|The Wishing Chair|
|Studio album by|
|Released||23 September 1985|
|Recorded||Livingstone Studios, London, June 1984 – May 1985|
|Label||Elektra Records (US/Europe/Germany/Canada)|
|10,000 Maniacs chronology|
|Rolling Stone||(Not Rated) |
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
The Wishing Chair is the first major-label album by 10,000 Maniacs, released in 1985 by Elektra Records. Recorded in London, the album did not achieve the commercial success some of their later releases would receive, but received mostly favorable reviews and brought the band more visibility than had their previous independent releases. A live concert video of "Scorpio Rising" was produced and received a moderate amount of airplay on MTV.
(**) These tracks were not on the original vinyl release, which had the running order 1, 3, 2, 4, 6, 10, 15, 5, 14, 9, 8, 11, 13. They were originally released on the 12" single of "Can't Ignore the Train" along with "Grey Victory".
"Grey Victory", "Daktari", "My Mother the War" and "Tension Makes a Tangle" are rerecorded versions of songs that had previously appeared on the band's 1983 release Secrets of the I Ching. (In fact, "Tension Makes a Tangle" also appeared in yet another version on the band's very first record, the 1982 EP Human Conflict Number Five, titled simply "Tension" as it was on Secrets of the I Ching).
rolling stone 10,000 maniacs album guide.