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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GE1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having already come close to beating Graham Parker, Elvis Costello, and Louis Jordan at their own games, Joe Jackson made a play for becoming the Cole Porter of his generation with this 1982 collection. Actually that's a bit of a cheap shot, especially considering what a refreshingly innovative album this was. Jackson truly hit his stride with a memorable set that combines new technology and classic songwriting. From the infectious "Chinatown" to the hits "Stepping Out" and "Breaking Us in Two," the album is a showcase for killer hooks wrapped up in shiny keyboards and Latin-tinged percussion. Small wonder that Jackson waited two decades to attempt a sequel. --Bill Forman

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Most likely due to the mix of catchy rhythms and wonderful piano work.
Damian P. Gadal
It still sounds fresh to this day with one finely crafted song after another from start to finish.
Carl Mack
That as well as paving the way for many great albums from Joe Jackson as the decade progressed.
Andre S. Grindle

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on March 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I know that Joe Jackson fans will say that his first cd is his best, but I'd like to review Night and Day. I think that Look Sharp is very very good, but Night and Day has more maturity and finesse to it than does the punk attitude of Look Sharp. Joe Jackson is an amazing musician when you look over his entire catalog of work. I have all of his cds except 1987's Will Power which is out of print. The thing that makes Night and Day so good is the songs. Hits like "Steppin' Out" and "Breaking Us In Two" are here and great album cuts like "Chinatown", "Into Another World", "Cancer", "Real Men" and "A Slow Song" round out the cd. A solid work with poignant lyrics and classy rhythms. This is a must have for any rock collector. So is Look Sharp (1979). If anyone is wondering whether Joe will return to pop music, you are not alone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Night And Day" was Joe Jackson's bid for high-brow acceptance after feeling boxed in by the stylistic limitations of New Wave. The liner notes to "Beat Crazy" spoke to an open frustration with rock and roll as an art form, and the "Jumping Jive" ditched any pretense towards rock by serving up a platter of competent big band and swing classics. (Predating the 90's swing revival by better than a decade!)

Those elements, combined with a move from London to New York, inspired Jackson's compositions for his fourth original album. Here, he ditched the red-hot sound of "Look Sharp" for the cool blue of Latin Rhythms and a complete absence of lead guitars. It was as far away from skinny-tie pop as Gershwin was from Ozzy Osbourne. He also decided to conceptualize the album, making side one the "Night Side" and side two the "Day Side."

The more rhythm oriented material appeared on the first half, reflecting Jackson's fascination with the glamour of NYC's nightlife, concluding with his massive hit, "Stepping Out." While songs like "Another World" and the sardonic "TV Age" (a close cousin to "I'm The Man" and "Sunday Papers") made the commentary of Jackson's break from the musical mainstream, the second side was where he proved his mettle as a classic tunesmith. The key ballads, "Breaking Us In Two," "Real Men" and "A Slow Song" hit the bulls-eye in Jackson's aspirations to emulate the great New York songwriters that "Night And Day" so obviously targeted. "Real Men" (eventually covered by Tori Amos) built up to a Phil Spector-worthy climax while questioning gender confusion and homophobia. Along with "It's Different For Girls," it is one of his best ballads, and sums up just how deeply Jackson wanted to pull away from typical pop structures.
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Format: Audio CD
Having been released four times knowing which version of "Night and Day" is a bit of a maze for fans of the album.

The best version out there on CD remains the Mobile Fidelity gold disc--it sounds terrific but the original A&M+ regular CD is a strong second while the 1997 remaster is worth it primarily because slightly different seques are sequenced between the various tracks. The 1997 remaster is compressed and loud but, compared to the deluxe edition, it's subtle.

The deluxe edition has an excellent booklet but the mastering is compressed and loud. It's the worst of the remasters. The only advantage is that the songs from the "Mike's Murder" soundtrack are included on disc two along with some demos that don't differ a lot from the finished release. We also, inexplicably get a handful of live tracks that have all been released on Joe Jackson's live album from a couple of years later. Why the label didn't choose alternate takes is a mystery.

It's a pity as this had so much more potential.

The only reason to buy this release is for the second disc with the "Mike's Murder" songs and the demos. Otherwise, this is an overpriced release that sounds better on other releases.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By David Pearlman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First off, let me make something clear: The original Night & Day album is a classic, worthy of 5 stars on its own. The review here--more to the point the 2 star rating--is for this particular "deluxe" reissue.
For the "deluxe" series of reissues, started by Universal a few years ago, a formerly single CD album is expanded to two CDs, with the second CD typically filled out some combination of outtakes, b-sides, live tracks or other material that was recorded in the same time-frame as the album. So far, so good. Some of these deluxe reissues has been great, some less so.
This one falls distinctly into the latter catagory. Why? The second CD of bonus material is simply a mugging. The contents of the second CD are as follows: 1) The vocal tracks from the Joe Jackson soundtrack to Mike's Murder; 2) The second side of the 2 LP (2CD) Live 1980/86 set; and 3) demo versions of six of the songs from the album. The Mike's Murder tracks are OK, and it's nice that they are finally available somewhere on CD, but they really don't belong here...they belong on a reissue of the Mike's Murder soundtrack. The second side of 1980/86 is just a waste of time. These tracks were easily available on CD for many years as part of 1980/86. Any serious fan--and anyone buying this expensive set is presumably a serious fan--already has this material.
OK, that brings us to what, for many people, is the real hook: The six demo tracks. I wish I could say that they're great, or that they at least shed some light on the finished album, or that they really bare repeated listening in any way. But they don't. They are too close to the final album versions to be particularly interesting, and all are inferior to the completed album versions. Listen once, then file away.
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