Keeping the Nite Light Burning

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Keeping The Nite Light Burning
Magnum - Keeping the nite light burning.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1993
RecordedMagnum Studios
United Kingdom
GenreReggae, blues, jazz, soul
LabelJet Records
ProducerTony Clarkin
Magnum chronology
Chapter & Verse
Keeping The Nite Light Burning
Rock Art

Keeping The Nite Light Burning is an acoustic studio album by the English rock band Magnum, released in 1993 by Jet Records.

Inspired by MTV Unplugged, Tony Clarkin liked the idea or rearranging some of their older material, with an acoustic and contemporary style. He stripped down arrangements, changed timing and expanded with a horn section and a cello to achieve reggae, blues, jazz, a cappella and soul-elements into Magnum's new sound.

Magnum parted company with their manager, Keith Baker, and Mark Stanway took over management. Baker had seen the band through their most successful era, taking them from house residence at a pub to selling out arena tours across the world.[1] The album didn't chart, and was not followed by a tour to support it.[2]

"The Prize" and "One Night of Passion" are taken from ''The Eleventh Hour''

"Heartbroke And Busted", "Only A Memory" and "Shoot" are taken from ''Goodnight L.A.''

"Foolish Heart" is taken from ''Magnum II''

"Lonely Night" and "Need A Lot of Love" are taken from ''Vigilante''

"Start Talking Love" is taken from ''Wings of Heaven''

"Maybe Tonight" is a ''Wings of Heaven'''s outtake, taken from ''Days of No Trust'''s b-side

"Without Your Love" 4:45 is a ''Kingdom of Madness''' outtake

"Soldier of the Line" is taken from ''Chase the Dragon''

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tony Clarkin.

Original 1993 release
1."The Prize"4:40
2."Heartbroke And Busted"3:32
3."Foolish Heart"2:56
4."Lonely Night"4:17
5."Start Talking Love"3:41
6."Only A Memory"3:43
7."Need A Lot of Love"5:41
8."Maybe Tonight"3:30
9."One Night of Passion"3:52
10."Without Your Love"4:45
12."Soldier of the Line"3:59

Sleeve notes[edit]

When the suggestion of an acoustic album was first made we were attracted to the idea of giving some old favourites "new suits" unrestricted by style and form besides those naturally associated with the word "acoustic," we set to recording. Each song has developed its own unique direction from vocal extravaganza to full line up with horns. We hope you enjoy the re-dressed songs as much as we did recording them.[3] — Magnum

Cover sleeve[edit]

The band's logo and album title was designed by Rodney Matthews.

"For the album Keeping The Nite Light Burning the band asked me to design the lettering. The twelve tracks are Magnum Classics played on acoustic instruments."[4] — Rodney Matthews


  • Tony Clarkin — guitar
  • Bob Catley — vocals
  • Wally Lowe — bass guitar
  • Mark Stanway — keyboards
  • Mickey Barker — drums

Additional musicians

  • The Red Lemon Horns:
    • Paul Roberts — trombone
    • Bob Poutney — trumpet
    • Rob Hughes — saxophone
  • Gill Stevenson — cello


  1. ^ Fehler 404
  2. ^ Keeping The Nitelight Burning - But Unplugged
  3. ^ Clarkin, Tony (1993). Sleeve Notes. In Keeping The Nite Light Burning (pp. 3) [CD liner notes]. London: Jet Records.
  4. ^ Matthews, Rodney; & Suckling, Nigel; (1985). Countdown To Millennium (1st ed.). United States of America: The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-780-8.

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