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Hellfield - 1979 Night Music



ARTIST: Hellfield
ALBUM: Night Music
LABEL: Epic
SERIAL: PEC 80028
YEAR: 1979

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mitchell Field - vocals * Paul Royes - guitars, vocals * Jamie Larsen - bass, vocals * Rick Lamb - keyboards, vocals * Charlie Mitchell - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Caroline * 02 Crazy * 03 Sister Blue * 04 Small World * 05 Out Of The Night * 06 The Night Music * 07 I Should'a Seen It In Your Eyes * 08 Man Teasing Woman * 09 Know It From The Start * 10 Runnin' Back To You


Background
A few years back, we reviewed Canadian band Hellfield's 1978 debut album. We also had the honour of having band founder Mitchell Field join the site and provide us with a background about the band and their history. To complete the picture before the band folded in the early 80's, was to provide some coverage on their second and final album: 1979's 'Night Music'. Judging by the previous comments in that earlier review article, it would seem that many punters much preferred that debut album, but that's not to say the material on 'Night Music' is lacking. It's just that compared to its predecessor, it might be construed as being less powerful and energetic.


The Songs
Many Canadian bands during the late 70's went through this phase from album to album. Hellfield weren't the first. We look at albums by the likes of Crowcuss, Rose, Jerry Doucette, April Wine and Chilliwack; all bands changing sound and direction during this timeframe. The highlight of the album is the track 'The Night Music' which has some lovely symphonic moments. The hard rocking 'Man Teasing Woman' is also good, so too 'Out Of The Night' while for something different, 'Running Back To You' sees Hellfield doing power-pop!


In Summary
Overall, 'Night Music' is a fun-sounding record, if a little lacking in the 'balls' department'. Maybe some enterprising record label might consider a two-fer CD reissue but I wouldn't hold my breath in the meantime. There is more likelihood of Humanity landing on Mars before that happens.


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