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Faster Than the Speed of Night [Import]

Bonnie Tyler Audio CD
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1. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
2. Faster Than The Speed Of Night
3. Getting So Excited
4. Total Eclipse Of The Heart
5. It's A Jungle Out There
6. Goin' Through The Motions
7. Tears
8. Take Me Back
9. Straight From The Heart

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Japanese only paper sleeve pressing features all new 2009 remastering. Sony.

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Bonnie Tyler ~ Faster Than The Speed Of Night

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Too Lazy To Include Track List Nov. 14 2012
By drutgat
Format:Audio CD
I cannot believe that Amazon is too lazy/negligent to include a track list for this - and other - albums.

I looked this album up specifically to see if it included two of Bonnie Tyler's songs, and would have bought it if it had included these songs.

However, I do not even know what songs are on this album.

This is PATHETIC.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I basically bought this album for one song, Total Eclipse of the Heart. It is one of the greatest and most memorable songs of the early 1980s, and it has that certain something about it that makes it as moving now as it was way back in 1983. The lyrics about reassessing your life as you age are now, sadly, much more meaningful to me, and only make the song even more amazing. The rest of the songs on this album are somewhat hit and miss. Bonnie Tyler's unique voice is best suited to plaintive ballads of emotional pain and heartache, and for this reason the tracks Tears and Take Me Back are really quite good. The uptempo tracks which seem to have no meaning whatsoever come off pretty badly, though, in my opinion. Let's face it; Bonnie Tyler does not have a melodious voice; she sounds like she has a perpetual frog in her throat, and this unique sound really is not suited for frivolous pop songs. Getting So Excited is anything but exciting and serves in my mind as a musical purgatory one most endure before reaching the higher plane of Total Eclipse of the Heart. Goin' Through the Motions is not only the name of a lackluster song, it is an apt description of Tyler's performance on tracks such as Faster Than the Speed of Night and It's a Jungle Out There. Her cover versions of Have You Ever Seen the Rain? And Straight From the Heart are not bad, but they don't really hold a candle to the original songs. Thus, I would name only three of these nine songs as quality tracks that really have something to give to today's listeners. For most people, I think the decision to buy will come down to a question as to how much you want to own a copy of the incredible song Total Eclipse of the Heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The voice! April 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge BT fan, and I have had the opportunity to meet her twice, which was quite a delight! That voice!!! It is shown off very well on this great album of the 80s, and it does not sound old! As a matter of fact, TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART has been re-released as a duet in Europe, where it has cracked the European top 5, and has held strong atop the charts for 7 weeks in Blegium and 10 weeks in France!!! This has also launched a new album available on the site entitled SIMPLY BELIEVE. Now on to this album!
It is heavy, and the background vocals are simply superb. I agree with most other reviewers; GETTING SO EXCITED has always been my least favorite song on the entire album. Oddly enough, the album title brings out the bombastic Wagnerio-Steinmanesque tone superbly, but I never really LOVED the song as such. Track #1 is absolutely superb, and charged with her powerful voice. Of course, the uncontournable TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART is the must-hear in its extended version of 6:49!!! Ravishing! GETTING THROUGH THE MOTIONS is cute, and not to be taken seriously, while IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE is quite pop. I always like that arrangement. TEARS is a raunching duet by Bonnie and Sctosman extraordinaire Frankie Miller, with whom she collaborated on two subsequent albums. TAKE ME BACK is very powerful as well, while STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART, the Bryan Adams cover is just plain great. Again, that voice alone makes you shiver! A must-have from a great woman, even if you don't like all the songs. For everyone else who is not most familiar with her work, try NOTES FROM AMERICA, my all-time favorite Bonnie Tyler release ever!
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Bonnie Tyler's first very popular album was defintely this album, "Faster Than the Speed of Night", maybe because of the hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which is maybe the most beautiful ballad a woman has ever sung. The album version of the song is a little bit longer. The begginning of the song is longer and there's good parts. I've always hoped that the song could have been longer and now here's it!!! This is quite sad lyrically but still musically very happy song. The male vocals of the song are very good, so are they in the track "Tears", which is a good ballad too. There's more ballads in the end: "Straight from the Heart" and "Take Me Back". They all are very touching songs!!!
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" is a good opener. Not so fast, almost a ballad. Bonnie has good voice, like always...
There's also fast song: "Faster Than the Speed of Night" has a good rhythm, "It's a Jungle Out There" has very good vocals!!! It makes me very happy!!! Also "Going Through the Motions" is a happy song. There's also children singing in the beginning and in the end of the song.
"Getting So Excited" is maybe a very sad/happy song. It tells about a lady who sees a boy and a girl fell in love while she's getting bored... This is quite easy song to listen but quite difficult if you want to really love it!!! I like it very much! It's different from the others.
This must be one of the best Bonnie Tyler albums ever! The Great One!!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faster Than The Speed Of Night? Right! Nov. 11 2001
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listen, over on the radio there! Is it Rod Stewart? Is it Dusty Springfield, No, it's... Bonnie Tyler! Faster Than The Speed Of Night, able to do decent covers of CCR ("Have You Ever Seen The Rain") and Bryan Adams songs ("Straight From The Heart"), and with a scratchy and silky voice that needs to be appreciated more!
This is a change from the country and soul she used to do on her first four albums. With Jim Steinway wearing the producer's helmet, Bonnie definitely went into another direction, especially as evidenced by the title track. It's a seven minute plus opus that opens with a quick keyboard, a rock beat, and includes operatic backing vocals. The pace is cranked up at an exciting and excited pace in the last minutes of the song. Okay, the song sounds at home on a Meat Loaf album, but Jim Steinway produced this album, so that's hardly surprising. Right? Right.
"Total Eclipse Of The Heart", which spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard singles chart, has probably netted most of Bonnie's royalties with its countless appearance on 80's compilations and radio airplay, is another classic of that era. Even its near 7:00 running time does not hurt the song's loveliness at all. It's that opening piano, Bonnie and Rory Dodd's vocals, that repeated refrain, "Turnaround...", its split chorus, one heavy with emotion, the other subdued, and the heavy keyboard synthesizers that Heart would later do during their 80's period that really makes this song worth playing over and over.
Trivia note: Bonnie beats Meat Loaf in saying the lines "I'll do anything for love, but I won't do that" by eight years. She says the line in "Getting So Excited".
"Tears" is a worthy ballad that is only overshadowed by "Total Eclipse" and "Take Me Back" ends with the same operatic chorus present in "Faster Than The Speed Of Night".
The album ends with a version of Bryan Adams' "Straight From The Heart", which is comparable to the original. It gives Bonnie yet another chance to exercise those scratchy vocals of hers.
There's quality talent in her band. Drummer Max Weinberg and keyboardist "Professor" Roy Bittan gained fame being in Bruce Springsteen's band during his Born In The U.S.A. days, and Rick Derringer gives Bonnie his own rock and roll hootchie-koo support as her guitarist.
It's a shame that Faster Than The Speed Of The Night is the one-hit album for her. She has followed through with other decent albums like Free Spirit, Bitterblue, and Silhouette In Red.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She Could Have Gone Far... March 30 2002
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't usually listen to or buy commercial pop, but I like Bonnie Tyler's delivery of Total Eclipse of the Heart so much that I bought this to see what else she could do.
Well, you know, though there is nothing deep here, she's not bad. She's got a great husky, powerful voice and given the right material and promotion, she could have gone very far. And the right material is what she lacks.
There are a couple of decent songs here beside the aforementioned monster hit. Tyler does a good job covering CCR's Have You Ever Seen Rain and the title cut. But I am in the amen corner of many of the other reviewers who deplore the inclusion of the disco meat-market songs Getting So Excited and Its a Jungle Out There, the lyrics of which are cringingly jejune. In addition, the kid's chorus in Goin' Through The Motions nearly had me retching.
Despite those, I give the CD four stars because Tyler somehow manages to overcome most of the lame material she was given and presents the listener with an enjoyable overall musical experience.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The voice! April 18 2004
By F. Wecker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge BT fan, and I have had the opportunity to meet her twice, which was quite a delight! That voice!!! It is shown off very well on this great album of the 80s, and it does not sound old! As a matter of fact, TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART has been re-released as a duet in Europe, where it has cracked the European top 5, and has held strong atop the charts for 7 weeks in Blegium and 10 weeks in France!!! This has also launched a new album available on the site entitled SIMPLY BELIEVE. Now on to this album!
It is heavy, and the background vocals are simply superb. I agree with most other reviewers; GETTING SO EXCITED has always been my least favorite song on the entire album. Oddly enough, the album title brings out the bombastic Wagnerio-Steinmanesque tone superbly, but I never really LOVED the song as such. Track #1 is absolutely superb, and charged with her powerful voice. Of course, the uncontournable TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART is the must-hear in its extended version of 6:49!!! Ravishing! GETTING THROUGH THE MOTIONS is cute, and not to be taken seriously, while IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE is quite pop. I always like that arrangement. TEARS is a raunching duet by Bonnie and Sctosman extraordinaire Frankie Miller, with whom she collaborated on two subsequent albums. TAKE ME BACK is very powerful as well, while STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART, the Bryan Adams cover is just plain great. Again, that voice alone makes you shiver! A must-have from a great woman, even if you don't like all the songs. For everyone else who is not most familiar with her work, try NOTES FROM AMERICA, my all-time favorite Bonnie Tyler release ever!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie's Masterpiece Nov. 22 2000
By K. Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bonnie Tyler's passionate vocals are the main reason to buy this album but certainly not the only reason. Just about everyone knows the epic, "Total Eclipse of the Heart," but there's so much more. Beginning with the shimmering, symphonic, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," the album takes off running. "Faster than the Speed of Night" will take your breath away and you'll have the feeling that if you don't keep up you'll be left behind. Pure madness!! In addition, Tyler's renditions of "Take Me Back" and "Straight from the Heart" are heart breaking. In fact, the reason I bought this album was because I heard "Take Me Back" coming from a food vendor's radio in Oslo, Norway. I went and bought the album immediately without even hearing "Total Eclipse." Upon first listen, songs like "Getting So Excited" and "Going Through the Motions" might sound like filler but upon repeated listens, the layers of the arrangements reveal themselves totally absorbing the listener into the songs. Guess you can't tell I like this album.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Steinmanian bliss amongst a bunch of filler. March 28 2000
By Karl John Krumrey IV - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Almost everyone has heard 'that' song. That wierd 'turn around' diddy, sung by that raspy chick. It seems to be one of the most enduring songs in musical history.
This is THAT album that contains THAT song. Jim Steinman's second big project, Bonnie Tyler, ingrained Total Eclipse of the Heart into a generation. It's an unforgettable song, driven by a haunting piano melody, ambient background duet vocals from Rory Dodd, and Bonnie Tyler singing with as much fire, passion, and rasp as any artist out there. 6 and a half minutes just seems way too short.
But wait, there's an ALBUM here, too. Yes. There's one more Jim Steinman penned song on this album, the title track. And it's even better than that well-known Total Eclipse diddy. If you can believe that. Starting with a light-hearted piano intro, it bursts into an explosion of drums, guitars, background chants, and an orgasm-inducing operatic wail at the song's climax. Bonnie matches the ferver note-for-note.
Oh wait, yes, there's an album here too. Aside from the two Steinman masterpeices (two jewels in his extensive catalogue) there's a fine cover of CCR's 'Have you Ever Seen the Rain', as well as a good rendition of Bryan Adam's 'Straight From the Heart'. The other single off the album 'Take Me Back' is ok as well. The rest of this album borders on awful, at times. Steinman, as a songwriter and producer, is unmatched, but even He cannot rescue such drivel as 'Gettin so Excited' and 'It's a Jungle Out There'. The Blue Oyster Cult's 'Goin Through the Motions' is given half-parody treatment here as well, with a kid's choir thrown in.
'Faster than the Speed of Night' is a good pickup for Tyler and Steinman fans alike, but if you can fetch yourself a compilation with the two Steinman songs on it (such as Super Hits) then you're probably better off passing this one up. Aside from the must-hear Steinman material, you're not missing much.
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