Thursday, September 22, 1983

Pat Benatar Live from Earth

First posted 9/20/2020.

Live from Earth

Pat Benatar

Released: September 22, 1983

Peak: 13 US, 60 UK, 25 CN, 2 AU

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.1 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. Fire and Ice (live) (Tom Kelly, Scott St. Clair Sheets, Benatar) [3:46] (7/6/81, 17 US, 2 AR, 4 CN, 30 AU)
  2. Looking for a Stranger (live) (Franne Golde, Peter McIan) [3:28] (4/23/83, 39 US, 4 AR)
  3. I Want Out (live) (Neil Giraldo, Billy Steinberg) [4:05]
  4. We Live for Love (live) (Giraldo) [3:39] (2/25/80, 27 US, 8 CN, 28 AU)
  5. Hell Is for Children (live) (Giraldo, Benatar, Roger Capps) [6:06]
  6. Hit Me with Your Best Shot (live) (Eddie Schwartz) [3:07] (9/15/80, 9 US, 10 CN, 33 AU, gold single)
  7. Promises in the Dark (live) (Giraldo, Benatar) [5:14] (9/25/81, 38 US, 16 AR, 31 CN)
  8. Heartbreaker (live) (Geoff Gill, Clint Wade) [4:21] (10/26/79, 23 US, 16 CN, 95 AU)
  9. Love Is a Battlefield (studio recording) (Mike Chapman, Holly Knight) [5:23] (9/13/83, 5 US, 1 AR, 17 UK, 2 CN, 6 AU)
  10. Lipstick Lies (studio recording) (Giraldo, Myron Grombacher) [3:51]

Chart data is for original studio recordings.

Total Running Time: 43:02


3.323 out of 5.00 (average of 4 ratings)


About the Album:

This was Benatar’s first live album after four studio albums. It was her fifth consecutive platinum-seller, but didn’t attain the same chart heights as the previous three albums, which had all reached the top 5.

The album featured live versions of six of the nine songs she’d taken to the top 40 in the last six years. That meant most of her big hits, such as Heartbreaker, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, and Fire and Ice are present, but there are a few obvious omissions. Top-20 hit “Treat Me Right” from 1980’s Crimes of Passion is absent, but fan-favorite Hell Is for Children from that album is here.

Looking for a Stranger, first on Get Nervous, was her most recent top-40 hit prior to this collection. However, she neglected to include that album’s other two top-20 hits “Shadows of the Night” and “Little Too Late,” opting instead for the album cut I Want Out.

The album is rounded out by two new studio recordings. Love Is a Battlefield became Benatar’s biggest hit, reaching #5 on the pop charts and #1 on the album rock chart. The video depicted her as a girl on the streets who ends nonsensically dancing with her new street fans a la Michael Jackson’s zombie party in “Thriller.” It was pretty silly, but it was a popular video at the time.

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