NUMBER ONE ALBUMS, 1976-85 WEEK* (MAY 5-11, 2014)
Note: the CD I listened to was the 1999 release containing 6 bonus tracks.
Bette Davis Eyes was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for 9 weeks and this so-so album rode that single's coattails all the way to the top spot as well. To be fair, the arrangement of Bette Davis Eyes was like nothing else on the radio at the time; me and my friends sang along with Kim every time we heard the thing. Problem is, nothing else sounds like Bette Davis Eyes or even comes close. There's no real identity in this album, mistaken or otherwise. We've got soft rock, New Wave, Rod Stewart-sounding stomps, country rock, power pop, Bonnie Tyler-sounding ballads, and road house blues. But lemme tell ya: Bette Davis Eyes still sounds as good today as it did over 30 years ago.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (4 consecutive weeks, June 27 - July 18, 1981)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1 (2 consecutive weeks)
Tracks: In addition to Bette Davis Eyes, I like Draw Of The Cards, and the soft rock title track.
Bonus tracks: for this reissue/hits hybrid, they tacked on 6 other singles, including my favorite Carnes track, a cover of Smokey Robinson's More Love. Good call.
- More Love - 1981, #10 pop, #6 AC
- Invisible Hands (Dance Mix) - 1983, #40 pop
- Voyeur - 1982, #29 pop, #52 dance
- Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes) - 1985, #15 pop, #24 dance
- I Pretend - 1984, #74 pop, #9 AC
- Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer - 1980 duet with Kenny Rogers, #4 pop, #2 AC
And if you want to hear Jackie DeShannon's 1975 original version of Bette Davis Eyes:
*Two weeks ago on another blog (My Favorite Decade, 1976-1985), I asked myself if I owned all of the #1 albums from that particular decade. It turned out that I wasn't anywhere close to owning them all and, embarrassed, went on a CD shopping spree to rectify the situation. With most of these #1 albums, I am hearing them complete for the first time this week.