They Only Come Out at Night

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For songs of the same name, see They Only Come Out at Night (disambiguation).
They Only Come Out at Night
Studio album by The Edgar Winter Group
Released November 1972
Recorded August–September 1972
Length 34:47
Label Epic
Producer Rick Derringer
The Edgar Winter Group chronology
They Only Come out at Night
Shock Treatment (1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]

They Only Come Out at Night is the third studio album by The Edgar Winter Group. It went to No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, eventually sold two million copies, and features two of the band's biggest hits, "Frankenstein" (#1 Pop Singles) and "Free Ride" (#14 Pop Singles).

In 2006, the album was reissued on Super Audio CD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab as well as the 2008 Quadraphonic rendition was reissued by SBME Sony BMG (Bertelsmann Music Group) Music Entertainment.

Writer Stephen King mentioned the album in his 1975 novel 'Salem's Lot.

The album is mentioned in the song "I Love My Dad" by Sun Kil Moon on his 2014 album Benji.

The Australian cassette issue of the album in 1973 transposes "Undercover Man" and "Frankenstein" (i.e. Frankenstein ends side A instead of side B) and has a wholly different cover: a photo of the band posing against a black background.[3]

The album was certified gold April 30, 1973 by the RIAA.[4]

LP Track listing[edit]

Side one:

  1. "Hangin' Around" (Edgar Winter, Dan Hartman) – 3:02
  2. "When It Comes" (Winter, Hartman) – 3:16
  3. "Alta Mira" (Winter, Hartman) – 3:18
  4. "Free Ride" (Hartman) – 3:08
  5. "Undercover Man" (Winter, Hartman) – 3:49

Side two:

  1. "Round & Round" (Winter) – 4:00
  2. "Rock 'n' Roll Boogie Woogie Blues" (Winter, Barbara Winter, Ronnie Montrose) – 3:25
  3. "Autumn" (Hartman) – 3:00
  4. "We All Had a Real Good Time" (Winter, Hartman) – 3:05
  5. "Frankenstein" (Winter) – 4:44


Cover Art[edit]

The cover art was the basis for The Edgar Winter Collection's cover art.[5]