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Relish is the debut album by Joan Osborne, released on March 21, 1995. It was nominated for Album of the Year at the 38th Grammys, and also earned nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Osborne. In addition, the track "One of Us" was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.[10]

Relish
Joan Osborne - Relish.jpg
Studio album by Joan Osborne
Released March 21, 1995
Recorded 1994–1995 at The Crawlspace (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); additional recording at Big Blue (Katonah, New York) and PIE Studios (Glen Cove, New York)
Genre Pop rock
Length 61:06
Label Blue Gorilla Records/Mercury
Producer Rick Chertoff
Joan Osborne chronology
Soul Show: Live at Delta 88
(1991)Soul Show: Live at Delta 881991
Relish
(1995)
Early Recordings
(1996)Early Recordings1996
Singles from Relish
  1. "One of Us"
    Released: February 21, 1995; December 28, 1995 (re-release)
  2. "St. Teresa"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Right Hand Man"
    Released: 1996
  4. "Ladder"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune4/4 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
NME7/10[6]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[9]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Relish is a mixture of raw styles of contemporary folk, rock, and sometimes pop-rock sounds.

Its biggest hit single, "One of Us", was used as the theme to the 2003–2005 television series Joan of Arcadia, although the show used a re-recorded version rather than the original version. The album and the song were both nominated for multiple Grammy Awards in 1996. The song was written by Eric Bazilian of the Hooters.

"Man in the Long Black Coat" is a cover of the Bob Dylan song from his 1989 album Oh Mercy.

The final track, "Lumina", was used on the first episode of the HBO's hit show The Sopranos. It was also used in an episode in the 4th series of the CBS hit show "The Good Wife" in 2013.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Joan Osborne, Eric Bazilian, Rob Hyman and Rick Chertoff unless otherwise indicated.

  1. "St. Teresa" – 5:20
  2. "Man in the Long Black Coat" (Bob Dylan) – 4:49
  3. "Right Hand Man" (Osborne, Bazilian, Hyman, Chertoff, Don Van Vliet) – 4:57
  4. "Pensacola" – 4:32
  5. "Dracula Moon" – 6:32
  6. "One of Us" (Bazilian) – 5:21
  7. "Ladder" – 4:11
  8. "Spider Web" (Joan Osborne, Chertoff, Gary Lucas, Sammy Merendino, Chris Palmaro) – 5:34
  9. "Let's Just Get Naked" (Joan Osborne, Bazilian) – 5:08
  10. "Help Me" (Sonny Boy Williamson II, Ralph Bass) – 5:14
  11. "Crazy Baby" (Joan Osborne) – 6:31
  12. "Lumina" (Joan Osborne, Bazilian) – 3:08
  • "One of Us" contains an introduction of "The Airplane Ride," a spiritual written by J. S. McConnel and sung by Nell Hampton, under license from Alan Lomax. Used by permission.
  • "Ladder" contains a sample from "Mambo Sun," written by Marc Bolan under license from Straight Ahead Productions Ltd. TRO/Essex Music International (ASCAP) as recorded by T. Rex. Used by permission.

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnel

ProductionEdit

  • Produced by Rick Chertoff
  • Tracks 1–11 Recorded and mixed by William Wittman; track 12 recorded and mixed by Rob Hyman
  • Assistant recording engineer at Big Blue: Mark Mason
  • Additional recording and mix engineering at PIE Studios by Rob Polhemus
  • Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound (NYC)

ChartsEdit

Album

Chart (1995–96) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 12
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 14
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 13
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 17
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 5
US Billboard 200[23] 9

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Position
German Albums Chart[24] 37

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "One of Us" Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 7
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
Billboard Adult Top 40 16
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 2
Billboard Hot 100 4
Billboard Adult Top 40 Recurrents 7
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 14
Austrian Singles Chart 13

CertificationsEdit

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold November 20, 1995
Platinum January 16, 1996
Double Platinum March 22, 1996
Triple Platinum July 16, 1996

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Dretzka, Gary (June 29, 1995). "Joan Osborne: Relish (Blue Gorilla/Mercury)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  4. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (March 10, 1995). "Relish". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sweeting, Adam (March 8, 1996). "Joan Osborne: Relish (Blue Gorilla/Mercury)". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Joan Osborne: Relish". NME: 41. March 9, 1996. 
  7. ^ "Joan Osborne: Relish". Q (112): 143. January 1996. 
  8. ^ Evans, Paul (May 4, 1995). "Joan Osborne: Relish". Rolling Stone: 69. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Joan Osborne". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 608–09. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
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