Overnight Angels

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Overnight Angels
Overnight Angels album cover.jpg
Studio album by Ian Hunter
Released May 1977
Genre Rock
Length 37:33
Label Columbia
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
Ian Hunter chronology
All American Alien Boy
(1976)
Overnight Angels
(1977)
You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

Overnight Angels is the third solo album by Ian Hunter.

After the poor sales of his previous album, Hunter's apparent aim for this record was to re-emphasise faster songs with more of a rock feel, and he recruited the well-regarded Roy Thomas Baker to produce. However, the album received mixed reviews, and Columbia Records refused to release it in the US, according to Hunter because he had just fired his manager. Columbia reportedly told Hunter they would release it once he had a manager and tour in place to support the album. The release didn't occur however as Hunter left the label but the album did become available as an import when Hunter's next album became a minor hit.[2] Hunter later disavowed the album and described it as a "mistake".

Hunter later went on record as stating he disliked the album because he felt the album was forced and, in particular, his vocals which he felt he sang in too high a register.

The song "England Rocks" (originally a non-album B-side) would become one of his best-known songs, retitled "Cleveland Rocks" on Hunter's next tour,[3] and re-recorded with the new title for his next album.

Joe Elliott's Down 'n' Outz covered the songs "Golden Opportunity", "Overnight Angels" and "England Rocks" on their 2010 album My ReGeneration.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ian Hunter except where noted

  1. "Golden Opportunity" – 4:31
  2. "Shallow Crystals" – 3:58
  3. "Overnight Angels" – 5:12
  4. "Broadway" – 3:46
  5. "Justice of the Peace" – 3:01
  6. "(Miss) Silver Dime" (Hunter, Earl Slick) – 4:34
  7. "Wild 'N Free" – 3:08
  8. "The Ballad of Little Star" – 2:32
  9. "To Love a Woman" – 3:54
  10. "England Rocks" – 2:53
    • bonus track on remastered CD

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Overnight Angels". Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter. Adrian Perkins. 
  3. ^ "Overnight Angels". allmusic. Rovi Corporation.