Killing Joke's most successful album, and first mainstream success, featuring (arguably) their signature song 'Love Like Blood' which was a hit single after being released in February 1985. The bonus 'Gestalt Mix' of the latter is one of best tracks on this CD. Jaz Coleman abandons his 'football hooligan' vocals on this album in favour of actual 'singing'.
The album was preceded by the singles 'Me Or You' (Oct '83), 'Eighties' (Apr '84) and 'A New Day' (Jul '84). The 2 latter songs appear on this release, 'Eighties' being the final song on the original 8 track album. Track 4 'Kings & Queens' was released as a single in March 1985, and also appears on this CD as 'Geordie's Dub Mix'.
To my mind, the original side 1 (on vinyl) contains the best songs, such as 'Darkness Before Dawn', which has impressive guitar playing, 'Love Like Blood', and 'Kings & Queens', which may have been a poor choice for a single (No 58 in the charts), but again has good guitar breaks.
The original side 2 contains 3 weaker songs plus the 'Eighties' single. 'Multitudes' also appears as a different 'B side' version called 'The Madding Crowd'.
A Kid Jenson BBC radio session, with 4 songs recorded almost a year before, in April 1984, is released for the first time on this CD. The song 'Eighties' is unfortunately positioned next to the album version. The unremarkable songs 'New Culture' & 'All Play Rebel' seem to have been shelved by the time 'Night Time' was recorded. 'Blue Feather' also appears as a single version, but without its B side 'The Sun Goes Down'.
Killing Joke followed 'Night Time' with another excellent mainstream release, 'Brighter Than A Thousand Suns' in 1986, again produced by Chris Kimsey, who had previously worked with the Rolling Stones.