Wide Awake in Dreamland

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Wide Awake in Dreamland
Cover photography by Moshe Brakha
Studio album by Pat Benatar
Released July 1988
Recorded Spyder's Soul Kitchen,
Ocean Way Recording ("All Fired Up"), Los Angeles, California, 1987
Genre Rock, Hard rock
Length 50:12
Label Chrysalis
Producer Peter Coleman and Neil Giraldo
Keith Forsey and Neil Giraldo ("All Fired Up")
Pat Benatar chronology
Best Shots
(1987)
Wide Awake in Dreamland
(1988)
True Love
(1991)
Singles from Wide Awake in Dreamland
  1. "All Fired Up"
    Released: June 14, 1988
  2. "Don't Walk Away"
    Released: September 27, 1988
  3. "Let's Stay Together"
    Released: December 19, 1988 (promo)
  4. "One Love"
    Released: January 9, 1989 (Europe)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Wide Awake in Dreamland is Pat Benatar's seventh studio album, and her eighth album overall, released in 1988. After a string of successful albums, this was her last rock-oriented album of the 1980s, before she would go on to try a blues-based sound with True Love in 1991.

The album's lead single, "All Fired Up", peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 25 on the Cash Box Top 100. It was nominated for a Grammy Award but did not win.[3]

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and eventually sold approximately 700,000 copies in the United States.[4]

Background and writing[edit]

The album was primarily recorded at Neil Giraldo's studio, with most of the songwriting by Giraldo and longtime drummer Myron Grombacher. Four of the tracks are also co-written with Benatar (who is credited as Pat Giraldo). One of the two songs from other songwriters was "Cerebral Man" written by Tully Winfield and well-known stick player Don Schiff. In an interview from 2002, Schiff recalled how this track was added to the album: "Tully Winfield and I demoed songs at what was becoming a very popular studio in LA (Woodcliff Studio)... we had just recorded "Cerebral Man". If I recall correctly the demo just had Tully's voice, stick and drums. Peter Coleman was producing Pat's next album for Chrysalis and happened to be the next session in and heard the tune. He asked if he could take the song to Pat Benatar and hopefully put it on her next album. Her camp liked it and they did a wonderful job with the song. I thought Tully and I would get a few more songs on that album as they liked the style of our song, but at the last minute she decided to go back to her more familiar rock style, leaving our song the only one stylistically like it on the album."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All Fired Up" (Rattling Sabres cover) Kerryn Tolhurst, Myron Grombacher, Pat Benatar 4:27
2. "One Love"   Neil Giraldo, Grombacher 5:12
3. "Let's Stay Together"   Giraldo, Benatar 4:50
4. "Don't Walk Away"   Nick Gilder, Duane Hitchings 4:35
5. "Too Long a Soldier"   Giraldo, Grombacher 6:42
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Cool Zero"   Giraldo, Grombacher 5:26
7. "Cerebral Man"   Tully Winfield, Don Schiff 4:40
8. "Lift 'em on Up"   Giraldo, Grombacher, Benatar 4:54
9. "Suffer the Little Children"   Giraldo, Benatar 4:10
10. "Wide Awake in Dreamland"   Giraldo, Grombacher 4:58

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Peter Coleman, Neil Giraldo – producers, mixing
  • Frank Linx – assistant engineer
  • Steve Ford, Gil Morales – mixing assistants
  • George Marino – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York
"Let's Stay Together"
  • Neil Giraldo – producer
  • Ed Thacker – mixing
  • Jim Dineen – mixing assistant
"All Fired Up"

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1988 Gold (+ 500,000)[4]
Canada CRIA 1988 Platinum (+ 100,000)[18]
United Kingdom BPI 1988 Gold (+ 100,000)[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Pat Benatar – Wide Awake in Dreamland review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (September 22, 1988). "Album Reviews: Pat Benatar – Wide Awake in Dreamland". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 30, 2007. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Wide Awake in Dreamland Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable database: search for "Benatar"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ Long, Andy (March 2002). "Don Schiff". Global Bass.com. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Artist Chart History – Pat Benatar". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 48, No. 24, October 01 1988". Library and Archives Canada. October 1, 1988. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Pat Benatar – Wide Awake in Dreamland (album)". Australian-charts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pat Benatar – Wide Awake in Dreamland (album)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Wide Awake in Dreamland Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Pat Benatar – Wide Awake in Dreamland (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Album – Pat Benatar, Wide Awake in Dreamland". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pat Benatar – All Fired Up (song)". Australian-charts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 48, No. 21, September 10, 1988". Library and Archives Canada. September 10, 1988. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Pat Benatar – All Fired Up (song)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Pat Benatar – Don't Walk Away (song)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (DOC). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  18. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Pat Benatar". Music Canada. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ "BPI Certified Awards Searchable Database". BPI. Retrieved July 25, 2014. search under artist for 'Pat Benatar' 

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