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|Single by Electric Light Orchestra|
|from the album Face the Music|
|Released||19 March 1976 (UK)
February 1977 (US)
|Recorded||1975, Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany|
|Length||4:25 (Album version)
3.45 (UK single edit)
Jet/United Artists (US)
|Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology|
The song's title is a titular tip of the hat to Lynne's first major band, The Nightriders. This was the third single released from the album after "Evil Woman", in 1976. The B-side on the single was a live version of "Daybreaker" taken from the 1974 live album The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach. Despite ELO's rising popularity, the song failed to chart. The song was also included as the B-side on the US hit single "Do Ya".
"I took the high string part of Nightrider that climbs up to a climax, and used it backwards in Evil Woman as a big effect. I was amazed when it slotted in seamlessly." - Jeff Lynne (Face the Music remaster liner notes)
- Jeff Lynne-lead vocals, guitars
- Bev Bevan-drums, backing vocals
- Richard Tandy-piano
- Kelly Groucutt-bass, backing vocals
- Mik Kaminski-violin
- Hugh McDowell-cello
- Melvyn Gale-cello
- Jeff Lynne, Richard Tandy and Louis Clark-orchestral and choral arrangements
- Louis Clark-orchestra conductor
- "Electric Light Orchestra - Nightrider (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- "Electric Light Orchestra - Do Ya (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
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