Night and Day (Joe Jackson album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Night and Day
Studio album by Joe Jackson
Released June 1982[1]
Recorded January–February 1982 at Blue Rock Studio, Soho, New York City
Genre New wave, pop, rock, piano rock
Length 42:15
Label A&M
Producer Joe Jackson, David Kershenbaum
Joe Jackson chronology
Jumpin' Jive
(1981)
Night and Day
(1982)
Mike's Murder
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Night and Day is Joe Jackson's fifth album, released in June 1982.[1] The title is from a Cole Porter song, and the album reflects a transition to a more sophisticated level of songwriting.

This was Jackson's only studio album to reach the Top 5 in both the UK and U.S.[1] selling over one million copies, earning gold disc status.[1] The track "Real Men" pointed obliquely to the city's early 1980s gay culture.[4]

"Steppin' Out" earned Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.[5] "Breaking Us in Two" also reached the Top 20 in the U.S.[5] "Breaking Us in Two", which has some riffs similar to those in Badfinger's "Day After Day", was covered by Mandy Moore on her 2003 album Coverage. Though the album has sold over three million copies in the US, it is only certified gold, not triple-platinum, by the RIAA, for reasons unknown.

"Steppin' Out" was a Top 10 in both the UK and the U.S. (UK No. 6, U.S. #6). "Breaking Us in Two" was a Top 20 hit in the U.S. (#18), but charted lower in the UK (#59).[1][6] This was a rare occurrence in which one of his singles charted higher in the U.S. than the UK.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Joe Jackson, except where noted.

Side 1 (Night side)[edit]

  1. "Another World" – 3:53
  2. "Chinatown" – 4:07
  3. "T.V. Age" (Jackson, Steve Tatler) – 3:47
  4. "Target" – 3:48
  5. "Steppin' Out" – 4:23

Side 2 (Day side)[edit]

  1. "Breaking Us in Two" – 4:53
  2. "Cancer" – 5:58
  3. "Real Men" – 4:04
  4. "A Slow Song" – 7:01

Deluxe edition[edit]

In 2003, a double disc deluxe edition of Night and Day was released. Disc 1 contained the original album (as detailed above). Disc 2 contains demo versions of songs from the album, five songs from the Mike's Murder soundtrack, and five live tracks from Live 1980/86 (as detailed below). However, the demos are listed in the wrong order on the cover than actually on the CD.

According to the cover it is:

  1. "Steppin' Out" (demo) – 4:14
  2. "Target" (demo) – 4:10
  3. "Cancer" (demo) – 4:23
  4. "Real Men" (demo) – 4:20
  5. "Breaking Us in Two" (demo) – 3:56
  6. "Chinatown" (demo) – 3:05

On the CD, the demos are in this order:

  1. "Steppin' Out" (demo) – 4:14
  2. "Chinatown" (demo) – 3:05
  3. "Breaking Us in Two" (demo) – 3:56
  4. "Cancer" (demo) – 4:23
  5. "Real Men" (demo) – 4:20
  6. "Target" (demo) – 4:10

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Chart position
1982 UK Albums Chart[1] #3
1982 U.S. Billboard 200[1] #4
1982 Dutch Album Charts[1] #2

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart position
UK Singles Chart[6] Australia Canada Germany Holland[7] U.S.
Billboard Hot 100[8]
U.S.
Hot Modern Rock Tracks[8]
U.S.
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8]
1982 "Steppin' Out" No. 6 No. 30 No. 5 No. 28 - No. 6 - No. 7
1982 "Real Men" - - - - No. 17 - - -
1983 "Breaking Us in Two" on YouTube No. 59 No. 90 No. 40 - - No. 18 - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 485–486. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ "NPR Weekend Edition Sunday: Gay Pop Music", 22 June 2003
  5. ^ a b "Biography by William Ruhlmann". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 274. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ Dutchcharts.nl
  8. ^ a b c "Allmusic ((( Joe Jackson > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))".