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Fumbling Towards Ecstasy


Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Studio album by Sarah McLachlan
Released October 22, 1993 (Canada)
February 5, 1994 (US)
May 24, 1994 (Japan)
August 14, 1994 (Australia)
Recorded 1993 at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec
Genre Pop rock
Length 57:50
Label Nettwerk (Canada)
Arista (Australia/US)
BMG Japan (Japan)
Producer Pierre Marchand
Sarah McLachlan chronology
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Singles from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
  1. "Possession"
    Released: September 10, 1993
  2. "Hold On"
    Released: May 08, 1994
  3. "Good Enough"
    Released: September 12, 1994
Music sample

Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is the third studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, released on October 22, 1993 in Canada, February 5, 1994 in the United States, May 24, 1994 in Japan and August 14, 1994 in Australia. It was produced by Pierre Marchand in Montreal

The album was an immediate hit in Canada, where McLachlan was already an established star. Over the next two years, it became her breakthrough album internationally as well. However, in some countries, most notably the United States, the album was a steady seller that stayed in the middle ranges of the pop charts for almost two years. As of November 2003, the album has sold 2.8 million copies in the United States.[1]

Some editions contain an album version of McLachlan's 1995 single used for The Brothers McMullen soundtrack, "I Will Remember You". The track's lyrics do not appear in the booklet, nor does the track's crediting information.

August 5, 2008 saw the release of the 15th anniversary 3-disc edition the album. The set includes the original remastered album, The Freedom Sessions and a DVD that includes live performances, music videos and more. The album was released by Legacy Recordings.


  • Track listing 1
    • Legacy edition 1.1
  • Charts 2
  • Release history 3
  • Personnel 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Possession"   Sarah McLachlan 4:39
2. "Wait"   McLachlan 4:09
3. "Plenty"   McLachlan 4:05
4. "Good Enough"   McLachlan 5:03
5. "Mary"   McLachlan 3:55
6. "Elsewhere"   McLachlan 4:44
7. "Circle"   McLachlan 3:43
8. "Ice"   McLachlan 3:54
9. "Hold On"   McLachlan 4:09
10. "Ice Cream"   McLachlan 2:44
11. "Fear"   McLachlan 3:59
12. "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" (1) McLachlan, Pierre Marchand 9:49
UK and Japan Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blue"   Joni Mitchell 2:50

1 A hidden track can be found after "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy," consisting of a brief outtake snippet from "Ice" and a solo piano rendition of "Possession."

Legacy edition

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [2]
Rolling Stone [3]
Slant Magazine [4]
Disc 1: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
No. Title Length
1. "Possession"   4:39
2. "Wait"   4:09
3. "Plenty"   4:05
4. "Good Enough"   5:03
5. "Mary"   3:55
6. "Elsewhere"   4:44
7. "Circle"   3:43
8. "Ice"   3:54
9. "Hold On"   4:09
10. "Ice Cream"   2:44
11. "Fear"   3:59
12. "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy"   4:56
13. "Possession (Piano Version)"   4:30
The Freedom Sessions
No. Title Length
1. "Elsewhere"   4:33
2. "Plenty"   3:20
3. "Mary"   3:55
4. "Good Enough"   3:20
5. "Hold On"   6:43
6. "Ice Cream"   2:30
7. "Ice"   3:58
8. "Ol' 55" (Written by Tom Waits) 4:12
9. "Hold On (Alternate Version)"   4:42
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Live DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Plenty"    
2. "Good Enough"    
3. "Wait"    
4. "Home"    
5. "Ice" (Live studio)  
6. "Ben's Song"    
7. "Out of the Shadows"    
8. "I Will Not Forget You"    
9. "Path of Thorns" (Live studio)  
10. "Hold On"    
11. "Possession"    
12. "Mary" (Live studio)  
13. "Ice Cream"    
14. "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy"    
15. "Ol' 55"    


Chart Peak
Certification Sales/shipments
Australian Albums Chart[5] 76
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 5 5x platinum 500,000[7]
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 50 3x platinum 3,000,000[9]

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Canada 22 October 1993 Nettwerk CD W2-30081
United States 5 February 1994 Arista Records CD 07822-18725-2
Japan 24 May 1994 BMG Japan CD BVCA-638
Australia 14 August 1994 Arista Records CD 07822-18725-2


  • Sarah McLachlan: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano
  • Bill Dillon: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Guitorgan, Bass, Piano
  • Pierre Marchand: Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Fake B-3 Organ, Drum Machine, Percussion Machine, 808, Shaker, Found Sound
  • Brian Minato: Bass
  • David Kershaw: Hammond Organ
  • Jane Scarpantoni: Cello
  • Michel Dubeau: Saxophone
  • Ashwin Sood: Drums, Percussion
  • Jerry Marotta: Drums, Percussion
  • Lou Shefano: Drums
  • Guy Nadon: Drums


  1. ^ "Ask Billboard - FUMBLING TOWARDS SALES". Billboard. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Review
  4. ^ Slant Magazine Review
  5. ^ Australian Albums Chart
  6. ^ Canadian Albums Chart
  7. ^ CRIA
  8. ^ U.S. Albums Chart
  9. ^ RIAA

External links

  • The Sarah McLachlan Fumbling: The Podcast Features Darryl DMC McDaniels, Bill Leeb, and Alan Light
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