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Tyler, Bonnie - 1983 Faster Than The Speed Of Night

ARTIST: Tyler, Bonnie
ALBUM: Faster Than The Speed Of Night
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Bonnie Tyler - lead vocals * Jim Steinman - backing vocals, arranger, composer, mix, production * Roy Bittan - keyboards, organ, piano * Frankie Miller - co lead vocal 'Tears' * Rick Derringer, Martin Briley, Hiram Bullock - guitar * Steve Buslowe, Will Lee - bass * Larry Fast, Dave Lebolt - synthesizer * Steve Margoshes - keyboards * Paul Shaffer - organ * Steve Jordan, Max Weinberg - drums * Jimmy Maelen - percussion * Rory Dodd, Eric Troyer, Holly Sherwood - backing vocals * Brian Pew, Edward Skylar, Tristine Skylar, David Varga, Erika Katz - children's chorus

TRACK LISTING: 01 Have You Ever Seen The Rain * 02 Faster Than The Speed Of Night * 03 Getting So Excited * 04 Total Eclipse Of The Heart * 05 It's A Jungle Out There * 06 Goin' Through The Motions * 07 Tears * 08 Take Me Back * 09 Straight From The Heart


Long overdue for a GDM write-up is Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. A huge success in the UK during the 70's and 80's, with hit singles galore. The good looking blonde with the big pipes (real name Gaynor Hopkins) had critical success when signed to RCA Victor during a fertile period between 1977 and 1981 before signing to CBS/Columbia, releasing three albums between 1983 and 1988; the first being this effort 'Faster Than The Speed Of Light'. If you like a bombastic form of symphonic pop with a hint of Meatloaf/Jim Steinman and Queen bombast, then this album deserves a listen. The Steinman connection is obvious, as Jim produced this album, and it would go on to become one of the biggest albums in the UK and the USA during 1983, the latter territory reaching platinum status.

The Songs
Of course, the big hit single here is the seven minute wonder 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart', which still sounds as eerie and haunting now as it did then. It proved to be Tyler' biggest selling song to date. Bonnie adds three well known covers on the LP. Credence Clearwater Revival's 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain' gets a completely different arrangement. So too the version of Blue Oyster Cult's 'Goin' Through The Motions'. The third cover is Bryan Adams 'Straight From The Heart', which was released the same year if I recall. It's only the familiar chorus which gives the game away. The slinky 'It's A Jungle Out There' is very cool, featuring a half-baked reggae vibe, while the title-track 'Faster Than The Speed Of Light' is very punchy and pompy. 'Getting So Excited' dips into the meek and mild, 'Tears' is a piano ballad featuring crooner Frankie Miller, who also wrote the song. It's followed by Bonnie's anthem moment 'Take Me Back'.

In Summary
Best described as melodramatic rock, there's no doubting that 1983 was ready for a big production like this. Steinman also did work with other artists such as Meatloaf, Air Supply and Billy Squier and Barbra Streisand around the early-mid 80's era, so was a man in demand at the time. Tyler's other big hit of the 80's decade was 'I Need A Hero' which appeared on her second CBS album: 'Secret Dreams And Forbidden Fire'. Not everyone will find Tyler's husky tones to their liking, but as a recording, 'Faster Than The Speed Of Light' should definitely be added to your 1983 discography.

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#1 | gdazegod on September 10 2016 21:53:39
Bonnie Tyler - 1983 Total Eclipse Of The Heart
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#2 | gdazegod on September 10 2016 21:54:57
I've seen a few YouTube clips of Bonnie singing 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' at various stages of her career. It's a very difficult song to sing at the best of times.
#3 | Explorer on September 10 2016 22:37:05
A pretty good album, but an even better album in this vein is Pandora' s Box - Original Sin, which is another Steinman job and features 4 female vocalists including Ellen Foley...It's well OTT.
#4 | Eric on September 10 2016 23:47:02
Always wanted to get to this album for review but you nailed it.
#5 | jefflynnefan on September 11 2016 23:21:54
This is a pretty good album. Jeff Lynne was asked to contribute to this album. But the Ardens' wouldn't have it since Jeff was doing the 'Secret Messages album. Eric Troyer future ELO Part Two member did the backing vocals on this album. Bonnie would later record a Jeff Lynne/Kiki Dee written song years later called 'Time Mends A Broken Heart'. This is the only song to surface from the unreleased album by Kiki Dee that Jeff produced and co-wrote with Kiki Dee. It was during this project that Kiki's cancer forced her to take a long break. The album remains unreleased to this day.
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