Hold Me (Laura Branigan album)

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Hold Me
Laura Branigan - Hold Me.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1985
Genre
Length40:17
LabelAtlantic
ProducerJack White, Harold Faltermeyer, Mark Spiro
Laura Branigan chronology
Self Control
(1984)
Hold Me
(1985)
Touch
(1987)
Singles from Hold Me
  1. "Spanish Eddie"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Hold Me"
    Released: 1985
  3. "Maybe Tonight"
    Released: 1985
  4. "I Found Someone"
    Released: February 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Hold Me is the fourth studio album by American singer Laura Branigan, released in 1985 on Atlantic Records.

The lead single from Branigan's fourth album, "Spanish Eddie", was her sixth top 40 hit in two and a half years, although it failed to enter the top 20. A splashy video featuring a newly svelte Branigan was a hit on the various music video programs of the day (NBC's Friday Night Videos, TBS' Night Tracks and USA's Night Flight among the biggest), but it was not picked up by MTV.[citation needed] The following single release, "Hold Me", was a top 40 dance hit and her introduction of the rock ballad "I Found Someone" (co-written by Michael Bolton) reached even higher on the AC chart, but neither song was supported by a music video, and they stayed in the lower reaches of the pop charts.

The track "When the Heat Hits the Streets" was heard in a television advertising campaign for the Chrysler Laser, Chrysler being a sponsor for Branigan's 1985-86 "Hold Me" tour (a Chrysler Laser was prominently displayed in the "Spanish Eddie" video). Despite the weak sales, the album has many of her fan-favourite songs. Not only did she continue to perform "Spanish Eddie" in concerts throughout her career, but she began a lifelong tradition of closing every show with an encore of "Forever Young", the ballad that was made a cult hit by German band Alphaville.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hold Me"Beth Andersen, Bill Bodine4:46
2."Maybe Tonight"Jack White, Mark Spiro3:40
3."Foolish Lullaby"Jack White, Mark Spiro4:18
4."Spanish Eddie"David Palmer, Chuck Cochran4:10
5."Forever Young"Marian Gold, Frank Mertens, Bernhard Lloyd3:57
6."When I'm with You"Jack White, Mark Spiro, Harold Faltermeyer4:15
7."I Found Someone"Michael Bolton, Mark Mangold4:01
8."Sanctuary"Gary Usher, Tom Kelly3:33
9."Tenderness"Laura Branigan, Jack White, Mark Spiro3:46
10."When the Heat Hits the Streets"Linda Schreyer, Cappy Capossela3:44

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[2] 43
German Albums Chart[3] 31
Japanese Albums Chart[citation needed] 75
Norwegian Albums Chart[4] 12
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[6] 10
UK Albums Chart[7] 64
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 71

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Jack White and Harold Faltermeyer
  • Associate Producer on Tracks 2, 3, 6 & 9: Mark Spiro
  • Engineers: Dave Concors, David Devore, Jürgen Koppers, John Kovorek, Brian Malouf, Brian Reeves, Ed Thacker, Tom Whitlock and John Van Nest.
  • Assistant Engineers: Rick Butz, Steve Krause, Peggy McAffee and Sam Taylor.
  • Recorded at Image Recording Studios, Westlake Studios and Bodifications (Los Angeles, CA); Can-Am Recorders (Tarzana, CA); Preferred Sound (Woodland Hills, CA).
  • Mixed by Jürgen Koppers at Image Recording Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction: Bob Defrin
  • Photography: Aaron Rapoport
  • Hair: Hugh Ragan
  • Make-up: Debra Howell/Cloutier
  • Stylist: Anna Chu
  • Jewelry: Y-lang Y-lang
  • Personal Assistant: Naomi Weitzner
  • Management: Susan Joseph
  • Business Management: Larry Kruteck

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hold Me at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  3. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Laura Branigan - Hold Me". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Laura Branigan - Hold Me". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Laura Branigan - Hold Me". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  7. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/19930/laura-branigan/
  8. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/laura-branigan/chart-history/billboard-200