Back from Rio

Back from Rio is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of The Byrds Roger McGuinn. It was released on January 8, 1991, more than a decade after McGuinn's previous solo album, Thunderbyrd.[7] The album was issued following the release of the Byrds box set and musically it leans on the sound of The Byrds thanks to McGuinn's ringing 12-string electric guitar and vocal contributions from ex-Byrds members David Crosby and Chris Hillman. Also prominent on the album are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, with Petty co-authoring and duetting with McGuinn on the album's lead single "King of the Hill". In addition, several members of the Heartbreakers provide musical backing on a number of the album's tracks. Other prominent songwriters on the album—besides McGuinn and his wife Camilla—are Elvis Costello, Jules Shear and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

Back from Rio
Album Back from Rio cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 8, 1991
RecordedCapitol Studios, Los Angeles
Roger McGuinn chronology
McGuinn – Hillman
Back from Rio
Born to Rock and Roll
Alternative cover
Cover of European release
Cover of European release
Singles from Back from Rio
  1. "King of the Hill"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Someone to Love"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
The Great Rock Discography6/10[3]
Orlando Sentinel4/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]

The album was generally well received by music critics and it peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard 200 album chart. [8] Two singles were drawn from the album: "King of the Hill" and "Someone to Love", which peaked at #2 and #12 respectively, on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. [9]

In Europe, Back from Rio was released in February 1991[7] and featured different cover artwork.

Track listingEdit

Side oneEdit

  1. "Someone to Love" (Roger McGuinn, Camilla McGuinn) – 3:32
  2. "Car Phone" (Mike Campbell, R. McGuinn) (Featuring Stan Ridgway) – 4:33
  3. "You Bowed Down" (Elvis Costello) – 3:52
  4. "Suddenly Blue" (Scott Cutler, Roger McGuinn, Dennis Morgan) – 3:49
  5. "The Trees Are All Gone" (Roger McGuinn, Camilla McGuinn) – 3:51

Side twoEdit

  1. "King of the Hill" (duet with Tom Petty) (Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty) – 5:27
  2. "Without Your Love" (Roger McGuinn, Camilla McGuinn) – 3:59
  3. "The Time Has Come" (Scott Cutler, Roger McGuinn) – 3:45
  4. "Your Love Is a Gold Mine" (Roger McGuinn, Dave Stewart) – 4:06
    • Includes "Back from Rio Interlude" (Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne)
  5. "If We Never Meet Again" (Jules Shear) – 4:28



  • David Cole – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Peter Doell – engineer
  • John Hall – demo engineer, mixing at Firetail-on-the-Hill Studios
  • Jesse Kanner – mixing
  • Roger McGuinn – producer, mixing
  • Wally Traugott – mastering


Chart (1991) Peak


US Billboard 200 44[10]


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Strong, Martin (2006). The Great Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 165. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9.
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 186. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Gettelman, Parry (February 22, 1991). "Roger McGuinn Back From Rio". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ a b Rogan, Johnny (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 556. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.
  8. ^ "Roger McGuinn – Discography – Back from Rio". Retrieved July 2, 2008.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Roger McGuinn – Artist Chart History". Retrieved July 2, 2008.
  10. ^ "Roger McGuinn Back From Rio Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved March 28, 2019.