Hard at Play

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Hard at Play
Huey Lewis & the News - Hard at Play.jpg
Studio album by
Released7 May 1991
Recorded1990-1991
StudioSkywalker Sound, Marin County, California
GenreRock, pop rock
Length46:09
LabelChrysalis (UK)[1]
EMI (Most of the world)
ProducerHuey Lewis and the News
Bill Schnee
Eric Thorngren
Huey Lewis and the News chronology
Small World
(1988)
Hard at Play
(1991)
Four Chords & Several Years Ago
(1994)
Singles from Hard at Play
  1. "Couple Days Off"
    Released: 1991
  2. "It Hit Me Like a Hammer"
    Released: 1991
  3. "He Don't Know"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Hard at Play is the sixth album by American rock band Huey Lewis and the News. It was released in 1991 on EMI for most of the world and Chrysalis in the UK. Hard at Play peaked at number 27 on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart and produced two Top 40 singles, "Couple Days Off" and "It Hit Me Like a Hammer". Music videos were released for "It Hit Me like a Hammer", "Couple Days Off", and "He Don't Know".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Build Me Up" (Johnny Colla, Huey Lewis) – 4:28
  2. "It Hit Me Like a Hammer" (Robert "Mutt" Lange, Lewis) – 4:01
  3. "Attitude" (Max Carl) – 4:00
  4. "He Don't Know" (Don Covay, Jon Tiven, Sally Tiven) – 4:15
  5. "Couple Days Off" (Chris Hayes, Lewis, Geoffrey Palmer) – 4:56
  6. "That's Not Me" (Michael Ruff) – 4:15
  7. "We Should Be Making Love" (Andy Goldmark, Steve Kipner, Steve Lindsey) – 4:01
  8. "Best of Me" (Bonnie Hayes, Kevin Hayes, Annie Stocking) – 3:57
  9. "Do You Love Me, Or What?" (C. Hayes, Lewis, Nick Lowe) – 3:46
  10. "Don't Look Back" (Lewis, Bill Gibson, David Fredericks) – 3:44
  11. "Time Ain't Money" (Colla, Lewis) – 4:46

Personnel[edit]

Huey Lewis & The News

Additional personnel

  • Mike Duke – background vocals
  • David Fredericks – background vocals
  • Gospel Hummingbirds – background vocals
  • John McFee – guitar

Production

  • Huey Lewis – producer
  • Bill Schnee – producer, mixing
  • Eric "ET" Thorngren – producer, engineer
  • Bob Brown – executive producer
  • Bob Edwards – engineer
  • Jeffrey Norman – engineer
  • Bill Schnee – engineer
  • Ken Allardyce – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Tony Eckert – assistant engineer
  • Stephen Hart – assistant engineer
  • Tim Lauber – assistant engineer
  • Kevin Scott – assistant engineer
  • Jim "Watts" Vereecke – assistant engineer
  • Jack Joseph Puig – mixing
  • Doug Sax – mastering at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, CA).
  • Henry Marquez – art direction
  • Michael Diehl – design
  • Aaron Rapoport – photography

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[3] 61
Canadian Albums (RPM)[4] 20
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 67
European Top 100 Albums[6] 25
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 9
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 14
Italian Albums (AFI)[9] 25
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[10] 10
Japanese International Albums (Oricon)[11] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12] 26
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 25
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 39
US Billboard 200[16] 27
Zimbabwean Albums (ZIMA)[17] 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canadian Albums Chart (RPM)[18] 85

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Couple Days Off" Album Rock Tracks 3
1991 The Billboard Hot 100 11
1991 "Build Me Up" Album Rock Tracks 27
1991 "It Hit Me Like a Hammer" The Billboard Hot 100 21
1991 Adult Contemporary 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 50,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000^

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Huey-Lewis-The-News-Hard-At-Play/release/3020355
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Hard at Play – Review. Allmusic.com.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "RPM: Huey Lewis and the News (albums)". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on October 14, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  6. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=bCgEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Caccessdate=27 September 2011
  7. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  8. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - ALBUM 1991: Altri". Hit Parade Italia.
  10. ^ "Oricon Archive - Huey Lewis and the News". Oricon. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "Oricon Archive - Huey Lewis and the News". Oricon. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "Huey Lewis and the News Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  16. ^ "Huey Lewis and the News US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  17. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: albums chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  18. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Albums of 1991". RPM. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play". Music Canada. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  20. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Huey Lewis and the News – Hard at Play". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 25, 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.