Heaven on Earth (Belinda Carlisle album)

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Heaven on Earth
Belinda Carlisle - Heaven on Earth cover.jpg
Studio album by Belinda Carlisle
Released October 5, 1987
Recorded 1987
Studio Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, California
Length 43:24
Producer Rick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle chronology
Heaven on Earth
Runaway Horses
(1989)Runaway Horses1989
Singles from Heaven on Earth
  1. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
    Released: September 18, 1987
  2. "I Get Weak"
    Released: February 15, 1988
  3. "Circle in the Sand"
    Released: May 1988
  4. "I Feel Free"
    Released: 1988
  5. "World Without You"
    Released: 1988
  6. "Love Never Dies"
    Released: 1988

Heaven on Earth is the second solo album by American singer Belinda Carlisle, released in 1987. The album features three singles that made the Top 10 charts in the United States, including the #1 hit and Carlisle's signature song "Heaven Is a Place on Earth". It is her most successful album to date.


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Daily VaultB−[2]

AllMusic's Alex Henderson gave the album four stars out of five retrospectively, 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]

Commercial reception[edit]

"Heaven on Earth" is Belinda Carlisle's most successful studio album of her career, in terms of chart performance and copies sold. The album was certified 4 times Platinum in the United Kingdom. "Heaven on Earth" was also certified Platinum in many other countries including the United States. The first single released, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", reached the number 1 position throughout the world. The second song released was "I Get Weak" written by the famous songwriter Diane Warren. "I Get Weak" reached the number #2 spot in the U.S. and garnered a top 10 placing in Canada and U.K. The third single, "Circle in the Sand", reached the top 10 position 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 were different in different territories. The Cream cover "I Feel Free" was released only in the U.S., the song reached only #88 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was the final U.S. single from the album. In Europe, the song "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.[3]

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.[4]

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

Track listing[edit]

1."Heaven Is a Place on Earth"Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley4:14
2."Circle in the Sand"Nowels, Shipley4:26
3."I Feel Free"Jack Bruce, Pete Brown4:49
4."Should I Let You in?"Charlotte Caffey, Mark Holden4:16
5."World Without You"Diane Warren4:44
6."I Get Weak"Diane Warren4:52
7."We Can Change"Caffey, Nowels3:45
8."Fool for Love"Robbie Seidman3:55
9."Nobody Owns Me"Caffey, Holden, Clyde Lieberman3:13
10."Love Never Dies"Caffey, Tom Caffey, Nowels5:15

2013 Remastered Deluxe version[edit]

2017 30th Anniversary Edition Remastered Deluxe version[edit]

Featuring Three Bonus Tracks, Heaven Is A Place On Earth (2017 Acoustic), Why, and Superstar

Album credits[edit]


Additional players[edit]

Background vocals[edit]


  • Producers: Rick Nowels, Paulinho Da Costa, Ellen Shipley & Robert Feist
  • Arrangements: Rick Nowels
  • Production Assistant: Matthew Freeman
  • Engineers: Steve MacMillan, Robert Feist, Stacy Baird
  • Assistant Engineers: Matthew Freeman, Joe Schiff, Clark Germain, Brian Scheuble
  • Mixing: Shelly Yakus, Steve MacMillan
  • Mix Assistant: Charles Judge
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen

Charts and sales[edit]


  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. Heaven on Earth at AllMusic
  2. ^ Ray, Benjamin. "Daily Vault review". 
  3. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/24617/belinda-carlisle/
  4. ^ http://theseconddisc.com/2013/06/04/shes-got-the-beat-demon-music-group-acquires-belinda-carlisle-solo-catalogue/#more-19827
  5. ^ a b c d e f [1]. newzealandchart.com. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Canada Chart Position". Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  7. ^ http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=Belinda+Carlisle&titel=Heaven+On+Earth&cat=a
  8. ^ "Japan Chart Position". Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  9. ^ "UK Chart Position". Archived from the original on October 12, 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Chart Position". Retrieved September 8, 2007. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swiss Year-End Charts 1988". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1987 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Belinda Carlisle – Heaven on Earth". Music Canada. 
  14. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1987". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Belinda Carlisle; 'Heaven on Earth')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Belinda Carlisle – Heaven on Earth". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Heaven on Earth in the search field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Belinda Carlisle – Heaven on Earth". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH