Rock Hard (album)

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Rock Hard
Rock Hard.jpg
Studio album by Suzi Quatro
Released October 1980[1]
Recorded June 18, 1980 - July 3, 1980
Studio United Western Studios, Hollywood, California, United States
Genre
Length 36:16
Label Dreamland Records
Producer Mike Chapman[2]
Suzi Quatro chronology
Suzi...and Other Four Letter Words
(1979)
Rock Hard
(1980)
Main Attraction
(1982)
Singles from Rock Hard
  1. "Rock Hard"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Glad All Over"
    Released: 1981
  3. "Lipstick"
    Released: 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars [3]

Rock Hard is the seventh solo studio album by the American rock singer-songwriter and bass guitarist Suzi Quatro. It was originally released in October 1980, and was her first and only release by the record label, Dreamland.[1] The album was recorded over a period of one month in 1980, at United Western Studios, in Hollywood. It features three prolific guest backing vocalists, including Paul Delph, Michael Des Barres, and Andrea Robinson. It is notably her last album to chart anywhere for twenty-six years, until she released Back to the Drive, in 2006. The album featured the songs "Rock Hard", "Glad All Over", and "Lipstick" which were all released as singles. The aforementioned title track was a commercial success, peaking at Number 9 in Australia, but only peaked at #68 in the UK, while "Lipstick" was only a moderate success peaking at #46 in Australia, and at #51 in US. "Glad All Over", a cover version of a song originally by The Dave Clark Five, unlike the other singles was the only one to chart in Belgium, peaking at #25.[4]

On release, the album was received favorably by the majority of music critics, with many critics claiming it to be her best album of the 1980s. However, it was still Quatro's poorest selling studio album up to that point in the US, and Norway.

The album was re-released in 2012, and was the first of several remastered reissues by Cherry Red Records on Compact Disc. Cherry Red have since released other Quatro remasters, as well as releasing her latest studio album, In the Spotlight.

Critical reception[edit]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Donald A. Guarisco wrote of the album "Although it lacks the kind of single that would have put it over the top commercially, Rock Hard is so consistent and likable that it is tough to argue with. In short, Rock Hard is a necessity and a solid listen for anyone interested in what female-oriented rock was like before the advent of grrl rockers like L7 and Hole."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Rock Hard" (Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn) 3:18
2. "Glad All Over" (Dave Clark, Mike Smith) 2:47
3. "Love Is Ready" (Eddy Brown, Teresa Straley) 3:30
4. "State of Mind" (Suzi Quatro, Len Tuckey) 2:59
5. "Woman Cry" (Quatro, Tuckey) 3:39
6. "Lipstick" (Chapman, Chinn) 4:09
7. "Hard Headed" (Brown, Straley) 4:02
8. "Ego in the Night" (Quatro, Tuckey) 3:36
9. "Lonely is the Hardest" (Quatro, Tuckey) 3:47
10. "Lay Me Down" (Quatro, Tuckey, Jamie Crompton) 3:33
11. "Wish Upon Me" (Brown, Straley, David Krems[5]) 2:56
Total length:
36:16

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 785–6. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ a b c "Rock Hard - Suzi Quatro | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  3. ^ a b Donald A. Guarisco. "Rock Hard - Suzi Quatro - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/song/692b/Suzi-Quatro-Glad-All-Over
  5. ^ "Suzi Quatro - Rock Hard (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 

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