Power of the Night

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Power of the Night
Power of the Night.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 20, 1985
RecordedBearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York
ProducerMax Norman
Savatage chronology
The Dungeons Are Calling
Power of the Night
Fight for the Rock
Singles from Power of the Night
  1. "Hard for Love"
    Released: 1985[1]
  2. "In the Dream"
    Released: 1985[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[4]

Power of the Night is the second full-length album by the American heavy metal band Savatage and was released in 1985. This record was produced by Max Norman, who later went on to produce Megadeth's 1992 hit album Countdown to Extinction.[5]

The record was not originally pressed with a Parental Advisory sticker on the cover. However, Atlantic Records did have a problem with some of the sexual metaphors mentioned in "Hard for Love" and "Skull Session." It was also a marketing ploy to encourage more people to buy the record as a result of it being "banned" by some outlets.[5]

This was bassist Keith Collins's last album with the band. Jon and Criss Oliva were not completely happy with Collins' playing and corrected some of his mistakes for the final version. Collins was replaced by Johnny Lee Middleton in 1986.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Power of the Night"Jon OlivaCriss Oliva5:13
2."Unusual"J. Oliva, Keith CollinsC. Oliva, J. Oliva, Collins4:27
3."Warriors"J. Oliva, CollinsC. Oliva, J. Oliva, Collins4:03
4."Necrophilia"J. Oliva, CollinsC. Oliva3:36
5."Washed Out"J. OlivaC. Oliva, J. Oliva2:13
Side two
6."Hard for Love"J. Oliva, CollinsJ. Oliva, C. Oliva3:59
7."Fountain of Youth"J. Oliva, Collins, Steve WacholzC. Oliva4:31
8."Skull Session"J. OlivaC. Oliva, J. Oliva3:21
9."Stuck on You"J. OlivaC. Oliva, Collins3:10
10."In the Dream"J. OlivaC. Oliva, J. Oliva4:15
1997 Edel Music CD reissue bonus tracks
11."Sleep" (Piano version)C. Oliva, J. Oliva, Paul O'Neill4:16
2002 SPV CD reissue bonus tracks
11."Power of the Night" (live)J. Oliva3:45
12."Sirens" (live)C. Oliva, J. Oliva3:02
2011 EarMusic reissue bonus tracks
11."City Beneath the Surface" (live)J. Oliva, C. Oliva5:01
12."Hounds" (live)C. Oliva, J. Oliva7:20


  • Max Norman – producer, engineer
  • Ken Lonas – assistant engineer


  1. ^ Hard for Love (track listing). Savatage. Atlantic Records. 1985. PR 722.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Power of the Night (track listing). Savatage. Atlantic Records. 1985. PR 748.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Orens, Geoff. "Savatage - Power of the Night review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  4. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 312. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  5. ^ a b "Savatage FAQ, Section 2 The Albums, Part 1". Savatage.com. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  6. ^ "Savatage - Power of the Night". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2011-04-16.