When You Were Mine (album)

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When You Were Mine
Studio album by
Released23 September 1997[1]
  • Sear Sound, New York City
  • Looking Glass, New York City
  • A&M, Hollywood
  • Encore, Burbank
Pure Records
ProducerJohn Waite
John Waite chronology
Temple Bar
When You Were Mine
Figure in a Landscape

When You Were Mine is the sixth studio album by English singer and musician John Waite, released by Mercury/Pure in 1997.[1]


Speaking to Songwriting Magazine in 2013, Waite said of the album: "When You Were Mine was the best album I ever did. I kind of went country in an English way, but it's a beautiful record."[2] He told Classic Rock Revisited that year: "When You Were Mine has strong acoustic values, and tells stories. It was completely different to what I had done before."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
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Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic considered the album to "tone down [Waite's] hard rock influences in an attempt to regain the adult contemporary radio audience he once had". He concluded: "Although the results aren't entirely successful, there's enough well-crafted mainstream pop here to satisfy longtime fans."[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."When You Were Mine"John Waite, Anthony Krizan4:00
2."Imaginary Girl"Waite, Pete Wasner3:56
3."Let's Get Out of Here"Waite, Shane Fontayne, Robert Thiele4:19
4."Suicide Life"Waite, Fontayne6:56
5."Just Like a Woman"Bob Dylan5:37
6."Bluebird Cafe"Waite, Don Lowery3:57
7."I-95"Waite, Fontayne4:12
8."Show Me How to Love You"Waite, Jeff Golub4:55
9."Valentine"Waite, Fontayne3:45
10."Have You Seen Her My Friend?"Waite, Mark Spiro5:25
11."All I Want For Christmas"Waite3:49


  • John Waite – lead and backing vocals
  • Chuck Kentis – Steinway grand piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, programming (10)
  • Mindy Joysten – accordion, harmony vocals (5, 6, 11)
  • Shane Fontayne – electric guitars, acoustic guitar, 6-string bass
  • Jeff Golub – electric guitars, acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar
  • Donnie Nossov – electric bass, acoustic bass
  • Tony Beard – drums
  • Tommy Funderburk – backing vocals (1, 10)
  • Mark Spiro – backing vocals (1, 10)
  • Liz Constantine – harmony vocals (8)


  • John Waite – producer
  • Tony Phillips – engineer, mixing
  • Chad Bamford – assistant engineer
  • Milton Chan – assistant engineer
  • Peter Kepler – assistant engineer
  • Tom Schick – assistant engineer
  • Ken Villeneuve – assistant engineer
  • Dave Collins – mastering
  • Andrew Garver – mastering assistant
  • Mick Rock – photography


  1. ^ a b c d John Waite (23 September 1997). "When You Were Mine - John Waite | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  2. ^ Publisher (1 September 2013). "Interview: John Waite – Songwriting Magazine". Songwritingmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  3. ^ "CRR Interview - John Waite: No One To Blame But Himself". Classicrockrevisited.com. Retrieved 7 June 2020.