This Flight Tonight

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"This Flight Tonight"
Song by Joni Mitchell from the album Blue
Released June 1971
Genre Folk
Label Reprise
Writer Joni Mitchell
Producer Joni Mitchell
Blue track listing
"California"
(6)
"This Flight Tonight"
(7)
"River"
(8)

"This Flight Tonight" is a song by Joni Mitchell, from her 1971 album Blue. It tells of the singer's regrets as she leaves her lover on a flight and wishes to return. Its opening lines are:[1]

Covers[edit]

"This Flight Tonight"
Cover of the 1973 German single
Single by Nazareth
from the album Loud 'n' Proud
B-side Called Her Name
Released October 1973
Format 7-inch single
Genre Hard rock[2]
Label Mooncrest
Writer(s) Mitchell
Producer(s) Roger Glover

UK hard rock band Nazareth reworked the song in 1973 to make it their own with a powerful, driving hard-rock treatment which was a hit in Canada, Germany (where it reached number one) and the UK.[3][4] It was produced by Roger Glover.[5] The single reached number 11 in the UK charts in November 1973.

Writing in The Independent in 2012, Robert Webb said:

The Dunfermline hard-rockers Nazareth loved Blue. You remember them: the gap-toothed vocalist, Dan McCafferty, had hair like a kitchen scourer and a voice to match. They were bad, bad boys. Among the tracks on their 1973 album Loud 'n' Proud, produced by the former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, is a taut version of "This Flight". "We used to listen to Joni as we were travelling round in the van," recalls Nazareth's bass-player, Pete Agnew. "'This Flight Tonight' was a big favourite."

Mitchell was impressed with the makeover: "When she was recording at A&M, we were just starting an American tour," explains Agnew. "We all happened to be in the studio the day the single was released, so we were introduced to her and told her what we had done. She said, 'What, with a rock band?'" Joni paid the Scottish band the greatest compliment after "This Flight Tonight" became a worldwide hit for them, touching down at No 11 in the UK. "She was playing a gig in London and told the audience: 'I'd like to open with a Nazareth song'!".[6]

Charts[edit]

Charts (1973–1974) Peak
position
Austrian Top 40 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 27
German Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 5
U.K. Singles Chart 11

Year-End Chart[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Austrian Top 40 4
German Media Control Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 98

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joni Mitchell, M. Grompi (1998), Joni Mitchell, p. 97, ISBN 978-88-09-21519-1 
  2. ^ Song Review by Donald A. Guarisco. "This Flight Tonight - Nazareth | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  3. ^ M. C. Strong (1998), The great rock discography, p. 565, ISBN 978-88-09-21522-1 
  4. ^ Dave Thompson (2004), Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story, pp. 201–202, ISBN 978-1-55022-618-8 
  5. ^ "Nazareth (2)  – This Flight Tonight". Discogs. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Robert Webb (13 September 2002). "Double Take: 'This Flight Tonight' - Joni Mitchell / Nazareth". The Independent. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 

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