Strong as Steel

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Strong as Steel
Studio album by
Released22 October 1990
27 May 1996 (reissue)
Metropolis Audio Australia
(Melbourne, Victoria)
Label EMI
  • Doug Brady
  • Ross Inglis
Tina Arena chronology
Tiny Tina and Little John
Strong as Steel
Don't Ask
Alternative album cover
Tina Arena - Strong as Steel.jpg
1996 re-release
Singles from Strong as Steel
  1. "I Need Your Body"
    Released: 7 May 1990
  2. "The Machine's Breaking Down"
    Released: 30 July 1990
  3. "Strong as Steel"
    Released: 29 October 1990
  4. "Woman's Work"
    Released: March 1991

Strong as Steel is the second studio album by Australian pop singer Tina Arena, released in 1990 by EMI.

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Album information

The album has a very light tone and a pop rock feel to it compared to Arena's subsequent albums, which were darker and more personal.

Pop rock is rock music with a greater emphasis on professional songwriting and recording craft, and less emphasis on attitude. Originating in the 1950s as an alternative to rock and roll, early pop rock was influenced by the beat, arrangements, and style of rock and roll. It may be viewed as a distinct genre field, rather than music that overlaps with pop and rock. The detractors of pop rock often deride it as a slick, commercial product, less authentic than rock music.

Strong as Steel was re-released in 1996 by Sony Music, however the re-release is substantially different from the original version. The cover art for the re-release is completely different and only five of the thirteen tracks from the original version are included. Five previously unreleased songs (including a demo destined for her next studio effort) recorded at a later date were added for a total of ten tracks on the new version. The uniqueness and rarity of the original 1990 version has made it a highly sought after collector's item.

Track listing

1."Woman's Work"B.J. Cook, Sheree Jeacocke, Lou Pomanti4:21
2."I Need Your Body"Ross Inglis4:04
3."Close to My Heart"David A Stewart, Richard Feldman4:09
4."For the Sake of Talking"Ross Inglis4:51
5."Rumour Has It"Ross Inglis, Mike Brady3:55
6."Images of Love"Ross Inglis4:14
7."Strong as Steel" Diane Warren 5:08
8."The Machine's Breaking Down"Ross Inglis4:38
9."I'll Be Here"Ross Inglis5:32
10."Stagefright"Ross Inglis3:39
11."I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)" Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright5:48
12."I Need Your Body" (Original 12" Mix)Ross Inglis6:24
13."The Machine's Breaking Down" (Club Mix Hot Dr. Mix)Ross Inglis8:06
1996 re-release
1."Strong as Steel" Diane Warren 5:06
2."Woman's Work"B.J. Cook, Sheree Jeacocke, Lou Pomanti4:16
3."I Need Your Body"Ross Inglis3:59
4."Wouldn't Change a Thing"Arena, Pam Reswick, Steve Werfel3:56
5."Best for You"Arena, Reswick, Werfel3:40
6."On the Line"Arena, Reswick, Werfel4:14
7."You Make Me Feel Good"Reswick, Werfel3:46
8."The Machine's Breaking Down"Ross Inglis4:36
9."I Believe" Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright5:48
10."Be a Man" (demo version)Arena, Reswick, Werfel4:17



Chart (1990)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) [1] 17

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