Rhythm of Life

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Rhythm of Life
Rhythm of Life cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1983
StudioSigma Sound Studios, New York City and RAK Studios, London
Paul Haig chronology
Rhythm of Life
The Warp of Pure Fun
Singles from Rhythm of Life
  1. "Heaven Sent"
    Released: April 1983
  2. "Never Give Up (Party Party)"
    Released: July 1983
  3. "Justice"
    Released: October 1983
  4. "Blue for You"
    Released: 1983

Rhythm of Life is the debut studio album by Scottish musician Paul Haig, released in November 1983 by Island Records. It was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in New York City and RAK Studios in London with renowned producer Alex Sadkin. The album features guest musicians such as Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic, Anton Fier of the Feelies and the Golden Palominos, and Tom Bailey of Thompson Twins. Four singles were released from Rhythm of Life: "Heaven Sent", "Never Give Up (Party Party)", "Justice" and "Blue for You". The track "Adoration" was originally performed while Haig was still a member of post-punk band Josef K.[1] The album spent 2 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 82.

In 2004, LTM remastered and re-issued the album on CD for the first time with five bonus tracks taken from the 1984 mini album Rhythm of Life Remixes. These are extended dance remixes by New York DJ Bruce Forest. The same track listing was issued again in 2014 on Les Disques du Crépuscule.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Ned Raggett described the album as "something of a strained effort, finding Haig coming to grips with his dancefloor aspirations but not quite hitting the bull's-eye." Adding that "he often sounds like a guest on his own record -- the exception, besides his singing, being his recognizable guitar parts, though often they are buried in the arrangements. His voice frankly sounds unpleasant as well."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Paul Haig, except where noted.

Side one
1."Heaven Sent" 3:57
2."Never Give Up (Party Party)" 3:24
3."Adoration"Jack Waldman3:00
4."Stolen Love" 4:41
5."Don't Rush In"James Locke3:56
Side two
6."Blue for You"James Locke4:36
7."In the World" 4:23
8."Justice" 4:19
9."Work Together" 4:06
Bonus tracks on the 2004 re-release
10."Heaven Sent" (Remix)6:00
11."Blue for You" (Remix)7:15
12."Never Give Up" (Remix)6:14
13."Stolen Love" (Remix)5:35
14."Justice" (Remix)5:10


Credits are adapted from the Rhythm of Life liner notes.[3]

Production and artwork


Chart Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[4] 82


  1. ^ https://lesdisquesducrepuscule.com/rhythm_of_life_twi188cd.html
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Rhythm of Life – Paul Haig". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  3. ^ Rhythm of Life (CD booklet). Paul Haig. Island Records. 1983.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ "Paul Haig | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 10 May 2020.

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