In the Heat of the Night (Pat Benatar album)

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In the Heat of the Night
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 27, 1979
RecordedJune–July 1979
StudioMCA Whitney Studios, Glendale, California
GenreHard rock, pop rock
Length38:20
LabelChrysalis
ProducerPeter Coleman, Mike Chapman
Pat Benatar chronology
In the Heat of the Night
(1979)
Crimes of Passion
(1980)
Singles from In the Heat of the Night
  1. "I Need a Lover" / "Rated X"
    Released: August 27, 1979
  2. "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" / "So Sincere"
    Released: September 14, 1979
  3. "Heartbreaker" / "My Clone Sleeps Alone"
    Released: October 26, 1979
  4. "Rated X" / "Don't Let It Show"
    Released: 1979 (France Only)
  5. "We Live for Love" / "I Need a Lover"
    Released: February 25, 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[2]
The Village VoiceC+[3]

In the Heat of the Night is the platinum-certified debut studio album by American recording artist Pat Benatar, released by Chrysalis Records on August 27, 1979. The album debuted on the United States' Billboard 200 the week ending October 20, 1979, peaking at No. 12 in March 1980 almost six months after its release.[4]

The album included the hard rock song, "Heartbreaker", her breakthrough hit in the US (where it reached the Top 25),[5] Canada and New Zealand (it reached the Top 20 in both those countries). "Heartbreaker" was a bigger hit at US album-rock radio stations reaching number 13 on the Tunecaster Rock Tracks chart.[6] "Heartbreaker" was the third single released off the album, as neither the first single, Benatar's version of "I Need a Lover" backed by "Rated X", or the second single, Benatar's rendition of "If You Think You Know How to Love Me", charted in the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, although they did receive some airplay at US album-oriented rock radio stations.[6]

In the Heat of the Night also contained "We Live for Love" which became her first Top 10 hit in any country when it rose to number 8 in Canada, while also reaching the Top 30 in the US, New Zealand and Australia, her first sizable hit in the latter. In France, "We Live for Love" reached the Top 40, although "Rated X" had previously reached the French Top 30. In the Netherlands and Belgium, Benatar's rendition of "I Need a Lover" became a Top 30 hit.

In Billboard magazine's 1980 year-end top pop albums chart, In the Heat of the Night was listed at No. 7. It was even a bigger hit in Canada where it peaked at number 3 and was certified 4x Platinum. In New Zealand it was a Top 10 hit while it also had success in France and Australia, peaking at number 20 and 25, respectively, in those countries.

In the Heat of the Night was remastered and re-issued on Capitol Records in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heartbreaker" (Jenny Darren cover)Geoff Gill, Cliff Wade3:29
2."I Need a Lover" (John Mellencamp cover)John Mellencamp3:30
3."If You Think You Know How to Love Me" (Smokie cover)Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn4:23
4."In the Heat of the Night" (Smokie cover)Chapman, Chinn5:24
5."My Clone Sleeps Alone"Roger Capps, Pat Benatar3:29
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."We Live for Love"Neil Giraldo3:55
7."Rated X" (Nick Gilder cover)Nick Gilder, James McCulloch3:17
8."Don't Let It Show" (The Alan Parsons Project cover)Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson4:04
9."No You Don't" (Sweet cover)Chapman, Chinn3:20
10."So Sincere"Capps, Benatar3:29

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Peter Coleman – producer
  • Mike Chapman – producer of tracks 2, 3, 4
  • Steve Hall – mastering
  • Rick Newman – management and direction

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[19] 4× Platinum 400,000^
France (SNEP)[20] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[21] Platinum 15,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Theakston, Rob. "Pat Benatar – In the Heat of the Night review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Fissinger, Laura (April 3, 1980). "Album Reviews: Pat Benatar – In the Heat of the Night". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 28, 1980). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Pat Benatar Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Pat Benatar Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  6. ^ a b https://tunecaster.com/artists/b/benatar-pat.html
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 33, No. 4, April 19, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. April 19, 1980. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "Pat Benatar – In the Heat of the Night (album)". charts.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Pat Benatar" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc) |format= requires |url= (help). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "Pat Benatar Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  12. ^ "Pat Benatar – Heartbreaker (song)". charts.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 33, No. 4, April 19, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. April 19, 1980. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Pat Benatar" (in French). infodisc.fr. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  15. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 22, No. 17, July 19, 1980". Library and Archives Canada. July 19, 1980. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  16. ^ "Pat benatar – We Live for Love (song)". charts.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  17. ^ "Pat Benatart – I Need a Lover". Ultratop (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  18. ^ "Pat Benatar – I Need a Lover (nummer)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Pat Benatar – In the Heat of the Night". Music Canada. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  20. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: search for Pat Benatar" (in French). Infodisc.fr.
  21. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Pat Benatar – In the Heat of the Night". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Pat Benatar – In the Heat of the Night". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 25, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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