Hard to Hold

Hard to Hold is the seventh studio album by Rick Springfield issued by RCA Records in July 23, 1984 as the soundtrack to the film of the same name. The album includes three U.S. Top 40 hits, "Don't Walk Away", "Bop 'Til You Drop", and the top five hit "Love Somebody", with the duet with Randy Crawford, "Taxi Dancing" also charting. The album was later remastered by Steve Hoffman for the Razor and Tie reissue label. In addition to Springfield appearing on the soundtrack, there are two tracks that were exclusive to the CD, "When The Lights Go Down" by Graham Parker (which eventually ended up on the Parker rarities CD "The Art Van DeLay Collection") and Nona Hendryx's "Heart of a Woman". Peter Gabriel also appears on the CD performing "I Go Swimming" featured on his live album "Plays Live" from 1983.

Hard to Hold
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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJuly 23, 1984
LabelRCA Records
ProducerRick Springfield, Bill Drescher, Graham Parker, Harvey Goldberg, Tom Scott, Peter Gabriel, Peter Walsh
Rick Springfield chronology
Living in Oz
Hard to Hold
Beautiful Feelings

Although the film received a mixed reception in theaters, the soundtrack album went platinum and had several charting singles.

Track listingEdit

1."Love Somebody"Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield3:30
2."Don't Walk Away"Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield4:00
3."Bop 'Til You Drop"Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield4:16
4."Taxi Dancing" (duet with Randy Crawford)Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield3:30
5."S.F.O. (Instrumental)"Rick Springfield, Tim PierceRick Springfield2:21
6."Stand Up"Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield3:06
7."When the Lights Go Down"Graham ParkerGraham Parker3:21
8."Great Lost Art of Conversation"Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield3:07
9."Heart Of A Woman"Tom Scott, Candy PartonNona Hendryx3:42
10."I Go Swimming"Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel4:36
Total length:35:29


  • Producers: Rick Springfield & Bill Drescher
  • Engineer: Bill Drescher
  • Second Engineers: Eddie Delena, Rick Polakow
  • Executive Producer: D. Constantine Conte
  • Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood
  • CD Mastered by Steve Hoffman
  • Recorded by [Pre-production Assistance]: Jeff Silverman
  • Backing vocals: Brett Tuggle, Richard Page, Rick Springfield, Tom Kelly
  • Bass: Mike Seifrit, Reggie McBride
  • Drums: Mike Baird
  • Guitar: Jeff Silverman, Rick Springfield, Tim Pierce
  • Keyboards: Alan Pasqua, John Philip Shenale, Mitchell Froom, Rick Springfield
  • Acoustic percussion: Michael Fisher
  • Electric percussion: Reek Havoc, Rick Springfield
  • Saxophone, electric woodwind: Joel Peskin

cover version in 1986, Hong Kong singer Leslie Cheung covered 《Stand Up》in Cantonese.