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Network - 1978 Nightwork



ARTIST: Network
ALBUM: Nightwork
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: EPC 82966
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2009, Renaissance Records (USA), 2 on 1 (with 'Network'), RMED-264

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: B.G Gibson - vocals * Richie Cerniglia - guitars * Mike Maniscalco - keyboards * George Bitzer - keyboards, synthesizers * Butch Poveromo - percussion * Howie Blume - bass * Mike Ricciardella - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 We're Only Into Rock n Roll * 02 Halfway To Paradise * 03 I Already Played It * 04 Beautiful Lady * 05 Star Gazer * 06 Don't Do Nothing Crazy * 07 Sundown * 08 So So Good * 09 Better Man Than Me


Background
A New York band with a history before and after their incarnation. Some of these bands are so inter-related it would appear to be incestuous at best! The key members here were Cerniglia, Maniscalco, and Ricciardella, who had previously spent time with Wiggy Bits, alongside Peppy Castro (of Balance fame). Prior to that, Ricciardella was with seminal NYC outfit The Illusion. The band originally came together during 1976/77, with the above lineup (exception being John Vinci, who sang lead vocals). Funnily enough, the record label wanted the members to change their names because they thought that their names were too Italian. It would be considered racist to pull a stunt like that now, but the band did shorten their names to alternatives and alias.


The Songs
They released their debut in 1977, followed up by this sophomore effort 'Nightwork' a year later, on which new singer B.G Gibson appeared. The music is fairly dated by todays standards, and does appear to toss a sinker in the general vicinity of bands like Trooper, Fandango and Morningstar for instance. A couple of these tracks are pearlers: 'Halfway To Paradise' and 'So So Good' are great late seventies rock-a-rama. Listening to 'Don't Do Nothing Crazy' reinforces a certain charm to be had with this style of rock back then, even 'Stargazer' appeals, with it's crunching guitar and funky rhythm section.


In Summary
The album didn't achieve a great deal of success, but considering disco was hot in the NY scene back then, that's not altogether surprising. Only two albums worth was all we were going to get from Network. However, Cerniglia and Ricciardella reappeared some years later with fantastic melodic rockers Aviator. In there here and now, you should be able to track the late 2009 double release of this album along with the 1977 debut as a 2 on 1 CD reissued by Renaissance Records.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on May 21 2008 12:58:37
'Nightwork' came out on CD in Japan in the same series as Morning Star, Trillion and Harlequin's 'Love Crimes'.
#2 | gdazegod on May 21 2008 13:18:13
All of which were probably illegal. I know Morningstar was. Rick Bacus was horrified when he found out! He told me that he put lawyers onto the case.
#3 | reyno-roxx on May 21 2008 13:49:26
I wasn't aware of that, seeing as they were supposedly released through Sony in Japan. I suppose it's not surprising given the tenuously official nature of so many other reissues over the past decade!
#4 | rostoned on May 21 2008 16:20:38
GD in what sense Bacus could affirm via lawyers that those were not legit since they were put out by Sony itself? he owns the masters of those 2 LPs? regarding royalties I am not familiar with that area but I ask you is it possible that if the record is still unrecouped (as these surely were) the artist don't get any royalty still today? or he should get those anyway? hmm!
#5 | reyno-roxx on May 21 2008 16:26:17
I think he'd just get mechanical royalties. It's unlikely those records were recouped.
#6 | Eric on May 21 2008 17:58:14
Agree, like Starcastle who as of 2004 still owed half a mill to Sony-it's doubtful Morningstar came anywhere close to paying off the bill...
#7 | swazi on October 28 2013 21:24:35
I own the Japan issue of this CD and it looks very legit to me. But who can really tell these days ... ?!
 
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