Wicked Game (Chris Isaak album)

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Wicked Game
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak.jpg
Compilation album by Chris Isaak
Released 14th January 1991
Genre Roots rock, rockabilly
Length 45:39
Label Reprise
Producer Erik Jacobsen
Chris Isaak chronology
Heart Shaped World
(1989)Heart Shaped World1989
Wicked Game
San Francisco Days
(1993)San Francisco Days1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Wicked Game is a compilation album by American singer and songwriter Chris Isaak, released in 1991 by WEA on the Reprise Records label in the UK, Europe and Australia. The record contains 11 songs from his first three albums.

In early 1991, after the song "Wicked Game" went top 10 in the UK and top 15 in Australia, a division of Warner Music Group, WEA released the album Wicked Game. Compiled by Phil Knox-Roberts of WEA UK, it was highlights of Isaak's recording career to that point. Three of the songs were taken from his first album Silvertone (1985): "Dancin'", "Voodoo" and "Funeral in the Rain", four from his 1987 album, Chris Isaak: "Blue Hotel", "Lie to Me", "Heart Full of Soul" (a cover of The Yardbirds 1965 top 10 hit) and "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love" and four from 1989's Heart Shaped World: - "Wicked Game", "Nothing's Changed", "Blue Spanish Sky" and "Heart Shaped World". An instrumental version of the song "Wicked Game" was included as a bonus track. The album was released on CD and LP. "Blue Hotel" was re-released as a single in support of the album, reaching #17 in the UK and #23 in Australia.

Warner Music Canada eventually added Wicked Game to their regular CD catalogue after years of it being a steady import seller.

A compilation of five videos of Isaak's songs was released, including "Wicked Game" (directed by Herb Ritts), "Dancin'" (Mary Lambert), "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love" (Jean-Baptiste Mondino), "Blue Hotel" (Mark Lebon) and "Don't Make Me Dream About You" (Geoffrey Barish). "Don't Make Me Dream About You" from Heart Shaped World was not included on the Wicked Game album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Chris Isaak, except where noted.

  1. "Wicked Game"
  2. "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love"
  3. "Blue Spanish Sky"
  4. "Heart Shaped World"
  5. "Heart Full of Soul" (Graham Gouldman)
  6. "Funeral in the Rain"
  7. "Blue Hotel"
  8. "Dancin'"
  9. "Nothing's Changed"
  10. "Voodoo"
  11. "Lie to Me"
  12. "Wicked Game" (Instrumental)

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[2] 2× Platinum 140,000^
France (SNEP)[3] Platinum 338,700[4]
Germany (BVMI)[5] Gold 250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[6] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

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