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Racing Cars - 1978 Bring On The Night

ARTIST: Racing Cars
ALBUM: Bring On The Night
LABEL: Chrysalis
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Morty - lead vocals * Graham Williams, Ray Ennis - guitars * David Land - bass, backing vocals * Robert Wilding - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Travelling Mood * 02 Takin' On The World * 03 Goodbye Yesterday * 04 Second Best * 05 Bring On The Night * 06 When I'm Walkin' Home * 07 Waiting For Someone * 08 Dancing Island * 09 You Can't Take Me * 10 You Say You Love Me

WEBLINKS: Wikipedia Page

The album title just smacks off AOR doesn't it? Apart from their huge melodramatic hit 'They Shoot Horses, Don't They?', I didn't know a lot else about this mostly 70's Welsh outfit. But AOR unfortunately, it definitely isn't. This is the bands third album after their 1976 debut 'Downtown Tonight' and 1977's 'Weekend Rendezvous'. The band were signed to Chrysalis Records, and delivered a sound somewhere between early Nazareth, Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, plus some boogie flavours from Status Quo and Smokie.

The Songs
It's all very mild though, and in todays's pigeon-holing, this could be described as softish classic rock. Most of the material is very tame (too tame actually), but when they funk it up a bit, as on 'Takin' On The World' and 'When I'm Walkin' Home', they sound fairly decent. However, the rest of it is just too sleep-inducing. They obviously hadn't invented Xanax back then?

In Summary
This would be the last Racing Cars album during their formative period. Gareth Mortimer (a.k.a Morty) would go own to form his own version of the band during 1981 (Morty And The Racing Cars), the resulting album being 'Love Blind'. The band did reform for 2000's 'Bolt From The Blue', and a few occasional guest appearances during the Noughties. I don't believe this album has been officially released on CD yet, the only that has was 'Downtown Tonight' which is on the Cherry Red roster.

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#1 | Eric on January 09 2018 10:32:44
Very pub rock sound. They did a tour or two with Manfred Mann.

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