Similar to AOR rockers Styx, Journey, and REO Speedwagon, Night Ranger yielded the same electric guitar wallop via Jeff Watson and Brad Gillis and sported a high-powered lead singer in the likes of Jack Blades.
Night Ranger Greatest Hits is the essential one-stop for all of this band best work.
With half of these songs finding their way to Billboard Top 40, it evident that Night Ranger did produce some likeable rock & roll.
Highlighted by “”Sister Christian,”” the band one-part-ballad, two-parts-guitar-throttle claim to fame, along with the amusing pretentiousness of “”Sentimental Street,”” this compilation does have its moments.
The bouncy rock tempo of “”Goodbye”” towed along by some skilful electric guitar playing makes this an avid standout.
Even the Sammy Hagar-sounding “”Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”” still holds up, as does the glossy melody that maneuvers its way through “”When You Close Your Eyes.”” “”Four in the Morning”” follows suit with its systematic chords and rollicking chorus, and Blades pulls no punches on “”The Secret to My Success”” from the movie of the same name.
This is the Night Ranger album one needs.
Label: MCA Records – MCG 6055
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation. Vinyl in sublime nick, no scratches. Negligible dust. Matrix No: M C G 6055 A – 1U – 1 – 1
Genre: Rock, Pop, Hard Rock, Pop Rock, Arena Rock
A1 (You Can Still) Rock In America
A2 Sing Me Away
A3 Goodbye……Written-By – Jeff Watson
A4 When You Close Your Eyes…….Written-By – Alan Fitzgerald
A5 Sister Christian
B1 Don’t Tell Me You Love Me
B2 Sentimental Street
B3 The Secret Of My Success….Producer – David Foster, Written-By – David Foster, Michael Landau, Tom Keane
B4 Restless Kind………….Executive-Producer – David Cole, Producer – Brian Foraker
B5 Four In The Morning
The rock band from San Francisco, which formed in 1979, and was throughout the 1980’s prodigiously successful, their first five albums selling more than 10 million copies worldwide (and in total to date more than 17 million copies). They are best known for their genre originating power ballad “Sister Christian.”
Indeed, this is the song which unleashed the talent of ‘Night Ranger’ to the world, which put them on the world stage, and gave the air of myth, of heightened unrestrained romanticism to what we know now as the modern Rock Power Ballad. However, more than this, the sense of sublime magic which the band were able to capture, were able to transmute through to the minds of their fans, to their memories, their aspirations and hopes and loves. No other band has had quite the same level of intelligence and insight when tapping in to why it is that rock works best when it feels good, when fists are raised and chains broken. On their enduring success, in the words of member Jack Blades, regarding the multilayered appeal of Sister Christian, “It’s been used at weddings, proms… Every few years it seems to be discovered in some new way.”
1. (You Can Still) Rock In America
2. Sing Me Away
4. When You Close Your Eyes
5. Sister Christian
6. Don’t Tell Me You Love Me
7. Sentimental Street
8. The Secret Of My Success
9. Restless Kind
10. Four In The Morning
11. Eddie Comin’ Out Tonight
12. Rumours In The Air
Featuring ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Brad Gillis and former Montrose keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald, Night Ranger was one of the most popular mainstream hard rock bands of the mid-’80s. The group formed in the early ’80s in San Francisco; in addition to Gillis and Fitzgerald, the members included Jack Blades (vocals, bass), Jeff Watson (guitar), and Kelly Keagy (drums).