Pat Benatar Greatest Hits Live
- Released: June 24, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: King Biscuit/Koch
Recorded live in Austin, Texas in 1981. Includes liner notes by Todd K. Smith & Karen M. DiGesu.
Digitally remastered by Joe Mattis & Tom Volpicelli (Pumptown Studios, Spring City, Pennsylvania).
Recorded live in Austin, Texas in 1981.
This is part of King Biscuit's Flower Hour Archive Series.
Personnel: Neil Giraldo (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Joe Mattis; Tom Volpicelli.
Liner Note Author: Todd K. Smith .
Recording information: Austin, TX (08/1981).
Photographer: Linda Matlow.
Unquestionably, Pat Benatar was one of the most popular mainstream rock artists of the early to mid-'80s, as it seemed like her videos were constantly on MTV, her hits endlessly on the radio, and her singles/albums in the upper reaches of the charts. And as evidenced by 2003's Greatest Hits Live -- which is comprised of a vintage performance from August 1981, when some fans would say Benatar was at her peak -- the singer and her backing band also had no problems on the concert stage, either. Fine renditions of all of Benatar's early hits are included here ("Treat Me Right," "Fire and Ice," "Promises in the Dark," "Hit Me with Your Best Shot") as well as a few oft-overlooked gems ("Hell Is for Children," "Precious Time") and even a Beatles cover ("Helter Skelter"). Showcasing as it does one of the most popular live rock attractions of the early '80s, Greatest Hits Live does not disappoint, as it's just as strong -- if not better -- than Benatar's official live release from the era (1983's Live from Earth). ~ Greg Prato
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