Goddess in the Doorway is the fourth solo album by Mick Jagger and was released in 2001. The most recent offering from Jagger as a solo artist, it marked his first release with Virgin Records, whom he has been contracted with as a member of The Rolling Stones since 1991.
Following 1993's Wandering Spirit by Jagger, and The Rolling Stones' Bridges to Babylon in 1997 and the extended Bridges to Babylon Tour, he began to work on demo material in 2000, finally reaching the studio in the spring of 2001. Although Jagger would primarily work with Marti Frederiksen and Matt Clifford as producers, he also sanctioned the talents of Lenny Kravitz and Wyclef Jean to help create Goddess in the Doorway. And while the songs would largely be composed by Jagger, he endeavored to work with some collaborators, namely, Kravitz and matchbox twenty singer Rob Thomas. The recording of many of the songs is shown in the film Being Mick.
While recording was underway, many of Jagger's musician friends, including Bono, Pete Townshend, Thomas, Kravitz, Jean and Joe Perry all contributed. Townshend, in fact, was the initiating force behind the album. After having heard some of Jagger's demos, he told him that they didn't sound like Rolling Stones songs and that Jagger should record them on his own.
By the end of the summer, Goddess in the Doorway was completed and the Kravitz-produced (and almost self-performed) "God Gave Me Everything" was put forward as the lead single that October. Although the song failed to become a significant hit, Goddess in the Doorway - with its hybrid of different styles - was released the following month to among the strongest reviews Jagger had received - including his tenure with The Rolling Stones - in years, with Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner bestowing a five-star instant classic rating upon the album. However, not everyone was as effusive. Keith Richards, never comfortable with Jagger's solo career since it began in 1985, mocked the album by calling it "Dogshit in the Doorway".
While the critical approval of Goddess in the Doorway was gratifying for Jagger, the album only reached #44 in the UK and #39 in the US. Following this, he returned to work with The Rolling Stones on Forty Licks and A Bigger Bang and their respective worldwide Licks and A Bigger Bang Tours. Besides his soundtrack work with David A. Stewart on Alfie in 2004, and the best of collection The Very Best Of Mick Jagger released in 2007, Goddess in the Doorway remains Mick Jagger's latest solo release to date.
|2001||UK Top 75 Albums||44|
|2001||The Billboard 200||39|
|2002||The Billboard 200||103|
|2001||"God Gave Me Everything"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||24|
|2002||"Visions Of Paradise"||UK Top 75 Singles||43|
US: #39, 8 weeks on Top 200 (39-59-77-96-103-132-163-192)
EUROCHART: #6, 9 weeks on Top 100 (6-9-22-35-35-54-81-99-0-0-94)