Hard (Gang of Four album)

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Hard
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Studio album by Gang of Four
Released September 1983
Studio Criteria Studios, North Miami Florida
Genre Post-punk, new wave
Length 36:33
Label EMI
Producer Howard Albert, Ron Albert, Jon King, Andrew Gill
Gang of Four chronology
Songs of the Free
(1982)Songs of the Free1982
Hard
(1983)
A Brief History of the Twentieth Century
(1990)A Brief History of the Twentieth Century1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 3.8/10[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Hard is the fourth studio album by the English post-punk group Gang of Four. It was originally released in 1983 on Warner Bros. Records and was the first album to not feature original member Hugo Burnham, while Dave Allen had already left before the previous album, Songs of the Free.

The album was later reissued as part of a two-CD package along with the band's 1981 album Solid Gold.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Andy Gill and Jon King; except where indicated

  1. "Is It Love" (Gill) – 4:35
  2. "I Fled" – 3:54
  3. "Silver Lining" - 4:13
  4. "Woman Town" (Gill) - 5:12
  5. "A Man With a Good Car" - 3:45
  6. "It Don't Matter" - 3:54
  7. "Arabic" - 3:39
  8. "A Piece of My Heart" - 3:14
  9. "Independence" - 4:05

Personnel[edit]

Gang of Four

with:

  • Jon Astrop - bass on "Is It Love", "I Fled", "It Don't Matter" and "A Piece of My Heart"
  • Alfa Anderson, Brenda White King, Chuck Kirkpatrick, John Sambataro - background vocals
  • Mike Lewis - conductor of strings & horns
Technical
  • John Rollo - recording
  • Scott Heiser - photography

References[edit]