Hard at Play

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Hard at Play
Studio album by Huey Lewis and the News
Released January 1991
Recorded Skywalker Sound, Marin County, California
Genre Rock
Length 46:09
Label EMI
Producer Huey Lewis and the News
Bill Schnee
Eric Thorngren
Huey Lewis and the News chronology
Small World
(1988)
Hard at Play
(1991)
Four Chords & Several Years Ago
(1994)
Singles from Hard at Play
  1. "Couple Days Off"
    Released: 1991
  2. "It Hit Me Like a Hammer"
    Released: 1991
  3. "He Don't Know"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Hard at Play is the sixth album by American rock band Huey Lewis and the News. It was released in 1991 on EMI. Hard at Play peaked at number 27 on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart and produced two Top 40 singles, "Couple Days Off" and "It Hit Me Like a Hammer". Music videos were released for "It Hit Me like a Hammer", "Couple Days Off", and "He Don't Know".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Build Me Up" (Johnny Colla, Huey Lewis) – 4:28
  2. "It Hit Me Like a Hammer" (Robert "Mutt" Lange, Lewis) – 4:01
  3. "Attitude" (Max Carl) – 4:00
  4. "He Don't Know" (Don Covay, Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven) – 4:15
  5. "Couple Days Off" (Chris Hayes, Lewis, Geoffrey Palmer) – 4:56
  6. "That's Not Me" (Michael Ruff) – 4:15
  7. "We Should Be Making Love" (Andy Goldmark, Steve Kipner, Steve Lindsey) – 4:01
  8. "Best of Me" (Bonnie Hayes, Kevin Hayes, Annie Stocking) – 3:57
  9. "Do You Love Me, Or What?" (C. Hayes, Lewis, Nick Lowe) – 3:46
  10. "Don't Look Back" (Lewis, Bill Gibson, David Fredericks) – 3:44
  11. "Time Ain't Money" (Colla, Lewis) – 4:46

Personnel[edit]

Huey Lewis & The News

Additional personnel

  • Mike Duke - background vocals
  • David Fredericks - background vocals
  • Gospel Hummingbirds - background vocals
  • John McFee - guitar

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Huey Lewis, Bill Schnee, Eric "ET" Thorngren
  • Executive producer: Bob Brown
  • Engineers: Bob Edwards, Jeffrey Norman, Bill Schnee, Eric "ET" Thorngren
  • Assistant engineers: Ken Allardyce, Tony Eckert, Bob Edwards, Stephen Hart, Tim Lauber, Kevin Scott, Jim "Watts" Vereecke
  • Mixing: Jack Joseph Puig, Bill Schnee
  • Mixing assistant: Ken Allardyce
  • Mastering: Doug Sax
  • Art direction: Henry Marquez
  • Design: Michael Diehl
  • Photography: Aaron Rapoport

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991)[2] Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 61
Canadian Albums Chart 20
Dutch Albums Chart 67
European Top 100 Albums[3] 25
Finnish Albums Chart[4] 9
German Albums Chart 14
Italian Albums Chart[5] 25
Japanese Albums Chart[6] 10
Japanese (International Albums Chart)[7] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 26
Swedish Albums Chart 25
Swiss Albums Chart 9
UK Albums Chart[8] 39
US Billboard 200[9] 27
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Couple Days Off" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1991 The Billboard Hot 100 11
1991 "Build Me Up" Mainstream Rock Tracks 27
1991 "It Hit Me Like a Hammer" The Billboard Hot 100 21
1991 Adult Contemporary Tracks 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Gold 50,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[11] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Hard at Play - Review. Allmusic.com.
  2. ^ http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Huey+Lewis+And+The+News&titel=Hard+At+Play&cat=a
  3. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=bCgEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Caccessdate=27 September 2011
  4. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  5. ^ http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/hp_yenda/lpe1991a.htm
  6. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/131725/ranking/cd_album/ Oricon Archive.
  7. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oricon.co.jp%2Fsearch%2Fresult.php%3Fkbn%3Dja%26types%3Drnk%26year%3D1991%26month%3D5%26week%3D1%26submit5.x%3D4%26submit5.y%3D12&sandbox=1 Oricon Archive. Hard at Play. 26 April 1991[not in citation given]
  8. ^ http://archive.is/20120723093112/http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=4146
  9. ^ "Huey Lewis Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  10. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH