Heaven on Earth (Belinda Carlisle album)

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Heaven on Earth
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven on Earth cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 5, 1987
Recorded1987
Studio
  • Ocean Way (Hollywood)
  • American Recording (Calabasas, California)
  • Music Grinder (Hollywood)[a]
  • Hollywood Sound (Hollywood)[a]
  • Cherokee (Hollywood)[a]
GenrePop rock[1]
Length43:24
LabelMCA
ProducerRick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle chronology
Belinda
(1986)
Heaven on Earth
(1987)
Runaway Horses
(1989)
Singles from Heaven on Earth
  1. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
    Released: 14 September 1987 (US)[2]
  2. "I Get Weak"
    Released: January 1988 (US)
  3. "Circle in the Sand"
    Released: April 1988 (US)[3]
  4. "I Feel Free"
    Released: July 1988 (US)
  5. "World Without You"
    Released: August 1988 (UK)[4]
  6. "Love Never Dies"
    Released: November 1988 (UK)[5]

Heaven on Earth is the second solo studio album by American singer Belinda Carlisle. It was released on October 5, 1987, by MCA Records. Three singles reached the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100, including the number-one single and Carlisle's signature song "Heaven Is a Place on Earth". The album has been certified triple Platinum in the United Kingdom and Platinum in many countries, including the United States.

Singles[edit]

The first single released, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", reached the number one position throughout the world. The second song released was "I Get Weak", written by Diane Warren. "I Get Weak" reached the number two spot in the U.S. and garnered a top 10 placing in Canada and the U.K. The third single, "Circle in the Sand", reached the top 10 in many countries, among them U.K. (#4), U.S. (#7) and Canada (#5). From the fourth single on, the singles released from the album varied in different territories. The Cream cover "I Feel Free" was released only in the U.S., reaching #88 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was the final U.S. single from the album. In Europe, "World Without You" (another Diane Warren song) was released, where it reached the top 40. A fifth and final single in the U.K. was the ballad "Love Never Dies" which reached number #54.[6]

Amongst the songs Carlisle recorded, but did not include on the album, are "Waiting for a Star to Fall" and "Some Hearts", which would become big hits for Boy Meets Girl and Carrie Underwood, respectively.

Reissues[edit]

In May 2009, Heaven on Earth was re-released as a remastered two disc special edition. This special edition includes several bonus remixes and a live DVD. The inclusion of the live DVD marked the first time the concert footage filmed in Philadelphia during the 1988 'Good Heavens' world tour was made available in DVD format. It had previously only been available on VHS.

Heaven On Earth was again re-released on August 26, 2013, in a 2CD+DVD casebook edition from Edsel Recording ( EDSG 80265 ) featuring the original album remastered, the single versions, remixes and B-sides. The DVD features the videos from the album and the concert footage filmed in Philadelphia during the 1988 'Good Heavens' world tour as well as an exclusive interview with Carlisle, discussing the album.[7]

Fellow Go-Go Charlotte Caffey's group The Graces covered "Should I Let You In?" for their 1989 album Perfect View.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
The Daily VaultB−[8]

AllMusic's Alex Henderson gave the album four stars out of five, saying "while nothing here packs quite the punch that 'How Much More,' 'We Got the Beat,' and 'Turn to You' did, such memorable songs as 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth,' 'Should I Let You In?', and 'I Get Weak' show that the Angeleno still had plenty of spirit".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heaven Is a Place on Earth"4:05
2."Circle in the Sand"
  • Nowels
  • Shipley
4:26
3."I Feel Free"4:49
4."Should I Let You In?"4:15
5."World Without You"Diane Warren4:42
6."I Get Weak"Warren4:50
7."We Can Change"
  • Nowels
  • C. Caffey
3:45
8."Fool for Love"Robbie Seidman3:57
9."Nobody Owns Me"
  • C. Caffey
  • Holden
  • Clyde Lieberman
3:12
10."Love Never Dies"
  • C. Caffey
  • Tom Caffey
  • Nowels
5:16

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Heaven on Earth.[9]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Rick Nowels – production
  • Steve MacMillan – recording (all tracks); mixing (tracks 3, 4, 8, 10)
  • Robert Feist – additional engineering
  • Stacy Baird – additional engineering
  • Shelly Yakus – mixing (tracks 1, 2, 5–7, 9)
  • Charles Judge – mixing assistance
  • Matthew Freeman – engineering assistance, production assistance
  • Joe Schiff – engineering assistance
  • Clark Germaine – engineering assistance
  • Brian Scheuble – engineering assistance
  • Ethan Jones – engineering assistance
  • Bob Vogt – engineering assistance
  • Rob Jacobs – engineering assistance
  • Marc DeSisto – engineering assistance
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering at Precision Lacquer (Hollywood, California)
  • Ellen Shipley – additional vocal production
  • Robert Feist – additional vocal production
  • Timothy McDaniel – production coordination
  • Nancy Del Los Santos – production assistance

Artwork[edit]

  • Phillip Dixon – photography
  • Norman Moore – art direction, design

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for Heaven on Earth
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[33] Gold 10,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[34] Platinum 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[35] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] Platinum 1,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Additional recording

References[edit]

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