Recorded in May 1973, but not released until 1974 due to the International oil shortage, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight is a dark and eclectic affair with very light, despite the uplifting and almost commercial nature of the title track.
Richard takes lead vocal on four of the albums twelve tracks, including fan favorites “When I Get To The Border,” “Calvary Cross,” “We Sing Hallelujah,” and “The End of The Rainbow.”
Linda is a perfect foil for Richard and she shines on such songs as “Down Where The Drunkards Roll,” “Has He Got A Friend For Me?”, “The Great Valerio,” and the title track.
The iconic cover of I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight by Nancy Fouts of Shirt Sleeve Studios is deceptively simple – just the title and their names written on a steamed-up window.
Despite now being considered a Classic Album, sales of ‘I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’ were modest and did little to trouble the charts. It was, however, very well received by the music press.
Pressed on 180gram vinyl
A1. When I Get To The Border
A2. The Calvary Cross
A3. Withered and Died
A4. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
A5. Down Where The Drunkards Roll
B1. We Sing Hallelujah
B2. Has He Got A Friend For Me ?
B3. The Little Beggar Girl
B4. The End Of The Rainbow
B5. The Great Valerio