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Pure Prairie League - 1981 Something In The Night

ARTIST: Pure Prairie League
ALBUM: Something In The Night
LABEL: Casablanca
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Vince Gill - vocals, guitar, banjo * Jeff Wilson - guitar * Michael Reilly - bass * Billy Hinds - drums * Michael Connor - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Keep Me Hangin' * 02 Love Me Again * 03 Hold On To Our Hearts * 04 Something In The Night * 05 Do You Love Me Truly, Julie * 06 You're Mine Tonight * 07 Still Right Here In My Heart * 08 I Wanna Know Your Name * 09 Feel The Fire * 10 Tell Me One More Time


The Vince Gill years of the Pure Prairie League saw a resurgence that has been well covered here in reviews of their other two albums 'Can't Hold Back (1979)' and 'Firin' Up (1980)'. The third of the Gill triumvirate deserves a spot here as much as its predecessors however, another excellent slice of melodic styled country rock, leaning towards AOR without doubt. In my review of 'Firin' Up' some 12 years ago (!) I suggested 'Something In The Night' wasn't 'nearly as addictive melody wise.' Reading that now seems somewhat misguided, suggesting I hadn't been listening closely enough. This is very much the equal of those two albums, but wasn't as commercially successful, which ended up being the bands studio swansong for a few years. Again the impetus of Gill made all the difference, with a consistency to the music that wasn't there even on their popular 70's work. Amazingly the lineup stayed the same, something which wasn't always the case with PPL.

The Songs
The formula is identical to 'Firin' Up' with a blend of country infused tunes and some outright AOR, all of which blends together seamlessly, the style very similar to Poco of the time. 'Don't Keep Me Hangin' could be seen as close relative to the previous years 'I'm Almost Ready' and its energetic boogie approach, displaying the bands heaviness when the mood took their fancy. The appealing melodic rock of 'Love Me Again' is a Gill penned classic and the sax is broken out in blistering style for 'Hold On To Our Hearts' giving it a certain exuberance. The band had really honed in on this identifiable sound and while this track could be seen as rehash of the previous album, it sounds just as inspired. There's a clear .38 Special influence to the title track, hot on the heels of 'Rockin' Into The Night' as a close relation. The honkytonk of 'Do You Love Me Truly Julie' follows 'Janny Lou' from a year earlier as a foot stomping crowd pleaser, most likely for fans of the bands early 70's material. The mellow AOR of 'You're Mine Tonight' is clearly the successor to 'Let Me Love You Tonight' and is so casual and brooding, that it can only be listened to at night itself. Again the formula was noticeable, but well worked. The stunning AOR/country crossover 'Still Right Here In My Heart' is another highlight, but by the same token 'I Wanna Know Your Name' is pure country, this one with raunchier leanings. It has to be said that 'Feel The Fire' is the biggest rip off of The Eagles 'One Of These Nights' ever written, to the point I'm surprised they weren't sued by Henley and Frey. The funny part is the track works on the basis of it, effective FM radio rock which is long gone in 2015. The melancholy 'Tell Me One More Time' is an almost depressing way to end the album, the only pure ballad on the album.

In Summary
The band suffered a setback when Casablanca went belly up and was sold to Polygram, whom apparently PPL weren't good enough for, leaving them without a label. With Gill doing a runner for a solo career the band continued in a live capacity. Opinions may vary on the merits of the bands two distinct phases from 1972-81, but for those who frequent this site I'm sure the AOR era wins out, with this being a key acquisition if unheard.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 27 2015 00:18:56
Nice to see this here.
#2 | gdazegod on August 27 2015 13:05:15
Pure Prairie League - 1981 Still Right Here In My Heart
#3 | Eric on August 29 2015 22:03:16
I saw them open for Kansas in 1983 but the vocalist wasn't near the quality of Gill and they didn't play any of that era's hits which was surprising. They did 'Amy' which was their biggest single, but still....
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