Yvonne Elliman: Night Flight ’78 / Yvonne ’79 (Remastered) 2CD-New $58.99


Yvonne Elliman: Night Flight ’78 / ’79  Yvonne 2CD-New Made In UK.

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Yvonne Marianne Elliman Two Original Classic 70’s Album

Yvonne Marianne Elliman (born December 29, 1951) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who performed for four years in the first cast of the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar. She scored a number of hits in the 1970s and achieved a US #1 hit with “If I Can’t Have You“; the song was also #9 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Her cover of Barbara Lewis‘s “Hello Stranger” went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and “Love Me” was also #5, giving her 3 top 10 singles. After a long hiatus in the 1980s and 1990s, during which time she dedicated herself to her family, she made a comeback album as a singer-songwriter in 2004.

Night Flight is a gorgeous album containing Yvonne Elliman’s only number-one hit, “If I Can’t Have You,” written by the three Bee Gees brothers, from the film Saturday Night Fever. It is a pop masterpiece, the only track on the album produced by Freddie Perren. Perren gives the song a big production, which sounds like the Bee Gees’s work with Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson, and the hardworking singer from Honolulu gets a much deserved chart topper to help spread her gospel. She opens the album with Neil Sedaka’s “Baby Don’t Let It Mess Your Mind,” featuring a slow tempo more laid-back than the composer’s version, and simply delightful. She covers “Prince of Fools,” a song co-written by Nickey Barclay from the group Fanny, Stephen Bishop’s moody “Sailing Ships,” her distinctive and powerful voice gliding over Robert Appere’s shimmering production work, and Mentor Williams’ “I’ll Be Around,” not the much covered Spinners’ hit but a nice ballad co-written by the famous producer and Jack Conrad. There’s a taste of reggae with “Lady of the Silver Spoon,” and a truly elegant adult contemporary number, “Down the Backstairs of My Life.” As Grace Slick left the sexual ambiguity in “Sally Go ‘Round the Roses,” so too does Elliman on this rendition, and good for her. These were the disco days, and it is so subtle it no doubt went over the heads of casual listeners. The back cover has Elliman in a long flowing dress with her hair wild in the wind, it’s beautiful imagery with a red background on an album which might have got lost because of all the attention paid to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. There are major names galore here, Kiki Dee, James Newton-Howard, Dee Murray, and Davey Johnstone from the Rocket Records/Elton John camp; guitarists Lowell George, Steve Hunter and Steve Cropper, keyboardist Eric Carmen, and many more included. Elliman albums always enjoy marquee players, and her talent truly deserved the support. With Alice Cooper manager Shep Gordon onboard as executive producer, and the number-one hit, it is amazing Elliman didn’t give Linda Ronstadt, Helen Reddy, and Barry Manilow more chart competition. Her five hits were always welcome on ’70s pop radio, but they only hinted at the depth of her full-length recordings, music worthy of more notice.

Video: Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You (1977)

Track List:

CD1 – Night Flight 1978

A1 Baby Don’t Let It Mess Your Mind

Composed By – Neil Sedaka, Phillip Cody*
A2 In A Stranger’s Arms

Composed By – Danny Kortchmar
A3 I’ll Be Around

Composed By – Jack Conrad, Mentor Williams
A4 Lady Of The Silver Spoon

Composed By – Brian Cadd
A5 Down The Backstairs Of My Life

Composed By – Eric Mercury, William D. Smith*
B1 If I Can’t Have You

Composed By – B., R. & M. Gibb*
B2 Prince Of Fools

Composed By – Joy Parker, Nicky Barclay*
B3 Sally Go ‘Round The Roses

Composed By – Lona Stevens, Zelma Sanders
B4 Up To The Man In You

Composed By – Yvonne Elliman
B5 Sailing Ships

Composed By – Stephen Bishop

CD2 – Yvonne 1979

A1 Love Pains

Written-By – D. Walsh*, M. Price*, S. Barri*
A2 Savannah

Written-By – M. Moore*, T. Kosta*
A3 Cold Wind Across My Heart

Written-By – T. Snow*
A4 Greenlight

Written-By – A. Tarney*
A5 Everything Must Change

Written-By – B. Ighner*
B1 How Long

Written-By – Z. Grey-L.R. Hanks*
B2 Hit The Road Jack/Sticks And Stones

Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Dr. John
Written-By [Hit The Road Jack] – P. Mayfield*
Written-By [Sticks And Stones] – T. Turner*
B3 Rock Me Slowly

Written-By – J. Phillips*
B4 I’m Gonna Use What I Got To Get What I Need

Written-By – J. Holiday*
B5 Nowhere To Hide

Backing Vocals [Background Vocals] – Eric Carmen
Written-By – E. Carmen*

Additional information

Weight 13 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in