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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
They Only Come Out at Night
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on 16 June 2017
great
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 November 2006
Arguably, Edgar Winter Group's best album, this chart topper fused standard rock with `monster rock' and plenty of synthesizers. "Hangin' Around" and "Alta Mira" are fun dance rock numbers that portray Winter at his best. "Free Ride" and "We All Had A Real Good Time" became FM rock standards with their `party on' style. Not to pigeon-hole themselves as purely hard rock, "Autumn" is a rare and unexpected ballad showcasing the groups songwriting skill. Of course, "Frankenstein" was the monster hit here and it combined a new found use of loud drums and maximum synthesizer along with unique guitar riffs and Winter's own splendid saxophone. It's a killer album that stands the test of time.
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on 29 August 2007
I bought this SACD not knowing whether it would be 5-way or just stereo. Given that this came from the CBS stable, and from the 1972-74 period when CBS was experimenting with quadraphonic LPs, there seemed a good chance that, like Jeff Beck's 'Blow by Blow' and Weather Report's 'Mysterious Traveller', the resurrected master tapes would yield a 5-way SACD.

But sadly no. No surround for one of my favourite US rock albums from that era. Never mind, it's still the clearest version yet of this classic. There's also a lot more detail in the sleeve notes, written by Edgar in 2005. He recounts the tale of the monster instrumental with no name, and the chaos created by multiple splices of tape lying around the control room which, when put together, became 'Frankenstein'. (There's a similar story for Van Der Graaf Generator coping with similar technology in the same era, but their monster became 'A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers'.)

Many UK fans will remember Edgar largely for his performance on the Old Grey Whistle Test, when Rick Derringer seemed as much a member of the band as any other. But in the sleevenotes, the EWG remains resolutely a four-piece group, with producer Derringer confined to the list of assisting session musicians.

If you already have a normal version of this CD, I would advise there's no special reason for buying this version, particularly if you haven't already bought Dark Side of the Moon, Avalon, Tommy etc on SACD. But as we know, Genesis apart, no-one seems to be releasing many rock SACDs any more, so it may be prudent to buy this before it disappears. SACD represents the all-time summit in sonic quality for these particular albums. It is a big shame that the record companies have failed to realise that the way to combat MP3 is with supreme-quality SACD, but that's record companies for you.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 13 December 2006
Arguably, Edgar Winter Group's best album, this chart topper fused standard rock with `monster rock' and plenty of synthesizers. Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer cut loose with these self penned songs. "Hangin' Around" and "Alta Mira" are fun dance rock numbers that portray Winter at his best. "Free Ride" and "We All Had A Real Good Time" became FM rock standards with their `party on' style. Not to pigeon-hole themselves as purely hard rock, "Autumn" is a rare and unexpected ballad showcasing the groups songwriting skill. Of course, "Frankenstein" was the monster hit here and it combined a new found use of loud drums and maximum synthesizer along with unique guitar riffs and Winter's own splendid saxophone. It's a killer album that stands the test of time.
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on 13 June 2015
Arrived well packaged and in good time. Great to hear this album again since I let my vinyl copy go some years ago... Almost forgot how good the Edgar Winter band was.
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on 2 October 2015
Really like this , plesantly surprised by it as the only track I was familiar with was "Frankenstein".
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on 15 December 2013
'They Only Come Out at Night' released in 1972 comes in every imaginable flavour of rock. There's r'n'b (When it Comes), pop (Free Ride), jazz fusion (Frankenstein), country (Round and Round) and even Tex-Mex (Alta Mira). All in all this is a cracking album and was a well deserved best seller on both sides of the Atlantic.
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on 23 January 2016
bought for a mate
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on 28 January 2016
I really like it
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on 5 March 2016
best rock
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