Pearls (Elkie Brooks album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1981 (UK)
ProducerGus Dudgeon
Elkie Brooks chronology
Live and Learn
Pearls II

Pearls is a 1981 album by Elkie Brooks. It is in part a compilation album, featuring earlier singles mixed with newly recorded material. It went on to become a major hit in the UK - the biggest of her career.


With the relative disappointment of her previous album, Live and Learn, A&M decided to release a compilation of her biggest hits and newly recorded material aimed firmly at the middle of the road audience. The new material was produced by Elton John's producer Gus Dudgeon. Pearls peaked at #2 staying in the charts for 79 weeks. It was first released on CD in 1985. Pearls remains Brooks' biggest selling album.

Single releases[edit]

  • "Paint Your Pretty Picture" (1980)
  • "Dance Away" (1980)
  • "Warm and Tender Love" (1981)
  • "Fool If You Think It's Over" (UK# 17, 1981)

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Superstar" (Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett) - (3:28)
  2. "Fool (If You Think It's Over)" (Chris Rea) - (4:58)
  3. "Givin' It Up For Your Love" (Jerry Lyn Williams) - (3:56)
  4. "Sunshine After the Rain" (Ellie Greenwich) - (3:24)
  5. "Warm and Tender Love" (Bobby Robinson) - (4:09)
  6. "Lilac Wine" (James Shelton) - (3:55)

Side Two

  1. "Pearl's a Singer" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Ralph Dino, John Sembello) - (3:39)
  2. "Don't Cry Out Loud" (Peter Allen, Carole Bayer Sager) - (3:46)
  3. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" (Norman Whitfield, Janie Bradford, Barrett Strong) - (3:19)
  4. "If You Leave Me Now" (Peter Cetera) - (3:50)
  5. "Paint Your Pretty Picture" (Bill Withers) - (3:34)
  6. "Dance Away" (Richard Kerr, Troy Seals) - (3:59)