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Song of Scatland

This article is about the album. For the song, see Scatman's World (song).
Scatman's World
Scatman John
Released July 10, 1995
Recorded 1994-1995
Genre Pop, eurodance, house, techno, scat
Length 45:14
Label RCA Records
Producer Antonio Nunzio Catania and Ingo Kays
Scatman John chronology

John Larkin
(1986)
Scatman's World
(1995)
Everybody Jam!
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Scatman's World is debut album by American musician Scatman John, recorded after the worldwide success of his debut single "Scatman". It is somewhat of a concept album dealing with an imaginary Utopian society named "Scatland". He speaks about this at length in the liner notes: "If you're wondering where Scatland is, you don't have to look too far; it's between your deepest dreams and warmest wishes".

The songs deal with various elements of American society and many of them draw on Scatman's personal experience; "Popstar" is a tongue-in-cheek number about the shallow nature of stardom, "Quiet Desperation" deals with the homeless problem and "Time (Take Your Time)" is a harrowing song about his time in Alcoholics Anonymous.

The album climaxes with "Song of Scatland", a ballad dedicated to the imaginary kingdom that was notoriously released as a single. "Hi, Louis" closes the album proper with traditional scatting over jazz piano and steady beats; the title is probably a reference to Louis Armstrong, to whom he later paid tribute on the track "Everybody Jam!".

Scatman's World was very popular internationally, particularly in Japan, where it reached No. 2 and stayed on the charts for 40 weeks, selling more than 1,560,000 copies overall, and ranking as the 9th best selling album that was recorded by a non-Japanese artist of all time in that country.

Track listing

  1. "Welcome to Scatland" – 0:49
  2. "Scatman's World" – 3:40
  3. "Only You" – 3:42
  4. "Quiet Desperation" – 3:51
  5. "Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)" – 3:30
  6. "Sing Now!" – 3:38
  7. "Popstar" – 4:13
  8. "Time (Take Your Time)" – 3:41
  9. "Mambo Jambo" – 3:30
  10. "Everything Changes" – 4:38
  11. "Song of Scatland" – 5:05
  12. "Hi, Louis" – 2:34
  13. "Scatman" [Game Over Jazz] – 5:03 (Bonus track)
  14. "Scatman" [Spike Mix] – 6:43 (Japan bonus track)

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Preceded by
These Days by Bon Jovi
Finnish Chart number-one album
32 – 33 / 1995
Succeeded by
Sex Affairs by E-Rotic
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