Precious Time (album)

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Precious Time
Studio album by Pat Benatar
Released July 6, 1981
Recorded Sound City Studios and Goodnight LA Studios, Los Angeles, California, 1981
Genre Hard rock, pop rock
Length 35:30
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Olsen and Neil Giraldo
Pat Benatar chronology
Crimes of Passion
(1980)
Precious Time
(1981)
Get Nervous
(1982)
Singles from Precious Time
  1. "Fire and Ice" / "Hard to Believe""
    Released: July 6, 1981
  2. "Promises in the Dark" / "Evil Genius"
    Released: September 25, 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Precious Time is the third studio album by the American rock singer Pat Benatar, released in 1981. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart[3] and produced the top 20 hit "Fire and Ice"; the single would win Benatar her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1982[4] and reached No. 17 on the U.S. Pop chart and No. 2 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.[5] The single "Promises in the Dark" reached No. 38 on the U.S. Pop chart and No. 16 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.[5] Precious Time was also Benatar's first album to chart in the UK, reaching No. 30.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Promises in the Dark"   Neil Giraldo, Pat Benatar 4:48
2. "Fire and Ice"   Tom Kelly, Scott St. Clair Sheets, Benatar 3:20
3. "Just Like Me" (Paul Revere & the Raiders cover) Rick Dey, Roger Hart, Terry Melcher 3:28
4. "Precious Time"   Billy Steinberg 6:02
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "It's a Tuff Life"   Giraldo 3:16
6. "Take It Anyway You Want It"   Martin Briley, Giraldo 2:48
7. "Evil Genius"   Giraldo, Benatar 4:34
8. "Hard to Believe"   Giraldo, Myron Grombacher 3:26
9. "Helter Skelter" (The Beatles cover) John Lennon, Paul McCartney 3:48

Personnel[edit]

The band[edit]

  • Pat Benatar - lead vocals
  • Neil Giraldo - lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Scott St. Clair Sheets - rhythm guitar
  • Roger Capps - bass guitar
  • Myron Grombacher - drums

Additional personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1984 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[20]
Canada CRIA 1981 2x Platinum (+ 200,000)[21]
France SNEP 1981 Gold (+ 100,000)[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Theakston, Rob. "Pat Benatar - Precious Time review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fissinger, Laura (October 29, 2001). "Album Reviews: Pat Benatar - Precious Time". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Precious Time Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lennon, Jones lead Grammy nominees". The Milwaukee Journal (Journal Communications). January 14, 1982. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Precious Time Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Artist Chart History – Pat Benatar". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 35, No. 7, September 12, 1981". Library and Archives Canada. September 12, 1981. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Pat Benatar – Precious Time (album)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Pat Benatar". infodisc.fr. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  11. ^ "Pat Benatar – Precious Time (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Pat Benatar – Precious Time (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pat Benatar – Precious Time (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Album – Pat Benatar, Precious Time". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 35, No. 7, September 12, 1981". Library and Archives Canada. September 12, 1981. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Pat Benatar Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Pat Benatar – Fire and Ice (song)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  18. ^ "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Pat Benatar". infodisc.fr. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 35, No. 15, November 07 1981". Library and Archives Canada. November 7, 1981. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  20. ^ "RIAA Searchable database: search for "Benatar"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Pat Benatar". Music Canada. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Benatar P." (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Long Distance Voyager by The Moody Blues
Billboard 200 number-one album
August 15–21, 1981
Succeeded by
4 by Foreigner