Shot in the Dark (album)

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Shot in the Dark
Studio album by Great White
Released March 1986
Recorded June and December 1985, March 1986
Studio Total Access Recording, Redondo Beach, California
Genre Hard rock
Length 35:16
Label Capitol
Producer Wyn Davis, Alan Niven
Great White chronology
Great White
(1984)Great White1984
Shot in the Dark
Once Bitten
(1987)Once Bitten1987
Singles from Shot in the Dark
  1. "Face the Day"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 4/10[2]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[3]
Scott Waters (favorable)[4]

Shot in the Dark is the second studio album by the American hard rock band Great White, released in 1986. It was originally released by Greenworld Entertainment and subsequently picked up and re-issued by Capitol Records. The original issue featured a different intro to "She Shakes Me" (which was titled "Shake Me"), as well as a completely different recording of "Run Away." These early versions made it to CD on a Japanese edition of 2005. Great White's music in this album shows the transition from the pure heavy metal of the first album to a more blues-influenced style of hard rock, paying homage to the great rock bands of the 1970s, like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.[5]

The album features one of the band's first well-known hits, a cover of The Angels song "Face the Day."

The re-mastered CD release was on the Razor & Tie label and was remastered by Steve Hoffman.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "She Shakes Me" (Mark Kendall, Jack Russell, Alan Niven) - 3:25
  2. "What Do You Do" (Michael Lardie, Russell, Kendall) - 4:13
  3. "Face the Day" (John Brewster, Bernard "Doc" Neeson, Rick Brewster) - 5:20 (The Angels cover)
  4. "Gimme Some Lovin'" (Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis, Mervyn "Muff" Winwood) - 3:52 (The Spencer Davis Group cover)
Side two
  1. "Shot in the Dark" (Kendall, Niven) - 4:52
  2. "Is Anybody There" (Russell, Jerry Lynn Williams) - 4:57
  3. "Run Away" (Williams, Niven) - 4:18
  4. "Waiting for Love" (Williams, Kendall, Niven) - 4:19
Japanese CD edition bonus track
  1. "Red House" (Jimi Hendrix) - 8:46


Great White[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Michael Lardie - keyboards, backing vocals, engineer
  • Jim Lang - keyboards
  • Tyana Parr, Donald Ducksworth - backing vocals


  • Wyn Davis - producer, engineer
  • Alan Niven - producer on "Face the Day"
  • Eddie Schreyer - mastering


Chart (1986) Position
US Billboard 200[7] 123


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Great White Shot in the Dark review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 137. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ Oliver, Derek (7 August 1986). "Jaws Sincerely!". Kerrang!. 126. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 18. 
  4. ^ Waters, Scott. "Great White". No Life 'til Metal. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  5. ^ "CD Gallery - Great White". No Life 'til Metal. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Shot in the Dark - Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Shot in the Dark - Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-27.