Seven the Hard Way

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Seven the Hard Way
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Cover photography by Moshe Brakha
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 1985
Recorded1985
StudioCapitol Studios, Cherokee Studios, Conway Recording Studios and Oasis Studios, Hollywood,
Soundcastle Studios, Los Angeles,
MCA Whitney Recording Studios, Glendale, California
GenreRock, hard rock
Length37:05
LabelChrysalis
ProducerNeil Giraldo, Joe Chiccarelli
Mike Chapman ("Invincible")
Pat Benatar chronology
Tropico
(1984)
Seven the Hard Way
(1985)
Best Shots
(1987)
Singles from Seven the Hard Way
  1. "Invincible"
    Released: July 6, 1985
  2. "Sex as a Weapon"
    Released: November 4, 1985
  3. "Le Bel Age"
    Released: January 20, 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(positive)[2]

Seven the Hard Way is American rock singer Pat Benatar's sixth studio album, and her seventh album overall, released on October 30, 1985. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week of December 14 and peaked at No. 26,[3] producing the hits: "Invincible", "Sex as a Weapon", and "Le Bel Age".[4] The album sold approximately 600,000 in the US and was certified Gold.[5]

The Grammy nominated single, "Invincible" was produced by Mike Chapman and recorded for the soundtrack of the Matthew Robbins' movie The Legend of Billie Jean, which, although doing poorly at the box office, became a cult classic to MTV fans in general. The song became a hit single and was included in the album, despite its musical style being quite different from Benatar's at that time and more reminiscent of her earlier efforts.[6] Benatar often commented at her concerts before performing the song that it "is from one of the worst movies ever made."[7]

Seven the Hard Way was the last Pat Benatar album to feature bassist Donnie Nossov, who along with drummer Myron Grombacher went on to play with Lita Ford on her breakthrough album, Lita (1988) and on the supporting tour. Grombacher would return to Benatar's band for her follow-up album, Wide Awake in Dreamland, released after the three-year hiatus that followed Seven the Hard Way.

BGO Records reissued Seven the Hard Way on CD with Tropico.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sex as a Weapon"Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg4:15
2."Le Bel Age"Guy Marshall, Robert Tepper5:11
3."Walking in the Underground"Neil Giraldo, Myron Grombacher4:39
4."Big Life"Giraldo, Grombacher2:40
5."Red Vision"Giraldo, Grombacher3:50
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."7-Rooms of Gloom" (Four Tops cover)Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland3:33
7."Run Between the Raindrops"Giraldo, Grombacher4:27
8."Invincible" (Theme from The Legend of Billie Jean)Simon Climie, Holly Knight4:28
9."The Art of Letting Go"Philip Allen Brown, Richard Feldman, Grombacher4:02

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Joe Chiccarelli – associate producer, engineer, mixing
  • Mike Chapman – producer of "Invincible"
  • William Whittman – engineer and mixing on "Invincible"
  • Daren Klein, Dave Hernandez, George Tutko – engineers
  • Brian Scheuble, Charlie Paakkari, Gary Hollis, Mark DeSisto, Paul Ericksen, Richard McKernan, Robert Corti, Samii Taylor, Scott Church, Steve Himelfarb – assistant engineers
  • George Marino – mastering at Sterling Sound, New York

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1986 Gold (+ 500,000)[5]
Canada CRIA 1986 Platinum (+ 100,000)[24]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Grein, Paul (January 11, 1986). "Benatar's Music, Image in Transition". Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 2. p. 48. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
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