ILPS 9777 Talking Back To The Night
Produced by Steve Winwood
Released on August 1982
UK CHART POSITION #6 . . . US CHART POSITION #28
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W inwood writes soulful, romantic synthesizer pop. I write progressive rock reviews. Not exactly a match made in heaven, so when I tell you that this is a second Arc, bear in mind that I wasn’t exactly on board with the first one. Talking Back To The Night does contain the perennial hit “Valerie” and a couple of near-misses (“Talking Back To The Night,” “Help Me Angel”), but writing a few good songs every couple of years just isn’t going to cut it with me. This is, after all, Steve Winwood we’re talking about. The man is a rock legend, and rock legends don’t get to write songs like “Still In The Game” or “While There’s A Candle Burning” without somebody like me carping. Talking Back To The Night is too little, too light and too much like his last album. As Winwood was retreating into the old world of putting pop melodies to other people’s lyrics, artists like Peter Gabriel and Talking Heads were exploring new worlds. Talking Back To The Night may have been a commercial success, but ignoring the changes that had entered the musical world since 1980 was artistic suicide. That and hiring a total wuss to write your lyrics. She was like jazz on a summer’s day? For future reference, if your lyrics would actually work well in the context of a commercial for a feminine hygiene product, they probably don’t rock. Talking Back To The Night certainly does not rock. It’s synthetic product: high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin and yellow number 5. Tasty some of the time, sure, but empty calories.

ILPS 9777 back cover ILPS 9777 picture sleeve
ILPS 9777 back cover ILPS 9777 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. VALERIE    4:05
  2. BIG GIRLS WALK AWAY    3:51
  3. AND I GO    4:12
  4. WHILE THERE'S A CANDLE BURNING    3:11
  5. STILL IN THE GAME    4:51
  6. IT WAS HAPPINESS    4:58
  7. HELP ME ANGEL    5:06
  8. TALKING BACK TO THE NIGHT    5:44
  9. THERE'S A RIVER    4:40

    All songs written by Steve Winwood & Will Jennings

CREDITS

STEVE WINWOOD -- vocals, instruments
Nicole Winwood -- backing vocal (2,5)
Tony Wright -- cover
Lynn Goldsmith -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK August 1982 Island LP/CS ILPS/ICT 9777 lyric sleeve
US/ISR August 1982 Island LP/CS ILPS/M5 9777 lyric sleeve
AUS'L 1982 Island LP/CS RML/RMC53018 lyric sleeve
CAN August 1982 Island LP/CS XILP/XM5-9777  
GER/NET 1982 Island LP 204 771 320 inner sleeve
ITA 1982 Island LP ILPS1-9777 lyric sleeve
JPN 1982 Island LP 25S-129  
VEN 1982 Island/Rodven Discos LP 7507  
YUG   Jugoton LP LSI 11023 inner sleeve
US June 4, 1990 Polygram CD/CS 842 366  
US 1996 Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-674 original master recording

 

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