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Chris Isaak

Songwriter Chris Isaak clearly loves the reverb-laden rockabilly and country of Sun Studios. In particular, he transfers the sweeping melancholy of Roy Orbison's classic Monument singles ("Crying," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "In Dreams") to the more stripped-down, rootsy sound of Sun, resulting in a stylized take on '50s and '60s rock & roll that made him into a star in the early '90s, propelled to a great degree by the hit single "Wicked Game."

Isaak began performing after he graduated from college, forming the rockabilly band Silvertone. The group, which featured guitarist James Calvin Wilsey, bassist Rowland Salley, and drummer Kenney Dale Johnson, would become the singer/guitarist's permanent supporting band. Isaak released his first album, Silvertone, on Warner Bros. in 1985. It was critically well received yet failed to sell well. Two years later, he released the self-titled Chris Isaak, which managed to scrape into the Top 200 album charts. After its release, the singer began an acting career with a bit part in Jonathan Demme's 1988 film Married to the Mob; he would later have parts in Wild at Heart, The Silence of the Lambs, and A Dirty Shame, as well as starring in his own situation comedy series for the Showtime cable network.

Released in 1989, Heart Shaped World initially sold more than Chris Isaak, yet it didn't manage to break big until late 1990, when the single "Wicked Game" was featured in David Lynch's Wild at Heart. Soon, the single became a Top Ten hit; the album also made it into the Top Ten and sold over a million copies. Both 1993's San Francisco Days and 1995's Forever Blue mined essentially the same vein as Heart Shaped World, yet both went gold and spawned a handful of hits. In 1996, Isaak released The Baja Sessions; Speak of the Devil followed two years later.

Isaak's busy touring schedule and growing visibility as an actor kept him out of the recording studio until 2002, when he released Always Got Tonight, though in 2004 he did find time to cut his first seasonal album, Chris Isaak Christmas, which featured five new Yuletide tunes along with a batch of holiday favorites.

The musician once again flexed his TV muscles in 2009 with The Chris Isaak Hour, whose debut on the Biography Channel was promoted in part by Mr. Lucky, his first album of original material in seven years. A year later he released the concert album Live at the Fillmore. In 2011, Isaak paid tribute to the classic '50s rockabilly and country music produced by the legendary Sam Phillips at Memphis' Sun Records with his album Beyond the Sun. Recorded at Sun Studios, Isaak delivered cuts originally recorded by such artists as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and others.

In 2015, Isaak signed on as a judge on the seventh season of The X Factor Australia. Also that year, he returned with his 13th full-length album, First Comes the Night. Recorded in Nashville with longtime producer Mark Needham, the album also included production from Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum) and Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beyond The Sun (Deluxe Version)

Disc 1

1. Ring Of Fire

2. Trying To Get To You

3. I Forgot To Remember To Forget

4. Great Balls Of Fire

5. Can't Help Falling In Love

6. Dixie Fried

7. How's The World Treating You

8. It's Now Or Never

9. Miss Pearl

10. Live It Up

11. I Walk The Line

12. So Long I'm Gone

13. She's Not You

14. My Happiness

Disc 2

1. My Baby Left Me

2. Oh, Pretty Woman

3. Doin' The Best I Can

4. Your True Love

5. Crazy Arms

6. Lovely Loretta

7. Everybody's In The Mood

8. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry

9. Love Me

10. Doncha' Think It's Time

11. That Lucky Old Sun

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Track List: Mr. Lucky

1. Cheater's Town

2. We Let Her Down

3. You Don't Cry Like I Do

4. We've Got Tomorrow

5. Breaking Apart

6. Baby Baby

9. Summer Holiday

10. Best I Ever Had

11. We Lost Our Way

12. Very Pretty Girl

13. Take My Heart

14. Big Wide Wonderful World

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Track List: Best Of Chris Isaak

1. San Francisco Days

2. Somebody's Crying

3. Wicked Game

4. Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing

5. Let Me Down Easy

6. Two Hearts

7. King Without A Castle

8. Only The Lonely

9. Speak Of The Devil

10. Blue Spanish Sky

11. You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love

13. Let's Have A Party

14. Dancin'

15. Blue Hotel

16. Please

17. I Want You To Want Me

18. Forever Blue (Acoustic Version)

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Track List: Always Got Tonight

1. One Day

2. Let Me Down Easy

3. Worked It Out Wrong

4. Courthouse

5. Life Will Go On

6. Always Got Tonight

7. Cool Love

8. Notice the Ring

9. I See You Everywhere

10. American Boy

11. Somebody to Love

12. Nothing to Say

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Track List: Speak Of The Devil

1. Please

2. Flying

3. Walk Slow

4. Breaking Apart

5. This Time

6. Speak OF The Devil

7. Like The Way She Moves

8. Wanderin'

9. Don't Get Down On Yourself

10. Black Flowers

11. I'm Not Sleepy

12. Lonely Nights

13. Talkin' 'Bout A Home

14. Super Magic 2000

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Track List: Baja Sessions

1. Pretty Girls Don't Cry

2. Back On Your Side

3. Only the Lonely

4. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)

5. I Wonder

6. Wrong to Love You

7. Waiting for My Lucky Day

8. Yellow Bird

9. Two Hearts

10. Return to Me

11. Dancin'

12. Sweet Leilani

13. Think of Tomorrow

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Track List: Forever Blue

1. Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing

2. Somebody's Crying

3. Graduation Day

4. Go Walking Down There

5. Don't Leave Me On My Own

6. Things Go Wrong

7. Forever Blue

8. There She Goes

9. Goin' Nowhere

10. Changed Your Mind

11. Shadows In A Mirror

12. I Believe

13. The End Of Everything

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Track List: San Francisco Days

1. San Francisco Days

2. Beautiful Homes

3. Round 'N' Round

4. Two Hearts

5. Can't Do A Thing

6. Except The New Girl

7. Waiting

8. Move Along

9. I Want Your Love

10. 5:15

11. Lonely With A Broken Heart

12. Solitary Man

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Track List: Heart Shaped World

1. Heart Shaped World

2. I'm Not Waiting

3. Don't Make Me Dream About You

4. Kings Of The Highway

5. Wicked Game

6. Blue Spanish Sky

7. Wrong To Love You

8. Forever Young

9. Nothing's Changed

10. In The Heart Of The Jungle

11. Diddley Daddy

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Track List: Chris Isaak

1. You Owe Me Some Kind of Love

2. Heart Full of Soul

3. Blue Hotel

4. Lie To Me

5. Fade Away

6. Wild Live

7. This Love Will Last

8. You Took My Heart

9. Cryin'

10. Lovers Game

11. Waiting for the Rain to Fall

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Track List: Silvertone

1. Dancin'

2. Talk to Me

3. Livin' for Your Lover

4. Back On Your Side

5. Voodoo

6. Funeral In the Rain

7. The Lonely Ones

8. Unhappiness

9. Tears

10. Gone Ridin'

11. Pretty Girls Don't Cry

12. Western Stars

13. Another Idea

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Track List: First Comes The Night

1. First Comes The Night

2. Please Don't Call

3. Perfect Lover

4. Down In Flames

5. Reverie

6. Baby What You Want

7. Kiss Me Like A Stranger

8. Dry Your Eyes

9. Don't Break My Heart

10. Running Down The Road

11. Insects

12. The Way Things Really Are

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Track List: First Comes The Night (Deluxe Edition)

1. First Comes The Night

2. Please Don’t Call

3. Perfect Lover

4. Down In Flames

5. Reverie

6. Baby What You Want Me To Do

7. Kiss Me Like A Stranger

8. Dry Your Eyes

9. Don’t Break My Heart

10. Running Down The Road

11. Insects

12. The Way Things Really Are

13. Some Days Are Harder Than The Rest

14. Keep Hanging On

15. Every Night I Miss You More

16. The Girl That Broke My Heart

17. Love The Way You Kiss Me

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Track List: King Without A Castle

1. King Without A Castle

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Track List: Please Don’t Call (Single)

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Oooooooya
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Smooth talent
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wicked game is wicked to the max english keith new orleans
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
Why do you do this !! You know I Can't help it just because you sing this to me !!
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curtisvasseu r
Not bad Chris. Not bad. I'm told I do a great Elvis also.
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I really love his version of Elvis' "I can't help falling in love with you"... I'm usually not a fan of other singers who do remakes of the original singers, but Chris's is awesome!
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jodiebergqui s t 5
I love your music but you stilled Elvis Presley song
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So COOL
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GOOD point cdokken7.... Comparisons of RI to the late Greats...Elv i s , NKC,

Well NOTED.

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Wicked game is soooo good
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Love his music
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What a wicked game
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bogus_one
Isaak makes me nostalgic.
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
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Love his style and smooth sound. Always a fan .CG
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Very talented artist! I always thought he sounded more like Roy Orbison more than Elvis personally.
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Good song I guess I like Elvis's version the best though
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this is my fave song of all time
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sheffield57
Just an instrumental
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sheffield57
So much better YES YES
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kristinelamb e r t 2 0 0 0
Hottie.
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This song is so me :)
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sheffield57
Bye
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<3
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Love this song
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Wonderful rendition of a great song...
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Love Chris - he was very good in concert - saw him at Chastain in Atlanta a few years back. Great Show.
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Always dug this tune, as well, the "Lady In Red"...Mr.Is a a k ' s got class, & got bless his band, 4 t.c.b., inda background.. .
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Heartfelt and sincère talent .
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He may be inspired by previous greats, but he is in his own right BRILLIANT.
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Well, I am definitely a Chris Isaak admirer, that's for sure. There are only a very tiny, "scintilla" elite who can impress me w/ their personal version of Elvis. Nat King Cole, deserves merit for his own soothing version of anything he chooses to sing, but Chris Isaak as well is really impressive.
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Neo classic Rockabillya ! B-)
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He sings my life..
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sheffield57
Return to me. Isaak sexy voice omg
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love this song 21 pilots sing it better though
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sheffield57
Lyrics not the greatest but catchy t une. There She Goes,,,Issak
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Wicked Game a Classic ......
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Love this song very mysterious never new what artist sung this tell now. Wondering how many other tracks have that feel to it?
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This guy is hot and so is this song! Can't ever get tired of this song, very sexy.
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Best artist for this TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST OLDIES of the day! I can't get enough of his singing!!
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Ban plagiarism and this prism of crippler waves.
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Yes
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skate away
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LOCAL artist
From the Central COAST

Wicked Game ALWAYS gets me!

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Very nice...PEACE
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��...I can't help falling in love with you...��
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He destroyed River Bend Cincy about 20 or so years ago
He walked through the crowd playing his guitar, a complete bad-a** Elvis vibe to him
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Flawless
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Never forget the time he walked on stage at the San Diego Street Scene wearing a disco-ball-l i k e suit made of mirrors! was awesome. great performer.
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