Mistaken Identity (Kim Carnes album)

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Mistaken Identity
Original cover art
Studio album by Kim Carnes
Released April 1981
Recorded December 1980-January 1981
Genre New Wave, pop rock
Length 40:13
Label EMI America
Producer Val Garay
Kim Carnes chronology
Romance Dance
(1980)
Mistaken Identity
(1981)
Voyeur
(1982)
Alternate cover
Re-release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Mistaken Identity, released in the spring of 1981, is the career-defining, Platinum-plus sixth studio album by Kim Carnes. It was one of 1981's biggest albums and produced Billboard's #1 song for the entire year, "Bette Davis Eyes". It was nominated for the Album Of The Year Grammy Award.

The album spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard magazine's Top Albums chart, and was subsequently certified Platinum. The album spawned three singles, "Bette Davis Eyes", "Draw of the Cards" and the title track, which peaked at #1, #28 and #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively.

The Mistaken Identity Tour found Carnes at the peak of success, selling out arenas and large venues.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bette Davis Eyes" (Donna Weiss, Jackie DeShannon) – 3:47
  2. "Hit and Run" (Donna Weiss, Jackie DeShannon) – 3:17
  3. "Mistaken Identity" (Kim Carnes) – 4:49
  4. "When I'm Away from You" (Frankie Miller) – 3:36
  5. "Draw of the Cards" (Dave Ellingson, Bill Cuomo, Val Garay) – 4:54
  6. "Break the Rules Tonite (Out of School)" (Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson, Wendy Waldman) – 3:17
  7. "Still Hold On" (Kim Carnes, Eric Kaz, Dave Ellingson, Wendy Waldman) – 4:39
  8. "Don't Call It Love" (Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford) – 3:09
  9. "Miss You Tonite" (Kim Carnes) – 5:09
  10. "My Old Pals" (Richard Stekol) – 3:19

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1981 U.S. Billboard 200 1
UK Albums Chart 26

Personnel[edit]

  • Bill Burks – Art Direction & Design
  • Bill Cuomo – Prophet, Arranger (1,3)
  • Brian Garofalo – Bass, Background Vocal
  • Craig Krampf – Drums, Background Vocal
  • Craig Hull – Electric & Slide Guitars, Background Vocal
  • Daniel Moore – Background Vocal, Harmony Vocal (2;4;8;10)
  • Danny Kortchmar – Acoustic Guitar (4;7)
  • Dave Ellingson – Background Vocal, Harmony Vocal (2;3;7;8)
  • David Alexander – Photography
  • Don Francisco – Percussion (6;9)
  • Doug Sax – Mastered
  • Jerry Peterson – Saxophone
  • Josh Leo – Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocal
  • Julia Tillman Waters – Harmony Vocal (4)
  • Kim Carnes – Vocals, Piano (10)
  • M.L. Benoit – Percussion
  • Maxine Willard Waters – Harmony Vocal (4)
  • Michael Brokaw – Management (Kragen & Co.), Direction
  • Mike Reese – Mastered
  • Niko Bolas – Engineering Assistance
  • Paul Roberts – Cover Inspired by
  • Steve Goldstein – Keyboards
  • Val Garay – Producer, Recorder
  • Waddy Wachtel – Electric Guitar (1), Acoustic Guitar (2), Background Vocal, Harmony Vocal (6)
  • Wendy Waldman – Harmony Vocal (7)
Preceded by
Hi Infidelity by REO Speedwagon
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 27 - July 24, 1981
Succeeded by
Long Distance Voyager by The Moody Blues