Café Racers

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Café Racers
Kim Carnes - Café Racers.jpg
Studio album by Kim Carnes
Released October 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre Pop rock
Length 43:10
Label EMI
Producer Keith Olsen
Kim Carnes chronology
Voyeur
(1982)
Café Racers
(1983)
Barking at Airplanes
(1985)
Singles from Café Racers
  1. "Invisible Hands"
    Released: 1983
  2. "You Make My Heart Beat Faster (And That's All That Matters)"
    Released: 1984
  3. "I Pretend"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Café Racers is the eighth studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music).

The album spawned three chart singles in the United States, "Invisible Hands", "You Make My Heart Beat Faster (And That's All That Matters)", and "I Pretend" which charted on various Billboard charts. "The Universal Song" was also released as a single in West Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

The song "I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is" was included on the chart-topping, six times Platinum Flashdance soundtrack which received a Grammy Award for Best Album Of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture at 26th Annual Grammy Awards. It was also released as a single in Germany, Netherlands, Spain and France.

Kim's album, meanwhile, was a commercial failure, running out of steam at #97 on the Billboard album chart.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."You Make My Heart Beat Faster (And That's All That Matters)"Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson, Martin Page, Brian Fairweather4:35
2."Young Love"Gary O´Connor4:14
3."Met You at the Wrong Time of My Life"Paul Wilson, B.P. Hurding5:21
4."Hurricane"Kim Carnes, Bill Cuomo4:30
5."The Universal Song"Bill Cuomo, Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson3:52
6."Invisible Hands"Martin Page, Brian Fairweather3:12
7."I Pretend"Martin Page, Brian Fairweather5:20
8."Hangin' On by a Thread (A Sad Affair of the Heart)"Kim Carnes2:51
9."A Kick in the Heart"Mark Goldenberg4:32
10."I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is"Kim Carnes, Craig Krampf, Duane Hitchings4:43
2001 re-issue
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."You Make My Heart Beat Faster (And That's All That Matters) (Extended version)"Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson, Martin Page, Brian Fairweather6:07
12."Hurricane (Extended vocal version)"Kim Carnes, Bill Cuomo5:13
13."Invitation To Dance (Vocal Dance Mix)"Kim Carnes, Dave Ellingson, Martin Page, Brian Fairweather6:30

Personnel[edit]

  • Kim Carnes – lead vocals, backing vocals (3, 6, 7, 9, 10)
  • Bill Cuomo – keyboards (1, 2, 4, 5, 7-10), synthesizer (3), keyboard solo (6)
  • Steve Porcaro – keyboards (2)
  • David Paich – acoustic piano (3), keyboard bass (6)
  • Duane Hitchings – keyboards (10)
  • Chas Sandford – guitar (1, 4, 5), backing vocals (1, 4, 5)
  • Steve Lukather – guitar solo (1), guitar (2, 3, 6, 7, 9)
  • Waddy Wachtel – guitar (2, 3, 10), backing vocals (2)
  • Mark Andes – bass (2, 3, 6, 7, 9)
  • Dennis Carmassi – drums (1-7, 9, 10)
  • Brian Fairweather – Simmons drums (6), backing vocals (5, 6, 7)
  • Craig Krampf – drums (8)
  • Keith Olsen – percussion (3)
  • Jerry Peterson – saxophone (3, 4, 7)
  • Martin Page – backing vocals (5, 6, 7), Roland Jupiter 8 (6)
  • Kevin Chalfant – backing vocals (7)
  • John Waite – backing vocals (8)
  • Daniel Moore – backging vocals (10)
  • Dave Ellingson – backing vocals (10)

Production[edit]

  • Robert Blakeman – cover photography
  • Michael Brokaw (Kragen & Co.) – direction
  • Greg Fulginiti – mastering at Artisan Sound Recorders (Hollywood, CA).
  • John Kosh – art direction, design
  • Ron Larson – art direction, design
  • Susan McGonigle – production coordinator
  • Keith Olsen – producer, engineer
  • Dennis Sager – engineer
  • Jackie Sallow – sleeve photography
    • Recorded at Goodnight LA Studios (Van Nuys, CA).

Notes[edit]