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Cracked Rear View is the debut studio album by Hootie & the Blowfish, released on July 5, 1994 by Atlantic Records.[1] Released to positive critical reviews, it became extremely popular and is currently one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Cracked Rear View
A collage of blurred photographs forms the album cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 5, 1994 (1994-07-05)[1]
RecordedNovember 1993 − March 1994
StudioNRG Recording Studios, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California[2]
Genre
Length46:36
LabelAtlantic
ProducerDon Gehman[2]
Hootie & the Blowfish chronology
Kootchypop
(1993)
Cracked Rear View
(1994)
Fairweather Johnson
(1996)
Singles from Cracked Rear View
  1. "Hold My Hand"
    Released: July 18, 1994
  2. "Let Her Cry"
    Released: December 17, 1994
  3. "Only Wanna Be with You"
    Released: July 17, 1995
  4. "Time"
    Released: October 24, 1995
  5. "Drowning"
    Released: November 1995

RecordingEdit

Don Gehman was chosen by A&R man Tim Sommer as a producer because of his previous work with John Mellencamp and R.E.M.[3]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Christgau's Consumer GuideB[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [5]
Rolling Stone     [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [7]

Cracked Rear View is Hootie & the Blowfish's most successful album. It was the best-selling album of 1995, with 10.5 million shipments that year alone, eventually shipping 21 million copies to retailers by May 21, 2018. It is the joint 19th-best-selling album of all time in the United States.[8] Cracked Rear View reached number one on the Billboard 200 five times over the course of 1995. The album also reached number one in Canada[9] and New Zealand.[10] Three million copies were sold through the Columbia House mail-order system.[11]

Critical reviews of Cracked Rear View were mostly positive. AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine crowned the album as "the success story of 1994/1995." He also stated "Although Hootie & the Blowfish aren't innovative, they deliver the goods, turning out an album of solid, rootsy folk-rock songs that have simple, powerful hooks."[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld.

  1. "Hannah Jane" – 3:33
  2. "Hold My Hand" – 4:15
  3. "Let Her Cry" – 5:08
  4. "Only Wanna Be with You" – 3:46
  5. "Running from an Angel" – 3:37
  6. "I'm Goin' Home" – 4:10
  7. "Drowning" – 5:01
  8. "Time" – 4:53
  9. "Look Away" – 2:38
  10. "Not Even the Trees" – 4:37
  11. "Goodbye" – 4:05
Includes hidden track "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Traditional) – 0:53

In 2001, the album was re-released on DVD-Audio with the disc featuring a discography, photo gallery, and video of a live performance of "Drowning".

The 25th anniversary edition from 2019 includes the following bonus discs:

Disc 2: B-sides, Outtakes, Pre-LP Independent Recordings

  1. “All That I Believe”
  2. I Go Blind
  3. “Almost Home”
  4. “Fine Line”
  5. “Where Were You”
  6. Hey, Hey What Can I Do
  7. “The Old Man and Me” – Kootchypop Version
  8. “Hold My Hand” – Kootchypop Version
  9. “If You’re Going My Way” – Kootchypop Version
  10. “Sorry’s Not Enough” – Kootchypop Version
  11. “Only Wanna Be with You” – Kootchypop Version
  12. “Running from an Angel” – 1991 Version
  13. “Time” – 1991 Version
  14. “Let Her Cry” – 1991 Version
  15. “Drowning” – 1991 Version
  16. “I Don’t Understand”
  17. “Little Girl”
  18. “Look Away” – 1990 Version
  19. “Let My People Go”
  20. “Hold My Hand” – 1990 Version

Disc 3: Live at Nick’s Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA, February 3, 1995

  1. “Hannah Jane”
  2. “I Go Blind”
  3. “Not Even the Trees”
  4. “If You’re Going My Way”
  5. “Look Away”
  6. “Fine Line”
  7. “Let Her Cry”
  8. “Motherless Child”
  9. “I’m Goin’ Home”
  10. “Use Me”
  11. “Running from an Angel”
  12. “Sorry’s Not Enough”
  13. “Drowning”
  14. “The Old Man and Me”
  15. “Only Wanna Be with You”
  16. “Time”
  17. “Goodbye”
  18. The Ballad of John and Yoko
  19. “Hold My Hand”
  20. Love the One You’re With

DVD

Hi-Res 24/96 Bonus Tracks

  • “All That I Believe”
  • “I Go Blind”
  • “Almost Home”
  • “Fine Line”
  • “Where Were You”

Music videos:

  • “Hold My Hand”
  • “Let Her Cry”
  • “Only Wanna Be with You”
  • “Time”
  • “Drowning” – Live

PersonnelEdit

Hootie & the Blowfish

Additional musicians

Production

ChartsEdit

Album

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 7
Canada (RPM)[9] 1
Germany (Media Control)[13] 45
New Zealand (RIANZ)[10] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[14] 16
UK (Official Charts Company)[15] 12
US Billboard 200[16] 1

Decade-end charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[17] 7

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cracked Rear View – Hootie & the Blowfish". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Cracked Rear View (CD liner). Hootie & the Blowfish. United States: Atlantic Records. 1994. 82613-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Sommer, Tim (July 14, 2016). "My Life in the Bush of Hootie: How I Signed the Biggest Band of 1995". New York Observer. Jared Kushner.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Hootie and the Blowfish: Cracked Rear View". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  6. ^ Evans, Paul (October 20, 1994). "Hootie & the Blowfish: Cracked Rear View". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Hootie & the Blowfish". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 390–91. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ RIAA Top 100 Archived July 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b "RPM — Item Display : Top Albums/CDs — Volume 62, No. 3, August 21, 1995". Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. Archived from the original (PHP) on February 2, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish" (ASP). charts.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  11. ^ Zaleski, Anne (June 9, 2015). "Four Columbia House Insiders Explain the Shady Math Behind '8 CDs for a Penny'". The A.V. Club.
  12. ^ "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish". australian-charts. Hung Medien. Archived from the original (ASP) on February 20, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked Rear View". swisscharts.com. Archived from the original on July 29, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  14. ^ "Official Charts (12 March 1995)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  15. ^ "Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish" (PHP). Official Charts Company. United Kingdom. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
  16. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish — Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
  17. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade — The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.