Let It Come Down

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Let It Come Down
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 10, 1998
Recorded1997
GenreAlternative rock, Soft rock
Length40:16
LabelHut, Virgin
ProducerJim Scott, James Iha
James Iha chronology
Let It Come Down
(1998)
Look to the Sky
(2012)

Let It Come Down is James Iha's first solo album. It was released in 1998, during which Iha was still with The Smashing Pumpkins, before the release of Adore. AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars, saying "Iha's handful of songwriting contributions to the Pumpkins suggested that he had talent, and he proves it here", and adding that it is "a refreshing little gem that begs for a sequel."[1]

Iha took on a more acoustic country-ish sound reminiscent of the songs he contributed to the Pumpkins, notably shying away from the darker sound of Billy Corgan's songwriting. He had said that the quieter tone of the songs reflected the fact that many of them were written in his hotel rooms during The Smashing Pumpkins tours, and he didn't want to disturb other guests by playing too loudly.

"Be Strong Now" was released as a 4-track single, featuring the bonus studio tracks "Falling", "My Advice" and "Take Care", and as a 2-track promo single where the other track is a 12-second call out hook. Both versions of the "Be Strong Now" single feature the same cover. There is also an extended promo version of the single called "Be Strong Now (With Intro)" lasting 3:35. Additionally, the song "Jealousy" was released as a promo single, without any B-sides.

The album was remastered and re-issued in February 2012 with the three tracks previously released as b-sides added as bonus tracks. In November 2020 the album saw a vinyl reissue in Japan.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by James Iha.

No.TitleLength
1."Be Strong Now"2:48
2."Sound of Love"3:56
3."Beauty"3:44
4."See the Sun"3:59
5."Country Girl"3:01
6."Jealousy"3:26
7."Lover, Lover"3:21
8."Silver String"3:53
9."Winter"4:25
10."One and Two"3:31
11."No One's Gonna Hurt You"4:12
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleLength
12."My Advice"3:15
2012 remaster
No.TitleLength
12."My Advice"3:37
13."Take Care"2:30
14."Falling"3:56

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
February 10, 1998 Virgin 7243 8 45411 2 5 CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
February 11, 1998 Virgin VJCP-25373 CD Japan Discogs MusicBrainz [1][2]
February 15, 2012 EMI TOCP-11501 CD Japan Discogs [1][3]
November 3, 2020 Universal Strategic Marketing Japan UPJY9132 LP Japan Discogs [1]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • James Iha – vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, producer, string arrangements
  • Neal Casal – harmony vocal, electric guitar
  • Greg Leisz – pedal steel, lap steel and electric guitars, bass on "Lover, Lover"
  • Adam Schlesinger – piano, bass on "Country Girl"
  • Solomon Snyder – bass
  • John Ginty – Hammond organ, piano
  • Matt Walker – drums, percussion
  • Curt Bisquera – percussion
  • Eric Remschneider – cello, string arrangement
  • James Sanders – violin
  • Stacia Spencer – violin on "Silver String"
  • Jim Goodwin – sax on "Jealousy"
  • Ralph Rickert – trumpet on "Jealousy"
  • D'arcy Wretzky – harmony vocal on "One and Two"
  • Nina Gordon – harmony vocal on "Beauty"
  • Tonya Lamm and Shawn Barton – harmony vocal on "No One's Gonna Hurt You" and "Country Girl"

Production[edit | edit source]

  • Produced By James Iha & Jim Scott
  • Post-production by Scott Humphrey & Podboy, with post-production on "One and Two" by Flood
  • Engineered by Jim Scott, with additional engineering by Steve Spapperi
  • Mixed by Jim Scott; mix assisted by Mike Scotella
  • Mastered by Stephen Marcussen

Additional Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Dave Menet – guitar tech
  • Russ Spice – equipment
  • Rob Austin – chef and mantra maker
  • Q Prime Inc – management
  • Jill Berliner and Eric Greenspan – legal
  • Mark Kaplan – accounting
  • Chris Billheimer – art direction
  • Jeremy Goldberg – cover photograph
  • Anette Aurell – back photograph
  • James Iha, Kevin Wells, Larry Hirshowitz – collage photographs
  • Lou Kregel, Patti West – illustrators
  • Todd Tatnall – Pro Tools editing

Chart position[edit | edit source]

Album[edit | edit source]

Chart (1998) Position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[2] 53
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 76
US Billboard 200[4] 171

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Let It Come Down – AllMusic review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  2. "Swedishcharts.com – James Iha – Let It Come Down". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  3. "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  4. "James Iha Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.

External links[edit | edit source]