Wicked Game (Chris Isaak album)

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Wicked Game
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak.jpg
Compilation album by
Released14th January 1991
GenreRoots rock, rockabilly
Length45:39
LabelReprise
ProducerErik Jacobsen
Chris Isaak chronology
Heart Shaped World
(1989)
Wicked Game
(1991)
San Francisco Days
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 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 1986 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^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[3] Platinum 59,682[3]
France (SNEP)[5] Platinum 338,700[4]
Germany (BVMI)[6] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[7] Platinum 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[9] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[10] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] 2× Platinum 600,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ link
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  3. ^ a b "Chris Isaak" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  4. ^ http://infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=1050
  5. ^ "French album certifications – Chris Isaak – Wicked Game" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  6. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chris Isaak; 'Wicked Game')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  7. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Chris Isaak – Wicked Game" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 3 December 2018. Enter Wicked Game in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  8. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 952. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  10. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Chris Isaak; 'Wicked Game')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Chris Isaak – Wicked Game". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Wicked Game in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.