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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
(1982)Private Audition1982
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



Reaction to The Album[edit]

The album did not do well when it was released, selling less than 500,000 copies and failing to reach the gold record status. A review in Rolling Stone gave the album two out of five stars and a poor review. The reviewer, Errol Somay, writes, “In short, Passionworks seems like the soundtrack to an off-Broadway show that closed after two nights.”[7] The song, “How Can I Refuse?” was popular, hitting number one on the Mainstream Rock charts and number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1983.[5] The other singles off the album did not do as well.

Remastering of Tracks[edit]

Heart’s sixteenth studio album released in 2016, Beautiful Broken, contains two remastered tracks from the Passionworks album along with a few other remastered songs from their 80s era and a few new ones. These two tracks are “Johnny Moon” and “Language of Love.” In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Nancy Wilson talks about the idea to remaster the songs, “Like, ‘Wow, these songs were so misunderstood ‘production-wise.’ And I thought I would love a chance to redesign and reimagine them in the studio.”[8] The new album reached the number nine spot on Billboard’s Rock Album Chart in 2016. Then, it reached number 30 on Billboard’s Top Selling Albums chart in the US.[9] This album did much better than the earlier Passionworks album.


  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 f "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. 
  7. ^ "Heart: Passion Works : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  8. ^ "Heart interview: Nancy Wilson on reinventing the '80s in the '70s spirit for excellent 'Beautiful Broken'". azcentral. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  9. ^ "Top Rock Albums : Jul 30, 2016 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-22.