SP-4906 Night And Day
Produced by David Kershenbaum and Joe Jackson
Released on June 1982
UK CHART POSITION #3 . . . US CHART POSITION #4 . . . GOLD RECORD
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T empting to see this as another reinvention (I usually do), but it’s more about Joe Jackson taking himself seriously as a composer/musician. Jumpin’ Jive was a reinvention; Night and Day is a refinement. The person who wrote “(Do The) Instant Mash” is the same one singing “T.V. Age.” And Jackson had already introduced his softer side on the second album: “It’s Different for Girls,” “Amateur Hour.” So the difference here isn’t the muse, it’s the music. There’s no guitar on the album and the bass is subdued; the real action occurs between the piano and the percussion. The result is sophisticated pop music, a complex cabernet next to the overcaffeinated soda pop of Look Sharp. In case you missed the sophistication, you’re reminded of it by the cover, the interior gatefold photo, the Duke Ellington quote at the end. Jackson seems to enjoy role-playing as much as writing, but maybe that helps inspire him. And Night and Day is an inspired record: “Breaking Us In Two” and “Steppin’ Out” are two of his best, “A Slow Song,” “Real Men” and “Another World” just a notch below. At the time of its release, Night and Day was almost as much of an anomaly as Jumpin’ Jive. Popular music was becoming increasingly electronic, and here was Joe Jackson producing defiant, handcrafted melodies that our parents would probably like. It wasn’t an instant success. Instead, Night and Day waited patiently for the rest of the world to come around to its way of thinking. It succeeded in winning converts because of the quality of the songs, and for a time it seemed that Joe Jackson led a charmed life. However, with each new twist and turn, Jackson has lost some followers. Today, this artful anachronism isn’t heard as a reaction to anything. Whatever the imaginary battle lines being drawn by Jackson, Night and Day survives not because it is a valiant effort against the crushing forces of complacent pop music, but because great music is timeless.

SP-4906 lyric gatefold SP-4906 back cover
SP-4906 lyric gatefold SP-4906 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. ANOTHER WORLD    4:00
  2. CHINATOWN    4:08
  3. T.V. AGE    (Joe Jackson/Steve Tatler)    3:45
  4. TARGET    3:52
  5. STEPPIN' OUT    4:34
  6. BREAKING US IN TWO    4:57
  7. CANCER    6:06
  8. REAL MEN    4:05
  9. A SLOW SONG    7:13

    Deluxe Edition bonus disc
  10. STEPPIN' OUT (DEMO)
  11. TARGET (DEMO)
  12. CANCER (DEMO)
  13. REAL MEN (DEMO)
  14. BREAKING US IN TWO (DEMO)
  15. CHINATOWN (DEMO)
  16. COSMOPOLITAN
  17. 1-2-3 GO (THIS TOWN'S A FAIRGROUND)
  18. LAUNDROMAT MONDAY
  19. MEMPHIS
  20. MOONLIGHT
  21. ON YOUR RADIO (LIVE)
  22. FOOLS IN LOVE (LIVE)
  23. CANCER (LIVE)
  24. IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM (LIVE ACAPELLA)
  25. LOOK SHARP! (LIVE)

    All songs written by Joe Jackson unless noted

CREDITS

JOE JACKSON -- piano, Fender Rhodes and Yamaha electric pianos, Hammond organ, Gem organ, Prophet-5 and minimoog synthesizers, alto saxophone, vibes, lead vocals, arrangements, orchestration, mixing, art direction
SUE HADJOPOULOS -- congas, bongos, timbales, orchestra bells, xylophone, miscellaneous percussion, flute and vocals
GRAHAM MABY -- bass, vocals, percussion
LARRY TOLFREE -- drums, timbales, percussion
Grace Millan -- background vocals
Ed Rynesdal -- violins, synthesizer programming
Richard Torres -- bongos, cowbell, clave (4,7)
Jack Waldman -- synthesizer programming
Al Weisman -- background vocals
Michael Ewasko -- engineer
David Kershenbaum -- mixing
Philip Burke -- artwork
George Dubose -- photo

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/NET June 1982 A&M LP/CS AMLH/CAM-64906 gatefold cover
US/CAN June 1982 A&M LP/CS SP/CS-4906 gatefold cover
AUSL 1982 A&M LP/CS L/C-37857  
JPN 1982 A&M LP AMP-28059  
US   A&M CD CD-3334  
US   Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-539  
US July 29, 2003 A&M 2CD   DELUXE EDITION

 

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