Dancin' on the Edge

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Dancin' on the Edge
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Studio album by
Released28 May 1984
Recorded The Power Station , New York City,
The Warehouse and Studio 4, Philadelphia
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal
Label Mercury
Producer Lance Quinn
Lita Ford chronology
Out for Blood
Dancin' on the Edge
Singles from Dancin on the Edge
  1. "Gotta Let Go" / "Run with the $"
    Released: April 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
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The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10 [2]

Dancin' on the Edge is second solo album by English/American rock musician Lita Ford. It was her final release with Mercury Records, as she departed to sign with RCA Records in 1987. The album was a moderate commercial success, reaching No. 66 of the US Billboard 200 chart. [3] Ford received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance category at the 1985 Grammy ceremony. [4]



Ford's second solo release after leaving The Runaways in 1979, Dancin' on the Edge features the debut of her new backing band, featuring drummer Randy Castillo, who would soon join Ozzy Osbourne's band, and bassist Hugh McDonald, who later joined Bon Jovi. Dancin' on the Edge surpassed the success of Ford's debut album Out For Blood in both sales and airplay.

Music videos for the singles "Gotta Let Go" and "Dressed to Kill" received heavy rotation on MTV during the summer of 1984. "Gotta Let Go" was a minor hit in England, reaching #94 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video for "Dressed to Kill" featured a cameo from Ford's then-fiancee, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath. Ford toured relentlessly in support of the album for most of 1984, culminating in a pre- Headbanger's Ball concert special recorded for MTV.

Track listing

All songs were written by Lita Ford, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Gotta Let Go" (Ford, Geoffrey Leib) – 4:39
  2. "Dancin' on the Edge" – 5:00
  3. "Dressed to Kill" – 3:44
  4. "Hit 'n Run" (Leib, Moon Calhoun) – 3:54
Side two
  1. "Lady Killer" – 3:41
  2. "Still Waitin'" – 4:20
  3. "Fire in My Heart" – 3:46
  4. "Don't Let Me Down Tonight" – 4:42
  5. "Run with the $" – 4:21


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