Flash Light (album)

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Flash Light
Studio album by Tom Verlaine
Released 1987
Studio Sorcerer 2, New York City
Genre Post punk
Label Fontana (UK), IRS (US)
Producer Fred Smith, Tom Verlaine; David Bascombe (only "The Scientist Writes a Letter")
Tom Verlaine chronology
Flash Light
The Wonder
(1990)The Wonder1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A-[2]

Flash Light is Tom Verlaine's fifth solo album. After a three-year hiatus, during which Verlaine lived in both New York and Europe, he released the album with a large amount of promotion and touring in the UK.

It was recorded by Mario Salvati at Sorcerer 2, New York City except "The Scientist Writes a Letter", engineered by Mark Wallis. Mixed by Paul O'Duffy at Sarm West, London. Cover from an artwork by Susan Hiller. Layout by John Rimmer at Pointblanc.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tom Verlaine

Side one[edit]

  1. "Cry Mercy Judge"
  2. "Say a Prayer"
  3. "A Town Called Walker"
  4. "Song"
  5. "The Scientist Writes a Letter"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Bomb"
  2. "4 A.M."
  3. "The Funniest Thing"
  4. "Annie's Telling Me"
  5. "One Time at Sundown"


  • Mark Wallis - engineer on "The Scientist Writes a Letter"
  • Paul O'Duffy - mixing
  • Mario Salvati - recording
  • Susan Hiller - cover artwork
  • John Rimmer - cover layout