Liverpool (album)

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Liverpool
Monochrome photo of 5 men with 5 superimposed colored pictograph-like symbols
Studio album by
Released20 October 1986
Recorded1986
Genre
Length44:03
LabelZTT
ProducerStephen Lipson
Frankie Goes to Hollywood chronology
Bang! (Japan-only LP)
(1985)
Liverpool
(1986)
Bang!
(1993)
Singles from Liverpool
  1. "Rage Hard"
    Released: 25 August 1986
  2. "Warriors of the Wasteland"
    Released: 10 November 1986
  3. "Watching the Wildlife"
    Released: 23 February 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Liverpool is Frankie Goes to Hollywood's second and final studio album, released in October 1986. It would be the band's final album of all-new material, and lead singer Holly Johnson would leave the band following the corresponding world tour, followed by a flurry of lawsuits from ZTT. The album's production was handled by Trevor Horn's engineer Stephen Lipson, who urged the band to play their own instruments on this album (Horn having replaced many of the band's performances and arrangements with his session musicians or his own performances on Welcome to the Pleasuredome). Liverpool therefore features a heavier rock sound than its predecessor.

The album was a commercial disappointment compared to the band's previous effort, though it charted generally high at No. 5 in the United Kingdom and Germany, No. 7 on the Austrian and Swiss music charts and No. 8 in Norway. The cover photo was different depending on what format was purchased (LP, cassette, or compact disc). It also produced the top 5 single "Rage Hard" (No. 1 in Germany), top 20 single "Warriors of the Wasteland" and top 30 single "Watching the Wildlife".

Track listing[edit]

All songs Gill/Johnson/Nash/O'Toole unless otherwise stated.

  1. "Warriors of the Wasteland" – 4:58 (4:53 on LP and later CD reissues)
  2. "Rage Hard" – 5:03
  3. "Kill the Pain" – 6:16
  4. "Maximum Joy" – 5:32
  5. "Watching the Wildlife" – 4:18
  6. "Lunar Bay" – 5:42
  7. "For Heaven's Sake" – 4:29
  8. "Is Anybody Out There?" – 7:25

The 2000 German reissues includes two bonus tracks:

  1. "(Don't Lose What's Left) of Your Little Mind" – 6:15
  2. "Suffragette City" (David Bowie) – 3:34

Deluxe edition[edit]

In 2011, a remastered deluxe edition of Liverpool was released, featuring a second disc containing rare and previously unreleased material. The first CD contains the LP version of the original album with extra tracks and the second CD rare and unreleased tracks. A few tracks were removed off later issues due to complainants by the band members. Issues with those tracks are "number 15 in the Element Series", and those without are "number 19 in the Element Series".

CD1

  1. "Warriors of the Wasteland" – 4:54
  2. "Rage Hard" – 5:08
  3. "Kill the Pain" – 6:16
  4. "Maximum Joy" – 5:30
  5. "Watching the Wildlife" – 4:19
  6. "Lunar Bay" – 5:42
  7. "For Heaven's Sake" – 4:30
  8. "Is Anybody Out There?" – 7:28
  9. "The Waves" – 2:44
  10. "Pamela" (Spoken) – 0:22
  11. "Pocket Vibrator" (Monitor Mix Sarm Sessions October 1986) – 3:31 (early copies only)
  12. "Suffragette City" – 3:35
  13. "Roadhouse Blues" – 4:06
  14. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (Monitor Mix Sarm Sessions May 1986, Voiceless) – 4:50
  15. "(Don't Lose What's Left) of Your Little Mind" – 6:14
  16. "Rage Hard" (Voiceless) – 5:07

CD2

  1. "Rage Hard" (Montreux Mix) – 5:34
  2. "Warriors of the Wasteland" (Montreux Mix) – 3:19
  3. "Warriors Cassetted" – 19:58
  4. "Drum Loop" (Monitor Mix Wisseloord Sessions November 1985) – 3:19 (early copies only)
  5. "Fuck Off" (Monitor Mix / Wisseloord Sessions / November 1985) – 4:01 (early copies only)
  6. "Wildlife Cassetted" – 24:26
  7. "Our Silver Turns to Gold" (Monitor Mix Ibiza Sessions May 1985) – 3:44
  8. "Delirious" (Monitor Mix Ibiza Sessions October 1985) – 3:12
  9. "Stan" (Spoken) – 0:42
  10. "For Heaven's Sake" (Monitor Mix Wisseloord Sessions March 1986) – 7:54

Singles[edit]

  1. "Rage Hard"
  2. "Warriors of the Wasteland"
  3. "Watching the Wildlife"

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[2] 72
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 7
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 72
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 5
French Albums Chart[6] 9
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[8] 12
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[9] 8
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 13
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 7
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 5
US Billboard 200[13] 88

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[14] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[16] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "Liverpool – Frankie Goes to Hollywood". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 118. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Liverpool" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website | Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Liverpool" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Liverpool" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Liverpool". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Liverpool". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Liverpool". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Liverpool". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Frankie Goes to Hollywood Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: Albums". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 29 November 2019. (select "Frankie goes to Hollywood" from drop-down list)
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Frankie Goes To Hollywood; 'Liverpool')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  16. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Liverpool". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Liverpool". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 November 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Liverpool in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.