Heaven on Earth (Belinda Carlisle album)

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Heaven on Earth
Studio album by Belinda Carlisle
Released October 5, 1987
Recorded 1986–1987 Ocean Way Studios & American Recording, LA
Genre Pop rock
Length 43:24
Label MCA Records, Virgin
Producer Rick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle chronology
Belinda
(1986)
Heaven on Earth
(1987)
Runaway Horses
(1989)
Singles from Heaven on Earth
  1. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
    Released: September 18, 1987
  2. "I Get Weak"
    Released: February 15, 1988
  3. "Circle in the Sand"
    Released: May 1988
  4. "I Feel Free"
    Released: 1988
  5. "World Without You"
    Released: 1988
  6. "Love Never Dies"
    Released: 1988

Heaven on Earth is the second solo album by Belinda Carlisle and her most successful to date. Released in 1987 it featured three singles that made the Top 10 charts in the United States, including the #1 hit and signature song "Heaven Is a Place on Earth".

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Daily Vault B−[2]

Allmusic's Alex Henderson gave the album four stars out of five, saying "while nothing here packs quite the punch that "How Much More," "We Got the Beat," and "Turn to You" did, such memorable songs as "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," "Should I Let You In?", and "I Get Weak" show that the Angelino still had plenty of spirit".[1]

Commercial reception[edit]

"Heaven on Earth" is Belinda Carlisle's most successful studio album of her career, in terms of chart performance and copies sold. The album was certified 3 times Platinum in the United Kingdom (U.K.). "Heaven on Earth" was also certified Platinum in many other countries, among them the United States (U.S.), Canada, and Australia. The first single released, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", reached the number 1 position throughout the world. The second song released was "I Get Weak" written by the famous songwriter Diane Warren. "I Get Weak" reached the number #2 spot in the U.S. and garnered a top 10 placing in Canada and U.K. The third single, "Circle in the Sand", reached the top 10 position in many countries among them U.K. (#4), U.S. (#7) and Canada (#5). From the fourth single on, the singles released from the album were different in different territories. The Cream cover "I Feel Free" was released only in the U.S., the song reached only #88 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was the final U.S. single from the album. In Europe, the song "World Without You" (another Diane Warren song) was released, where it reached the top 40. A fifth and final single in the U.K. was the ballad "Love Never Dies" which reached number #41.

In May 2009, Heaven on Earth was re-released as a re-mastered two disc special edition. This special edition includes several bonus remixes and a live DVD. The inclusion of the live DVD marked the first time the concert footage filmed in Philadelphia during the 1988 'Good Heavens' world tour was made available in DVD format. It had previously only been available on VHS.

Heaven On Earth Re-released on August 26th, 2013 in a 2CD+DVD casebook edition from Edsel Recording ( EDSG 80265 ) featuring the original album RE-MASTERED, the single versions, remixes and B-sides. The DVD will feature the videos from the album also the concert footage filmed in Philadelphia during the 1988 'Good Heavens' world tour and an exclusive interview with Belinda, discussing the album.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"   Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley 4:06
2. "Circle in the Sand"   Nowels, Shipley 4:26
3. "I Feel Free"   Jack Bruce, Pete Brown 4:49
4. "Should I Let You in?"   Charlotte Caffey, Mark Holden 4:16
5. "World Without You"   Diane Warren 4:44
6. "I Get Weak"   Warren 4:52
7. "We Can Change"   Caffey, Nowels 3:45
8. "Fool for Love"   Robbie Seidman 3:55
9. "Nobody Owns Me"   Caffey, Holden, Clyde Lieberman 3:13
10. "Love Never Dies"   Caffey, Tom Caffey, Nowels 5:15

2013 Remastered Deluxe version[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]

Album credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Additional players[edit]

Background vocals[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Rick Nowels, Paulinho Da Costa, Ellen Shipley & Robert Feist
  • Arrangements: Rick Nowels
  • Production Assistant: Matthew Freeman
  • Engineers: Steve MacMillan, Robert Feist, Stacy Baird
  • Assistant Engineers: Matthew Freeman, Joe Schiff, Clark Germain, Brian Scheuble
  • Mixing: Shelly Yakus, Steve MacMillan
  • Mix Assistant: Charles Judge
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Heaven on Earth (Belinda Carlisle album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Ray, Benjamin. "Daily Vault review". 
  3. ^ http://theseconddisc.com/2013/06/04/shes-got-the-beat-demon-music-group-acquires-belinda-carlisle-solo-catalogue/#more-19827
  4. ^ a b c d e f [1]. newzealandchart.com. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Canada Chart Position". Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  6. ^ http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=Belinda+Carlisle&titel=Heaven+On+Earth&cat=a
  7. ^ "Japan Chart Position". Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  8. ^ "UK Chart Position". Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Chart Position". Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swiss Year-End Charts 1988". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Belinda Carlisle – Heaven on Earth". Music Canada. 
  12. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Belinda Carlisle; 'Heaven on Earth')". Hung Medien. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Belinda Carlisle – Heaven on Earth". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Heaven on Earth in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Belinda Carlisle – Heaven on Earth". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH