Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pat Benatar


Patricia Mae Andrzejewski was born on January 10, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. She is an American singer and four time Grammy winner. She had considerable commercial success particularly in the United States.
When she came out to the music scene, the press often compared Pat Benatar with Blondie's front woman, Debbie Harry, creating parallels regarding the fact of two sexy, attractive, gutsy female rockers. Actually they are good friends, as revealed in Pat's autobiography and have toured together during the Call Me Invincible Tour in 2009. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including "Love Is a Battlefield", "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", "We Belong" and "Heartbreaker". Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV. Pat Benatar was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at the Second Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala held October 30, 2008. In June 2010, Benatar's memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock Place was released. The book touches on her battles with her record company Chrysalis, and the difficulties her career caused in her personal life. Initially reluctant to undertake the project, she found the actual writing process so enjoyable that it inspired her with plans to write a novel.

In the Heat of the Night (1979)

In the Heat of the Night is Pat Benatar's debut album, released on October 26, 1979. It features cover versions like Nick Gilder's "Rated X", John Mellencamp's "I Need a Lover", The Alan Parsons Project's "Don't Let it Show", Sweet's "No You Don't", and Smokie's "If You Think You Know How To Love Me" and "In the Heat of the Night. The album peaked at #12 in the U.S. (Platinum disc). The singles taken from this album were: I Need a Lover (#31 Netherlands), If You Think You Know How to Love Me, Heartbreaker (#23 U.S., #18 Canada), We Live for Love (#27 U.S., #8 Canada) and Rated X.





Tracklist:

1-) Heartbreaker.
2-) I Need a Lover.
3-) If You Think You Know How to Love Me.
4-) In the Heat of the Night.
5-) My Clone Sleeps Alone.
6-) We Live for Love.
7-) Rated X.
8-) Don't Let It Show.
9-) No You Don't.
10-) So Sincere.

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Crimes of Passion (1980)

Crimes of Passion is Pat Benatar's second studio album, released on August 6, 1980. The music video for the song "You Better Run" was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981. It features a cover version of Kate Bush's 1978 hit, Wuthering Heights. This album featured Myron Grombacher on drums, replacing Glen Alexander Hamilton. The album peaked at #2 in the U.S. selling 5 million albums there. (5 platinum discs), her highest selling album to date. The singles taken from this album were: You Better Run (#42 U.S.), Hit Me with Your Best Shot (#9 U.S., #10 Canada), Treat Me Right (#18 U.S., #12 Canada), I'm Gonna Follow You, and Hell Is for Children.





Tracklist:

1-) Treat Me Right.
2-) You Better Run.
3-) Never Wanna Leave You.
4-) Hit Me with Your Best Shot.
5-) Hell Is for Children.
6-) Little Paradise.
7-) I'm Gonna Follow You.
8-) Wuthering Heights.
9-) Prisoner of Love.
10-) Out-a-Touch.

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Precious Time (1981)

Precious Time is Pat Benatar's third studio album, released in July, 1981. It features a cover version of The Beatles' Helter Skelter. The album peaked at #1 in the U.S. (2 Platinum discs) and #30 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were: Fire and Ice (#17 U.S., #4 Canada), Promises in the Dark (#38 U.S., #31 Canada), Precious Time, and It's a Tuff Life.





Tracklist:

1-) Promises in the Dark.
2-) Fire and Ice.
3-) Just Like Me.
4-) Precious Time.
5-) It's a Tuff Life.
6-) Take It Anyway You Want It.
7-) Evil Genius.
8-) Hard to Believe.
9-) Helter Skelter.

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Get Nervous (1982)

Get Nervous is Pat Benatar's fourth studio album, released on November, 1982. The is the first Benatar album to feature Charlie Giordano on keyboards, as Scott St. Clair Sheets left after Precious Time was released. The album peaked at #4 in the U.S. (Platinum disc) and #73 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were: Shadows of the Night (#13 U.S., #12 Canada), Anxiety (Get Nervous), Little Too Late (#20 U.S.), and Looking for a Stranger (#39 U.S.).





Tracklist:

1-) Shadows of the Night.
2-) Looking for a Stranger.
3-) Anxiety (Get Nervous).
4-) Fight It Out.
5-) The Victim.
6-) Little Too Late.
7-) I'll Do It.
8-) I Want Out.
9-) Tell It to Her.
10-) Silent Partner.

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Live from Earth (1983)

Live from Earth is Pat Benatar's first live album, released in October, 1983. It also contains two studio tracks, "Love Is a Battlefield" and "Lipstick Lies", and these were produced by Neil Giraldo and Peter Coleman. A VHS concert titled "Pat Benatar in Concert" was released the same year but has different track listing. This was later released on DVD as "Live from New Haven". The album peaked at #13 in the U.S. (Platinum disc) and #70 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were the album's new tracks: Love Is a Battlefield (#5 U.S., #2 Canada) and Lipstick Lies.





Tracklist:

1-) Fire and Ice.
2-) Looking for a Stranger.
3-) I Want Out.
4-) We Live for Love.
5-) Hell Is for Children.
6-) Hit Me with Your Best Shot.
7-) Promises in the Dark.
8-) Heartbreaker.
9-) Love Is a Battlefield.
10-) Lipstick Lies.

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Tropico (1984)

Tropico is Pat Benatar's fifth studio album, released on November 24, 1984. During the filming of the video for the single "Painted Desert", Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo discovered they were expecting their first child. It is also said by Benatar and Giraldo that this album is the first where they moved away from Benatar's famed "hard rock" sound and started experimenting with new, sometimes "gentler," styles and sounds. First album featuring Donnie Vossov replacing Roger Capps on Bass. The album peaked at #14 in the U.S. (Platinum disc), #31 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were: We Belong (#5 U.S., #8 Canada), Diamond Field, Ooh Ooh Song (#36 U.S., #89 Canada), Temporary Heroes, and Painted Desert.





Tracklist:

1-) Diamond Field.
2-) We Belong.
3-) Painted Desert.
4-) Temporary Heroes.
5-) Love in the Ice Age.
6-) Ooh Ooh Song.
7-) The Outlaw Blues.
8-) Suburban King.
9-) A Crazy World Like This.
10-) Takin' It Back.

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Seven the Hard Way (1985)

Seven the Hard Way is Pat Benatar's sixth studio album, released in November, 1985. "Seven albums in seven years...Two dice...3½ dots each. Seven...the hard way." Pat commented at her concerts before performing "Invincible": "This is from one of the worst movies ever made." This statement refers to the film The Legend of Billie Jean, which did poorly at the box office, and became a cult classic to MTV fans in general. Scott St. Clair Sheets returns to the fold since 1981's Precious Time and Frank Linx replaces Donny Vossov on Bass. The album charted to #26 in the U.S. (Gold disc) and #79 in the U.K. The singles taken from this album were: Invincible (#10 U.S., #6 Canada), Sex as a Weapon (#28 U.S., #30 Canada), Le Bel Age (#54 U.S.), and Big Life.





Tracklist:

1-) Sex as a Weapon.
2-) Le Bel Age.
3-) Walking in the Underground.
4-) Big Life.
5-) Red Vision.
6-) 7 Rooms of Gloom.
7-) Run Between the Raindrops.
8-) Invincible.
9-) The Art of Letting Go.

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Wide Awake in Dreamland (1988)

Wide Awake in Dreamland is Pat Benatar's seventh studio album, released in June, 1988. After a string of successful albums, this was her last rock-oriented album of the 1980s, before she would go on to try a blues-based sound. The album charted to #28 in the U.S. (Gold disc) and #11 in the U.K. The singles released from this album were: All Fired Up (#19 U.S., #8 Canada), Don't Walk Away (#42 U.K.), Let's Stay Together, and One Love (#59 U.K.).





Tracklist:

1-) All Fired Up.
2-) One Love.
3-) Let's Stay Together.
4-) Don't Walk Away.
5-) Too Long a Soldier.
6-) Cool Zero.
7-) Cerebral Man.
8-) Lift 'em on Up.
9-) Suffer the Little Children.
10-) Wide Awake in Dreamland.

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True Love (1991) (***NEW***)

True Love is Pat Benatar's eighth studio album, released in April, 1991. It is a jump blues record. Pat Benatar recorded the album with Neil Giraldo, Myron Grombacher and the Roomful of Blues horn section and drummer. The album included the seasonal standard "Please Come Home for Christmas" as a bonus track, which was released to the US Troops serving in the Gulf War. The album is a combination of cover and original tracks. Pat Benatar was the May artist of the month for VH-1 in 1991 in support of the album. The album peaked to #37 in the U.S. and has sold more than 339, 000 copies in the U.S. This album spawned the following singles: True Love (#21 Netherlands), Payin' the Cost to Be the Boss (#17 U.S. Mainstream Rock charts), and So Long.



Tracklisting:

1-) Bloodshot Eyes.
2-) Payin' the Cost to Be the Boss.
3-) So Long.
4-) I've Got Papers on You.
5-) I Feel Lucky.
6-) True Love.
7-) The Good Life.
8-) Evening.
9-) I Get Evil.
10-) Don't Happen No More.
11-) Please Come Home for Christmas.

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Gravity's Rainbow (1993) (***NEW***)

Gravity's Rainbow is Pat Benatar's ninth studio album, released on June 1, 1993. It is named after, though bearing little other relation to, the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. The album charted to #85 in the U.S. and has sold over 160, 000 copies in the U.S. The following singles were taken from this album: Everybody Lay Down (#3 U.S. Mainstream Rock Charts), Somebody's Baby (#48 U.K.), Crazy, and Every Time I Fall Back.



Tracklisting:

1-) Pictures of a Gone World.
2-) Everybody Lay Down.
3-) Somebody's Baby.
4-) Ties That Bind.
5-) You & I.
6-) Disconnected.
7-) Crazy.
8-) Every Time I Fall Back.
9-) Sanctuary.
10-) Rise (Part 2).
11-) Kingdom Key.
12-) Tradin' Down.

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Innamorata (1997) (***NEW***)

Innamorata is Pat Benatar's tenth studio album, released on June 3, 1997. The album peaked to #171 in the U.S and up to this day it has sold over 65, 000 copies in the U.S. The following singles were released: Strawberry Wine, At This Time, and Papa's Roses.



Tracklisting:

1-) Guitar Intro.
2-) Only You.
3-) River of Love.
4-) I Don't Want to Be Your Friend (I Want to Be Your Lover).
5-) Strawberry Wine.
6-) Purgatory.
7-) Papa's Roses.
8-) At This Time.
9-) Dirty Little Secrets.
10-) Angry.
11-) In These Times.
12-) Innamorata.
13-) Gina's Song.

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Go (2003)

Go is Pat Benatar's eleventh and so far last studio album, released on August 12, 2003. The album charted to #187 in the U.S. selling more than 34, 000 copies in the U.S. The singles taken from this album were: Have It All and Go (#121 U.S.).





Tracklist:

1-) Go.
2-) Brave.
3-) I Won't.
4-) Have It All.
5-) Sorry.
6-) Please Don't Leave Me.
7-) Girl.
8-) Out of the Ruins.
9-) In My Dreams.
10-) Tell Me.
11-) Brokenhearted.
12-) Christmas in America (Hidden track).

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Police



The Police were an English rock band from London, formed in 1977. The band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (guitar, vocals) and Stewart Copeland (drums, vocals, percussion). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first New Wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by jazz, punk and reggae music. The band broke up in 1984, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour lasting until August 2008, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their hit single "Roxanne" and also, to a lesser extent, their formation as a group. The Police have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and became the world's highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour.

Outlandos d'Amour (1978)

Outlandos d'Amour is The Police's debut album, released on November 2, 1978. The LP initially flopped, due to low exposure and an unfavourable reaction from the BBC to its first two singles, "Can't Stand Losing You" and "Roxanne" (about suicide and prostitution, respectively). Police manager Miles Copeland III originally wanted to name the album Police Brutality. However, after hearing "Roxanne" and then envisioning a more romantic image for the band, he proposed Outlandos d'Amour instead. This title was derived from "Outlaws of Love", which was merged with the word "commandos" and then given an exotic-sounding French translation. In 2003, the album was ranked number 434 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album charted to #6 in the U.K. (Platinum disc) and #23 in the U.S. (Platinum disc). The singles taken from this album were: Roxanne (#12 U.K., #32 U.S.), Can't Stand Losing You (#2 U.K.) and So Lonely (#6 U.K.).

Tracklist:

1-) Next to You.
2-) So Lonely.
3-) Roxanne.
4-) Hole in My Life.
5-) Peanuts.
6-) Can't Stand Losing You.
7-) Truth Hits Everybody.
8-) Born in the 50's.
9-) Be My Girl-Sally.
10-) Masoko Tanga.

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Reggatta de Blanc (1979)

Reggatta de Blanc is The Police's second studio album, released on October 5, 1979. The album took only a few weeks to record, spaced over several months. However, unlike its successor - Zenyattà Mondatta - there was no pressure on the band. As Stewart Copeland describes it, "We just went into the studio and said, 'Right, who's got the first song?' We hadn't even rehearsed them before we went in." In 2003, the album was ranked number 369 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album charted to #1 in the U.K. (Platinum disc) and #25 in the U.S. (Platinum disc). The singles taken from this album were: Message in a Bottle (#1 U.K., #74 U.S.) and Walking on the Moon (#1 U.K.).

Tracklist:

1-) Message in a Bottle.
2-) Reggatta de Blanc.
3-) It's Alright for You.
4-) Bring on the Night.
5-) Deathwish.
6-) Walking on the Moon.
7-) On Any Other Day.
8-) The Bed's Too Big Without You.
9-) Contact.
10-) Does Everyone Stare.
11-) No Time This Time.

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Zenyattà Mondatta (1980)

Zenyattà Mondatta is The Police's third studio album, released on October 3, 1980. Written during the band's second tour and recorded in four weeks (minus several days for concerts in the U.K.- Milton Keynes festival - and Ireland). The band members have often expressed disappointment over it, going so far as to re-record two songs during a brief, unsuccessful reunion.As mentioned by Copeland, the Police embarked on a tour of the world the day of the album's completion, beginning in Belgium and reaching places such as India and Egypt. Zenyattà Mondatta is also notable for containing the band's first lyrics ever referring to political events, with Sting's "Driven To Tears" commenting on poverty and Copeland's "Bombs Away" referring to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. These themes would become more prevalent in the Police's next album, Ghost in the Machine.Copeland has claimed that the group arrived at the album's title after deciding it should roll off the tongue. Rejected titles included Caprido Von Renislam (referring to the street, Catharina van Renneslaan, where the studio was located) and Trimondo Blondomina (suggesting three blonds dominating the world). Zenyattà Mondatta are invented portmanteau words, hinting at Zen, at Jomo Kenyatta, at the French word for the world ("le monde") and at Reggatta, from the previous album's name, Reggatta de Blanc. The album charted to #1 in the U.K. (Platinum disc) and #5 in the U.S. (2x Platinum discs). The singles taken from this album were: Don't Stand So Close to Me (#1 U.K., #10 U.S.) and De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (#5 U.K., #10 U.S.).

Tracklist:

1-) Don't Stand So Close to Me.
2-) Driven to Tears.
3-) When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around.
4-) Canary in a Coalmine.
5-) Voices Inside My Head.
6-) Bombs Away.
7-) De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.
8-) Behind My Camel.
9-) Man in a Suitcase.
10-) Shadows in the Rain.
11-) The Other Way of Stopping.

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Ghost in the Machine (1981)

Ghost in the Machine is The Police's fourth studio album, released on October 2, 1981 on the same day of Sting's 30th birthday. Much of the material in this album was inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Ghost in the Machine, which also provided the title. It was their first album to bear an English language title. The album was listed #322 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2000 Q magazine placed Ghost in the Machine at #76 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. Pitchfork Media ranked it #86 in their list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s.The cover art for Ghost in the Machine features a seven-segment display-inspired graphic that depicts the heads of the three band members each with a distinctive hair style (from left to right, Andy Summers, Sting with spiky hair, and Stewart Copeland with a fringe); the band was unable to decide on a photograph to use for the cover. Interestingly, wire bonds can be seen on the original issue vinyl album cover, suggesting that the display is custom rather than merely seven-segment or perhaps is a photographic collage. The album's cover is ranked at number 45 on VH1's 50 Greatest Album Covers. The graphic was designed by Mick Hegarty. The album charted to #1 in the U.K. (Platinum disc) and #2 in the U.S. (3x Platinum discs). The singles released from this album were: Invisible Sun (#2 U.K.), Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (#1 U.K., #3 U.S.), Spirits in the Material World (#12 U.K., #11 U.S.) and Secret Journey (#46 U.S.).

Tracklist:

1-) Spirits in the Material World.
2-) Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.
3-) Invisible Sun.
4-) Hungry for You (J'Aurais Toujours Faim de Toi).
5-) Demolition Man.
6-) Too Much Information.
7-) Rehumanize Yourself.
8-) One World (Not Three).
9-) Ωmegaman.
10-) Secret Journey.
11-) Darkness.

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Synchronicity (1983)

Synchronicity is The Police's fifth and last studio album, released on June 1, 1983. The album's title was inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Roots of Coincidence, which mentions Carl Jung's theory of Synchronicity. Sting was an avid reader of Koestler, and also named Ghost in the Machine after one of his works. The album marked a significant reduction in the reggae influences that were a part of the band's first four records, instead featuring production-heavy textures and liberal use of synthesizers that, at times, drove entire songs ("Synchronicity I", "Wrapped Around Your Finger"). The influence of World music can also be heard in songs such as "Tea in the Sahara" and "Walking in Your Footsteps". Sting's material dominates the album, with the two short tracks by Andy Summers ("Mother") and Stewart Copeland ("Miss Gradenko") being seen by the band themselves as concessions. As with their prior album, the basic tracks for Synchronicity were recorded at AIR Studios, Montserrat. For sound engineering reasons, the three band members recorded their parts in separate rooms: Copeland with his drums in the dining room, Sting in the control room, and Summers in the actual studio. This physical separation underscored the increasing tension and strain in the relationship between the bandmates. According to co-producer Hugh Padgham, subsequent overdubs were actually done with only one member in the studio at a time due to such strain. During the recording of "Every Breath You Take", Sting and Copeland actually came to blows with each other, and Padgham nearly quit the project.It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. In 2001, the TV network VH1 named Synchronicity the 50th greatest album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 455 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Pitchfork Media ranked it #55 in their list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at #25 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s". The album charted to #1 both in the U.K. (Platinum disc) and in the U.S. (8x Platinum discs). The singles spawned from this album were: Every Breath You Take (#1 U.K., #1 U.S.), Wrapped Around Your Finger (#7 U.K., #8 U.S.), Synchronicity II (#17 U.K., #16 U.S.), and King of Pain (#17 U.K., #3 U.S.).

Tracklist:

1-) Synchronicity I.
2-) Walking in Your Footsteps.
3-) O My God.
4-) Mother.
5-) Miss Gradenko.
6-) Synchronicity II.
7-) Every Breath You Take.
8-) King of Pain.
9-) Wrapped Around Your Finger.
10-) Tea in the Sahara.
11-) Murder by Numbers.

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Message in a Box (1993) (***NEW***)


Message in a Box is a four-CD boxed set by The Police, released on September 28, 1993 which contains all of their studio albums in chronological order, as well as singles, B-sides, and tracks from various compilation albums and the Brimstone and Treacle soundtrack. However, the only tracks that will be uploaded for the blog are the ones that don't form part of their studio albums.

Tracklisting:

1-) Fallout.
2-) Nothing Achieving.
3-) Dead End Job.
4-) Landlord.
5-) Visions of the Night.
6-) Friends.
7-) A Sermon.
8-) Shambelle.
9-) Flexible Strategies.
10-) Low Life.
11-) How Stupid Mr. Bates.
12-) A Kind of Loving.
13-) Someone to Talk To.
14-) I Burn for You.
15-) Once upon a Daydream.
16-) Don't Stand So Close to Me '86.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Hey, people!! How are you doing? I just wanted to tell you that I'll be away for a week so I won't be here to upload or make any updates during a whole week. I'll be back with you next Tuesday. Thanks for your understanding!! :) :)

Hola gente!!! Cómo van? Solamente quería decirles que yo estaré fuera por una semana así que no estaré por acá para subir o hacer algún tipo de actualización durante una semana. Estaré de vuelta con ustedes hasta el próximo Martes. Gracias por su comprensión!!! :) :)