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Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
Studio album by Bonnie Tyler
Released 1986
Recorded 1984–1986
Genre Pop rock
Length 59:09
Label Columbia Records
Producer Jim Steinman, Roy Bittan, John Jansen, Larry Fast, John Rollo
Professional reviews
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Faster Than the Speed of Night
Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
Hide Your Heart / Notes from America

Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire is the sixth studio album by Bonnie Tyler. Released in 1986, the album failed to reach the same level of success of Tyler's 1983 hit album Faster Than The Speed Of Night, and peaked at no.24 on the UK album chart and no.106 in the US, thought the album gained some success in continental Europe.

Like its predecessor, it is produced by Jim Steinman and it features four of his songs. Among them are "Ravishing," the duet "Loving You's a Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It)" (with Todd Rundgren) and the hit "Holding Out for a Hero", which was previously included on the soundtrack of the movie Footloose.


Track listing

  1. "Ravishing" – 6:24 (Jim Steinman)
  2. "If You Were a Woman and I Was a Man" – 5:15 (Desmond Child)
  3. "Loving You's a Dirty Job but Somebody's Gotta Do It" (Duet with Todd Rundgren) – 7:47 (Jim Steinman)
  4. "No Way to Treat a Lady" – 5:17 (Bryan Adams / Jim Vallance)
  5. "Band of Gold" – 5:49 (Edyth Wayne / Ronald Dunbar)
  6. "Rebel Without a Clue" – 8:35 (Jim Steinman)
  7. "Lovers Again" – 4:32 (Desmond Child)
  8. "Before This Night Is Through" – 5:21 (Beppe Cantarelli / Adrienne Anderson)
  9. "Holding Out for a Hero" – 5:48 (Jim Steinman / Dean Pitchford)
Arranged by Jim Steinman, Roy Bittan and the Musicians
Backing Vocals arranged by Todd Rundgren, Eric Troyer, Rory Dodd and Ellen Foley

The song "Under Suspicion" (written by Tyler, Paul Hopkins and Peter Oxendale) was included on the cassette version of the album and as the B-side to the "Loving You's a Dirty Job ..." and "If You Were a Woman" singles.

"Before This Night Is Through" did not appear on the vinyl LP version of the album.

An instrumental of "Ravishing" was used as the theme song to the 1985-1987 CBS Saturday morning animated series, Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling.


Chart 1986 Peak
UK 24
Austria 23
France 15
Germany 24
Norway 1
Sweden 6
Switzerland 3
U.S 106
New Zealand 45

Album credits


  • Producers: Jim Steinman, Roy Bittan, John Jansen, Larry Fast, John Rollo
  • Associate Producer: Alan Rubin
  • Engineering: Steve Rinkoff, Alan Rubin
  • Assistant Engineer: Nelson Ayres
  • Mixing: Larry Alexander, Sir Arthur Payson
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi

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