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Edgar Winter’s third studio album convincingly streamlined his previous forays into jazz, blues, hard rock, gospel, and boogie into concise blasts of shout-out rock ’n’ roll and power ballads. Besides the nerved-out, synth-and-guitar instrumental “Frankenstein” (which hit No. 1 on the American pop charts) the album features the FM-ubiquitous “Free Ride,” a stomping, post-psych classic if ever there was one. Go deeper, and “Alta Nira” sports a surprising bit of a Latin flavor while showcasing the sweetness in Winter’s singing voice. The rockers “Hangin’ Around” and “When It Comes” each have an uncommon and welcome degree of chime and ring to them, and damn if “Round and Round” isn’t a great early slice of countrified pop rock. Yet, if there’s ever any doubt where Winter’s musical heart lies, the aptly titled “Rock ’n’ Roll Boogie Woogie Blues” sets things straight like a shot of Jack. This 1972 set, which features guitarists Ronnie Montrose and Rick Derringer, as well as superstar producer Bill Szymczyk (Eagles, Joe Walsh), wound up central to Winter’s career while selling north of 2 million copies.

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Frankenstein Plays Pop Music...with great results!

When this album hit the airwaves in the '70's, Pop Rock resurfaced with an edge and quality lacking from most artist’s efforts at the time. Other than Elton John, Pop Rock was nearly dead at the time, not in quantity, but in quality. The Edgar Winter Group's incredible variety of influences meshed into a memorable album: from Ronnie Montrose's hard edge rock; to Edgar Winter's blues; and the pure pop harmonies supplied by Dan Hartman, all blended together on this album extracting the best from each group member into a collaborative classic. The end result: one of the best albums of the '70s. This album was one of those rare offerings that received rave reviews from critics and backed-up the glowing reviews with huge album sales. The cover art of Edgar in drag withstanding, the album clicked on all cylinders, especially on the airwaves spawning smash singles with Free Ride and Frankenstein. It was tough to not turn on the radio and not hear one of the album’s singles. But where the band was best was never produced on record…From a first hand observer, the group’s tour supporting They Only Come Out at Night proved the group was an even better live act than the music created in the studio. The tight studio-crafting required to make three minute pop classics on vinyl were expanded live to allow the energy contained on the album to flourish in a crowded arena. The Edgar Winter Group in concert allowed Ronnie Montrose and Edgar Winter to lift finely crafted pop songs to new heights of jolting arena rock and roll crowd pleasers. Entertaining and musically savvy, the group was at their best live. If there was one weakness, the sound on They Only Come Out at Night has not stood the test of time unlike most of Steely Dan’s catalog, another great Pop Rock band from the same time period. The engineering on this album lacked the clarity and power that should have matched a great studio record. This weakness is more evident in hindsight, thirty years later. Sadly, the group could not follow up this success together, choosing to go their separate ways with each member of the group focusing on music in their respective genre of choice, with none of the individual work closing in on the commercial and critical success of They Only Come Out at Night (check out Montrose's first album, an early hard rock classic.) Regardless, this is a great album that stands the test of time, one deserving to be in your library.

"They only Come Out at Night" by The Edgar Winter Group

This was probably, and still is right along with Peter Framptom's "Do You Feel Like We Do" double album, and Montroses self entitled "Montrose" were the most consummate party albums ever made to date. Everyone liked these albums and they were the most requested at every party in the early 70's. The music digitally remastered still sounds very excellent for current times listening pleasure.

One of the best..

Edgar Winter is so good. i have this record and this cd. if you like good 70's rock and some synthesizer, this has that and more. i know this review wasn't so helpful but i reccomend buying this great album.

They Only Come Out At Night, The Edgar Winter Group
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