What A Night

What A NightRelease Date: 01/02/1977
Produced by Gordon Mills by M.A.M. Productions
Recorded and Mixed at H.B. Barnum Studio, LA CA except Ramblin Man – recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama at Rick Halls Studio
Engineered and mixed by Grag Venable
Rhyth tracks arranged by Johnnie Spence
Mastered at Kendon by Johnny Golden
Label: Epic Records
Catalogue Number: EMC 3221

Track Listing
Tracks side one
What a night
We Don’t live Here
No One Gave me Love
Day to Day Affair
If This is Love

Tracks side two
I Wrote This Song
That’s Where I Belong
Easy To Love
The Heart
Ramblin Man

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  1. What A Night was Tom Jones’ follow up to his “comeback” hit Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow, his first record for Epic Records after a 10 year run with London Records. Say You’ll Stay put Jones back in the top half of the US album charts and just missed the Top 10 of the US Singles Charts, crossing over to the country charts where it hit #1 early in 1977.

    Although there are some country leanings here, What A Night is mainly a solid, middle of the road pop album, more a 70’s update of his late 60’s work. The singer is in good voice and the title track opens the set with a fun, dance friendly, uptempo tune, playing up on the singer’s “ladies man” image a bit.

    The only problem with the set is the lack of a definitive performance, there is no one knock-out punch song in this collection. Ballads like “Easy To Love”, “The Heart”, and “No One Gave Me Love” are engaging, playing to Jones emotive vocal strengths, but they’re almost undistinguishable from one another, same formula, same sound, good but not great result. Jones does a nice cover version of “If This Is Love” but unlike his million sellers from his heyday, this album lacks that killer performance, no “Danny Boy” from the Fever Zone album, no “If You Go Away” from Help Yourself, no “I (Who Have Nothing)” or “She’s A Lady”.

    Still, this is not a bad set. In fact, it’s one of the better records the singer did between the end of his commercial heyday and his more serious re-emergence in the past decade. There’s a lot here to like, if not love, about What A Night.

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