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Chris IsaakWicked Game

Label:Reprise Records – 7599-26513-2
Format:
CD, Compilation
Country:Europe
Released:
Genre:Rock, Pop
Style:Blues Rock, Pop Rock

Tracklist

1Wicked Game4:46
2You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love3:51
3Blue Spanish Sky3:57
4Heart Shaped World3:26
5Heart Full Of Soul
Written-ByGraham Gouldman
3:20
6Funeral In The Rain3:18
7Blue Hotel3:10
8Dancin'3:44
9Nothing's Changed4:05
10Voodoo2:44
11Lie To Me4:12
12Wicked Game (Instrumental)4:48
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This compilation ℗ 1991 WEA International Inc. © 1991 WEA International Inc.

Tracks 6, 8 & 10 from Silvertone, ℗ 1985 WEA International Inc..
Tracks 2, 5, 7 & 11 from Chris Isaak, ℗ 1987 WEA International Inc.
Tracks 1, 3, 4 & 9 from Heart Shaped World, ℗ 1989 WEA International Inc.
Track 12: (Taken from the David Lynch movie "Wild At Heart.")

Made in Germany

In High-Fidelity

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 075992651325
  • Barcode (Text): 0 7599-26513-2 5
  • Label Code: LC 0322
  • Price Code (France): WE 833
  • Rights Society (Boxed): GEMA / BIEM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 1 to 19): 759926513-2 RSA
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 1): 18
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 2): 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 3): 11
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 4): 41
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 5): 25
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 6): 42
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 7): 43
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 8): 13
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 9): 15
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 10): 31
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 11): 2/2
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 12): 39
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 13): 44
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 14): 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 15): 29
  • Matrix / Runout (Mould-Hub, Variant 16): W [WEA Logo] 22
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 17): 10
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 18): 28
  • Matrix / Runout (Middle ring, variant 19): 22

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Wicked Game (LP, Compilation, Stereo)Reprise Records7599-26513-1UK & Europe1991
Wicked Game (LP, Compilation)JugotonLP-7 2034703Yugoslavia1991
Wicked Game (Cassette, Compilation)Reprise Records, Reprise RecordsWX 406C, 7599 26513-4UK & Europe1991
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Wicked Game (CD, Compilation, Club Edition)Reprise Records, Bertelsmann Club7599-26513-1, 76 942 2Germany1991
Wicked Game (CD, Compilation)Reprise RecordsWPCP-4374Japan1991

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southpawgrammar
Edited 6 months ago
"Wicked Game", released in 1991 to coincide with Chris Isaak's recent ascent to stardom, was presumably titled so as to capitalize on the titular smash hit single, the mere mention of which was enough to get even the most casual of fans to shell out. Ostensibly a mop-up of lesser-known tracks already available on his neglected late '80s albums, all of which more or less preserve the same smooth yet rootsy sound, "Wicked Game" enlightens those largely unaware of all the great tunes that Isaak put out before hitting it big. In 1990, two of Isaak's most recent album cuts featured to great effect in David Lynch's film "Wild at Heart", with the aforementioned eponymous track ending up a million-selling top-ten hit, due in no small part to its iconic Herb Ritts-directed promo clip. Throughout the '90s, Isaak continued to extract and heavily stylize Orbison's moody melancholy and aching vocals, and, for a while at least, it paid dividends. As the decade came to a close, so too did Isaak's commercial viability, though he still remained active, either by way of acting or touring.

Not until 2006 did Chris Isaak get around to releasing an official greatest-hits compilation, and considering he had released a handful hits since his heyday, it was not the boon it was expected to be. Frankly, it was a rather mixed affair, favouring covers, rarities and acoustic takes instead of charting singles and deep cuts. In terms of quality and consistency, "Wicked Game" is the preferable option, especially for those who only want to hear the shimmering highlights from his first three albums, namely "Blue Spanish Sky," "Heart Shaped World," "Blue Hotel," "Dancin'," "Voodoo," and "Lie to Me". Admittedly, its sequencing leaves a lot to be desired, as does the wholly unnecessary instrumental version crudely affixed to the end of the set, but any flaws can be easily forgiven when one simply focuses on the utterly dreamy retro-pop contents herein.

Rating: 4.5/5
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jolyon
European LP pressing is very good. Clear and rich sound.
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hallogwilo
Dunno about the 'Twin Peaks' thang, but I do agree that it sounds out of this world...even on CD! F @king GREAT album!!