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Joe Jackson: Night & Day [Limited Edition]

Album Reviews:

Q (10/03, p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[A] musically slick, lyrically spiky meditation on masculinity-in-crisis and that ol' devil called love....Sterling stuff..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Joe Jackson (vocals, alto saxophone, piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, synthesizer, vibraphone); Ed Rynesdal (violin, keyboard programming); Sue Hadjopoulos (flute, xylophone, congas, bongos, timbales, orchestra bells, percussion, background vocals); Graham Maby (bass, percussion, background vocals); Larry Tolfree (drums, timbales, percussion); Ricardo Torres (bongos, cowbell, clave); Jack Waldman (keyboard programming); Al Weisman, Grace Millan (background vocals).

Recorded at Blue Rock Studio, Soho, New York City in spring, 1982.

Personnel: Joe Jackson (vocals, alto saxophone, keyboards, vibraphone); Graham Maby (bass, percussion, background vocals); Larry Tolfree (drums, percussion); Sue Hadjopoulos (percussion, flute, vocals).

Additional personnel: Ed Rynesdal (violins); Ricardo Torres (percussion); Al Weisman, Grace Millan (background vocals).

Recorded at Blue Rock Studio, New York, New York in Spring 1982.

All songs written by Joe Jackson except "T.V. Age" (Jackson/Steve Tatler).

NIGHT AND DAY: DELUXE EDITION includes a bonus disc which includes demos and live tracks. The live tracks were recorded during the Night And Day Tour at Hordern Pavillion, Sydney, Australia on May 7-8, 1983.

Personnel: Joe Jackson (vocals, alto saxophone, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, electric piano, Hammond B-3 organs, Gem Organ, Minimoog synthesizer, vibes); Sue Hadjopolous (vocals, flute, bongos, congas, timbales, xyolophone, orchestra bells); Ed Roynesdal (vocals, keyboards, percussion); Joe Askew (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion); Graham Maby (vocals, bass, percussion); Ed Rynesdal (violin); Larry Tolfree (drums); Ricardo Torres (bongos, clave, cowbell); Al Weismann, Grace Millan (background vocals).

Recorded At Blue Rock Studio, New York, New York in 1982. Originally released on A&M SP (4906). Includes liner notes by Jeremy Holiday.

This is the album where Jackson starts showing off his compositional and instrumental chops. By 1982 he had moved to New York, where he developed a great love of Latin music. Perhaps spurred by his 1981 jump blues outing JUMPIN' JIVE, Jackson again stepped away from his rock & roll past, this time with some outstanding original tunes. NIGHT AND DAY merges Latin sounds with pop, jazz and classic Gershwinesque melodic elegance. It contains the most mature and instantly satisfying compositions of Jackson's career.

The Latin percussion of Sue Hadjopoulos and Jackson' own salsa-tinge piano provide continuity throughout the album. In what was a revolutionary move for a pop-rock artist at the time, Jackson jettisoned his guitarist in favor of a second keyboardist, and the piano, organ and synthesizer textures provide much of the meat for the arrangements. Alternately propulsive and reflective, NIGHT AND DAY reflects the concerns of an Englishman in New York City in the early '80s, but the album's biggest hit "Steppin' Out" is a graceful, synth-flavored love ballad that's as timeless as great pop songs get.



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