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"Calling All Angels" is a 2003 song by American rock band Train. It was included on the band's third studio album, My Private Nation, and produced by Brendan O'Brien.

"Calling All Angels"
Train Calling All Angels Single.jpg
Single by Train
from the album My Private Nation
B-side
  • "Fascinated"
  • "Landmine"
ReleasedJune 17, 2003
GenrePop rock, rock
Length3:49
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Charlie Colin, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Scott Underwood
Producer(s)Brendan O'Brien
Train singles chronology
"She's on Fire"
(2002)
"Calling All Angels"
(2003)
"When I Look to the Sky"
(2004)
Audio sample

The song was the first to be released from My Private Nation in 2003 and peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart that same year.[1] It features Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar.

"Calling All Angels" was nominated for two Grammy Awards at the ceremony held in February 2004. In the category Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group; it lost out to "Disorder in the House" by Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon. In the category Best Rock Song, the winner was "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes.[2] The song has also been prominent in pop culture, appearing in several television shows including One Tree Hill, and as the theme song in the intro for the short lived medical drama 3 lbs. Train also performed the song at the 2006 Pepsi Super Bowl Smash.

The song is an unofficial anthem of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team, and is played at Angel Stadium before every game while the video screen shows a montage of the team's history. In addition, the band performed it live prior to the Home Run Derby of the 2010 All-Star Game, which was held at Angel Stadium.

It was performed on the CSI:NY episode "Second Chances", and during the third season premiere of "Smallville".

The song was also briefly incorporated into Train's cover of "Joy to the World" for the 2012 holiday album A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World.

Contents

Track listingEdit

2003 Single:

  1. "Calling All Angels"
  2. "Fascinated"
  3. "Landmine"
  4. "Calling All Angels" (Video)

Mexican Promo:

  1. Calling All Angels (Radio Version)
  2. Calling All Angels (Album Version)

ReviewsEdit

The song received mixed reviews from rock critics, with Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly giving the song a B+ and calling it "an anthemic hymn to commitment...that builds steadily to a gloriously clanging climax."[3] Matt Lee of the BBC was less impressed, describing the track as "pedestrian, the vocals soulless, even more so than" the band's biggest hit single, "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)".[4]

ChartsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

In 2016, the song was used in the US version of The Passion. It is sung by Jencarlos and appears of the official soundtrack album. It was sung in the story where Jesus (Jencarlos) prays in the Garden of Gethsemane. The tempo of the song was slowed, several lyrics were changed, and the third verse was entirely cut to fit the theme of the scene.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 641.
  2. ^ Grammy info from rockonthenet.com Retrieved 02-14-09.
  3. ^ Music review from ew.com Retrieved 02-12-09.
  4. ^ Music review from bbc.co.uk Retrieved 02-12-09.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Train – Calling All Angels". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Train – Calling All Angels". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Train Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Train Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Train Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  12. ^ Pedro. "Longbored Surfer - 2003". LongboredSurfer.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014.

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