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Wait for Night

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First time on CD for this 1976 album from the Rock/Pop artist and teen idol. Originally released on Chelsea Records, it hit the Billboard charts when re-released on RCA Records in 1982. Rick is well known for his role of Noah Drake on the soap opera General Hospital. Wounded Bird.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Take a Hand
  2. Goldfever
  3. One Broken Heart
  4. Where's All the Love
  5. Archangel
  6. Jessica
  7. Million Dollar Face
  8. Old Gangsters Never Die
  9. Treat Me Gently in the Morning
  10. Life Is a Celebration


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B003P8JMPS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By T. Tantillo on August 22, 2010
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I was a Rick Sprigfield Fan when I first heard "Speak To The Sky". His debut American LP ("Rick Springfield" 1972) had the Beatle-esque/ Raspberries Style (Their 1st LP debuted at the same time) that I really enjoy. When "Wait For Night" came out in 1976, I was shocked to see how far his guitar & piano playing had come. His talent went completely unnoticed because of his "Teen Idol/ Pretty Boy" image. I think that alone shows how shallow the critics at that particular time were. While I'm sure there were some critics applauding his developing songwriting, musical, and recording skills, this record-unfortunately still fell on deaf ears. This was probably due to the fact that this LP was released on a smaller subsidiary label of RCA's called "Chelsea Records". The owner of the label was Wes Farrell known primarily for his role in The Partridge Family's recordings. I think this also added to the "Teen Idol" attitude towards this record. Any of this negative attitude was completely unjustified. There are Gems to be found on this album. "Old Gangsters Never Die" is such a great tune. I agree with others who have claimed that this may be one of his best tunes. "Jessica", "Take A Hand" (which almost cracked the Top 40-#41- with it's tip of the hat to Chuck Berry), "Archangel" (which is another standout track in Rick's catalogue) and "Goldfever" are among some of his finest. While there are a couple of schmaltzy "Manilow-wannabes", don't let that discourage you. Even the syrupy ballads grow on you with each listen. I truly think this album rivals some of Sir Paul's and Sir Elton's (whose rhythm section is actually on this recording) finest from those years. Give it a chance.Read more ›
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One of the most underrated albums ever made. Had this been released originally on any other label than flailing Chelsea Records, it would have stormed the charts. The musicianship and arrangements are top notch - Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson shine in awesome virtuosity on their respective instruments and vocals. Rick actually does quite well on the pianos and guitars, and the sound is tight. Why there was such a delay in getting this released - I have no idea. To me it is an essential part of the Rick Springfield catalogue. I cannot begin to express the thrill in finding it here. My day has been made!
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this by far "besides working class dog" is the best cd he ever put out,now this is just my opinion,i remember having this on lp when it first came out back in the late 70"s ive been a fan since then and now my 2 daughters 16 and 13 enjoy his music as well,this is truly an awesome cd,ive looked for this on cd for a long time the record i used to own was all scratched up 6 months after i got it so thanx for putting this on cd its about darn time
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This is most definately one of Rick Springfield's best albums! It was originally recorded & releasd in 1976 on Chelsea Records, then re-released by RCA in 1982 after Rick's success with "Working Class Dog" & "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet". I first heard this when it was released in 1982, as I was "discovering" music as a child. Nowadays I write, record & perform with my own band & Rick Springfield's music has always been a major influence on my songwriting & performance.
"Wait For Night" has always been one of my favorite records & I literally wore out several copies! Although CD is not my favorite of music mediums, I have been waiting for years for this to be released on CD - This is a copy I will not be able to wear out!
Musically, this is kind of like a cross between his early albums like "Comic Book Heroes" & his later, early eighties stuff. The album is much more piano-based than most of his other work, with Springfield playing the majority of the pianos & all of the guitars. All of the instruments (especially the guitars & drums)sound amazing & the performances are top-notch. Rick delivers some of his best guitar solos on tunes like "Take A Hand" & "One Broken Heart".
There are quite a few mellow songs on the album ("Where's All The Love", "Million Dollar Face", "Treat Me Gently In The Morning") but all are amazing. The best moments are found in the more upbeat tunes: "Goldfever", "Jessica" & "Old Gangsters Never Die" are the 'heaviest' tunes on the record. All have great lyrics, interesting rhythms, & excellent musical interplay between the pianos & guitars. Personally, my favorites are the 'midle-of-the-road' tunes, "One Broken Heart" & "Archangel". Both are very melodic songs with great hooks, awesome vocal harmonies & some of Rick's best vocal performances.
I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of music. It is excellent from start to finish. And if you are a Rick Springfield fan & have not heard this album - Get it. Right now.
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I am a huge Rick Springfield fan, and when I saw this was released on CD, I jumped and ordered it immediately. This album is actually Pre-Jessie's Girl, and it's a shame it didn't do better for Rick when it was released. The selections all follow classic Rick stylings. The Rock rocks and the Ballads are beautiful. My favorite selections are "One Broken Heart" and "Million Dollar Face". One Broken Heart is a rocker, and it tells the listener that just because your heart was broken, if you keep your mind and heart open a new love will come along to repair the breaks. Again, very classic RS styling. If you are a fan, do yourself a favor and get this album!
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