Hide Your Heart

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Hide Your Heart / Notes From America
Studio album by Bonnie Tyler
Released 1988
Recorded 1987–1988 at the Bearsville Studios, New York
Genre Rock
Length 44:22
Label Columbia
Producer Desmond Child
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
(1986)
Hide Your Heart / Notes From America
(1988)
Bitterblue
(1991)
Alternative cover
"Notes From America" Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Hide Your Heart (released under the title Notes From America in the United States), is the seventh studio album by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released in 1988, by Columbia Records, and her final release under the label. The album was recorded in Woodstock, New York, and produced by Desmond Child.

Unlike Tyler's previous two releases, the album failed to chart on the Billboard 200, but did see success in Europe.

Overview[edit]

The album features the song "Hide Your Heart" written by Paul Stanley, Desmond Child and Holly Knight. This song was later covered three times in 1989 Ace Frehley's Trouble Walkin', Robin Beck's Trouble Or Nothin', and Molly Hatchet's Lightning Strikes Twice. And performed in 1989 by Paul Stanley with Kiss on their Hot in the Shade album.

The album also features the original versions of the track "Save Up All Your Tears", which would be covered, with a faster arrangement, by Cher on her 1991 album Love Hurts, and the "The Best," later covered by Tina Turner. Also included are Bonnie Tyler's remake of Turner's 1986 b-side "Don't Turn Around" (which was also a #1 UK hit for Aswad in 1988 and an international hit for Ace of Base in 1994), and the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody", a hit two years later for Jimmy Somerville.

Critical reception[edit]

Hide Your Heart received generally positive from music critics. Mario Tarradell of The Miami News described Tyler as "revitalized" after her work with Jim Steinman. He noted Tyler's cover of Janis Joplin's song "Turtle Blues" as the album highlight, stating, "Tyler captures the jazzy raspiness and riveting intensity characteristic of Joplin's style and adds her own theatrics to create an impressive homage to the late singer." Tarradell added that Tyler "isn't always blessed with the best material and has been a victim of a roller-coaster career," but described the album as an "impressive return" to rock music.[2] Curt Anderson of Bangor Daily News agreed that "Turtle Blues" is the album highlight, and "stands head and shoulders above the rest [of the tracks]." He also opined that Tyler's cover of "To Love Somebody" is "better than the original." He did argue, however, that the album is over-produced, saying that the core of "Don't Turn Around" gets "lost in a tidal wave of sound" as the choir enters. He concluded, saying that the track "Notes from America" sounds "like much of the commercial rock 'n' roll on the radio," and that "it's a shame [Tyler] isn't singing more memorable music."[3]

Single releases[edit]

Tyler's first single from the album was "The Best", which was the best performing single, reaching #10 in Norway[4] and Portugal, #34 in Spain and #95 in the UK.[5] Other singles included "Hide Your Heart", "Save Up All Your Tears", "Don't Turn Around", and the U.S. title track "Notes From America".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Notes from America" (Desmond Child, Robbie Seidman) – 4:54
  2. "Hide Your Heart" (Paul Stanley, Child, Holly Knight) – 4:25
  3. "Don't Turn Around" (Diane Warren, Albert Hammond) – 4:18
  4. "Save Up All Your Tears" (Child, Warren) – 4:24
  5. "To Love Somebody" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – 5:49
  6. "Take Another Look at Your Heart" (Michael Bolton, Child) – 3:47
  7. "The Best" (Mike Chapman, Knight) – 4:16
  8. "Shy with You" (Seidman) – 3:40
  9. "Streets of Little Italy" (Seidman) – 4:37
  10. "Turtle Blues" (Janis Joplin) – 4:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Saxophone - Louis Cortelezzi, Lawrence Feldman
  • Baritone Saxophone - Ronnie Cuber
  • Trombone - Keith O'Quinn
  • Conductor, Horn Arrangements - Ralph Schuckett
  • Organ - Chuck Kentis
  • Synthesizer - Chuck Kentis
  • Keyboards - Chuck Kentis, Holly Knight
  • Piano - Gregg Mangiafico, Bette Sussman, Bette Sussmann
  • Bass - Tony Levin, John Regan, John McCurry, Seth Glassman
  • Guitar - John McCurry
  • Rhythm Guitar - Seth Glassman
  • Drums, Percussion - Jerry Marotta
  • Choir and Chorus - Elaine Caswell, Desmond Child, Diana Grasselli, Jerry Marotta, Louis Merlino, Steve Savitt, Joe Lynn Turner, Myriam Naomi Valle
  • Other Vocalists - Patricia Darcy, Patty d'Arcy, Janice Payson, Al Scotti, Bernie Shanahan, Melanie Williams
  • Trumpet – Joe Shepley, Joseph J. Shepley

Production[edit]

  • Engineers - Sir Arthur Payson, Chris Isca
  • Assistant Engineer - Chris Isca, Thom Cadley, George Cowan, Jay Healey, Chris Laidlaw, Danny Mormando
  • Mixing - Bob Rock, David Thoener
  • Mastering - George Marino
  • Illustrations - Audrey Bernstein
  • Design - Steve Byram
  • Photography - John Swannell

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[6] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 24
German Albums (Official Top 100)[9] 64
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 78

Tour[edit]

Main article: Hide Your Heart Tour

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Tarradell, Mario (20 October 1988). "Bonnie Tyler proves she can rock". The Miami News (Cox Enterprises). Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Curt (6 January 1989). "Tyler's great voice buried in production". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Norwegian Charts
  5. ^ U.K. Charts
  6. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Hide Your Heart". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Hide Your Heart". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Hide Your Heart". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Hide Your Heart". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Bonnie Tyler | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 May 2013.