Live Your Life Be Free

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Live Your Life Be Free
Studio album by Belinda Carlisle
Released October 14, 1991 (1991-10-14)
Recorded January–June 1991
Genre Pop
Length 51:11
Label MCA, Virgin
Producer Rick Nowels, Richard Feldman, Eric Pressly, David Munday
Belinda Carlisle chronology
Runaway Horses
Live Your Life Be Free
The Best of Belinda, Volume 1
Singles from Live Your Life Be Free
  1. "Live Your Life Be Free"
    Released: September 16, 1991
  2. "Do You Feel Like I Feel?"
    Released: November 1991
  3. "Half the World"
    Released: December 1991
  4. "Little Black Book"
    Released: August 1992

Live Your Life Be Free is the fourth studio album by American singer Belinda Carlisle, released in the United States in 1991 by MCA Records and in the UK by Virgin Records. This was the first of Carlisle's albums not to chart in the United States and the last album of hers to produce a U.S. Billboard Hot 100 single ("Do You Feel Like I Feel?", number 73). The album fared better in the UK, where it peaked at number seven.

Carlisle co-wrote two of the tracks on the album: "Loneliness Game" and "Little Black Book" (which went to number 28 in the UK Singles Chart).

The song "You Came Out of Nowhere" begins with a sample from the opening of "Nobody Told Me", a song by John Lennon that was released in 1984.

Reception and chart performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C−[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

The reception of the Live Your Life Be Free album was not as good as her previous albums. Rolling Stone wrote "Carlisle merely stirs up a nostalgia for carefree girl groups singing gooey love songs – giving Live Your Life a certain giddy, pointless coherence" while for Allmusic "Live Your Life Be Free shows the singer to be capable in a variety of musical contexts, and is a pleasing listen throughout".

The album sold better outside the U.S. and managed to enter the top 10 in the UK where it was certified gold. Outside the U.K. the album charted No. 21 in Sweden for 10 weeks and No. 27 in Australia.

The first single release outside the United States was the album title track that peaked at No. 12 in the UK, No. 16 in Sweden and No. 13 in Australia. In the U.S. the first single to be released was "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" which was the last Carlisle single to enter the U.S. top 100.

Live Your Life Be Free Re-released on August 26, 2013 in a 2CD+DVD casebook edition from Edsel Recording ( EDSG 8027 ) featuring the original album RE-MASTERED, the single versions, remixes and B-sides. The DVD will feature the videos from the album and an exclusive interview with Belinda, discussing the album.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Live Your Life Be Free" Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley 5:14
2. "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" Nowels, Shipley 5:09
3. "Half the World" Richard Feldman, Eric Pressly, Shipley 4:23
4. "You Came Out of Nowhere" Nowels, David Munday 4:10
5. "You're Nothing Without Me" Nowels 3:55
6. "I Plead Insanity" Nowels, Munday, Kushla Prasad 4:39
7. "Emotional Highway" Nowels, Shipley 5:20
8. "Little Black Book" Feldman, Marcy Detroit, Belinda Carlisle 4:14
9. "Love Revolution" Nowels 5:09
10. "World of Love" Charlotte Caffey, Jeff McDonald, Steve McDonald 4:13
11. "Loneliness Game" Pressly, Carlisle 4:40

2013 Remastered Deluxe version[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album credits[edit]


  • Rick Nowels - producer
  • Richard Feldman - producer
  • Eric Pressly - producer
  • David Munday - producer
  • Sheryl Crow - background vocals


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Live Your Life Be Free - Australian chart run". Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Canada Chart Position". Retrieved November 23, 2006. 
  7. ^ Retrieved June 24, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  8. ^ "Live Your Life Be Free - Sweden chart run". Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  9. ^ "Live Your Life Be Free - Swiss chart run". Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  10. ^ "Live Your Life Be Free - UK chart run". Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – belinda Carlisle – Live Your Life Be Free". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Live Your Life Be Free in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search