Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"Promises in the Dark" by Pat Benatar

Song#:  0768
Date:  10/03/1981
Debut:  71
Peak:  38
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Benatar's second single from her #1 LP "Precious Time" reached the Top 40, but couldn't get near the Top 20 like the first single "Fire and Ice" (#17). However, it did reach #16 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Written in 1980, it was considered for her "Crimes of Passion" album, but it was saved and fully finished for "Precious Time."

ReduxReview:  This ballad-into-rock song is a good one in her catalog, but the shifts the song makes along with her heavier rock sound were probably not suited for the more straightforward pop radio. It was the first chart single co-written by Benatar and her guitarist/very-soon-to-be husband Neil Giraldo.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Like her previous two albums, "Precious Time" featured a couple of interesting remakes. She covers Paul Revere and the Raiders' "Just Like Me" (#11, 1965) and the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" (1968).


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