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Heaven In Your Ears

Dan Hartman - It Hurts To Be In Love

First Time on CD, Plus Bonus Tracks

Since the relaunch of Iconoclassic Records in 2022, one album has received more fan requests than any other.

Today Iconoclassic is happy to release it for you.

Gifted and versatile songwriter, arranger, producer, engineer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Hartman mastered a wide range of styles, including classic rock (Edgar Winter Group’s "Free Ride," written and sung by Hartman), groundbreaking dance classics (“Instant Replay” and “Relight My Fire), anthemic ’80s pop (“I Can Dream About You” under his own name; Tina Turner's “Simply The Best” as producer), funky R&B (James Brown’s comeback hit “Living In America,” produced and co-written by Hartman), commercial jingles, and even ambient new age music (1989’s New Green Clear Blue solo album), to cite just a few highlights from Hartman’s staggering output of more than 250 compositions and appearances on over 100 albums during his tragically short lifetime.

Dan Hartman’s restless artistry took yet another twist with 1981’s It Hurts To Be In Love, which plays as a tribute to classic Brill Building songwriting sensibilities while doubling as a concept album on unrequited love. A revival of Gene Pitney’s 1964 hit “It Hurts To Be In Love” sets the scene, before the album alternates Hartman-written lovelorn ballads with more upbeat and quirkier tracks, each filled with sumptuous melodies and Dan's emotionally expressive vocals and lyrics. Hartman even reassures his disco fans that he hasn’t forgotten them on “I Still Remember.”

“This music is closer to me because it has more romantic sensitivity than I’ve allowed myself to show in past productions. I’m really pouring it all out,” Hartman commented at the time of It Hurts To Be In Love’s release. “I guess you could say there’s more Dan Hartman in there than any other record I’ve done.”

Despite including the charting singles "Heaven In Your Arms," "It Hurts To Be In Love,” and “All I Need,” the It Hurts To Be In Love album was not a major commercial success upon initial release. But it has continued to be highly appreciated by lovers of quality pop music. 

For its official worldwide CD debutIt Hurts To Be In Love has been expanded with two album outtakes, both of which originally appeared on a rare publishing sampler in 1981, all newly remastered by Vic Anesini from the original master tapes. The 16 page color booklet includes all the original album art, lyrics, and an extensive new liner notes essay by Joe Marchese (The Second Disc). 

It'll be Heaven In Your Ears once this CD is in your Arms and on your stereo.

It Hurts To Be In Love is OUT NOW, on Dan Hartman's birthdate.