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In 1979, Pat Benatar debuted with In The Heat Of The Night, and both "Heartbreaker" and "We Live For Love" charted in the Top 40, driving the album to Platinum.

In 1980, Benatar’s sophomore album, Crimes Of Passion, rocketed to #2, sold more than four million copies in the U.S. alone, and included "You Better Run” and her first Top 10 hit, the ... Read more in Amazon's Pat Benatar Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000I8AL1C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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It's one of my Favorites!!
G. Carter
Despite some of the shortcomings of the last four songs I mentioned, there are still some good tracks on this collection.
L.A. Scene
"Run Between The Raindrops"- Another should be hit!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Neptunian Spirit on September 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 1985 record heradled Pat's continued commercial decline (marked by the "only platinum" sales of "Tropico"), but found Pat & Co. continuing to forge ahead as artists. After the slightly successful, but confusing (for some fans at least) "Tropico", Pat found herself in a corner of sorts. The label wanted another record immediately & she found herself wondering which direction to continue. It was clear that Pat was proud of her rock roots, but had enjoyed the art detour that the "Tropico" project offered.

So, "Seven the Hard Way" was hastily assembled. Infused with the arty experimentalism of "Tropico", but the rock fervor of her previous four albums, "Seven" had a very spontaneous, yet slightly throwaway quality. This isn't a bad thing. Some of Pat & Co.'s freshest material came from this album, look no further than the first three tracks.

"Sex As A Weapon", "Le Bel Age", & "Walking In the Underground" all possesed what some would call her trademark rock grit, but was still showcasing the tight focus of her arty material. These to me are some of Pat's best songs in my opinion.
The almost operatic quality of "Le Bel Age" to the underlying jazz smoulder of "Walking In the Underground" found Pat trying to find a middle ground, & doing it successfully.

The core of the record however finds the record's shortcoming's exposed. The three middle tracks tend to blend together, sounding like ideas or moreso polished jam sessions committed to tape, which gives the mid-section a bit of a sagging quality. Good ideas mind you, but ones that never really reach fruition. Pat recovers with the surprising uplifting soul infused "Run Between the Raindrops" which ranks as one of her most endearing ballads. Which moves me to my next point: Pat's voice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. S. Marlay on July 31, 2011
Format: Audio CD
No doubt a dig at her disenchantment with Chrysalis Records who had been demanding she record an album every nine months, Pat Benatar's `Seven the Hard Way' also refers to the fact that this was her seventh album in six years (her fifth being the live album that included studio recordings of `Love is a Battlefield' and `Lipstick Lies'). And if, as the title indicates, frustration fuelled the recording, that is great thing because it is ten times the record its predecessor, the limp and under-written `Tropico', was.

The only thing that prevents `Seven the Hard Way' being the best recording of her career at that point is the two pop songs that start it off. Returning again to Billy Steinberg, who had written songs for all her studio records except her debut, `Sex As A Weapon' is infectious pop in total step with its times. And the second track, `Le Bel Age', also from corporate songwriters, is relatively fluffy as well. Both are the sort of songs that disappear after you have heard them like fairy floss. The rest of the album, though, including Holly Knight's `Invincible', is excellent edgy emotional rock.

The remaining songs are all written by two band members - guitarist/husband Neil Geraldo, who also produced it, and drummer Myron Grombacher. With its hysterically amped 80s rock production, Benatar sings as though she is making her way through a combat zone of explosive drum and synth effects, searing razor guitars, scorching brass and lyrics straight off an emotional battlefield. This is where Benatar's vocals are the best, not in the wafting MOR no-man's land of `Tropico'. She sings with passion and more than a little aggression. There is even a fantastic, bombastic cover of the Holland/Dozier/ Holland track, `Seven Rooms of Gloom', made famous by the Four Tops.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chad DeFeo on September 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In 1985 (the year I was born), Pat Benatar released her seventh album entitled, SEVEN THE HARD WAY. I felt the title of this album fit perfectly, since, after all, it was her seventh album. This album is purely amazing. Every song on this album will not disappoint you.

SEX AS A WEAPON
Second single from the album. An awesome song.

LE BEL AGE
Third single from the album. This song is actually my all-time favorite songs from Pat Benatar. I have many favorite songs from Pat, but this one is my personal favorite out of them all.

WALKING IN THE UNDERGROUND
Great song.

BIG LIFE
Great.

RED VISION
Great.

7 ROOMS OF GLOOM
Amazing.

RUN BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS
Great.

INVINCIBLE
First single from the album. Theme from THE LEGEND OF BILLIE JEAN. Great song.

THE ART OF LETTING GO
Amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Pat Benatar CD. She and Neil Geraldo her husband-guitarist-songwriter-producer are on top of their game.
The guitar work on this one is clearly amazing. If you like U2 Joshua Tree you will love the same type of sophisticated guitar delay repeat, tasteful beautiful melodic keyboards harmonizations/textures and most of all just great songs one after another. In the vocal dept Pat Benatar delivers passionate strong emotional performances song after song. This cd is what "Raised on Radio" is to Journey, underrated but clearly the best cd of the band.
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