Faster Than the Speed of Night

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Faster Than the Speed of Night
Studio album by Bonnie Tyler
Released 8 April 1983 (UK)[1]
September 1983 (US)
Recorded 1982–1983
Genre Soft rock, Wagnerian rock, hard rock
Length 43:14
Label Columbia
Producer Jim Steinman, John Jansen
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Goodbye to the Island
Faster Than the Speed of Night
Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
Singles from Faster Than the Speed of Night
  1. "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
    Released: 11 February 1983 (UK); 31 May 1983 (US)
  2. "Take Me Back"
    Released: 1983
  3. "Faster Than the Speed of Night"
    Released: 1983
  4. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
    Released: 1983
  5. "Straight from the Heart"
    Released: February, 1983 (US)
  6. "Tears"
    Released: 1983
  7. "Getting So Excited"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

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.[3]

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?".[4] "Goin' Through the Motions" is a Blue Öyster Cult cover from their 1977 album Spectres,[5] 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.[4] It also included the song "Take Me Back" written by Billy Cross, a former Bob Dylan guitarist.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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
Total length:


The Band[edit]

"It's a Jungle Out There"[edit]

Additional Musicians[edit]

  • 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.



Chart (1983) Peak
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 1
German Albums (Official Top 100)[9] 20
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 19
US Billboard 200[11] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 12


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Hot 100 UK[15] FR[16] GE[17] AU[18] SE[19] CH[20] NO[21]
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


American Music Awards

  • 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)

Gold Platinum[edit]


Norway [1]


U.S. South Africa, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland [2].


UK and France [3]


Denmark and Greece [4].


  1. ^
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2004). Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles and Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 165. ISBN 0851121993. 
  4. ^ a b Guarisco, Donald. "Faster Than The Speed Of Night". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  5. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blue Öyster Cult Spectres review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Bonnie Tyler | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Bonnie Tyler Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Bonnie Tyler. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  15. ^ everyHit
  16. ^ Les charts
  17. ^ Charts Surfer
  18. ^ Austria Top 40
  19. ^ Swedish Charts
  20. ^ Hit Parade
  21. ^ Norwegian Charts
Preceded by
The Final Cut by Pink Floyd
UK Albums Chart number one album
16 April 1983 – 22 April 1983
Succeeded by
Let's Dance by David Bowie