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Released: September 3, 1991

Rating: 2.850 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: rock > alternative

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Baby Universal (Bowie/Gabrels) [3:18]
  2. One Shot (Bowie/Gabrels/Sales/Sales) [5:11]
  3. You Belong in Rock & Roll (Bowie/Gabrels) [4:07]
  4. Amlapura (Bowie/Gabrels) [3:46]
  5. Betty Wrong (Bowie/Gabrels) [3:48]
  6. You Can’t Talk (Bowie/Gabrels/Sales/Sales) [3:09]
  7. Stateside (Bowie/Sales) [5:38]
  8. Shopping for Girls (Bowie/Sales) [3:44]
  9. A Big Hurt [3:40]
  10. Sorry (Sales) [3:39]
  11. Goodbye Mr. Ed (Bowie/Sales/Sales) [3:24]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 43:24


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 126
peak on U.K. album chart 23

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • You Belong in Rock & Roll (8/14/91) #33 UK
  • One Shot (8/31/91) #17 AR, #3 MR
  • Baby Universal (11/2/91) #48 UK, #21 MR

Tin Machine II
Tin Machine
“The second (and essentially final) Tin Machine installment finds the group polishing up their sound significantly making a well-produced collection of songs. Many songs — notably Amlapura or Goodbye Mr. Ed — come as less than raucous rock songs (as heard on the previous record) but more as sonic works of art. Strong opener Baby Universal is infectiously catchy. Bowie is featured on saxophone on several numbers, particularly You Belong in Rock & Roll — an interesting side to this record. Admittedly, this album takes some getting used to, but repeated listenings are very rewarding” (Erlewine).

“Much of the difficulty with Tin Machine II rests in some general confusion with what guitarist Reeves Gabrels is doing with his guitar; he doesn't play it like a guitarist is supposed to play. He plays long textural notes that shift in pitch and intensity. He does not play on the beat, and he does not play licks that you will be humming when the song is over” (Erlewine).

“Frequent listenings will prove this a beautiful enhancement to the music rather than a mosquito buzzing in the ear. Lead vocals by Hunt Sales on Stateside and Sorry; his high, somewhat whiny voice adds yet another dimension to the sound of this group” (Erlewine).

“Much of their work came to light before the radio-listening/music-buying public was really ready to hear it — a later release of this music may have faired better in public opinion. This is a well-conceived and well-executed recording. The cover of the U.S. release of this record features the Kouros statues on the front with their genitalia apparently broken off. European releases show the statues anatomically intact” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.