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Soul Searchin' (Glenn Frey album)

Soul Searchin' is the third solo studio album by Glenn Frey, the guitarist and co-lead vocalist for the Eagles. The album was released in mid 1988 on MCA in the United States and the United Kingdom, four years after Frey's successful album, The Allnighter and eight years after the demise of the Eagles. The album features eight original songs co-written by Frey with Jack Tempchin and the song "Two Hearts" contributed by Frey's friend, Hawk Wolinski. The album also features contributions from fellow Eagles member Timothy B. Schmit, Max Carl, Robbie Buchanan, Michael Landau, and Bruce Gaitsch.

Soul Searchin'
Glenn Frey - Soul Searchin'.jpg
Studio album by Glenn Frey
Released 15 August 1988 (1988-08-15)
Recorded 1986–1988
Studio Fool on the Hill, Studio 55, Bill Schnee Studio, Ocean Way Recording, Cherokee Studios and Capitol Studios, Los Angeles; The Hit Factory and Automated Sound, New York City; Muscle Shoals Sound, Muscle Shoals, AL; The Sandbox, CT
Genre
Length 46:24
Label MCA
Producer
Glenn Frey chronology
The Allnighter
(1984)The Allnighter1984
Soul Searchin'
(1988)
Strange Weather
(1992)Strange Weather1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1.5/5 stars [1]

The album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, while other reviewers noted good points to the album. It was also not as successful as Frey's previous albums (although one of his favorites),[2] peaking at #36 on the Billboard 200, which marked the beginning of a downturn in Frey's fortunes on the album charts. The album's first and leading single, "True Love", unlike the album, was a commercial success, peaking at #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and so was the second single, the title track ("Soul Searchin'"), which peaked at #5 also on the Adult Contemporary.

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BackgroundEdit

Frey began work on the album in the midst of a string of hits in the 1980s, as well as animosity between him and other members of the Eagles. The album's title refers to his efforts to find his own identity.

Musical directionEdit

When Frey was asked about his musical direction, he said "In a sense I'm working my way back home, Though I left Detroit and went to California to cut my teeth on country-rock, I've remained obsessed with the music of my adolescence, the great soul hits of the 60's and early 70's. It's a style that most black musicians have abandoned for dance music and rap. There are a whole lot of people who miss the sound of Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett. It's left a gap that is being filled by people like Steve Winwood."[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic William Ruhlmann wrote of the album "the songs here were so interchangeable with those on his first two albums he apologized for it in his note about "True Love," which became the album's sole Top 40 hit. The music was pleasant, but inconsequential, and suggested that Frey, living off his Eagles royalties, had come to think of his solo career as a hobby."[4] In a review for The Rolling Stone Album Guide (1992), Mark Coleman gave the album one and a half out of five stars and wrote that "Frey sounded like he wasn't even trying anymore; his pump-your-body TV gym commercials at the time displayed more sweat and effort".[5]

Track listingEdit

All songs by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Livin' Right" 5:07
2. "Some Kind of Blue" 4:40
3. "True Love" 4:40
4. "Can't Put Out This Fire" 5:04
5. "I Did It for Your Love" 4:00
6. "Let's Pretend We're Still in Love" 4:51
7. "Working Man" 3:25
8. "Soul Searchin'" (Frey, Tempchin, Duncan Cameron) 5:38
9. "Two Hearts" (David Wolinski, James Newton-Howard) 4:01
10. "It's Your Life" (Frey, Steve Thoma) 4:58
11. "It's Cold In Here" (Frey, Cameron) 3:48
Total length: 46:24

PersonnelEdit

Additional musicians

ProductionEdit

Chart performanceEdit

AlbumEdit

Chart (1988) Position
North American Billboard chart 36
Canadian RPM chart 37
Swedish Sverigetopplistan chart 36

SinglesEdit

Single Chart Position
"True Love" Adult Contemporary 2
"True Love" The Billboard Hot 100 13
"True Love" Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
"True Love" UK Singles chart 84
"Soul Searchin'" Adult Contemporary 5
"Livin' Right" Adult Contemporary 22
"Livin' Right" The Billboard Hot 100 90

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