Jennifer Warnes

Right Time of the Night

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Songwriter Peter McCann released "Right Time of the Night" on his own album simultaneously with Jennifer Warnes' hit version on Arista, though it was Warnes who took the tune into the Top Ten in February of 1977. What could be considered a sequel of sorts to Parker McGee's beautiful "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" is this song steeped in innocence that unravels as the darkness falls.

It's the next step in the relationship with a brilliant middle eight which takes that risky leap from affection to lust. Jennifer Warnes' warm vocal helps the song seem oh-so proper, the production and performance obscure the way all great pop tunes camouflage suggestive lines: "I'll be sweet and you'll be kind/We'll be bad, if you don't mind" is the same sentiment Van Morrison wove into "Gloria." "Right Time of the Night" is presented in a respectful light, though, so the naughty nature of the theme simply went (and continues to go) over many listener's heads. The veteran singer scored her first Top 40 success with this catchy melody, setting the stage for her ascent to number one in 1982 with "Up Where We Belong." Warnes matched that feat in 1987 with "The Time of My Life" from the movie Dirty Dancing, which, coincidentally, seems to be the idea McCann had in mind when he wrote "Right Time of the Night."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Jennifer Warnes 1977 2:53
The Best of Jennifer Warnes 1982 Arista 2:51
Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s 1993
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:54
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Rock On 1977 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:52
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:52
Country Women [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:54
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:52
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:55
Hard to Find 45's on CD, Vol. 8: 70's Pop Classics 2002
Various Artists
Eric Records 2:52
Real 70's Country [Disc 3] 2003
Various Artists
BMG 2:54
Real 70's: Country 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:54
Love Lifts Us Up: A Collection 1969-1983 2004 Raven 2:52
Platinum & Gold Collection 2004 Arista 2:54
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:55