Wild! (Erasure album)

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Wild!
Erasure - Wild! album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released16 October 1989
Recorded1989
GenreSynthpop
Length38:28
LabelMute Records,
Sire Records
ProducerGareth Jones, Mark Saunders, Erasure
Erasure chronology
The Innocents
(1988)
Wild!
(1989)
Chorus
(1991)
Singles from Wild!
  1. "Drama!"
    Released: 18 September 1989
  2. "You Surround Me"
    Released: 27 November 1989
  3. "Blue Savannah"
    Released: 26 February 1990
  4. "Star"
    Released: 21 May 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Wild! is the fourth studio album by British band Erasure. Released in 1989, it was the follow-up album to their 1988 breakthrough The Innocents. The album was produced by Erasure, along with Gareth Jones and Mark Saunders and released by Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the US.

History[edit]

Although the album did not generate any entries on the Billboard Hot 100, Wild! is highly regarded amongst Erasure's fanbase[citation needed] as one of their best albums, containing now-classic singles like "Drama!", "Blue Savannah" and "Star". In the US, several songs gained exposure on college radio[citation needed] and three songs charted on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. "You Surround Me" was not released as a single in the United States.

During production, singer Andy Bell recorded with producer Gareth Jones, while Vince Clarke handled synths and programming with producer Mark Saunders at Vince's home studio -- both in London.

In the UK, Wild! continued Erasure's mainstream success: it became their second consecutive number one album and four singles hit the UK Top 20. The album also charted well in Germany, where it hit number sixteen.

It was while promoting the Wild! album that Erasure launched the first of their many elaborately staged concert tours[citation needed] - this one featuring gigantic sets and props and several costume changes for band members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, as well as several back-up singers and dancers. Over 100 dates were played, culminating in their biggest headlining show at the Milton Keyes Bowl in front of 60,000 fans.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke.

  1. "Piano Song - Instrumental" - 1:09
  2. "Blue Savannah" - 4:27
  3. "Drama!" - 4:04
  4. "How Many Times?" - 3:17
  5. "Star" - 3:53
  6. "La Gloria" - 3:10
  7. "You Surround Me" - 3:57
  8. "Brother and Sister" - 3:24
  9. "2,000 Miles" - 3:38
  10. "Crown Of Thorns" - 3:59
  11. "Piano Song" - 3:15

2016 "Erasure 30" 30th Anniversary BMG Reissue LP[edit]

Subsequent to their acquisition of Erasure's back catalog, and in anticipation of the band's 30th anniversary, BMG commissioned reissues of all previously released UK editions of Erasure albums up to and including 2007's Light at the End of the World. All titles were pressed and distributed by Play It Again Sam on 180-gram vinyl and shrinkwrapped with a custom anniversary sticker.

2019 30th Anniversary CD Release[edit]

A two-disc version of the album was released by BMG in the UK and Europe on March 29, 2019 to commemorate the original 1989 release. It features the remastered album on disc one and a selection of rarities, B-sides, live tracks, and new remixes on disc two.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[3][4] 46
German Albums Chart[5] 16
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 20
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 24
UK Albums Chart[8] 1
US Billboard 200[9] 57

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.erasureinfo.com/wild-deluxe-anniversary-edition/
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  5. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. 16 October 1989. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Erasure - Wild!". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Erasure - Wild!". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  8. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Wild! by Erasure Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.
  9. ^ Erasure. "Erasure - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 June 2012.