ARGUABLY NIGHT ARE one of the great lost acts of the late 70s/early 80s. Formed in London as a somewhat ad-hoc pub rock band going under the handle of Filthy McNasty, and fronted by two superlative vocalists, Chris Thompson (of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) and Stevie Lange (wife of superproducer Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange). They secured a loyal following on the club circuit and were eventually offered a record deal from Planet Records, an American-based label affiliated to Warner Bros.
Night’s debut album certainly garnered critical and commercial attention, enough in fact to secure two hit singles in the lucrative American marketplace. Whilst the album stalled sales wise, the future still looked extremely promising and so with enthusiastic support they set about recording the follow-up record, ‘Long Distance’. Whilst the debut had been recorded during an extensive sojourn in Los Angeles, this time around, mainly for financial reasons, they opted to record in London. They also chose to switch producer and enlisted the services of bright young upstart Tim Friese-Green (Touch, Praying Mantis). It was a wise decision, as the album showcased a more strident style, moving away from the previous comparison to Fleetwood Mac, towards more forceful and harder rock laced with tougher guitars and solid hooks, a sound somewhat reminisant of REO Speedwagon and Survivor.
Released in 1980, the album, despite its sound quality and the undeniably good songwriting displayed, failed to ignite commercial interest. It also suffered from label politics, with Planet Records dropping the band and album, despite some great reviews and encouraging reactions at several American FM radio stations. But ‘Long Distance’ is one of the best overlooked albums of the era.
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TRACK LISTING: 1.DR. ROCK 2.DON’T BREAK MY HEART 3.LOVE ON THE AIRWAVES 4.THE LETTER 5.CALLIN’ ME BACK 6.YOU CRIED WOLF 7.STEALIN’ 8.MISS YOU (LIKE I DO) 9.DAY AFTER DAY 10.GOOD TO BE BACK IN YOUR ARMS