Bright Lights & Back Alleys

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Bright Lights & Back Alleys
Bright Lights & Back Alleys.jpg
Studio album by
Released29 September 1977
RecordedMarch — April 1977[1]
StudioWhitney Recording Studios
(Glendale, California)
Genre
Length39:08[nb 1]
LabelRAK
Producer
Smokie chronology
Greatest Hits
(1977)
Bright Lights & Back Alleys
(1977)
The Montreux Album
(1978)
Singles from Bright Lights & Back Alleys
  1. "It's Your Life"
    Released: June 1977
  2. "Needles and Pins"
    Released: 30 September 1977
  3. "Baby it's you (for Racey)"
    Released: July 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Bright Lights & Back Alleys is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Smokie, released on 29 September 1977 in continental Europe[2] and 7 October in the United Kingdom[3] by RAK Records. Recorded primarily at Whitney Recording Studios in Glendale, California, from March to April 1977, it was produced by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, as were the band's all previous albums.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."It's Your Life"Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman3:33
2."I Can't Stay Here Tonight"Chris Norman, Pete Spencer4:05
3."Sunshine Avenue"Norman, Spencer3:09
4."Think of Me (The Lonely One)"Norman, Spencer4:41
5."In the Heat of the Night"Chinn, Chapman4:45
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Needles and Pins"Jack Nitzsche, Sonny Bono2:43
7."No One Could Ever Love You More"Norman, Spencer2:30
8."The Dancer"Leo Sayer, David Courtney3:50
9."Baby It's You"Norman, Spencer3:49
10."Walk Right Back"Norman, Spencer5:29
Total length:39:08

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's 1977[nb 4] and 2016[nb 3] liner notes.

Smokie
Additional musicians
Technical personnel
  • Mike Chapmanproduction
  • Nicky Chinn – production
  • Pete Coleman – engineering
  • MM Sound Digital Mastering Studios – 2016 remastering
  • Jimmy Haskell – string arrangements (on tracks 1-3 and 5)
  • Phil Dennys – string arrangements (on tracks 4 and 8)
  • Cream – sleeve design
  • Gered Mankowitz – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 6
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[2] 6
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[5] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Germany (BVMI)[7] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

Notes

^ "Baby It's You" was recorded in July 1976 at Decca Studios (Paris, France), and "Think of Me (The Only One)" — in August 1977 at Bovema Studios (Heemstede, Holland).

  1. ^ Ariola 261028-217
  2. ^ 7T's GLAM CD 39
  3. ^ a b Sony Music 88985321942
  4. ^ RAK SRAK 530
Citations
  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. Smokie: "Bright Lights & Back Alleys" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Offiziellecharts.de – Smokie – Bright Lights & Back Alleys" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ Hendriks, Phil (2007). Bright Lights & Back Alleys (booklet). Smokie. London: 7T's Records (GLAM CD 39). p. 4.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Smokie – Bright Lights & Back Alleys" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Smokie – Bright Lights & Back Alleys". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Smokie – Bright Lights & Back Alleys". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Smokie; 'Bright Lights & Back Alleys')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Smokie – Bright Lights & Back Alleys". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 October 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Bright Lights & Back Alleys in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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