Tropico (album)

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Tropico
Cover photo by Rebecca Blake
Studio album by Pat Benatar
Released November 1, 1984
Recorded MCA Whitney Studios, Glendale, California, May–September 1984
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 39:18
Label Chrysalis
Producer Neil Giraldo and Peter Coleman
Pat Benatar chronology
Live from Earth
(1983)
Tropico
(1984)
Seven the Hard Way
(1985)
Singles from Tropico
  1. "We Belong" / "Suburban King"
    Released: October 16, 1984
  2. "Painted Desert" / "The Outlaw Blues"
    Released: 1984 (Europe and Oceania only)
  3. "Ooh Ooh Song" / "Diamond Field"
    Released: January 7, 1985
  4. "Temporary Heroes"
    Released: March 18, 1985 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Tropico is American rock singer Pat Benatar's fifth studio album, and sixth album overall, released in late 1984. This is the first album to feature one-time John Waite bassist Donnie Nossov, who replaced Roger Capps in Benatar's band.

It peaked at No. 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart[3] and produced the Grammy-nominated[4] Top Five Pop hit "We Belong".[5] Other well-known songs from the album include "Painted Desert", "Outlaw Blues" and "Ooh Ooh Song" (also a Top 40 hit).[5] A Spanish version "Ooh Ooh Song" was on the B-Side of the US single and appeared also on her 1999 compilation, Synchronistic Wanderings. Tropico was Benatar's sixth consecutive Platinum-certified album in the United States.[6]

During the filming of the video for the single "Painted Desert", Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo discovered they were expecting their first child.[citation needed] This album is Benatar and Giraldo's first attempt to move away from Benatar's famed "hard rock" sound and start experimenting with new "gentler" styles and sounds.[1][2]

Unlike Benatar's first few albums, Tropico was never reissued in remastered form, and the album in its entirety on CD is out of print.

The cover photo was taken by popular photogapher Rebecca Blake.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Diamond Field"   Neil Giraldo, Myron Grombacher, Pat Benatar 3:20
2. "We Belong"   Eric Lowen, Dan Navarro 3:40
3. "Painted Desert"   Giraldo, Grombacher 5:24
4. "Temporary Heroes"   Nick Trevesick, Ginny Clee 4:30
5. "Love in the Ice Age"   Giraldo, Charles Giordano, Grombacher, Benatar 4:05
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Ooh Ooh Song"   Giraldo, Benatar 4:28
7. "The Outlaw Blues"   Giraldo, Grombacher 3:47
8. "Suburban King"   Giraldo, Billy Steinberg 1:48
9. "A Crazy World Like This"   Giraldo, Tom Kelly, Steinberg 4:02
10. "Takin' It Back"   Giraldo, Benatar 4:07

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

  • Pat Benatar – vocals
  • Neil Giraldo – guitars, harmonica, percussion
  • Charlie Giordano – keyboards, percussion
  • Donnie Nossov – bass, backing vocals on track 6
  • Myron Grombacher – drums, percussion

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Roger Capps - bass on tracks 2 and 3
  • Lenny Castro - percussion on tracks 3 and 9

Production[edit]

  • Neil Giraldo, Peter Coleman - producers, mixing at The Complex Studios and Sound Castle Studios, Los Angeles
  • Dave Hernandez - assistant engineer, Spanish translation of track 6
  • Murray Dvorkin, Bino Espinoza - mixing assistants
  • George Marino - mastering at Sterling Sound, New York

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1985 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[6]
Canada CRIA 1985 Platinum (+ 100,000)[27]
United Kingdom BPI 1985 Silver (+ 60,000)[28]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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