Wide Awake in Dreamland

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Wide Awake in Dreamland
Studio album by Pat Benatar
Released July 23, 1988
Recorded Spyder's Soul Kitchen, Ocean Way Recording, 1987
Genre Rock
Length 50:12
Label Chrysalis
Producer Peter Coleman, Neil Giraldo
Pat Benatar chronology
Seven the Hard Way
Wide Awake in Dreamland
Best Shots
Singles from Wide Awake in Dreamland
  1. "All Fired Up"
    Released: June 14, 1988
  2. "Don't Walk Away"
    Released: September 27, 1988
  3. "Let's Stay Together"
    Released: December 19, 1988
  4. "One Love"
    Released: October 31, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars1
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars2

Wide Awake in Dreamland is Pat Benatar's seventh studio album, and her eighth album overall, released in 1988. After a string of successful albums, this was her last rock-oriented album of the 1980s, before she would go on to try a blues-based sound. The album's lead single "All Fired Up" reached a high of No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was the last of Benatar's singles to reach the Billboard Hot 100. The album sold approximately 700,000 copies in the United States.

Background and writing

The album was primarily recorded at Neil Giraldo's studio, with most of the songwriting by Giraldo and longtime drummer Myron Grombacher. Four of the tracks are also co-written with Benatar (who is credited as Pat Giraldo). One of the two songs from other songwriters was "Cerebral Man" written by Tully Winfield and well-known stick player Don Schiff. In an interview from 2002, Schiff recalled how this track was added to the album: "Tully Winfield and I demoed songs at what was becoming a very popular studio in LA (Woodcliff Studio)... we had just recorded "Cerebral Man". If I recall correctly the demo just had Tully's voice, stick and drums. Peter Coleman was producing Pat's next album for Chrysalis and happened to be the next session in and heard the tune. He asked if he could take the song to Pat Benatar and hopefully put it on her next album. Her camp liked it and they did a wonderful job with the song. I thought Tully and I would get a few more songs on that album as they liked the style of our song, but at the last minute she decided to go back to her more familiar rock style, leaving our song the only one stylistically like it on the album. "3

Track listing

  1. "All Fired Up" (Kerryn Tolhurst, Myron Grombacher, Pat Benatar; Copyright Chrysalis Music Ltd.) – 4:27
  2. "One Love" (Neil Giraldo, Grombacher; Copyright Control) – 5:12
  3. "Let's Stay Together" (Giraldo, Benatar; Copyright Control/Chrysalis Music Ltd.) – 4:50
  4. "Don't Walk Away" (Nick Gilder, Duane Hitchings; Copyright Chrysalis Music Ltd./BMG Music Ltd.) – 4:35
  5. "Too Long a Soldier" (Giraldo, Grombacher; Copyright Chrysalis Music/Copyright Control) – 6:42
  6. "Cool Zero" (Giraldo, Grombacher; Copyright Control) – 5:26
  7. "Cerebral Man" (Tully Winfield, Don Schiff; BMG Music Ltd/Copyright Control) – 4:40
  8. "Lift 'em on Up" (Giraldo, Grombacher, Benatar; Copyright Control/Chrysalis Music Ltd.) – 4:54
  9. "Suffer the Little Children" (Giraldo, Benatar; Copyright Control/Chrysalis Music Ltd.) – 4:10
  10. "Wide Awake in Dreamland" (Giraldo, Grombacher; Chrysalis Music/Copyright Control) – 4:58


Song Date US Hot 100 US Mainstream Rock UK singles Australian singles
"All Fired Up (Single Version)" 1988 19 2 19 2
"Don't Walk Away (Edit)" 42
"Let's Stay Together (Single Version)"
"One Love (Edit)" 1989 59

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