Boats Against the Current

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Boats Against the Current
Studio album by Eric Carmen
Released August 1977
Genre Soft rock
Length 37:57
Label Arista
Producer Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen chronology
Eric Carmen
Boats Against the Current
Change of Heart
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Boats Against the Current is a 1977 album by Eric Carmen. The title is taken from a line in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was Carmen's second solo LP, after the Raspberries disbanded. It peaked at #45 on the Billboard album chart.

The album yielded two charting singles, the title track as well as "She Did It." "She Did It" is the bigger hit from this album,[2] which reached #23 Billboard and #15 Cash Box, as well as #11 in Canada. The title track subsequently reached #88 Billboard and #92 Cash Box, and "Marathon Man" was released as a third single but failed to chart.[3] "Love is All that Matters" melody is lifted from Tschaikovsky's "Fifth Symphony, Second Movement."

Guest musicians on this album included back-up vocals by several of the Beach Boys and Burton Cummings (formerly of the Guess Who), guitar by Andrew Gold, and drumming by Toto's Jeff Porcaro.

The title song was covered in 1978 by Olivia Newton-John on her album Totally Hot.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Eric Carmen:

  1. "Boats Against the Current" – 4:22
  2. "Marathon Man" – 3:55
  3. "Nowhere To Hide" – 5:05
  4. "Take It or Leave It" – 4:00
  5. "Love Is All That Matters" – 4:17
  6. "She Did It" – 3:48
  7. "I Think I Found Myself" – 4:25
  8. "Runaway" – 8:05

Chart singles[edit]

Year US Billboard US Cash Box US Record World US AC CAN CAN AC Title
1977 23 15 27 26 11 -- "She Did It"
1977 88 95 -- -- "Boats Against the Current"



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "She Did It" by Eric Carmen. Song Facts. accessed July 28, 2011.
  3. ^ List of Songs: Songs and lyrics by Eric Carmen. accessed July 28, 2011.