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Never one to follow the rules, Joe Jackson has released the sequel to his blockbuster adult-pop crossover album, Night & Day, 18 years after the fact. In between the two volumes, the cantankerous piano man turned his attention to jazz and classical music and, not surprisingly, watched his audience dwindle. Night and Day II isn't likely to catapult Jackson back into the mainstream, but its elegant melodies and sordid tales of New York City make for a riveting listen. Among Jackson's colorful characters are a Chinese Elvis, a transsexual hooker, and a teenage runaway -- and Jackson cleverly evokes one of New York's most memorable misfits, Midnight Cowboy's Ratzo ...
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Barnes & Noble - Bill Crandall
Never one to follow the rules, Joe Jackson has released the sequel to his blockbuster adult-pop crossover album, Night & Day, 18 years after the fact. In between the two volumes, the cantankerous piano man turned his attention to jazz and classical music and, not surprisingly, watched his audience dwindle. Night and Day II isn't likely to catapult Jackson back into the mainstream, but its elegant melodies and sordid tales of New York City make for a riveting listen. Among Jackson's colorful characters are a Chinese Elvis, a transsexual hooker, and a teenage runaway -- and Jackson cleverly evokes one of New York's most memorable misfits, Midnight Cowboy's Ratzo Rizzo, with the "I'm walking here!" chorus of "Hell of a Town." The songs' lush string arrangements and occasional operatic guest vocalists often find Jackson flirting with Andrew Lloyd Webber. For fans of the original Night and Day, Jackson sprinkles musical and lyrical references to the album throughout. "Hell of a Town" has that "Another World" samba vibe," "Stranger Than You" is a ballad of androgyny à la "Real Men," and "Glamour and Pain" and "Stay" both feature the two-note "Steppin' Out" piano hook. Night and Day II proves that even as angry young men must grow old, they don't have to lose their step.
All Music Guide - Tim Griggs
The first Night and Day album by Joe Jackson is an absolute pop music masterpiece. The "sequel," appropriately entitled Night and Day II, like the first, is an homage to New York City. The sequel musically quotes the lilting keyboard lines from Jackson's biggest hit, "Steppin' Out," several times, making one long to hear the original on Night and Day. Highlights included "Glamour and Pain" and "Happyland." Marianne Faithfull makes an interesting guest vocal appearance on "Love Got Lost." Jackson is still angry, but he's no longer a young man and as always his anger is tempered by a wry sense of humor. The songs on Night and Day II are not as easily accessible or memorable as the original, but this is still a great album and Joe Jackson is still the man.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998926127
  • Catalog Number: 89261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude (1:57)
  2. 2 Hell of a Town (3:18)
  3. 3 Stranger Than You (4:16)
  4. 4 Why (3:54)
  5. 5 Glamour and Pain (5:59)
  6. 6 Dear Mom (4:12)
  7. 7 Love Got Lost (6:59)
  8. 8 Just Because (4:45)
  9. 9 Happyland (5:12)
  10. 10 Stay (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Jackson Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Synthesizer Bass
Marianne Faithfull Vocals
Gary Burke Drums
Sue Hadjopoulas Percussion
Graham Maby Bass
Dorothy Lawson Cello
Todd Reynolds Violin
Paul Geluso Keyboards
Ralph Farris Viola
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Ethel String Quartet
Technical Credits
Joe Jackson Arranger, Producer, drum programming, Art Direction
Ted Jensen Mastering
Dan Gellert Engineer
Ciaran Cahill Engineer
Arzo Administration
Mike Maska Management
Jim Merlis Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must for JJ fans!

    great album. It grows slowly inside of you, but after a few days you can't stop playing it! This is Joe Jackson at his best. If you have a chance, go and see the live show, too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This might be the best thing I've ever heard.

    No kidding. This album is absolutely fantastic. I am totally confused right now. I can't even begin to make sense of what a coup this is. I don't care what you're into. This is it, everybody. Buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    A Great CD to own!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's great to see JJ at top form after all these years.

    Joe Jackson always willing to test the waters with his unique brand of music. Very daring and non conformant. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ranks with Blaze Of Glory as one of his best works!

    At first, Night & Day II puzzled me. It challenged me. After about six listens, I realized what a modern music masterpiece it is. Joe is truly a great artist, and this is a great work. Try it. Give it time. You'll love it.

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    Posted April 12, 2010

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