World Party “Private Revolution”

Posted 29 Dec 2010 in 80s, Albums of 1986, Albums of the 80s

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#239 in the Series) is World Party, Private Revolution.

Private Revolution is the second World Party album that we’ve featured.  We previously featured the magnificent Goodbye Jumbo album way back.  This album is nearly as strong.

World Party is, of course, former Waterboys’ keyboard/guitar player Karl Wallinger’s band.

What’s the most well-known track here? Of the original tunes I’d say ‘Ship of Fools.’ They also do a ‘true to the original’ version on Bob Dylan’s ‘All I Really Want to Do.’

We can’t forget a few other strong tracks that need mentioning. The title track, ‘Private Revolution,’ along with ‘All Come True’ and ‘Making Love to the World’ also notes special mention.

Private Revolution peaked at #39 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.

‘Ship of Fools’ peaked at #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.


  • Karl Wallinger — vocals, guitars, bass, sampling keyboards
  • Delahaye—percussion
  • Rufus Dove—electric guitars
  • Martin Finnucane—harp (“Dance of the Hoppy Lads”)
  • Ahmed Gottlieb—sitar & tabla
  • Millennium Mills—piano
  • Sinéad O’Connor — backing vocals (“Private Revolution”, “Hawaiian Island World”)
  • Anthony Thistlethwaite — saxophone (“Ship of Fools”)
  • Will Towyn—sampling keyboards
  • Steve Wickham — violin

Track listing

All songs written by Karl Wallinger except “Dance of the Hoppy Lads,” written by Wallinger with Stephen Wickham, and “All I Really Want to Do,” written by Bob Dylan.

  1. Private Revolution (4:01)
  2. Making Love (To the World) (2:30)
  3. Ship of Fools (4:27)
  4. All Come True (5:52)
  5. Dance of the Hoppy Lads (0:44)
  6. It Can Be Beautiful (Sometimes) (3:00)
  7. The Ballad of the Little Man (5:02)
  8. Hawaiian Island World (4:20)
  9. All I Really Want to Do (4:43)
  10. World Party (4:36)
  11. It’s All Mine (5:33)

Cool Album’s write up of World Party’s Goodbye Jumbo

Other albums we’ve featured from 1986

Back to ‘Cool Album’ HOMEPAGE

Back to ‘Cool Album’ HOMEPAGE

World Party on Wikipedia

World Party on Allmusic

Listen to a KILLER live version of The Waterboys’ ‘This is The Sea

Purchase World Party on Amazon

Posted by Larry Carta

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