Monday, July 6, 1981

Pat Benatar's Precious Time released

First posted 9/20/2020.

Precious Time

Pat Benatar

Released: July 6, 1981

Peak: 11 US, 30 UK, 2 CN, 8 AU

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, -- UK, 2.3 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: classic rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Promises in the Dark (Neil Giraldo, Benatar) [4:48] (9/25/81, 38 US, 16 AR, 6 CL, 31 CN)
  2. Fire and Ice (Tom Kelly, Scott St. Clair Sheets, Benatar) [3:19] (7/6/81, 17 US, 2 AR, 4 CN, 30 AU)
  3. Just Like Me (Rick Dey, Roger Hart, Terry Melcher) [3:30] (7/18/81, 15 AR)
  4. Precious Time (Billy Steinberg) [6:03] (44 CL)
  5. It’s a Tuff Life (Giraldo) [3:17]
  6. Take It Anyway You Want It (Martin Briley, Giraldo) [2:49] (7/25/81, 32 AR)
  7. Evil Genius (Giraldo, Benatar) [4:34]
  8. Hard to Believe (Giraldo, Myron Grombacher) [3:26]
  9. Helter Skelter (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) [3:50] (46 CL)

Total Running Time: 35:30


3.490 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)

About the Album:

After the success of her second album, Crimes of Passion, it was hard to imagine her doing better on the next outing. While she didn’t match the 5 million in sales of that album, Precious Time still sold 2 million copies and accomplished one feat its predecessor didn’t – it reached #1.

The album didn’t produce as big a hit as “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” Benatar’s top-10 hit from Passion, but she did notch another top-20 hit with Fire and Ice. The song also landed her a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, a prize she took home the year before for the Passion album.

The follow-up single, Promises in the Dark, was a top-40 hit. The song was written by Benatar with Neil Giraldo, her guitarist and future husband. The album also produced a couple of covers which garnered minor airplay on album rock radio. Just Like Me was originally a #11 hit for Paul Revere & the Raiders in 1965 and Helter Skelter was originally a cut from the Beatles’ self-titled 1968 album commonly known as The White Album.

The title cut was written by Billy Steinberg, who formed a songwriting partnership with Tom Kelly (who’d co-written “Fire and Ice”) in the ‘80s and helmed #1 hits for Madonna (“Like a Virgin,” 1984), Cyndi Lauper (“True Colors,” 1986), Whitney Houston (“So Emotional,” 1987), Heart (“Alone,” 1987), and the Bangles (“Eternal Flame,” 1989).

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