Whiskey for the Holy Ghost

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Whiskey for the Holy Ghost
Mark Lanegan Whiskey for the Holy Ghost.jpg
Studio album by Mark Lanegan
Released January 18, 1994
Recorded Ironwood, Riciprocal, & Steve Lawson Studios, Seattle, WA, & Messina Music, NYC, during 1993
Genre Blues rock, folk rock, alternative rock
Length 49:22
Label Sub Pop
Producer Mike Johnson & Mark Lanegan
Mark Lanegan chronology
The Winding Sheet
Whiskey for the Holy Ghost
Scraps at Midnight
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars 8/01, p.150
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
NME 3.5/5 stars 2/5/94, p.39

Whiskey for the Holy Ghost is the second solo album by former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan. The album builds upon the roots music foundation that Lanegan had established with his debut The Winding Sheet. Released during the grunge explosion of the early 1990s, Whiskey for The Holy Ghost showcases Lanegan's growing maturity as a songwriter and vocalist.

The recording was reportedly a frustrating affair for Lanegan; at one point the singer had to be physically prevented from throwing the master tapes into a river by producer Jack Endino. Despite the album's slow gestation and Lanegan's notorious substance abuse problems, the songs on Whiskey for The Holy Ghost sound remarkably cohesive. Lyrically, Lanegan continues to delve into the darker side of the human experience on songs like "Borracho" and the Biblical "Pendulum" ("Jesus Christ been here and gone, what a painful price to pay").

"House A Home" was released as a single with an accompanying video. "The River Rise" was used in the 1996 grunge documentary Hype!, where it accompanied a montage filmed at the vigil following Kurt Cobain's death.

Dan Peters of Mudhoney plays drums on "Borracho" and "House A Home."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Lanegan.

  1. "The River Rise" – 4:29
  2. "Borracho" – 5:40
  3. "House a Home" – 3:07
  4. "Kingdoms of Rain" – 3:24
  5. "Carnival" – 3:40
  6. "Riding the Nightingale" – 6:17
  7. "El Sol" – 3:42
  8. "Dead on You" – 3:11
  9. "Shooting Gallery" – 3:32
  10. "Sunrise" – 2:55
  11. "Pendulum" – 2:12
  12. "Judas Touch" – 1:37
  13. "Beggar's Blues" – 5:36


  • John Agnello – engineer, mixing
  • Krisha Augerot – background vocals
  • Sally Barry – background vocals
  • Ed Brooks – engineer
  • Frank Cody – organ, piano
  • Terry Date – engineer
  • Tad Doyle – drums
  • Jack Endino – engineer
  • Kurt Fedora – bass
  • Mike Johnson – organ, guitar (acoustic), bass, harmonica, piano, guitar (electric), background vocals, producer, slide guitar
  • Dave Kreuger – violin
  • Mark Lanegan – vocals, guitar, producer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • J Mascis – drums
  • Dan Peters – drums
  • Mark Pickerel – drums
  • Mike Stinette – saxophone
  • Phil Sparks – bowed bass, bass (upright)
  • Ted Trewhella – piano
  • Justin Williams – organ


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