Talk on Corners

Talk on Corners

Infobox Album
Name = Talk on Corners
Type = studio
Artist = The Corrs


Released = 28 October, 1997
Recorded =
Genre = Celtic Folk-rock
Length = 60:55
Label = Atlantic Records/143/Lava
Producer = Glen Ballard,
Jim Corr,
David Foster,
John Hughes,
Oliver Leiber,
Rick Nowels,
Peter Rafelson,
Billy Steinberg,
Randy Wine
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Avy6m964ogepo link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|3|5 (Special Edition) [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/thecorrs/albums/album/190210/review/5941545/talk_on_corners__special_edition link]
Last album = "The Corrs - Live"
(1997)
This album = "Talk on Corners"
(1997)
Next album = "The Corrs Unplugged"
(2000)Singles
Name = Talk On Corners
Type = studio
single 1 = Only When I Sleep
single 1 date = October 1997
single 2 = I Never Loved You Anyway
single 2 date = December 1997
single 3 = What Can I Do
single 3 date = February 1998
single 4 = Dreams
single 4 date = May 1998
single 5 = What Can I Do (Tin Tin Out Remix)
single 5 date = August 1998
single 6 = So Young
single 6 date = November 1998
single 7 = Runaway (Tin Tin Out Remix)
single 7 date = 1999

"Talk on Corners" is the second album by Irish band The Corrs, released in 1997. The name of the album is derived from a line from the albums' song "Queen of Hollywood".

:"And her friends they" "talk on corners", "they could never comprehend"

After its release, songs from this album were to dominate their live set for a long time to come and through the biggest growth period of the band's career. During this album's long reign, they worked solidly with very little time off and gained a lot of exposure with TV appearances and tours. Their next studio album took nearly 3 years to materialise. In between was a live 'unplugged' album which introduced only a handful of new songs. Hence their continuing reliance on existing material, some of which became subject to rearranging or remixing along the way.

"Talk on Corners" was The Corrs' breakthrough album in the UK, but not initially. The first 3 single releases from the album ('Only When I Sleep', 'I Never Loved You Anyway' and 'What Can I Do') all failed to reach the top 40. Meanwhile they had contributed to the album "Legacy: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac's Rumours" with their version of the song 'Dreams'. They had incorporated the song into their live set and eventually decided to release it as a single. Its release followed a live concert at the Albert Hall on 17 March 1998 (St Patrick's Day), televised by the BBC, coupled with a day-long TV special devoted to The Corrs on VH-1 as a preamble to the event. In concert, they were joined by Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (who was also producer of the "Legacy" album) on 3 songs, including 'Dreams'. The event did much to raise the band's profile. The single 'Dreams' was released a few weeks later and the "Talk on Corners" album was reissued with the track 'Dreams' added. A remixed version of the single became their first UK top 10 hit, partly helped by BBC Radio One's decision to include a Corrs single on their playlist for the first time (they had previously regarded them as a folk band).

The album took off and more hit singles followed. The next was a new version of their previous single 'What Can I Do', remixed by Tin Tin Out and radically transformed by the addition of a prominent guitar riff running through the whole of each verse. This gave them their next top 10 hit. In November, they put out a further remixed track from the album as another single - 'So Young' - which also made the top 10. A 'Special Edition' version of the album was released, with a modified running order and featuring these remixes. The album also included an additional track, a remix (courtesy of Tin Tin Out again) of 'Runaway', a popular song from their first album, which was to become their next single and giving them a number 2 hit.

"Talk on Corners" became the UK's #1 selling album in 1998Fact|date=February 2007 and eventually went on to sell 2.7 million, making it one of the best selling albums of all time (in the UK). It also tops charts in at least another 17 countries. Coincidentally it is only marginally behind Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, the album that provided their breakthrough hit song in the UK.

Making the album

In January 1997 they moved to California to begin working on this album, largely under the supervision of David Foster. On the face of it, this was almost a repeat of what they had done 2 years earlier when they began recording their debut album "Forgiven, Not Forgotten". However, this time they were under far more pressure to deliver. Andrea has described the making of this album as being 'a struggle'. In the video documentary "Home" manager John Hughes cited 'second album syndrome' as common source of pressure for all artists. Unlike their previous recording experience, the aim of which had been to capture the band's sound and vibe on record using already existing and established material, the new goal was to create and record new songs, as yet mostly unwritten, and to try to equal or surpass their earlier efforts.

Further demands came from the record company, who were concerned that none of the songs they were being presented with seemed like potential hit singles. They disliked the songs 'What Can I Do' and 'So Young', particularly the latter, and the band had to fight hard for their inclusion on the album. With hindsight, the company's attitude seems incongruous, as these 2 tracks eventually did very well as single releases, but it needs to be remembered that they were recorded at a time when The Corrs' brand of pop music had not yet caught on with the public.

Various co-writers and additional producers were brought in to help improve the hit potential, eg Carole Bayer Sager, Glen Ballard, and Oliver Leiber. The use of different producers on different tracks introduced further difficulties. They found that this made it hard to achieve consistency throughout the whole album. In the end, however, the band were reasonably pleased with the finished product. However the record company were rather less happy with it and wanted the band to continue recording more new tracks. When The Corrs refused, Atlantic threatened not to release the album at all and manager John Hughes was forced to make guarantees about future album sales in order to gain their cooperation.

Track listing

Original Release in Ireland (October 1997)

#"Only When I Sleep" (The Corrs, Leiber, Peterson, Shanks) – 4:24
#"When He's Not Around" (The Corrs) – 4:25
#"What Can I Do (To Make You Love Me)" (The Corrs) – 4:18
#"I Never Loved You Anyway" (The Corrs, Sager) – 4:26
#"So Young" (The Corrs) – 3:53
#"Don't Say You Love Me" (The Corrs, Sager) – 4:39
#"Love Gives Love Takes" (The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein, Leiber, Piersa, Wolff) – 3:42
#"Hopelessly Addicted" (The Corrs, Leiber) – 4:03
#"Paddy McCarthy" [instrumental] (The Corrs) – 4:58
#"Intimacy" (Geraldo, Nowels, Steinberg) – 3:57
#"Queen of Hollywood" (Ballard, The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein) – 5:02
#"No Good for Me" (The Corrs) – 4:00
#"Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix) – 5:08

Re-release (16 April 1998)

Total Time 60:55
#"Only When I Sleep" (The Corrs, Leiber, Peterson, Shanks) – 4:24
#"When He's Not Around" (The Corrs) – 4:25
#"Dreams" (Stevie Nicks) – 4:01
#"What Can I Do (To Make You Love Me)" (The Corrs) – 4:18
#"I Never Loved You Anyway" (The Corrs, Sager) – 4:26
#"So Young" (The Corrs) – 3:53
#"Don't Say You Love Me" (The Corrs, Sager) – 4:39
#"Love Gives Love Takes" (The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein, Leiber, Piersa, Wolff) – 3:42
#"Hopelessly Addicted" (The Corrs, Leiber) – 4:03
#"Paddy McCarthy" [instrumental] (The Corrs) – 4:58
#"Intimacy" (Geraldo, Nowels, Steinberg) – 3:57
#"Queen of Hollywood" (Ballard, The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein) – 5:02
#"No Good for Me" (The Corrs) – 4:00
#"Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix) – 5:08
#*Bonus Tracks released in Japan only:
#"Remember"
#"What I Know"

These bonus tracks also appeared as b-sides of the singles "Only When I Sleep" and "I Never Loved You Anyway" respectively.

*With the addition of the track "Dreams", this release became established as the 'main' version.

"Talk on Corners: Special Edition"

Released after the huge success of Talk On Corners in Europe and Australasia, this album was also one of The Corrs' attempts to break into the US charts. This revised album contained remixes of a few tracks including their first single "Runaway". Other songs featured included "Dreams", "What Can I Do" and "So Young".

The songs on this album were remixed by:
*Tin Tin Out - "What Can I Do" and "Runaway"
*K-Klass - "So Young"
*Bob Chiarelli - Dreams"The song "I Never Loved You Anyway" was also remixed but the name of the remix was never mentioned (although it was believed to be Tin Tin Out).

pecial Edition (Europe)

#"What Can I Do?" [Tin Tin Out Remix]
#"So Young" [K-Klass Remix]
#"Only When I Sleep"
#"When He's Not Around"
#"Dreams" [Tee's Radio]
#"I Never Loved You Anyway" [Uncredited remix]
#"Don't Say You Love Me"
#"Love Gives Love Takes"
#"Runaway" [Tin Tin Out Remix]
#"Hopelessly Addicted"
#"Paddy McCarthy" [Instrumental]
#"Intimacy"
#"Queen of Hollywood"
#"No Good for Me"
#"Little Wing"

"Make You Mine" was supposed to replace "Intimacy" on this album but the idea was snubbed. It was later featured on "The Best Of The Corrs", released in 2001.

pecial Edition (USA)

#"What Can I Do?" [Tin Tin Out Remix]
#"Only When I Sleep"
#"So Young" [K-Klass Remix]
#"Dreams" [Tee's Radio Mix]
#"Runaway" [Tin Tin Out Remix]
#"I Never Loved You Anyway"
#"Paddy McCarthy" [Instrumental]
#"Queen of Hollywood"
#"Hopelessly Addicted"
#"When He's Not Around"
#"No Good for Me"
#"Little Wing"

pecial Edition (Singapore)

#"Only When I Sleep" (The Corrs, Leiber, Peterson, Shanks) – 4:24
#"When He's Not Around" (The Corrs) – 4:25
#"Dreams" (Stevie Nicks) – 4:01
#"What Can I Do? (To Make You Love Me)" (The Corrs) – 4:18
#"I Never Loved You Anyway" (The Corrs, Sager) – 4:26
#"So Young" (The Corrs) – 3:53
#"Don't Say You Love Me" (The Corrs, Sager) – 4:39
#"Love Gives Love Takes" (The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein, Leiber, Piersa, Wolff) – 3:42
#"Hopelessly Addicted" (The Corrs, Leiber) – 4:03
#"Paddy McCarthy" [instrumental] (The Corrs) – 4:58
#"Intimacy" (Geraldo, Nowels, Steinberg) – 3:57
#"Queen of Hollywood" (Ballard, The Corrs, Deviller, Hosein) – 5:02
#"No Good for Me" (The Corrs) – 4:00
#"Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix) – 5:08
#"Runaway" - 4:27
#"Forgiven Not Forgotten" - 4:18

Musicians

The Corrs

*Andrea Corr - lead vocals, tin whistle
*Caroline Corr - drums, bodhrán, vocals
*Jim Corr - guitar, keyboards, vocals
*Sharon Corr - violin, vocals

Other musicians featured

*Anthony Drennan - guitar
*Keith Duffy - bass
*Paul Peterson - bass, keyboards
*Matt Laug - drums
*John Shanks - guitars, mandolin
*Oliver Leiber - guitars
*David Foster - keyboards & synth bass
*Michael Thompson - guitars
*John Robinson - drums
*Dean Parks - guitars
*Michael Thompson - guitars, organ
*Tim Pierce - guitars
*Gota Yashiki - drums
*John Glutin - keyboards
*Jeff Hull - keyboards
*Rick Nowels - guitars
*Suzy Katayama - cello
*Lisa Wagner - cello
*Luis Conte - percussion
*Dane DeViller - guitars
*Lance Morrison - bass
*Matt Chamberlain - drums
*Paddy Maloney - uilleann pipes & tin whistle
*Derek Bell - harp
*Sean Keane - fiddle
*Martin Fay - fiddle
*Matt Malloy - flute
*Kevin Conneff - bodhrán

ales and Certifications

Charts

Production

*Producers: Glen Ballard, Jim Corr, David Foster, John Hughes, Oliver Leiber, Rick Nowels, Peter Rafelson, Billy Steinberg, Randy Wine
*Associate producer: Tom Bender
*Engineers: Philip Begley, Felipe Elgueta, Al Lay Assistant, Oliver Leiber, Tim Martin, Brian Masterson, Dave Reitzas, Barry Rudolph, Matt Silva
*Assistant engineer: Yuzuru "Joe" Koyanazi
*Mixing: Rob Chiarelli, Mick Guzauski
*Mixing assistants: Bob Clearmountain, Ryan Freeland
*Mastering: Bob Ludwig
*Production Coordination: Collen Reynolds
*Programming: George Black, Felipe Elgueta, Oliver Leiber, Leo Pearson, Peter Rafelson
*Arranger: The Corrs, David Foster, Paddy Moloney
*String Arrangements: Jeff Hull

Release details

*1997, Republic of Ireland, Atlantic 7567-83206-2, Release Date 25 October 1997, CD
*1997, Japan, Warner AMCY-2319, Release Date ? ? 1997, CD (with two bonus tracks)
*1998, Australia, Atlantic 80885-2, Release Date ? ? 1998, CD (double album bonus 5-trk live in concert CD "I Never Loved You Anyway" (Acoustic), "The Right Time", "Queen Of Hollywood", "Toss The Feathers" & "Closer")
*1998, Australia, Atlantic 80885-4, Release Date ? ? 1998, Cassette (double album bonus 5-trk live in concert CD "I Never Loved You Anyway" (Acoustic), "The Right Time", "Queen Of Hollywood", "Toss The Feathers" & "Closer")
*1998, UK, Atlantic ?, Release Date 9 November 1998, CD (special edition European version)
*1999, Taiwan, Atlantic 80917-2, Release Date ? ? 1999, CD (special edition European version from Taiwan)
*1999, USA, Atlantic ?, Release Date 16 February 1999, CD (special edition USA version)
*2001, Australia, Atlantic 7567-80963-2, Release Date ? ? 2001, CD (double release with "Forgiven, Not Forgotten"
*2001, France, Warner 7567-93055-2, Release Date ? ? 2001, CD (as gold disc - limited collectors edition)

References

succession box
before = "The Good Will Out" by Embrace
"5ive by Five
"Jane McDonald by Jane McDonald
"Where We Belong by Boyzone

"I've Been Expecting You by Robbie Williams
title = UK number one album
years = June 27 1998July 3 1998
July 11 1998July 17 1998
June 27 1998July 3 1998
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February 27 1999March 19 1999
after = "5ive by Five
"Hello Nasty by Beastie Boys
"Where We Belong by Boyzone
"This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
by Manic Street Preachers
"Performance and Cocktails by Stereophonics


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