Nite Flights (album)

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Nite Flights
Studio album by The Walker Brothers
Released July 1978
Recorded February 1978, Scorpio Sound, London
Genre Art rock, Pop music, Rock, Country
Length 38:05
Label GTO
Producer Scott Walker, Dave MacRae
The Walker Brothers chronology
Lines
(1976)
Nite Flights
(1978)
Walker Brothers in Japan
(1987)
Scott Walker chronology
Lines
(1976)
Nite Flights
(1978)
Climate of Hunter
by
Scott Walker
(1984)

Nite Flights is the sixth studio album by the American pop group The Walker Brothers. It was released in 1978. It includes the single "The Electrician". The album was to be the group's last together.

Each member of the group wrote songs for the album, two were by Gary Walker while Scott Walker and John Walker each contributed four. The album was recorded in February 1978 in the UK at Scorpio Sound, London, and released in July 1978. It was long out of print until the mid-1990s when it was re-released as a budget CD. The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis.

Overview[edit]

Nite Flights was the last album the trio recorded as a group, although the structure of the album, effectively split into 3 sections in which each member writes and sings, has led to both critics and band members describing it as more akin to 3 miniature solo albums than a true group album.

The album is most notable for the first four songs, all written and sung by Scott Walker—his first original material since his 1970 solo album 'Til The Band Comes In, all of them notably darker in tone than the rest of the album, indicating the direction in which his later solo work would head.

"The Electrician" was released as a single backed with "Den Haague", but did not chart. "Shutout", "Fat Mama Kick", "Nite Flights" and "The Electrician" were also released as Shutout E.P. in 1981.

In 2001, two outtakes from the Nite Flights sessions surfaced on the compilation album If You Could Hear Me Now. "The Ballad" written by John Walker is a complete song, the second outtake, "Tokyo Rimshot" is an unfinished instrumental written by Scott Walker.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Nite Flights received mixed to positive reviews by the majority of critics.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shutout"   Scott Engel 2:46
2. "Fat Mama Kick"   Scott Engel 2:57
3. "Nite Flights"   Scott Engel 4:25
4. "The Electrician"   Scott Engel 6:10
5. "Death of Romance"   Gary Leeds 3:44
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Den Haague"   Gary Leeds 4:03
7. "Rhythms of Vision"   John Maus 2:55
8. "Disciples of Death"   John Maus 3:49
9. "Fury and the Fire"   John Maus 3:58
10. "Child of Flames"   John Maus 3:14

Personnel[edit]

The Walker Brothers
Additional personnel
Personnel by track

Production and Music Direction[edit]

  • The Walker Brothers - Arrangements
  • Dave MacRae - Orchestrations and Conducting
  • Scott Walker and Dave MacRae - Producer

Technical and visual[edit]

  • Dennis Weinreich - Recording
  • Scott Walker, Dave MacRae and Dennis Weinreich - Mixing
  • Steve Parker - Assistant Engineer
  • Hipgnosis, Walker Brothers - Sleeve and Photography

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 1978 GTO Records Vinyl GTLP 033
1996 Columbia Records CD 484438 2
Netherlands 1978 GTO Records Vinyl 2321 133

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