Tropico (Pat Benatar album)

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Tropico
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Cover photo by Rebecca Blake
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 1984
RecordedMay–September 1984
StudioMCA Whitney Studios, Glendale, California
Genre Soft rock, pop rock, new wave
Length39:18
Label Chrysalis
Producer Neil Giraldo and Peter Coleman
Pat Benatar chronology
Live from Earth
(1983)
Tropico
(1984)
Seven the Hard Way
(1985)
Singles from Tropico
  1. "We Belong"
    Released: October 16, 1984
  2. "Painted Desert"
    Released: 1984 (Europe and Oceania only)
  3. "Ooh Ooh Song"
    Released: January 7, 1985
  4. "Temporary Heroes"
    Released: March 18, 1985 (promo)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Tropico is American rock singer Pat Benatar's fifth studio album, and sixth album overall, released in late 1984 by Chrysalis Records. This is the first album to feature one-time John Waite bassist Donnie Nossov, who replaced Roger Capps in Benatar's band.

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It peaked at No. 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart [3] and produced the Grammy-nominated [4] Top Five Pop hit "We Belong". [5] Other well-known songs from the album include "Painted Desert", "Outlaw Blues" and "Ooh Ooh Song" (also a Top 40 hit). [5] A Spanish version of "Ooh Ooh Song" was on the B-Side of the US single and appeared also on her 1999 compilation, Synchronistic Wanderings . Tropico was Benatar's sixth consecutive Platinum-certified album in the United States. [6]

During the filming of the video for the single "Painted Desert", Benatar and husband Neil Giraldo discovered they were expecting their first child.[ citation needed ] This album is Benatar and Giraldo's first attempt to move away from Benatar's famed "hard rock" sound and start experimenting with new "gentler" styles and sounds. [1] [2]

BGO Records reissued Tropico on CD with Seven the Hard Way.

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Diamond Field" Neil Giraldo, Myron Grombacher, Pat Benatar 3:20
2."We Belong" Eric Lowen, Dan Navarro 3:40
3."Painted Desert"Giraldo, Grombacher5:24
4."Temporary Heroes"Nick Trevesick, Ginny Clee4:30
5."Love in the Ice Age"Giraldo, Charles Giordano, Grombacher, Benatar4:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Ooh Ooh Song"Giraldo, Benatar4:28
7."The Outlaw Blues"Giraldo, Grombacher3:47
8."Suburban King"Giraldo, Billy Steinberg 1:48
9."A Crazy World Like This"Giraldo, Tom Kelly, Steinberg4:02
10."Takin' It Back"Giraldo, Benatar4:07
UK Edition [7]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Diamond Field"Giraldo, Grombacher, Benatar3:20
2."We Belong"Lowen, Navarro3:40
3."Painted Desert"Giraldo, Grombacher5:24
4."Temporary Heroes"Trevesick, Clee4:30
5."Love Is a Battlefield" Holly Knight, Mike Chapman 5:24
6."Ooh Ooh Song"Giraldo, Benatar4:28
7."The Outlaw Blues"Giraldo, Grombacher3:47
8."Suburban King"Giraldo, Steinberg1:48
9."A Crazy World Like This"Giraldo, Kelly, Steinberg4:02
10."Takin' It Back"Giraldo, Benatar4:07
11."Love in the Ice Age"Giraldo, Giordano, Grombacher, Benatar4:05

Personnel

Band members

Additional musicians

Production

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [21] Platinum100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [22] Platinum15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [23] Silver60,000^
United States (RIAA) [24] Platinum1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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