ZS5 02408 Hold On Tight
Produced by Jeff Lynne
Released on July 1981
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . . US CHART POSITION #10 (charted July 25, 1981 for 19 weeks)
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ZS5 02408 wo. picture sleeve  

S elected as the advance single from Time, “Hold On Tight” cloyed my ears with its sugary revival of rockabilly, but the paying public apparently couldn’t get enough of the sweet stuff, sending it up the charts. If that wasn’t annoying enough, Lynne revives the first stanza in French. Est-ce que c’est une bonne idee? Pas en vos reves. The flip side was a nonalbum track, “When Time Stood Still,” that makes the single a slight collectible. I say “slight” because it’s not a great track, kind of a second-rate “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” It was also later made available on the triple-disc compilation Afterglow. A promotional 12-inch released in the US apparently includes a “Pre-Release Montage” (whatever that means) on the flip side.

TRACK LISTING

  1. HOLD ON TIGHT    (Jeff Lynne)    3:05
  2. WHEN TIME STOOD STILL    (Jeff Lynne)    3:30

    Promotional 12-inch track listing...
  3. HOLD ON TIGHT
  4. PRE-RELEASE MONTAGE

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
EUR July 1981 Jet 7" 7011 picture sleeve
US July 1981 Jet 7" ZS5 02408  
JPN 1981 Jet 7" 07SP 560 picture sleeve
US 1981 Jet 12PRO 1252 promo w. different tracks

 

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