Touch (Sarah McLachlan album)

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Woman crossing arms; another young woman and old woman behind the front woman at the front of the house outside.
Original 1988 Nettwerk/Capitol release cover art
Studio album by Sarah McLachlan
Released October 11, 1988
Recorded 1988-89
Genre Folk rock
Length 47:21
Label Nettwerk/Capitol (Canada)
Arista (US)
Producer Greg Reely
Sarah McLachlan chronology
- Touch
Alternative cover
Woman near the fences and the stairs outdoors with leafless trees
1989 Nettwerk/Arista release cover art
Singles from Touch
  1. "Vox"
  2. "Steaming"

Touch is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, released in 1988 and then re-released in 1989.

The album was originally released in 1988 by Nettwerk. McLachlan later signed to Arista Records internationally (although remaining on Nettwerk in Canada), and a revamped version of Touch, with several remixed songs and a new track, was released in 1989 on both labels. The original 1988 release was discontinued by Nettwerk, and is now considered a collector's item. It is distinguished by its black and sepia cover. The first released single from the album was "Vox" in 1988, followed by "Steaming" in 1989.

The album was popular in alternative rock circles, but McLachlan would not achieve commercial stardom until 1991 in Canada, with Solace, and 1994 (1995 in some countries) internationally, with her 1993 album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

In 1993, McLachlan and Nettwerk were sued by Darryl Neudorf, a Vancouver musician and former member of 54-40, who alleged that he had made a significant and uncredited contribution to the songwriting on Touch. Although both McLachlan and Nettwerk acknowledged that Neudorf was involved in the album's production, both took the position that his contribution had not been primarily in songwriting. The judge in that suit ultimately ruled in McLachlan's favor.

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Track listing[edit]

1988 release (Nettwerk/Capitol)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Out of the Shadows"   Sarah McLachlan 4:57
2. "Steaming"   McLachlan, Darren Phillips 4:45
3. "Strange World"   McLachlan 4:05
4. "Touch"   McLachlan 3:11
5. "Vox"   McLachlan 4:50
6. "Sad Clown"   McLachlan 4:28
7. "Uphill Battle"   McLachlan, Phillips 4:37
8. "Ben's Song"   McLachlan 4:55
9. "Vox (Extended remix)" (1) McLachlan 6:59
10. "Ben's Song (78 Version)" (1) McLachlan 5:07

1 Not all versions of the original 1988 release contained these two tracks.

1989 release (Nettwerk/Arista)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Out of the Shadows"   Sarah McLachlan 4:57
2. "Vox"   McLachlan 4:48
3. "Strange World"   McLachlan 4:05
4. "Trust"   McLachlan, Phillips, Stephen Nikleva, Jeff Sawatzky, Sherri Iwaschuk 4:45
5. "Touch"   McLachlan 3:11
6. "Steaming"   McLachlan, Phillips 4:46
7. "Sad Clown"   McLachlan 4:28
8. "Uphill Battle"   McLachlan, Phillips 4:37
9. "Ben's Song"   McLachlan 4:55
10. "Vox (Extended version)"   McLachlan 6:59

Two 12" singles were released from the original 1988 album, each containing one of the alternate mixes that were on some, but not all, versions of the album release. The remix of "Vox" here is not the same remix that was on the 1989 album release.