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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.

Read my blog at www.sundaymercury.net and tune to Bev Bevan and Jimmy Franks on WM from 10pm to midnight every Tuesday.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 9, 2010
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