Night Songs (Cinderella album)
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|Singles from Night Songs|
Night Songs is the debut studio album by American rock band Cinderella originally released in June 1986. Mercury Records issued the album in America, while Vertigo Records handled the album's release in Europe.
Commercial and critical reception
Night Songs sold several million copies due to a combination of Cinderella's breakthrough single "Nobody's Fool", MTV airplay, and an opening slot on labelmates Bon Jovi's tour, in support of their album Slippery When Wet.
The album peaked at No. 3 on the US charts on February 7, 1987, and was certified double platinum for shipping 2 million copies there twelve days later. In May 1991, it was certified triple platinum, having shipped 3 million copies.
Leadoff single "Shake Me" failed to chart, but "Nobody's Fool" cracked the Top 20, reaching No. 13. Third single "Somebody Save Me" went to #66. On May 4, 1987, Cinderella filmed parts of their concert in Philadelphia. These live songs were, along with their three MTV videos, released on home video in August 1987 on Night Songs: The Videos.
On the VH1 program That Metal Show, Night Songs was rated #5 on the show's "top five worst album covers on great albums" list. Eddie Trunk stated that the cover was not that bad, it was just misleading, as it put forward a glam metal image, but the songs inside were classic hard rock and heavy metal. According to some rock/metal critics, Night Songs is considered a heavy metal album. After Night Songs, the band went in a more hard rock/blues rock direction.
In October 2014 for her birthday, guitarist Tom Keifer presented Lzzy Hale of Halestorm with the costume jewelry pin he wore on his right shoulder for the Night Songs album cover. Hale subsequently wore the pin on her right hip on the album cover for Halestorm's 2015 Into the Wild Life, to include a touch of tradition.
All songs written by Tom Keifer.
|4.||"Nothin' for Nothin'"||3:33|
|5.||"Once Around the Ride"||3:22|
|6.||"Hell on Wheels"||2:49|
|7.||"Somebody Save Me"||3:16|
|8.||"In from the Outside"||4:07|
|10.||"Back Home Again"||3:30|
- Tom Keifer - lead vocals, guitar, piano
- Jeff LaBar - guitar, vocals
- Eric Brittingham - bass, vocals
- Fred Coury - drums (does not play on the album, joined shortly after it was recorded)
- Barry Bennedetta - lead guitar on "Back Home Again", "Nothin' for Nothin'" and "Push, Push"
- Jeff Paris - keyboards
- Jody Cortez - drums on all tracks
- Tony Mills - background vocals 
- Jon Bon Jovi - background vocals on "Nothin' for Nothin'" and "In From the Outside"
- Bill Mattson - Background vocals on "Shake Me"
- Andy Johns - producer and engineer
- David Glover, Joe Hauserman, Mark McKenna, Nick Didia, Paul Wertheimer - assistant engineers
- Mark "Weissguy" Weiss - photography/cover concept
Charts and certifications
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