Faster Than the Speed of Night
|Faster Than the Speed of Night|
|Studio album by Bonnie Tyler|
|Released||8 April 1983 (UK)
September 1983 (US)
|Genre||Soft rock, Wagnerian rock, hard rock|
|Producer||Jim Steinman, John Jansen|
|Bonnie Tyler chronology|
|Singles from Faster Than the Speed of Night|
Faster Than the Speed of Night is a Platinum-certified album by Bonnie Tyler released in 1983. Her fifth album, and her most successful, it includes her global #1 classic hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart". The album entered the UK album charts at #1 - a pioneering first for any female artist according to The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums.
The album was produced by Jim Steinman, who also contributed the songs "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and "Faster Than the Speed of Night."
The remainder of the album consists of dramatically re-worked cover songs, including the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?". "Goin' Through the Motions" is a Blue Öyster Cult cover from their 1977 album Spectres, and the original version of "Straight from the Heart" was the breakout Top 10 hit—from the Platinum Cuts Like A Knife album—by Canadian rock singer/songwriter Bryan Adams. It also included the song "Take Me Back" written by Billy Cross, a former Bob Dylan guitarist.
|1.||"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"||John Fogerty||4:03|
|2.||"Faster Than the Speed of Night"||Jim Steinman||6:35|
|3.||"Getting So Excited"||Alan Gruner||3:25|
|4.||"Total Eclipse of the Heart"||Steinman||6:59|
|5.||"It's a Jungle Out There"||Dennis Polen, Paul Pilger, William Moloney||4:33|
|6.||"Goin' Through the Motions"||Ian Hunter, Eric Bloom||4:05|
|7.||"Tears" (with Frankie Miller)||Frankie Miller||3:47|
|8.||"Take Me Back"||Billy Cross||5:25|
|9.||"Straight from the Heart"||Bryan Adams, Eric Kagna||3:38|
- Roy Bittan: Piano, Organ on track 8
- Larry Fast: Synthesizers
- Rick Derringer: Guitars
- Steve Buslowe: Bass
- Max Weinberg: Drums
- Jimmy Maelen: Percussion
- Eric Troyer: Vocal Backing
- Rory Dodd: Vocal Backing, Vocal on track 4
"It's a Jungle Out There"
- Paul Shaffer: Organ (also organ on track 7)
- Hiram Bullock: Guitars
- Will Lee: Bass
- Steve Jordan: Drums
- Jimmy Maelen: Percussion
- Dave LeBolt: Additional Synthesizer on track 1
- Steve Margoshes: All Keyboards on track 2
- Holly Sherwood: Vocal Backing & Wailing on track 2
- Martin Briley: Additional Guitars on track 2
- Stephanie Black, Erika Katz, Brian Pew, Edward Skylar, Tristine Skylar, David Varga: Children's Chorus on track 6
- Frankie Miller: Male Vocal on track 7
- Produced & Directed by Jim Steinman; Associate Producer: John Jansen
- Arranged by Roy Bittan & Jim Steinman, except track 2 (arranged by Steve Margoshes & Jim Steinman)
- Recording Engineers: Neil Dorfsman (basic track recording), Rod Hui; Chief Recording Engineer: John Jansen
- Additional Recording by Frank Filipetti & Scott Litt
- Recorded at The Power Station, Greene Street Studio, Right Track Studios
- Mixed by Neil Dorfsman, John Jansen & Jim Steinman, except track 2 (mixed by John Jansen, Scott Litt & Jim Steinman)
- Mixed by The Power Station
- Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.
|New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)||1|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||1|
|UK Albums (OCC)||1|
|German Albums (Official Top 100)||20|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||19|
|US Billboard 200||4|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||24|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||3|
|French Albums (SNEP)||12|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions|
|US Hot 100||UK||FR||GE||AU||SE||CH||NO|
|1983||"Total Eclipse of The Heart"||1||1||1||16||1||3||3||1|
|"Faster than the Speed of Night"||—||43||—||—||—||—||—||9|
|"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"||—||47||25||63||—||—||—||—|
|"Take Me Back"||46||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Getting So Excited"||—||89||—||—||—||—||—||—|
- Favorite Rock/Pop Female Artist (Nomination)
- Favorite Rock/Pop Single "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Nomination)
- Best Pop Vocal Performance Female "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (Nomination)
- Best Rock Vocal Performance Female "Faster Than the Speed of Night" (Nomination)
Goldene Europa (Germany)
- Comeback of the year
Variety Club Of Great Britain Award (UK)
- Recording Artist of the Year (1983)
U.S. South Africa, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland .
UK and France 
Denmark and Greece .
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- Les charts
- Charts Surfer
- Austria Top 40
- Swedish Charts
- Hit Parade
- Norwegian Charts
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