Pat Benatar – Crimes Of Passion (1980/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time –37:24 minutes | 1,45 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Capitol Records
Recorded: Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, 1980
Rock guru, Pat Benatar’s second album originally released in 1980. Accredited 5x Platinum in the U.S., Crimes of Passion is Benatar’s best selling album in her long-running career. The album won Benatar her first Grammy in 1980 for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.” Featuring hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “You Better Run,” and “Treat Me Right.”
Crimes of Passion is the second studio album by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released on August 5, 1980 by Chrysalis Records. The album is the first to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in Benatar’s band that would last into the late-1990s.
The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981 , behind John Lennon’s Double Fantasy. It contains the hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (US No. 9), “You Better Run” (US No. 42), “Treat Me Right” (US No. 18), plus a cover of Kate Bush’s international hit, “Wuthering Heights”. Crimes of Passion is Benatar’s biggest selling career album, having been certified 4x Platinum (for sales of over four million copies) in the United States alone.
The song “Hell Is for Children”, which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations. A live version of this song from her album Live from Earth (1983) was released as the B-side of her “Love Is a Battlefield” single three years later. The song was featured in the 1981 animated film American Pop, as well as on the soundtrack.
In 1981, Benatar won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance thanks to Crimes of Passion. The music video for the song “You Better Run” was the second music video ever aired on MTV in 1981.
With Crimes of Passion, Pat Benatar escaped the dreaded sophomore slump, thanks in no small part to the song that would become the most well-known song of her career, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” The rest of the album is mildly hit or miss, with a few moments of filler. Thankfully, Benatar avoids the synth-happy trends of the early ’80s and delivers a hard rocking ten-song session of power pop tempered with a few ballads for balance. And while “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” was one of her most praised moments, her version of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” is probably one of the most underrated songs of her entire catalog. –Rob Theakston
1. Treat Me Right 03:26
2. You Better Run 03:05
3. Never Wanna Leave You 03:11
4. Hit Me With Your Best Shot 02:51
5. Hell Is For Children 04:52
6. Little Paradise 03:33
7. I’m Gonna Follow You 04:30
8. Wuthering Heights 04:29
9. Prisoner Of Love 03:08
10. Out-A-Touch 04:19
Pat Benatar – lead and backing vocals
Neil Giraldo – lead and rhythm guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Scott St. Clair Sheets – rhythm guitars
Roger Capps – bass, backing vocals
Myron Grombacher – drums