TYGERS OF PAN TANG: Crazy Nights CD Edgy Records + 3 extra Tracks, photos, extensive biographical info.

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[The 1997 CD reissue by Edgy offers three bonus tracks (including the excellent single B-side “Stormlands”), as well as band photos, technical credits, and extensive biographical info.]

Tygers Of Pan Tang Crazy Nights
Label: Edgy Records EDGY103
Format: CD, Album, Official Release
Country: Austria

Track list:
1. Do it Good 04:27 2. Love Don’t Stay 04:18 3. Never Satisfied 03:50 4. Running Out of Time 04:38 5. Crazy Nights 04:36 6. Down And Out 03:52 7. Lonely Man 04:19 8. Make a Stand 04:26 9. Raised On Rock 03:25.
Bonus tracks:
10. Slip away (3:14) 11. Stormlands (4:18) 12. Paradise Drive (3:43).

* Jon Deverill: Vocals
* Robb Weir: Guitar
* John Sykes: Guitar
* Richard “Rocky” Laws: Bass
* Brian Dick: Drums

Check samples:  www.allmusic.com/album/crazy-nights-mw0000742712

One of the most criminally overlooked and underrated NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) bands of all time. Crazy Nights is the third outing for the Tygers, and the second with ‘new’ vocalist Jon Deverill and guitarist John Sykes (later to be found in Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy etc) Crazy Nights departs slightly from the more ‘polished’ effect of spellbound’ and adds a more raw edged feel to the Tygers music. It was originally released in 1982 and still sounds as fresh today as it did then.
Hailing from tiny Whitley Bay in the Northeast of England, the Tygers of Pan Tang (whose name originated from a Michael Moorcock novel called Stormbringer) were formed when aspiring singer Jess Cox met guitarist Robb Weir at the local pub in November 1978. Weir, along with bassist Rocky and drummer Brian Dick, had recently formed a band combining the lessons of early-’70s heavy metal legends such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple with the do-it-yourself ethos of punk — an emerging style eventually dubbed the new wave of British heavy metal. After much rehearsing and gigging in the surrounding area the foursome recorded a number of demos at Impulse Studios, whose owners Neat Records released their first single “Don’t Touch Me There” in September 1979. Relentless touring across Britain would follow, supporting such childhood heroes as the Scorpions and Budgie, as well as NWOBHM peers like Iron Maiden and Saxon. They also signed a deal with MCA and entered Londons Morgan Studios in June to record their proper debut, Wildcat, which went straight into the British charts at number 18 upon its released in July 1980. Looking to beef up their sound, the band added virtuoso guitarist John Sykes just in time for their biggest gig ever at that years Reading Festival. Yet, despite this promising start, singer Cox decided to quit the group at years end, citing the ever-popular “musical differences” and going on to form the short-lived Lionheart with recently ousted Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton. Ex-Persian Risk vocalist Jon Deverill was drafted to replace him and the revitalized Tygers of Pan Tang kicked off 1981 firing on all cylinders. Widely considered their best album, Spellbound hit the streets in April 1981, and was followed by another bout of touring which kept them nipping at the heels of NWOBHM powerhouses Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Def Leppard. Things began to unravel when MCA forced the band to write and record a follow-up in only three weeks, resulting in the uneven Crazy Nights, released in November 1981. European dates in support of Ian Gillan followed, but guitarist Sykes quit abruptly to join Thin Lizzy upon their return to England (eventually achieving even greater success with Whitesnake and Blue Murder). The band soldiered on with new six-stringer Fred Purser, whose more commercial leanings were heard on 1982s absolutely fantastic The Cage album.

5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the most criminally overlooked and underrated NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) bands of all time. Crazy Nights is the third outing for the Tygers, and the second with ‘new’ vocalist Jon Deverill and guitarist John Sykes (later to be found in Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy etc) Crazy Nights departs slightly from the more ‘polished’ effect of spellbound’ and adds a more raw edged feel to the Tygers music. It was originally released in 1981 and still sounds as fresh today as it did then. There are so many highlights on this album, it would be impossible to list them all, but ‘Love Don’t Stay’ is a particular highlight, mainly because they prove that while metal can be heavy, it can also be melodic. This track is a classic in every sense of the word, and it shows the way in which many melodic metal bands would go during the mid eighties. Crazy Nights has several intense moments too. The riff to ‘Do It Good’ for example, (air guitar anyone?) and the storm of speed and ‘duelling Les Pauls’ on ‘Running Out Of Time’, the mix of riff and bluesy tempo of ‘Crazy Nights’ a heavy metal classic. Jon Deverills voice is easy to listen to, and set the standard for many heavy metal vocalists, (compare Crazy Nights with any early Iron Maiden with Bruce, and you’ll see what I mean…) the dual guitars soar and riff harder than most, and they are all backed up by a solid and tighter than tight rhythm section. A NWOBHM classic, and I can’t recommend this enough if you’re into Maiden, Scorpions etc.

Track Listings
1. Do It Good
2. Love Don’t Stay
3. Never Satisfied
4. Running Out Of Time
5. Crazy Nights
6. Down And Out
7. Lonely Man
8. Make A Stand
9. Raised On Rock
10. Slip Away
11. Stormlands
12. Paradise Dive

5.0 out of 5 stars Can’t believe no-ones reviewed this… Essential NWOBHM..
One of the most criminally overlooked and underrated NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) bands of all time. Crazy Nights is the third outing for the Tygers, and the second with ‘new’ vocalist Jon Deverill and guitarist John Sykes (later to be found in Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy etc) Crazy Nights departs slightly from the more ‘polished’ effect of spellbound’ and adds a more raw edged feel to the Tygers music. It was originally released in 1981 and still sounds as fresh today as it did then. There are so many highlights on this album, it would be impossible to list them all, but ‘Love Don’t Stay’ is a particular highlight, mainly because they prove that while metal can be heavy, it can also be melodic. This track is a classic in every sense of the word, and it shows the way in which many melodic metal bands would go during the mid eighties. Crazy Nights has several intense moments too. The riff to ‘Do It Good’ for example, (air guitar anyone?) and the storm of speed and ‘duelling Les Pauls’ on ‘Running Out Of Time’, the mix of riff and bluesy tempo of ‘Crazy Nights’ a heavy metal classic. Jon Deverills voice is easy to listen to, and set the standard for many heavy metal vocalists, (compare Crazy Nights with any early Iron Maiden with Bruce, and you’ll see what I mean…) the dual guitars soar and riff harder than most, and they are all backed up by a solid and tighter than tight rhythm section. A NWOBHM classic, and I can’t recommend this enough if you’re into Maiden, Scorpions etc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars TYGERS DONE IT GOOD
How could anyone follow the “Spellbound” album of the previous year? With some difficulty i’d imagine! Here the Tygers ( in classic line up mode ) take a solid stab at it though, making it sound effortless as they plough manfully out of the remains of the NWOBHM. Although it lacks the consistent quality of the tracks on Spellbound, it offers a much more punky and raw sound ( which the band later said sounded like it was recorded in a tin can! ).
Album highlights include the fist pumping, air guitaring anthem “do it good” , “love dont stay” one of the finest potential metal singles ever, the super sleazy, Alex Harvey-esque “never satisfied”, the twin guitar assault of “running out of time” and album closer “raised on rock”
The album is only let down by some slightly substandard and tame tracks, such as “lonely man”, “down and out” and the title track, which although are not terrible songs, do hint toward the boring american radio friendly rock that the band took to peddling after this album.
This however is still an essential Tygers purchase ( if you can find it! ) and a fitting reminder of how

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5.0 out of 5 stars You should own this album
I first had this album way back in the eighties and can remember even today how awesome the guitar and vocals sounded, this WAS the definitive line up, Jon Deverill and John Sykes sounding far better than many of the other bands around at the time like Def Leppard and Whitesnake. Tracks ‘Doit good’ and Raised on Rock’ are brilliant, classic NWOBHM along with the title track ‘Crazy Nights’ and slower stuff like stormlands’ this wassomehow so much harder and grittier than the followup ‘The Cage’. They should have been massive.