Hard to Hold

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Hard to Hold
Hard to Hold cover.jpeg
Soundtrack album by Rick Springfield
Released July 23, 1984
Genre Rock
Label RCA Records
Producer Rick Springfield, Bill Drescher, Graham Parker, Harvey Goldberg, Tom Scott, Peter Gabriel, Peter Walsh
Rick Springfield chronology
Living in Oz
(1983)Living in Oz1983
Hard to Hold
Beautiful Feelings
(1984)Beautiful Feelings1984

Hard to Hold is an album by Rick Springfield issued by RCA Records in 1984 as the soundtrack to the film of the same name. The album includes three U.S. Top 40 hits, "Don't Walk Away", "Bop 'Til You Drop", and the top five hit "Love Somebody", with the duet with Randy Crawford, "Taxi Dancing" also charting. The album was later remastered by Steve Hoffman for the Razor and Tie reissue label. In addition to Springfield appearing on the soundtrack, there are two tracks that were exclusive to the CD, "When The Lights Go Down" by Graham Parker (which eventually ended up on the Parker rarites CD "The Art Van DeLay Collection") and Nona Hendryx's "Heart of a Woman". Peter Gabriel also appears on the CD performing "I Go Swimming" featured on his live album "Plays Live" from 1983.

Although the film received a mixed reception in theaters, the soundtrack album had several charting singles.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Love Somebody" Rick Springfield Rick Springfield 3:30
2. "Don't Walk Away" Rick Springfield Rick Springfield 4:00
3. "Bop 'Til You Drop" Rick Springfield Rick Springfield 4:16
4. "Taxi Dancing" (duet with Randy Crawford) Rick Springfield Rick Springfield 3:30
5. "S.F.O. (Instrumental)" Rick Springfield, Tim Pierce Rick Springfield 2:21
6. "Stand Up" Rick Springfield Rick Springfield 3:06
7. "When the Lights Go Down" Graham Parker Graham Parker 3:21
8. "Great Lost Art of Conversation" Rick Springfield Rick Springfield 3:07
9. "Heart Of A Woman" Tom Scott, Candy Parton Nona Hendryx 3:42
10. "I Go Swimming" Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel 4:36
Total length: 35:29


  • Producers: Rick Springfield & Bill Drescher
  • Engineer: Bill Drescher
  • Second Engineers: Eddie Delena, Rick Polakow
  • Executive Producer: D. Constantine Conte
  • Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood
  • CD Mastered by Steve Hoffman
  • Recorded by [Pre-production Assistance]: Jeff Silverman
  • Backing vocals: Brett Tuggle, Richard Page, Rick Springfield, Tom Kelly
  • Bass: Mike Seifrit, Reggie McBride
  • Drums: Mike Baird
  • Guitar: Jeff Silverman, Rick Springfield, Tim Pierce
  • Keyboards: Alan Pasqua, John Philip Shenale, Mitchell Froom, Rick Springfield
  • Acoustic percussion: Michael Fisher
  • Electric percussion: Reek Havoc, Rick Springfield
  • Saxophone, electric woodwind: Joel Peskin