Tuesday , May 21 2024

Joe Jackson: Night and Day Deluxe Edition

Al Barger wrote a very nice tribute to Joe Jackson for his 48th birthday just today. Coincidentally, Jackson’s most popular album has jsut been re-released in Deluxe Edition form. Night and Day, originally released in ’82, was Jackson’s move into nocturnal Tin Pan Alley pop and piano cocktail jazz, where the energy of Anger was replaced with the glamor of Ennui.

While thematically the album is appealing, it falls down in the song department, beyond the classics “Steppin’ Out” and “Breaking Us in Two.” “Steppin'” overlays Cole Porter melodic sophistication over a pulsing electronic bass line, and perfectly captures the open-ended thrill of throwing oneself into the fray of communal urban nightlife. “Breaking” is a beautiful, sad, Latinesque ballad that struggles touchingly against the inevitable doom of a relationship. In addition, “Cancer” rides cleverly on a brighter Latin beat, decrying the lassitude of fatalism. But, um, that’s about it folks.

On the Deluxe Edition disc 2 are the not particularly edifying demos of six songs from the album; five songs from the Mike’s Murder soundtrack, of which only Latin/Caribbean “Laundromat Monday” is particularly noteworthy; and five songs from Joe Jackson Live 1980/86, including the rocking “On Your Radio” and “Look Sharp!,” an extended and lively “Cancer,” and an a capella (!) version of “Is She Really Going Out With Him,” which is a fun idea, but would have made a better one-minute intro to the “real” song rather than a 4:40 replacement of it.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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