Another Night Time Flight

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In 1977, Elton John was huge. The British singer/composer had enjoyed one major hit after another in the 1970s, and he was obviously destined to go down in history as one of the decade's top pop/rock artists. So when John co-produced Blue's Another Night Time Flight for his MCA-distributed Rocket label in 1977, the LP should have been big. But this album was far from a blockbuster in the U.S.; in fact, it's say to say that most of John's American fans have never heard of Blue. Nonetheless, Another Night Time Flight is a pleasant, if unremarkable, collection of pop/rock and soft rock. Think of the more middle-of-the-road stuff that John, the pre-disco Bee Gees, and former Beatles such as George Harrison and Paul McCartney recorded in the 1970s, and you will know where Blue is coming from on tunes like "Fantasy," "Bring Back the Love," "The Shepherd," and the single "Capture Your Heart" (a minor hit in the U.S.). None of the material is in a class with John's best 1970s recordings, but all of it is decent. So why didn't an LP that John co-produced (with engineer Clive Franks) become more of a hit in North America? One can only speculate. What you can say for certain is that even though Another Night Time Flight isn't mind-blowing, it's a likable footnote in John's history.

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