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Cover photography by Neal Preston
Studio album by Heart
Released August 20, 1983
Recorded Studio 56, Los Angeles
Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, California, March–June 1983
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 42:00
Label Epic
Producer Keith Olsen
Heart chronology
Private Audition
Singles from Passionworks
  1. "How Can I Refuse?" / "Johnny Moon"
    Released: August 1983
  2. "Allies" / "Together Now"
    Released: October 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[3]

Passionworks is the seventh studio album, released by the hard rock band Heart, in 1983. The album marks a shift in musical direction from hard rock and folk to mainstream rock. This album spent 21 weeks on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached No. 39.[4] The single, "How Can I Refuse?" hit No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for 1 week.[5] Passionworks was the band's final album with Epic Records before their comeback-fueled move to Capitol Records. It is the first Heart album to feature Denny Carmassi and Mark Andes, who had replaced longtime members Mike DeRosier and Steve Fossen. The album has sold almost 500,000 copies in the United States.

In 2009, Passionworks was re-released on the Beat Goes On label as a double CD with the band's previous album Private Audition.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "How Can I Refuse?"   Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis, Howard Leese, Mark Andes, Denny Carmassi 3:52
2. "Blue Guitar"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Leese, Andes, Carmassi 3:54
3. "Johnny Moon"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis 4:00
4. "Sleep Alone"   A. Wilson, Ennis 4:12
5. "Together Now"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis 3:50
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Allies"   Jonathan Cain 4:44
7. "(Beat by) Jealousy"   A. Wilson, Ennis 3:18
8. "Heavy Heart"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Keith Olsen 3:50
9. "Love Mistake"   N. Wilson 3:28
10. "Language of Love"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis 3:38
11. "Ambush"   A. Wilson, Ennis 3:14



Additional musicians[edit]

  • David Paichpiano on track 6, synthesizer on tracks 1-3, 6 and 10
  • Steve Porcaro – synthesizers on track 11, synthesizer programming
  • Lynn Wilson – backing vocals on track 6




  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Passionworks - Heart". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ Somay, Errol (October 27, 1983). "Heart: Passion Works : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 372. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ a b "Passionworks Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Passionworks Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 39, No. 5, October 01 1983". Library and Archives Canada. October 1, 1983. Retrieved June 1, 2014.