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Newton, Juice - 1984 Can't Wait All Night

ARTIST: Newton, Juice
ALBUM: Can't Wait All Night
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 2009, Wounded Bird, WOU-4995


LINEUP: Juice Newton - lead vocals, guitars * George Doering - guitar, keyboards * Dann Huff, Fred Tackett, Kevin Dukes - guitar * Alan Pasqua, Reed Nielsen, Richard Gibbs - keyboards * Dennis Belfield - bass * Jim Lang - hammond organ * Joel Peskin - sax * Otha Young, Richard Landis - percussion * Mike Baird - drums * Tom Kelly, Tom Funderburk, Bill Champlin, Andrew Gold, Kenny Edwards, Greg Prestopino, Gary Durrett, Maxine Anderson, Linda McCrary, Lisa Roberts, Howard Smith, Phyllis St. James, Jon Joyce - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Little Love * 02 (You Don't Hear) The One That Gets You * 03 Can't Wait All Night * 04 Restless Heart * 05 Easy Way Out * 06 Let's Dance * 07 He's Gone * 08 You Don't Know Me * 09 Eye Of A Hurricane * 10 Waiting For The Sun


Recording three country albums as Juice Newton & Silver Spur with limited success, the New Jersey born Juice went solo in the late 70's updating her sound with an eye on the pop market. In 1981 and after several near hits and misses on the charts, Newton hit the majors with three hit singles, her brilliant cover of 'Angel In The Morning', the playful 'Queen Of Hearts' and the nostalgic 'The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known'). The album that spawned these hits went multi-platinum and avoiding Newton on the radio was nearly impossible, but it wasn't until her 1983 album 'Dirty Looks' that this AOR friendly reviewer began to really take notice. The sound was definitely more of a pop rock affair with Van Stephenson penning the title track and a further move away from country music. A great record and worth checking out, but even better is this little baby 'Can't Wait All Night' named after the title track written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance.

The Songs
Is your interest peaked? It should be and one look at some of the names on the record, song writing credits and choice of material will get any melodic rockers heart pumpin'! The album's single 'A Little Love' is as good as it gets. A tasty little pop number with incredible hook, why this didn't shoot to the top of the charts is a mystery. Following up with the Van Stephenson co-write '(You Don't Hear) The One That Gets You' was a wise decision, a haunting ballad with a near Celtic feel like some of Clannad's pop oriented albums this brings us to the title track and as mentioned co-written by Bryan Adams. His fingerprints are all over this rocker and Newton gives it her best shot. Yeah, we've all heard this type of thing a hundred times but once more won't hurt right? 'Restless Heart', again with Stephenson's involvement is about as close to country as side one gets, but it's a good tune and worth holding out for until her cover of I-Ten's 'Easy Way Out' kicks in. While I prefer the original, Newton's version holds up and shows she and producer Richard Landis had good taste when choosing side one's material. Side two opens with a faux live tune called 'Let's Dance', a fast paced rocker with a slight new wave feel, but unfortunately the quality dips from here on, moving between slow ballads and country pop that, like Newton's early albums doesn't do much for me leaving me to wonder this foray into AOR was more record company generated than a heartfelt statement of her own.

In Summary
In recent years Juice Newton is still recording and touring although I don't hear anything recommendable to Glory Daze readers beyond this album and 'Dirty Looks'. Both can be picked up cheaply and while 'Dirty Looks' is available on CD paired with her 'Old Flame' album, it seems 'Can't Wait All Night' has yet to see the light of day in digital.

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#1 | swazi on January 09 2010 15:43:20
Reissued on CD by Wounded Bird Records in March 2009. Go and get it!
#2 | Ralfster on September 06 2014 18:46:36
I have an original German RCA CD pressing of "Can't Wait All Night" (CD made in Japan). Funny, never thought it could be a rarity :-)
Some cool AOR stuff on here. Love Richard Landis' production.
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