Night Birds (album)

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Night Birds
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Studio album by Shakatak
Released May 1982
Recorded Jacobs Studios, Surrey & Pye Studio II, London
Genre Jazz-Funk, crossover
Length 43:32
Label Polydor
Producer Nigel Wright
Shakatak chronology
Drivin' Hard
Night Birds
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Night Birds, released in 1982 on the Polydor label, is the second album by Shakatak. Night Birds established Shakatak's trademark jazz-funk sound, and contains two of the band's biggest hits, "Easier Said than Done" and "Night Birds", the former reaching the No. 12 spot in 1981, the latter climbing to No. 9 in the following year.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1:

  1. "Night Birds" - 6:25
  2. "Streetwalkin'" - 5:33
  3. "Rio Nights" - 5:18
  4. "Fly the Wind" - 4:20

Side 2:

  1. "Easier Said Than Done" - 6:12
  2. "Bitch to the Boys" - 6:31
  3. "Light on My Life" - 4:47
  4. "Takin' Off" (W. Sharpe) - 5:06
  • All tracks written by William Sharpe and Roger Odell except where indicated.
  • Produced by Nigel Wright.


  • Bill Sharpe - Bosendorfer Grand Piano, Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Oberheim O.B.X., ARP Odyssey and Prophet 10 Synthesisers
  • Nigel Wright - Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Oberheim O.B.X. and Prophet 10 Synthesisers
  • Keith Winter - Yamaha SG 2000, Gibson 345, Ovation Acoustic, Mesa Boogie Amp and Custom Pedal Board
  • George Anderson - Music Man Sting Ray and G&L 2000E Basses
  • Roger Odell - Sonor Drums and Avedis Zildjian Cymbals
  • Jill Saward - vocals
  • Jackie Rawe - vocals (also Solo vocal on "Streetwalkin'")
Additional personnel
  • Vocals by Lorna Bannon; Lead vocal on "Light of My Life"
  • Percussion, Portuguese translation and vocal on "Rio Nights" by Simon Morton
  • Brass Arrangements by Nigel Wright
  • Trumpet by Stuart Brooks
  • Trombone by Nigel Wright
  • Saxophone Solos on "Light On My Life" and "Streetwalkin'" by Dick Morrissey (Courtesey of Beggars Banquet)