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Goddess in the Doorway
Studio album by Mick Jagger
Released 19 November 2001
Recorded February and May 2000, January–February and April–June 2001
Genre Rock
Length 56:51
Language English
Label Virgin
Producer Matt Cliford, Marti Frederiksen, and Mick Jagger with Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, Wyclef Jean, Lenny Kravitz, and Chris Potter
Professional reviews
Mick Jagger chronology
Wandering Spirit
(1993)
Goddess in the Doorway
(2001)
Alfie
(2004)

Goddess in the Doorway is the fourth solo album by Mick Jagger, released in 2001. The most recent offering from Jagger as a solo artist, it marked his first release with Virgin Records, whom he has been contracted with as a member of The Rolling Stones since 1991.

Following 1993's Wandering Spirit by Jagger, and The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon in 1997 and the extended Bridges to Babylon Tour, he began to work on demo material in 2000, finally reaching the studio in the spring of 2001. Although Jagger would primarily work with Marti Frederiksen and Matt Clifford as producers, he also sanctioned the talents of Lenny Kravitz and Wyclef Jean to help create Goddess in the Doorway. And while the songs would largely be composed by Jagger, he endeavored to work with other collaborators, namely, Kravitz and Rob Thomas, lead vocalist of Matchbox Twenty. The recording sessions of several of the album's tracks were featured in the documentary Being Mick.

While recording was underway, many of Jagger's musician friends, including Bono, Pete Townshend, Thomas, Kravitz, Jean and Joe Perry all made contributions. Townshend, in fact, was the initiating force behind the album. After having heard some of Jagger's demos, he told him that they didn't sound like Rolling Stones songs and that Jagger should record them on his own.

By the end of the summer, Goddess in the Doorway was initially completed and the Kravitz-produced (and almost self-performed) "God Gave Me Everything" was put forward as the lead single that October. Although the song failed to become a significant hit, Goddess in the Doorway - with its hybrid of different styles—was released the following month to among the strongest reviews Jagger had received—including his tenure with The Rolling Stones—in years, with Rolling Stone's chief editor Jann Wenner bestowing a five-star instant classic rating upon the album. However, not everyone was as effusive. Keith Richards, never comfortable with Jagger's solo career since it began in 1985, mocked the album by calling it Dogshit in the Doorway.[1]

While the critical approval of Goddess in the Doorway was gratifying for Jagger, the album only reached #44 in the UK and #39 in the US.[citation needed]

Following this, he returned to work with The Rolling Stones on Forty Licks and A Bigger Bang and their respective worldwide Licks and A Bigger Bang Tours. Aside from his soundtrack work with David A. Stewart on Alfie in 2004, and the best of collection The Very Best of Mick Jagger released in 2007, Goddess in the Doorway remains Mick Jagger's latest solo release to date.

Contents

Track listing

All songs by Mick Jagger, except where noted.

  1. "Visions of Paradise" (Jagger, Rob Thomas, Matt Clifford) – 4:02
  2. "Joy" – 4:41
  3. "Dancing in the Starlight" – 4:06
  4. "God Gave Me Everything" (Jagger, Lenny Kravitz) – 3:34
  5. "Hide Away" – 4:31
  6. "Don't Call Me Up" – 5:14
  7. "Goddess in the Doorway" (Jagger, Clifford) – 4:56
  8. "Lucky Day" – 4:51
  9. "Everybody Getting High" – 3:55
  10. "Gun" (Jagger, Clifford) – 4:39
  11. "Too Far Gone" – 4:34
  12. "Brand New Set of Rules" – 7:39
Japanese edition bonus track
  1. "If Things Could Be Different"  – 4:49

This song was also the B-side to "Visions of Paradise" in Europe and "Blue"—a 5:40 Mick Jagger composition—was the B-side of the European single "God Gave Me Everything" and the British single "Visions of Paradise"

Musicians

Sales chart performance

Album
Year Chart Position
2001 UK Top 75 Albums 44[citation needed]
2001 The Billboard 200 39[citation needed]
2002 The Billboard 200 103[citation needed]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
2001 "God Gave Me Everything" Mainstream Rock Tracks 24[citation needed]
2002 "Visions of Paradise" UK Top 75 Singles 43[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ Williamson, Nigel. "Alive and Kicking". The Guardian. December 5, 2003.
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