PAT BENATAR True Love / Gravity's Rainbow (Beat Goes On) BROOKLYN's Pat Benatar made the UK top 30 on three occasions during the late 80s, with We Belong, Love Is A Battlefield and All Fired Up. In her native USA she fared better, winning four Grammy awards and notching up a dozen sizeable hit singles.
Her 1981 album Precious Time topped the American charts. A year earlier, her Crimes Of Passion LP was only been kept off the top spot by John Lennon's Double Fantasy.
Flash forward a decade and you find Pat Benatar taking a complete change of direction, swapping slick rock for down and dirty blues on True Love, where you'll find fine versions of Paying The Cost To Be The Boss, Evening, I Get Evil and I Got Papers On You.
Less satisfying, Gravity's Rainbow was released in 1993 and marked a return to her rock roots. Most songs are co-written by Pat Benatar, guitarist husband Neil Geraldo and drummer Myron Grombacher.
Both albums are now available on this one budget-priced CD.
VARIOUS ARTISTS The Sweetest Feeling (Ace) THERE are few names guaranteed to pique the interest of a soul fan the way Van McCoy's does.
During the 60s and 70s he wrote more than 500 songs and was also a prolific arranger, producer and A&R man. His career was cut short when he died of a heart attack in New Jersey at the age of 39.
This 24-track overview of his early years includes Ruby & The Romantics' When You're Young And In Love, Barbara Lewis' Baby I'm Yours, Gladys Knight's Stop And Get A Hold Of Myself and Betty Everett's Getting Mighty Crowded, a song that I'll be playing on my show this Tuesday night.
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