1981 Pat Benatar – Precious Time

Precious Time is the third studio album by American singer Pat Benatar, released on July 6, 1981, through the Chrysalis label. The album peaked at number one on the United States’ Billboard 200, her only album to do so in any country, and was certified as Double Platinum in sales in the US.

Its lead single was the mid-tempo “Fire and Ice”, which was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a number 2 hit on the Mainstream Rock chart. It became her largest hit to that point in Canada peaking at number 4 on the RPM Singles Chart but only made the Top 30 in Australia and New Zealand. The song won Benatar the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1982. Precious Times’ second single, the rapid guitar-driven “Promises in the Dark”, one of the few Benatar singles written by her and husband Neil Giraldo, was most successful in France, were it reached number 16, while reaching number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 16 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. It also made the Top 30 in Canada but did not chart in any other countries.

Peaking at number 2, Precious Time was Benatar’s third straight Top 3 album in Canada, although its Double Platinum sales certification in that country was less than her first two albums. It was another major hit for Benatar in France, rising to number 3, and was the first of two number 2 albums she would attain in New Zealand. It was her first Top 10 album in Australia and Sweden (her only one there) and was her first album to reach the Top 30 in both the United Kingdom and Norway. The album was remastered and reissued on Capitol Records in 2006.

Tracks

1  Promises In The Dark (Neil Giraldo; Pat Benatar) 04:49
2  Fire And Ice (Pat Benatar; Scott St Clair Sheets; Tom Kelly) 03:21
3  Just Like Me (Richard Dey; Roger Hart; Terry Melcher) 03:30
4  Precious Time (Billy Steinway) 06:07
5  It’s A Tuff Life (Neil Giraldo) 03:19
6  Take It Any Way You Want It (Martin Briley; Neil Giraldo) 02:49
7  Evil Genius (Neil Giraldo; Pat Benatar) 04:35
8  Hard To Believe (Myron Grombacher; Neil Giraldo) 03:27
9  Helter Skelter (John Lennon; Paul McCartney) 03:51

Musicians

1 Promises In The Dark

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarNeil Giraldo
PianoAlan Pasqua
SynthesizerNeil Giraldo
VocalsPat Benatar


2 Fire And Ice

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarScott St Clair Sheets
12 String GuitarNeil Giraldo
VocalsPat Benatar


3 Just Like Me

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarNeil Giraldo
VocalsPat Benatar


4 Precious Time

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarNeil Giraldo
VocalsPat Benatar


5 It’s A Tuff Life

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarNeil Giraldo
OrganNeil Giraldo
VocalsPat Benatar


6 Take It Any Way You Want It

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarNeil Giraldo
GuitarScott St Clair Sheets
VocalsPat Benatar


7 Evil Genius

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarNeil Giraldo
PianoAlan Pasqua
SynthesizerNeil Giraldo
SaxGary Herbig
SaxJoel Peskin
SaxLarry Williams
SaxTom Scott
VocalsPat Benatar


8 Hard To Believe

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarNeil Giraldo
ShakerKeith Olsen
VocalsPat Benatar


9 Helter Skelter

BassRoger Capps
DrumsMyron Grombacher
GuitarNeil Giraldo
GuitarScott St Clair Sheets
VocalsPat Benatar

Liner Notes

Producer – Neil Giraldo, Keith Olsen
Engineer – Keith Olsen, Chris Minto
Mastered By – Greg Fulginiti

Art Direction, Design – Ria Lewerke-Shapiro
Photography By – Leon Lecash
Typography – Sue Reilly

Mastered At Artisan Sound Recorders
Mixed At Goodnight LA Studios
Recorded At Sound City Studios
Recorded At Goodnight LA Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) Chrysalis Records
Copyright (c) Chrysalis Records