MARSEILLE: Touch The Night LP. Fantastic NWOBHM 1984 Ultra Noise Rec. Check samples and video. None of their albums was released on stand alone CDs.


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Full-length, Ultra Noise         August 1984.   Think of Bronz or the first Def Leppard. Listen “Walking On A High Wire”, 1st class melodic hard rock with twin guitar attack, sounds like a keyboard line! The title track is an emotional mid-tempo ballad. Unjustly forgotten band. Touch the Night was labelled by Kerrang! magazine as a closet classic that should have taken the band to higher ground.  Rare and hard to find album
1. Crazy 04:12
2. Walking on a High Wire 04:56
3. After the Fall 04:28
4. Touch the Night 04:30
5. Reach for the Night 03:24
6. Too Late 04:01
7. Gate Crashin’ 04:19
8. Live Now Pay Later 03:44
9. Open Fire 02:54
Total playing time 36:28

MARSEILLE: Touch The Night [Fantastic N.W.O.B.H.M./ Heavy Metal. Quite Rare, on Ultra Noise Rec.] Check samples

Sav Pearce: Vocals
Mark Railton: Guitars
Toby Martin: Guitars
Steve Dunwoodie: Bass
Keith Knowles: Drums

Their comeback album after re-forming in 1982.

Marseille was a Hard Rock band from Liverpool, England, who originally called themselves AC/DC. They changed their name to Marseille in 1976, with the arrival of the Aussie rockers on UK soil and released their debut album, Red, White and Slightly Blue on the Mountain label in 1978.
Members included:
Paul Dale (vocals),
Neil Buchanan (guitar)
and Steve Dinwoodie (bass).

In the first ever UK national Battle of the Bands competition in 1977 Marseille appeared with Barnsley rockers Saxon (then called Son of a Bitch) in the northwest regional heats at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester. Marseille won the regionals, then went on to win the finals (judged by Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen and the late, great, Mick Ronson of Bowie’s Spiders From Mars) at Wembley in support of Wishbone Ash.

Marseille toured the UK extensively from 1978-1980 alongside UFO, Judas Priest, Ian Gillan, Nazareth and Whitesnake, and toured the States around May 1980 – around the same time that Def Leppard were also breaking through in the US. Their second release, the eponymous Marseille received airplay on local-radio, extending their fan base. However record company issues caused Marseille to split-up after their third and final release until their reformation, Touch The Night.

5.00 stars

Really great slice of melodic hard rock with a definite commercial edge to it. The title track is a dreamy ballad but the rest are rockers that go from fired up to mid pocket. Lots of great sing along choruses especially on the mid pocket ones (Walking on a HighWire, Reach for the Night, Gate Crashin’ come to mind) and some parping keys thrown in for added measure. If you like highly melodic with plenty of Guitar crunch give this one a try…Borderline NWOBHM…

5.00 stars

I love this album, it always sets my mind reeling into the unknown with the classic riff work – I can’t tell you how much I recommend this classic album. Great riffs, great melodies, shame about the dude on the back with the Roy O shades but if you forget the shades, his voice is great. Still an album I enjoyed listening to.


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Weight 0.25 kg


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