Nightrider (song)

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Nightrider single.jpg
Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Face the Music
A-side "Do Ya"
B-side "Daybreaker" (Live)
Released 19 March 1976 (UK)
February 1977 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1975, Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
Genre Rock
Length 4:25 (Album version)
3:45 (UK single edit)
Label Jet (UK)
Jet/United Artists (US)
Songwriter(s) Jeff Lynne
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Strange Magic"
"Livin' Thing"
"Strange Magic"
"Livin' Thing"
Face the Music track listing

"Nightrider" is a song from Electric Light Orchestra's (ELO) album Face the Music.

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.[1] 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".[2]

Between 3:16 and 3:19, the song features a string crescendo which was reused (played backwards, from 2:40 to 2:44) on another of the album's tracks, "Evil Woman".

"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)

During live performances, Jeff Lynne and Kelly Groucutt would swap vocals during the song.


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  1. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Nightrider (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Do Ya (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 7 March 2013. 

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