1/ FFF (Laswell,Lydon) 5.30 2/ Rise (Laswell,Lydon) 6.05 3/ Fishing (Lydon,Bruni,Schulz) 5.14 4/ Round (Lydon,Schulz) 4.25 5/ Bags (Lydon,Bruni,Schulz) 5.24 6/ Home (Laswell,Lydon) 5.47 7/ Ease (Lydon,Bruni) 8.10 Recorded at Power Station, New York City Additional recording at Quad Recording Studios, New York City, Electric Lady Studios, New York City and RPM Studios, NYC by Robert Musso Mixed by Jason Corsaro at Power Station Assistant Engineer : Steve Boyer Drum Specialist: Artie Smith Produced by Bill Laswell/Material and John Lydon Administration for Material : Roger TrillingJohn Lydon: vocals; Tony Williams (1,2,6): drums; Ginger Baker (3,4,5,7): drums; Steve Vai: guitar; Nicky Skopelitis: guitar (1,2,3,4,6), Fairlight CMI (4); Malachai Favors (3,5,7): acoustic bass; Jonas Hellborg (4): bass; Bill Laswell (1,2,3,4,5,6): bass; Bernie Worrell: organ (1,4,6), DX7 (3); Ryuichi Sakamoto (2,3,5,7): Fairlight CMI; L. Shankar (2,4): violins; Aiyb Dieng (4): chatan; Bernard Fowler: background vocals; Steve Turre (7): didjeridu.
1985 - Elektra/Asylum (USA), 9 60438-1 (Vinyl) 1985 - Elektra/Asylum (USA), 9 60438-2 (CD) 1986 - Virgin (UK), V2366 (Vinyl) 1986 - Virgin (France), 123 661 (Vinyl) 1986 - Virgin (Germany), 207 594-630 (Vinyl) 1986 - Virgin (UK), CDV 2366 (CD)Note: This album was titled relative to whatever format it was bought on.
"Rise" proves that "This Is Not a Love Song" was no fluke, not Lydon's lone stab at pop accessibility. Successfully marrying rock with Celtic folk (a heavier Dexy's Midnight Runners?), Lydon's chorus is his most hospitable yet. Opener "FFF" and "Home" are other strong points, just as driving and defiant as anything from PiL's previous output. The former is as good as hard rock got in 1985. But Album can be found lacking in its reliance on outright professionalism and polish, emphasizing skill over craft. Vai's scorched shredding likely repelled Lydon's fans more than any of PiL's earlier attempts to alienate and frustrate. The 90-second wailing over closer "Ease" is anything but; at most points, Vai's playing just doesn't fit. Unfortunately, Yellow Magic Orchestra member Sakamoto pops up only a couple times. His talent is pretty much wasted here. On the whole, Album (or Compact Disc, or Cassette) is just as generic as its title.
Andy Kellman(courtesy of the All Music Guide, via the Get Music website)