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Night Ranger is an American rock band from San Francisco formed in 1979 that gained popularity during the 1980s with a series of albums and singles. The band’s first five albums sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and have sold 17 million albums total. The quintet is best known for the power ballad “Sister Christian”, which peaked at No. 5 in June 1984.
After their success waned in the late 1980s, the band split up in 1989 and its members pursued other musical endeavors, including group and solo efforts. Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy teamed up with bassist Gary Moon and released an album without the other original band members in 1995, but the band soon reunited to release two new albums in the latter half of the decade.
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Hole in the Sun is the ninth studio album by Night Ranger, released internationally on April 23, 2007 with Frontiers Records. The album was released in the U.S. on July 1, 2008.
The album features Great White keyboardist Michael Lardie as a replacement for Alan Fitzgerald, who left the band several years prior. Hole in the Sun would also be the last (to date) to feature guitarist Jeff Watson who parted ways with the band before the album was released.
Feeding Off The Mojo is the sixth studio album by Night Ranger, released on October 17, 1995 on Drive Entertainment Records. It is the only album with bassist/vocalist Gary Moon.
“Music Box” was written by Moon before he joined the group.
The beginning intro music on the track “Mojo” was actually played while the Jack Blades-led Night Ranger took the stage during their 1996 reunion tour.
“Your Eyes Are the Window”, “Wrong Again”, “Alligator”, and “Heart of Stone” are tracks that were submitted for the album, but were not used.
The album was produced by David Prater, who had also produced Dream Theater, FireHouse, and Arcade. The album was recorded from July 15, 1994 to August 31, 1995.
David Zajicek played additional guitars on the album and toured with the band as an additional guitarist and keyboardist.
Night Ranger opened the first half of the tour with the song “Mojo” and the second half with the song “Longest Days”.
Night Ranger made a comeback of sorts in 2011 with the release of “Somewhere in California,” which actually charted briefly on the Billboard 200. Perhaps the reason for that is the fact that “California” was easily the strongest album by the band on over 2 decades. Like it, “High Road” takes the high road by offering the best of both worlds: it’s the rare album that has some great standout songs that could be great singles, but it also plays through the whole way in a very solid, cohesive manner. That’s what makes “High Road” and “California” such huge successes. It is exactly what is missing from rock today – a solid rock album from start to finish, as opposed to one or two songs being good.
“High Road” kicks off with a bunch of great tracks. The fifth track in particular, “I’m Coming Home,” is as good or better than any rock ballad on mainstream (or even country) radio today. “Knock Knock Never Stop” is a party-themed rocker in the vein of “Rock in America,” the trademark Night Ranger sound. Things do drop off a bit after the first five tracks, however the song “Brother” is an exceptional track near the end of the record. They say that rock albums and bands who produce them are a dying breed, but Night Ranger shows no signs of slowing down. As a matter of fact, they look like they had fun making this record. Best Buy version includes 2 extra tracks. 4.5 stars.
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|4||Don’t Live Here Anymore||5:39|
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|7||Only for You Only||4:38|
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Night Ranger is an American rock band from San Francisco that gained popularity during the 1980s with a series of albums and singles. The band’s first five albums sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The quintet is perhaps best known for the power ballad “Sister Christian“, which peaked at No. 5 in June 1984.
After their success waned in the late 1980s, the band split up in 1989 and its members pursued other musical endeavours including group and solo efforts. Several members released an album without original singer/bassist Jack Blades in 1995, but the band soon re-united to release two new albums in the latter half of the decade. Despite the departure of original keyboardist Alan Fitzgerald and guitarist Jeff Watson, the band has continued to tour and remains very popular in Asian countries, especially Japan. -Wikipedia
|3||When You Close Your Eyes|
|4||Four in the Morning (I Can’t Take Anymore)|
|6||Don’t Tell Me You Love Me|
|7||(You Can Still) Rock in America|
|8||The Secret of My Success|
|9||I Did It for Love|
|10||Sing Me Away|
|12||New York Time|
|13||Sign Of The Times|
|14||Growing Up In California|
|15||Young Girl In Love|
|16||Rumours In The Air|
|17||This Boy Needs To Rock|
|18||Interstate Love Affair|
|19||Do You Feel Like We Do / Tomorrow Never Knows|
|20||Hole In The Sun|