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September 7, 2016

Ellen Foley – Night Out (1979) – Lp

by Record Facts

Ellen Foley (born June 5, 1951) is an American singer and actress who has appeared on Broadway and television, where she co-starred in the sitcom Night Court. In music, she has released four solo albums but is best known for her collaborations with rock singer Meat Loaf.

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Artist:  Ellen Foley
Title:  Night Out
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Epic Records
Catalog#  EPC 83718

Foley gained high public recognition singing the duet with Meat Loaf on the hit single “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” from the 1977 album Bat Out of Hell. Her debut album Night Out was released in 1979, and was produced by Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson.

The grand opener “We Belong to the Night” is breathtaking and bombastic bliss; a creamy confection of debonair dreams that could only come from the late ’70s and the glitter-gutter combo of Mick Ronson and Ian Hunter. The princely poppers provide the perfect atmosphere for Foley’s powerful theatrics on her inaugural flight. The second single, “What’s a Matter Baby,” soars just as high in the stratosphere: a little bit ’50s, but a whole lot cosmic. It’s a crime music which hides in the recesses of the past, because this gem is priceless, if only for the first two tracks. Ronson’s axe is exemplary throughout: shooting over Mars and then swooping back through nocturnal cityscapes. He twists “Heartful of Soul” into “Young Lust” and makes a break for it in “Hide Away.” Obviously haunted by midnight Spectors, kindred spirit Hunter supplies the perfect keyboard counterpart: mission control for Ronson’s rockets. The swirling storm whipping through Gram Parker’s “Thunder and Rain” builds to an almost unbearable compression of intensity. In the eye of this celestial storm, Foley scats, scolds, swoons, croons, pouts, pleads, and purrs in a rich tone that few femme fatales possess, scaling a towering wall of sonic seduction. The sublime proceedings finally slow down to a crawl for fallout “Don’t Let Go,” but it’s just the mourning after an unforgettable Night Out.

 

Side one
1.  We Belong to the Night  (5:24)
2.  What’s a Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You)  (3:47)
3.  Stupid Girl  (4:09)
4.  Night Out  (5:21)

Side two
1.  Thunder and Rain  (3:04)
2.  Sad Song  (3:31)
3.  Young Lust  (5:34)
4.  Hideaway  (3:50)
5.  Don’t Let Go  (3:56)

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