Rock n' Roll Nights

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Rock n' Roll Nights
Studio album by BTO
Released March 1979
Recorded 1978-1979, Mushroom Studios, Vancouver, Canada
Genre Rock
Length 36:50
Label Mercury
Producer BTO, Jim Vallance
BTO chronology
Street Action
Rock n' Roll Nights
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Rock n' Roll Nights is the eighth studio album by Canadian rock band BTO, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). This album was one of three BTO albums that did not feature co-founder Randy Bachman. Rock n' Roll Nights is also one of the two albums from this band to feature Jim Clench, formerly of April Wine. This album generated sales of only about 350,000 copies, though a single from the album called "Heartaches" managed to reach #60 on the U.S. charts. It is a rare find on CD, as it was released only for a short time on that format in 1990.

The band played two songs -- "Heartaches", the last BTO single to chart, and "Jamaica"—live on American Bandstand in February, 1979 to support the Rock n' Roll Nights album release. During an interview segment on the show, Dick Clark mentions to the band that he is concerned about the increasing and dominating popularity of disco music at the time. Many consider disco and the decline of guitar-based hard rock in the late 1970s to be among the reasons that both Street Action and Rock n' Roll Nights sold so poorly.

The band used multiple outside songwriters on Rock n' Roll Nights, including Jim Vallance of Prism and Bryan Adams (who penned the song, "Wastin' Time"). C.F. Turner and Jim Clench would later appear as session musicians for Adams' debut album in 1980.[2]

Rock and Roll Hell would later be re-recorded, written with a new verse, by KISS in 1982, for the album Creatures of the Night.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jamaica" (Vallance) – 4:08
  2. "Heartaches" (Turner) – 3:51
  3. "Heaven Tonight" (Clench, Thornton) – 3:03
  4. "Rock and Roll Nights" (Clench) – 5:30
  5. "Wastin' Time" (Adams) – 3:28
  6. "Here She Comes Again" (Clench, Thornton, Vallance) – 3:00
  7. "End of the Line" (Clench) – 3:25
  8. "Rock and Roll Hell" (Vallance) – 4:06
  9. "Amelia Earhart" (Simmonds, Vallance) – 6:19



  • Producers: Jim Vallance
  • Engineers: John Brand, Rolf Henneman
  • Assistant engineer: Mike Donegani
  • Mixing: Jim Vallance
  • Art direction, photography: James O'Mara



Year Chart Position
1979 Pop Albums 165


Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Heartaches" Pop Singles 60


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