Heartlight (album)

Heartlight is the fifteenth studio album by Neil Diamond. It was released in August 1982 on Columbia Records. The album spent 34 weeks on the charts and peaked at #9.[1] For shipments of a million copies it was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[2]

The title track peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1982. It was Neil Diamond's last top 10 pop hit and also his last #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

Heartlight
Heartlight cover
Studio album by Neil Diamond
Released August 27, 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop
Label Columbia
Producer Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager, Burt Bacharach, Tom Hensley, Richard Bennett, Michael Masser, David Foster
Neil Diamond chronology
On the Way to the Sky
(1981)
Heartlight
(1982)
Classics: The Early Years
(1983)

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heartlight"Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager4:25
2."I'm Alive"Diamond, David Foster3:47
3."I'm Guilty"Diamond, Bacharach, Sager3:15
4."Hurricane"Diamond, Bacharach, Sager4:15
5."Lost Among the Stars"Diamond, Bacharach, Sager3:54
6."In Ensenada"Diamond, Bacharach, Sager3:49
7."A Fool for You"Tom Hensley, Alan Lindgren3:02
8."Star Flight"Hensley, Lindgren3:50
9."Front Page Story"Diamond, Bacharach, Sager4:29
10."Comin' Home"Neil Diamond2:34
11."First You Have to Say You Love Me"Diamond, Michael Masser2:45

Chart positions

Album

Year Chart Position
1982 US Album Chart 9

Singles

Release date Title US AC US Hot 100
August 1982 "Heartlight" 1 5
December 1982 "I'm Alive" 4 35
April 1983 "Front Page Story" 5 65

Certifications

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Platinum December 16, 1982

Personnel

  • Alex Acuña – drums (4)
  • Burt Bacharach – orchestra arrangements and conductor (1, 3-6, 9), acoustic piano (3, 5, 9)
  • Mike Baird – drums (11)
  • Richard Bennett – acoustic guitar (2, 5, 7, 8, 10), electric guitar (2, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (2, 6)
  • David Boruff – alto saxophone (3), Steinerfone electronic wind instrument (5)
  • Vince Charles – percussion (2, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion (1, 4, 6)
  • Neil Diamond – lead vocals, guitar (uncredited)
  • King Errisson – percussion (2, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • Victor Feldman – percussion (9)
  • David Foster – piano (1), Fender Rhodes (3)
  • Tom Hensley – piano (2, 5, 7, 8, 10), keyboards (2, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • Craig Hundley – synthesizer (1, 4, 6)
  • Jim Keltner – drums (1, 3, 4, 6, 9)
  • Mike Lang – piano (6), Fender Rhodes (9)
  • Alan Lindgren – piano (2, 5, 7, 8, 10), synthesizer (2, 5, 7, 8, 10), orchestra arrangements and conductor (2, 8)
  • Jeremy Lubbock – orchestra arrangements and conductor (11)
  • Michael Masser – piano (11), arrangements (11)
  • Michael Omartian – piano (4)
  • Richard Page – backing vocals
  • Dean Parks – guitar (3, 4), electric guitar (6, 9)
  • Linda Press – backing vocals
  • Reinie Press – bass (2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • Doug Rhone – acoustic guitar (2, 5, 7, 8, 10), electric guitar (2, 5, 7, 8, 10), backing vocals
  • Lee Ritenour – guitar (4)
  • Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals
  • Neil Stubenhaus – bass (1, 4, 6, 9, 11)
  • Fred Tackett – acoustic guitar (6)
  • Julia Tillman Waters – backing vocals
  • Ron Tutt – drums (2, 5, 7, 8, 10)
  • H.L. Voelker – backing vocals
  • Marty Walsh – guitar (1, 4), acoustic guitar (9)
  • Maxine Waters Willard – backing vocals

Production

  • Producers – Neil Diamond (Tracks 1-6 & 8-10); Carole Bayer Sager (Tracks 1-6 & 9); Burt Bacharach (Tracks 1-6 & 9); Tom Hensley (Tracks 7 & 8); Richard Bennett (Track 10); Michael Masser (Track 11).
  • Production Assistance – Barry Cardinale, Ann Mooney, Larry Williams and Alison Zanetos.
  • Production Coordinator – Sam Cole
  • Music Contractors – Jules Chakin, Frank DeCaro and John Rosenberg.
  • Recording Engineers – Dick Bogart, Joel Fein, Lee Herschberg, Ric Riccio, Bill Schnee, Allen Sides and Jeremy Smith.
  • Assistant Engineers – Michael Carver, Tony Chiappa, Steve Crimmel, Mark Ettel, Mike Hatcher, Clif Jones, Clyde Kaplan and Greg Russell.
  • Recorded at Ocean Way Recording and A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA); The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA); Evergreen Studios (Burbank, CA).
  • Mixing Engineers – Jim Behrendt, Steve Crimmel, Ron Hitchcock, Bill Schnee, Allen Sides and Jeremy Smith.
  • Mixed at The Mix Room (Burbank, CA) and Ocean Way Recording.
  • Mastered by Mike Reese at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – David Kirschner
  • Design Contributing – Jan Weinberg
  • Photography – Tom Bert

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top Pop Albums 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., 1985, p. 102.
  2. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Heartlight". Retrieved October 11, 2018.

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