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Goodbye Jumbo

Goodbye Jumbo
Studio album by World Party
Released April 24, 1990
April 4, 2006 (Reissue)
Recorded 1987-1989
Genre Rock
Length 53:22
Label Ensign
Producer Karl Wallinger
World Party chronology
Private Revolution
Goodbye Jumbo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (dud)[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
Hot Press 11/12[6]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/5 stars[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]

Goodbye Jumbo is the second album by Karl Wallinger's solo project World Party. Originally released in 1990 on Ensign Records, the album was aided by a number of guest artists, including Sinéad O'Connor and former members of The Waterboys. The album's classic rock sound – guitar, bass and drums – was augmented by piano, strings, flute and electronic percussion. The songs followed the loose concept of an everyman's journey from lonely despair to spiritual fulfillment.

The album was voted Album of the Year by Q magazine in 1990. In 2000, Q placed it at number 94 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. It was reissued and remastered in 2006 on Seaview Records.

The single "Way Down Now" spent five weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. The follow-up "Put the Message in the Box" reached number 8.

Track listing

  1. "Is It Too Late?" – 4:24
  2. "Way Down Now" – 3:49
  3. "When the Rainbow Comes" – 4:58
  4. "Put the Message in the Box" – 4:16
  5. "Ain't Gonna Come Till I'm Ready" – 5:05
  6. "And I Fell Back Alone" – 3:57
  7. "Take It Up" – 4:37
  8. "God on My Side" – 4:14
  9. "Show Me to the Top" – 5:15 (contains untitled hidden track beginning at 4:42)
  10. "Love Street" – 4:21
  11. "Sweet Soul Dream" – 4:39
  12. "Thank You World" – 3:47


Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 73
Billboard (North America)
Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Put the Message in the Box" Mainstream Rock Tracks 33
1990 "Put the Message in the Box" Modern Rock Tracks 8
1990 "Way Down Now" Mainstream Rock Tracks 21
1990 "Way Down Now" Modern Rock Tracks 1


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