Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Ellen Foley - Nightout (1979)


Released September 1979

Ellen Foley was born in the USA in 1951 and, apart from her brief solo career, is best known for her vocals on “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” on Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out Of Hell" album from 1977. She also had a brief relationship with Mick Jones of The Clash in 1981-82.


1. We Belong To The Night

2. What's A-Matter Baby
3. Stupid Girl
4. Night Out
5. Thunder And Rain
6. Sad Songs
7. Young Lust
8. Hideaway
9. Don't Let Go                                   

Produced by Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson. This is a Springsteenesque New York City rock album of the highest order. The opener, the Spectoresque majesty that is "We Belong To The Night" is superb and Ellen's voice is powerful, just as we knew her from the vocal duet on "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" on Meat Loaf's iconic "Bat Out Of Hell". "What's A Matter Baby" is like a 60s Phil Spector girl group song, and then there is a rocking cover of The Stones' "Stupid Girl" which vastly improves on the original.

In late 1979, Philip Rambow was said to be one of the most promising new singer-songwriters. What happened to him I wonder? The track here. "Night Out" is just great, such an NYC rock song. His other track "Young Lust" is excellent too. Ellen's voice and approach making me feel all, shall we say, distracted. Graham Parker's "Thunder And Rain" is another punchy rocker, as is the frenetic "Hideaway""Sad Songs" is appealing and Ian Hunter's "Don't Let Go" is a heartbreaking closer to a very impressive album, albeit one very much of its time.

I caught her live in 1980 at the old "Venue" in London's Victoria, touring this album. Excellent show it was too.


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