Walk Under Ladders

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Walk Under Ladders
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Studio album by Joan Armatrading
Released September 1981
Recorded July 1981
Studio The Town House, London
Genre New wave[1]
Length 35:16
Label A&M
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Joan Armatrading chronology
Me Myself I
(1980)Me Myself I1980
Walk Under Ladders
The Key
(1983)The Key1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Walk Under Ladders is the seventh studio album by the British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. Released in September 1981, it reached number 6 on the UK Album Chart and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. The album peaked at number 16 in Australia.[2] Two minor hits from the album both fell just short of cracking the UK Top 40: "I'm Lucky", which peaked at no.46, and "No Love", which peaked at no.50.[3]


The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Five tracks from the album were released as singles; "I'm Lucky", "When I Get It Right", "No Love", "I Wanna Hold You" and "The Weakness in Me".

The album was reissued by Cherry Pop in 2010 featuring three bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Joan Armatrading.

Side One

  1. "I'm Lucky" 3:05
  2. "When I Get It Right" 3:03
  3. "Romancers" 3:48
  4. "I Wanna Hold You" 3:46
  5. "The Weakness in Me" 3:33

Side Two

  1. "No Love" 3:58
  2. "At the Hop" 3:26
  3. "I Can't Lie to Myself" 3:23
  4. "Eating the Bear" 2:59
  5. "Only One" 4:15

Bonus tracks on the 2010 reissue[edit]

  • "Shine" 3:48
  • "Dollars" 3:28
  • "Crying" 3:23



  • Recorded at: The Town House, London, July 1981
  • Producer: Steve Lillywhite
  • Recording engineer: Steve Brown
  • Assistant engineer: George Chambers
  • Album cover art direction: Michael Ross
  • Album cover design: Michael Ross & Simon Ryan
  • Front cover & inner sleeve photography: Tony McGee
  • Back cover & inner sleeve portrait: Graham Hughes


  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Joan Armatrading – Walk Under Ladders". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 19. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ "Official Charts: Joan Armatrading". Official Charts.com. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 August 2016.