CINDERELLA – Night Songs

Cinderella – Night Songs (1986, Mercury Records)

1. “Night Songs” … 4:03
2. “Shake Me” … 3:44
3. “Nobody’s Fool” … 4:49
4. “Nothin’ for Nothin'” … 3:33
5. “Once Around the Ride” … 3:22
6. “Hell on Wheels” … 2:49
7. “Somebody Save Me” … 3:16
8. “In From The Outside” … 4:07
9. “Push Push” … 2:52
10. “Back Home Again” … 3:30

Tom Keifer – Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Jeff LaBar – Guitar
Eric Brittingham – Bass
Fred Coury – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Jon Bon Jovi – Backing Vocals (“Nothing for Nothin'” and “In From the Outside”)
Barry Bennedetta – Guitar
Jeff Paris – Keyboards
Jody Cortez – Drums
Jim Drnec – Drums

Produced by: Andy Johns

Wow, check out that cover. These guys were trying REALLY hard to fit in with the rest of the 80s glam bands. As for sound, they were doing that too. It’s still sounds like the Cinderalla I’m familiar with (Keifer’s voice is unmistakable) but with less hard rockin’ blues and more hair metal.

This is a solid debut from one of the 80s most underrated hard rock bands. It’s not the generic hair metal release that I’ve seen others try to peg it as. A few songs (“Night Songs”, “Somebody Save Me”, “In From the Outside”) show what the band would later become on Long Cold Winter and Heartbreak Station.”Nobody’s Fool” was the band’s biggest hit, and it’s good, but it’s been used soooooo many times on 80s rock compilations, I think I could go the rest of my life without hearing it and be okay.

Mercury labelmate Jon Bon Jovi sings backing vocals for two songs. In addition to that, he helped the band get noticed by Mercury and Bon Jovi took the band out on their Slippery When Wet tour. This no doubt helped propel Night Songs to the triple platinum status that it has attained.

Highlights: “Night Songs”, “Shake Me”, “Nobody’s Fool”, “Nothin’ for Nothin'”, “Somebody Save Me”, “In From the Outside”

Posted on July 7, 2009, in Cinderella and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. You just get this one? Man, a classic for sure. I love all their albums, but despite them trying to hit a niche with this release, it’s still fantastic. Definitely has its own unique sound and it still remains a killer album.

    Wish they’d put out some new studio stuff. Last album came out in like 1994, and they’ve toured how many years since then? No excuse why they never put out another album.

  2. No, I’ve had it for years.

    Yeah, I would love for a new release to happen. They’re pretty much the only 80s band to have not put out something new.

  3. Classic record. I have to agree, this album is unique and the band became a phenomenon almost overnight. They did have Jon Bon Jovi as a backer and they went out on the Slippery When Wet tour but the main thing was that Cinderella had talent and they could write. One of the best bands of the 80s/early 90s and its too bad they haven’t released a new record.

    They had a new record deal back in the late 90s but there was a lawsuit with the label and its yet to be resolved so the album sits shelved.

    Heavy Metal Addiction

    • Once Ratt finally gets their new album out the door, this will be the only band left from that era that hasn’t released new material that I would REALLY to listen to if they ever did.

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