Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6740
Comments: 16305
Ratings: 4352
Forum Posts: 21544
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1977 Articles » Nite City - 1977 Nite City
 
Nite City - 1977 Nite City



ARTIST: Nite City
ALBUM: Nite City
LABEL: 20th Century Records
SERIAL: T-528
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Noah James - vocals * Paul Warren - guitar, vocals * Ray Manzarek - keyboards, vocals * Nigel Harrison - bass * Jimmy Hunter - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Summer Eyes * 02 Nite City * 03 Love Will Make You Mellow * 04 Angel With No Freedom * 05 Midnight Queen * 06 Bitter Sky Blue * 07 Caught In A Panic * 08 In The Pyramid * 09 Game Of Skill


Background
Nite City's debut is one of the better mid-70's rock albums you will hear and unfortunately is one of the lesser known. Keyboard player Ray Manzarek should be a familiar name as a member of seminal 60's legends The Doors and here he hooks up with former Rare Earth guitarist Paul Warren and future Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison. The group played extensively throughout the U.S in support of the record opening shows for The Kinks, Heart and The Ramones as well as several club dates headlining on their own, but 20th Century Records - with ever increasing financial difficulties never really gave the album the promotion it deserved. A second release 'Golden Days and Diamond Nights' saw Nite City on a new label - PolyGram, but it was only released in West Germany and import copies were never easy to find.


The Songs
This is a dark hard rock record, some might say street smart and even a little sleazy, with a moody desperation found in much of the lyrical content conjuring up images of barflies, one night stands and cocaine induced psychedelia. Imagine the New York Dolls and Aerosmith meeting up with Jim Morrison on a night long bender and you get a pretty good idea where the music is headed. Vocalist Noah James sounds uncannily like Eric Burdon on the opening track 'Summer Eyes', but it's Manzarek's surreal keyboard work that pulls the song together. The track 'Nite City' is as seductive as it is scary with near suicidal lyrics playing counterpoint to the almost happy J. Geils Band influenced chorus and hook. Weird, but great and the remaining album is just as off beat and interesting with never a dull moment, including the trippy psych-out freakiness of the curiously spelled 'Angel W/No Freedom'. The Lizard King would have been proud.


In Summary
Journey and Foreigner fans who like their AOR clean and straight might have a tough go with this one, but if you enjoy any of the references mentioned above (throw in a little Hanoi Rocks and The Cult too), Nite City's debut will be a most rewarding listen. Recommended!


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Nite City 
 
Comments
#1 | Eric on April 08 2009 23:26:59
I neglected to mention in this review bassist Nigel Harrisson was a member of glam rock idols- Silverhead. Forgive me. helpless
#2 | super80boy on October 17 2015 17:13:04
Nite City is a forgotten little gem of an album with its talented line up who bring top drawer musicianship and entertaining arrangements to the show. The opening 'Summer Eyes' is a sweeping gloom stricken rocker. Keyboards take a front seat in 'Love Will Make You Mellow', a great driving track! Standout 'Caught In A Panic' is straight up stellar period rock. 'Bitter Sky Blue' is another creative change up…And of course there's the psych tinged, Doorsy 'Angel W/No Freedom', which is a favorite. The only misstep is the short instrumental filler 'In The Pyramid'. Comes with a custom insert, lyrics on one side and a cool black and white band picture on the other side.
#3 | reyno-roxx on March 13 2016 16:59:28
Finally found the 2 on 1 CD of this and the second album for a good price on Amazon France. Really enjoyable mid 70s rock.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Eyes - 1993 Windows Of The Soul, Without End - 2004 Without End, ZZYZX - 1986 Runnin', Pavlovs Dog - 1975 Pampered Menial, Supared - 2003 Supared, Gotthard - 1994 Dial Hard, Echo Jet - 2008 Echo Jet, Steelhorse (Spain) - 2008 Raise Your First [ep], Schon, Neal - 1989 Late Nite, Merry N - 1993 Under Pressure, Motherland - 2000 Better Than This, Bush, Stan (and Barrage) - 1998 Heaven, Orange, Richard - 2005 Big Orange Sun, Cooper, Alice - 1983 Dada, Omega - 1988 Platina (1977-1987)
Tags©
Damsel Fly Deep Purple Willie Dee Captain Beyond Luminos Soleil Moon 3-D Les Variations North Sar 707 Rock Candy Records Steel Panther Rock Candy Records Tempt Dream Theater Rock Candy Records Survivor Phil Rudd Lauren Christy New England Michael Bolton Petra Wendy Waldman Yesterrock The Producers Bonrud King Kobra Ketih Herman Veronica Freeman Benedictum The V Yesterrock Tokyo (Germany) Cutting Crew Prototype Warrant Armory Queensryche EP
All Tags
Search DDG