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Pat Benatar is one of the best artists to emerge from the MTV era of rock & roll: the 60s-90s. Among such heavyweights as Journey, the lovely ladies of Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and even the Buggles, Benatar holds her own with her powerhouse

Cover of "Live From Earth"

vocals. This what has made her an icon. However, as with all great artists, they are meant to be heard live. Benatar proves she’s worthy of this with her 1983 live album, Live From Earth.

However, with all great artists, they are meant to be heard live and Benatar proves that she’s worthy of the “must-see” concert label.

She opens the show with the haunting classic “Fire and Ice.” However, things get really amazing when she breaks into the gritty “I Want Out” followed by the awesomeness that is “We Live For Love” and the grisly, sad, and controversial “Hell Is For Children.” That track is literally one that leaps out of the speakers and grabs you instantly. Clearly, this is Pat Benatar at her “tough-girl” persona best. One which she would abandon for another persona, a bit more personal one if you will – motherhood, with her 1984 album Tropico. The two studio tracks, the ever-popular “Love Is A Battlefield” and “Lipstick Lies” (both containing very memorable videos – such as Benatar herself doing Michael Jackson-style dance sequences) serve as a great transition into this new era for Benatar.

What Pat Benatar live album would not be complete without her performing her swan song, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot?” None! However, this is probably the weaker track of this album because you can barely hear her vocals. Since the album was recorded in many places, wherever they recorded it, the acoustics are TERRIBLE!

Benatar and her husband Neil Geraldo quickly redeem themselves on “Promises In the Dark.” The live version of “Promises In The Dark” actually sounds better than the recording as heard on 1983’s Precious Time album.

This album is okay, however it seems more or less like a greatest hits collection thrown in with a few new tracks. But its a good live album overall from what sounds like one exciting tour. B+


Pat Benatar is one of those voices that can do any sort of genre: pop, rock, metal, country and even swing. However, most people love her as the pint-sized rocker who can blow everyone out of their seats. She does that throughout her album Precious Time.

Don’t be fooled by her niceness or even sultry style because she will blow you away – which is exactly what she does on Promises In the Dark. It’s one of those songs that you think is gonna be a nice and slow sad song, but alas, it is not.

This album, unlike other albums by Benatar, has many twists and turns and possibly foreshadows what is to come with her smash album Get Nervous. One excellent example of this is Fire and Ice – it has a sort of suspenseful feel to it, but takes a different approach than its predecessor In The Heat of the Night – the title track from her debut album.

Often, she seems to take jabs at her now-husband Neil Giraldo, whom she was broken up with at the time on such songs as Promises in the Dark and It’s a Tuff Life and even continues it on Take It Any Way You Want It. She says “You hate to say you were wrong/ You want contentment but ya’ can’t be that strong/ You see the shadow on the window blind/ but that shadow will never be mine/ so what/ You deserve everything that you got/ Ya’ think I’m gonna be there, but I’m not/ So take it any way you want it/ Take it anyway you please/ Take it anyway you want it/ But I don’t think you wanna bother me.” However, remember this was Benatar at her absolute angriest.

One interesting thing about this album is that it has not one, but two cover songs: Just Like Me by Paul Revere & the Raiders and Helter Skelter by the Beatles. As someone who has yet to hear both songs, she makes me want to listen to the originals and compare them to hers. Her covers simply rock and they take no prisoners!

But there is one weakness here: the album can get a tad formulaic at times, but is still very much in the style of classic Pat Benatar. Hard to Believe is a prime example of this.

B+