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Faster Than the Speed of Night
Bonnie Tyler - Faster than the Speed of Night.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 April 1983 (UK)[1]
September 1983 (US)
Recorded1982–1983
GenreRock
Length43:14
LabelColumbia
Producer
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Goodbye to the Island
(1981)
Faster Than the Speed of Night
(1983)
Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire
(1986)
Singles from Faster Than the Speed of Night
  1. "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
    Released: 11 February 1983 (UK); 31 May 1983 (US)
  2. "Faster Than the Speed of Night"
    Released: 29 April 1983
  3. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
    Released: 17 June 1983
  4. "Straight from the Heart"
    Released: 11 August 1983
  5. "Take Me Back"
    Released: November 1983
  6. "Getting So Excited"
    Released: 29 February 1984
  7. "Tears"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Faster Than the Speed of Night is the fifth studio album by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released first in Europe on 8 April 1983 and later that year in the US through Columbia Records. Tyler had changed musical direction from country music in 1980, and began working with Jim Steinman soon after. Steinman produced the album and wrote its most successful single "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart. It was certified Silver in the UK, Platinum in the US, and Double Platinum in Canada.

Content[edit]

The album consists of dramatically re-worked cover songs, including the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?".[3] "Goin' Through the Motions" is a Blue Öyster Cult cover from their 1977 album Spectres,[4] and the original version of "Straight from the Heart" was the breakout Top 10 hit for Canadian rock singer/songwriter Bryan Adams from his Platinum album Cuts Like a Knife.[3] It also includes the song "Take Me Back", written by Billy Cross, a former Bob Dylan guitarist. Only two of the tracks were written by Jim Steinman himself: the title track and the international number one hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"John Fogerty4:09
2."Faster Than the Speed of Night"Jim Steinman6:44
3."Getting So Excited"Alan Gruner3:32
4."Total Eclipse of the Heart"Steinman7:01
5."It's a Jungle Out There"
4:39
6."Goin' Through the Motions"4:09
7."Tears" (with Frankie Miller)Frankie Miller3:51
8."Take Me Back"Billy Cross5:24
9."Straight from the Heart"
3:41
Total length:43:14

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[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 – backing vocals & 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

Production[edit]

  • 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
  • Mixed by Neil Dorfsman, John Jansen & Jim Steinman, except track 2 (mixed by John Jansen, Scott Litt & Jim Steinman)
    • Mixed at The Power Station
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[22] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2014-03-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ a b Guarisco, Donald. "Faster Than The Speed Of Night". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  4. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blue Öyster Cult Spectres review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 316. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "RPM 100 Albums" (PDF). RPM. 17 September 1983. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
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  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Bonnie Tyler | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Bonnie Tyler Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Cashbox Pop Albums" (PDF). Retrieved Dec 29, 2018.
  18. ^ Billboard (PDF). London, UK. 24 December 1983 https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Music-and-Media/80s/1986/M&M-1986-12-27.pdf. Retrieved 17 April 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Billboard (PDF). London, UK. 24 December 1983 https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Music-and-Media/80s/1986/M&M-1986-12-27.pdf. Retrieved 17 April 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Cash Box Award Winners" (PDF). Cashbox. December 3, 1983.
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Music Canada. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  22. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1985". IFPI Hong Kong. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 31 October 2014. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Faster Than the Speed of Night in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than the Speed of Night". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 31 October 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.