Hold Me (Laura Branigan album)

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Hold Me
Studio album by Laura Branigan
Released July 1985
Genre Pop, rock
Length 40:17
Label Atlantic
Producer Jack White, Harold Faltermeyer, Mark Spiro
Laura Branigan chronology
Self Control
(1984)
Hold Me
(1985)
Touch
(1987)
Singles from Hold Me
  1. "Spanish Eddie"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Hold Me"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Maybe Tonight"
    Released: 1985
  4. "I Found Someone"
    Released: February 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Hold Me is the fourth studio album by American singer Laura Branigan, released in 1985 on Atlantic Records.

The lead single from Branigan's fourth album, "Spanish Eddie", was her sixth top 40 hit in two and a half years, although it failed to enter the top 20. A splashy video featuring a newly svelte Branigan was a hit on the various music video programs of the day (NBC's Friday Night Videos, TBS' Night Tracks and USA's Night Flight among the biggest), but it was not picked up by MTV.[citation needed] The following single release, "Hold Me", was a top 40 dance hit and her introduction of the rock ballad "I Found Someone" (co-written by Michael Bolton) reached even higher on the AC chart, but neither song was supported by a music video, and they stayed in the lower reaches of the pop charts. The track "When the Heat Hits the Streets" was heard in a television advertising campaign for the Chrysler Laser, Chrysler being a sponsor for Branigan's 1985-86 "Hold Me" tour (a Chrysler Laser was prominently displayed in the "Spanish Eddie" video). Despite the weak sales, the album has many of her fan-favourite songs. Not only did she continue to perform "Spanish Eddie" in concerts throughout her career, but she began a lifelong tradition of closing every show with an encore of "Forever Young", the ballad that was made a cult hit by German band Alphaville.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hold Me"   Beth Andersen, Bill Bodine 4:46
2. "Maybe Tonight"   Jack White, Mark Spiro 3:40
3. "Foolish Lullaby"   White, Spiro 4:18
4. "Spanish Eddie"   David Palmer, Chuck Cochran 4:10
5. "Forever Young"   Marian Gold, Frank Mertens, Bernhard Lloyd 3:57
6. "When I'm with You"   White, Spiro, Harold Faltermeyer 4:15
7. "I Found Someone"   Michael Bolton, Mark Mangold 4:01
8. "Sanctuary"   Gary Usher, Tom Kelly 3:33
9. "Tenderness"   Laura Branigan, White, Spiro 3:46
10. "When the Heat Hits the Streets"   Linda Schreyer, Cappy Capossela 3:44

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[2] 43
German Albums Chart[3] 31
Japanese Albums Chart[citation needed] 75
Norwegian Albums Chart[4] 12
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[6] 10
UK Albums Chart[7] 64
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 71

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Jack White, Harold Faltermeyer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  3. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Laura Branigan - Hold Me". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Laura Branigan - Hold Me". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Laura Branigan - Hold Me". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  7. ^ "Laura Branigan - Hold Me". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  8. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/306600/laura+branigan/chart?f=305