission"2:03
9."I Just Shot John Lennon"2:41
10."Electric Blue"4:51
11."I'm Still Remembering"4:48
12."Will You Remember?"2:49
13."Joe"3:22
14."Cordell"3:41
15."Bosnia"5:40
Total length:58:02
1996 US version
2002 Re-release

The album was re-released in 2002, under the title To the Faithful Departed (The Complete Sessions 1996–1997). This version of the album featured bonus tracks as well as B-sides from the singles from the album.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 2
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 2
US Billboard 200[23] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
German Albums Chart[24] 32

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[25] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[26] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[27] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[28] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[29] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[30] 2× Platinum 600,000*
Germany (BVMI)[31] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[32] 2× Platinum 40,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[34] Gold 25,000*
Sweden (GLF)[35] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 5,800,000 [38]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

The Cranberries[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Producing and technical staff[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Sputnikmusic review
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