SOFT METAL Compilation LP Heart, Marillion, Whitesnake, Saxon, Ozzy Osbourne, Journey, Meat Loaf, Reo Speedwagon, Europe. Check videos


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label: Stylus Music
Catalog#: SMR 862
Format: lp, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: 1988

A1 Heart Alone
A2 Marillion Kayleigh
A3 Whitesnake Here I Go Again
A4 Saxon Ride Like The Wind
A5 Ozzy Osbourne Shot In The Dark
A6 Journey Don’t Stop Believin’
A7 Meat Loaf Dead Ringer For Love
A8 Reo Speedwagon One Lonely Night
A9 Europe The Final Countdown

B1 Starship We Built This City
B2 It Bites Calling All Heroes
B3 Stranglers Golden Brown
B4 Poison Nothin’ But A Good Time
B5 Wasch! Body Running Fast
B6 Krokus Screaming In The Night
B7 Faith No More We Care A Lot
B8 Survivor Burning Heart
B9 John Parr St Elmo Fire

This song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who would go on to write Eternal Flame, The Bangles’ balladic blockbuster. For Heart, the songwriting duo made a key lyrical change from their original version of Alone. They altered the line in the chorus ‘I always fared well on my own’ to ‘Til now, I always got by on my own’ – massively more emotive. This giant of a song reached No.1 in the States and No.3 in the UK. Ann Wilson’s voice goes stratospheric as she relates the tale of a confirmed singleton who suddenly finds true love. But there’s a twist: ‘The secret is still my own’. (In other words, whoever-he-is is oblivious to her affections). Giving a double meaning to the title, Ann later asks: ‘How do I get you alone?’ What fantastic songwriting.

Choice lyric: ‘I never really cared until I met you/ And now it chills me to the bone’

The Stranglers – Golden Brown | The story behind the song