Wednesday, May 18, 2022

"Livin' Right" by Glenn Frey

Song#:  3833
Date:  03/18/1989
Debut:  92
Peak:  90
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Frey's third solo album, Soul Searchin', started off fairly well with the #13 Pop/#2 AC/#15 Rock single "True Love." However, the title track follow-up single didn't do nearly as well. While it would get to #5 AC, it failed to reach the other charts. Then this third single wouldn't get very far with it peaking at #22 AC while spending a short month at the bottom of the Pop chart. With those results, the best the album could do was #36. It would fail to reach the gold level sales of his previous two albums.

ReduxReview:  This ode to better living came off like an attempt replicate the success of Frey's own hit "The Heat Is On." It also sounded like a shelved Huey Lewis & the News track. Lewis' rock/blues/soul sound was becoming less popular at the time so I'm not sure why Frey would go down that same road. It just wasn't all that interesting or all that good. Frankly, it sounded like an artist who was running out of ideas.

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  Frey's last significant single came in 1991 with "Part of You, Part of Me." That tune was included on the soundtrack to the hit film Thelma and Louise. The song would get to #55 Pop/#7 AC/#9 Rock. It would be included on his next solo album, '92's Strange Weather. Unfortunately, the initial single from the LP, "I've Got Mine," would stall at #91 Pop while getting to #12 AC. Two other singles from the album would reach the AC chart, but failed to crack the Pop chart. Without a significant mainstream hit to promote the album, it became Frey's first to miss the chart. Save for a covers album in 2012, it would bring a close to Frey's solo career. He would reunite with the Eagles in '94 and remain with them through to his death in 2016.



  1. I don't get why "Soul Searchin'" never made the Billboard Hot 100, I thought that was the best song he did after the Miami Vice era, also is it just me or does "I Got Mine" sound like a rewrite of "You Belong To The City"?

    1. The title track was better than this one, but I still wasn't a fan. The whole album just sounded like a rinse-n-repeat thing. It was a big step backwards following some terrific singles.

    2. On a scale of 0-10 how did you like Soul Searchin? Me I give it a 7/10