STREETS AT NIGHT
Streets At Night by Splinter (front cover, 1979)Streets At Night by Splinter (back cover, 1979)
This was the first Splinter LP after leaving Dark Horse Records, and their 4th overall. It was released by Columbia Records in Japan. The album features Dire Straits keyboard player, Alan Clark. In the U.K., Splinter also released a single in the U.K. of "Danger Zone" with a non-LP b-side called "Swear To God".

Catalog #: Columbia YX-7228-AX, released February 1979 (Japan) [cover with OBI | side 1 label | side 2 label | insert 1 | insert 2]

SIDE 1:
1. Streets At Night [Robert J. Purvis]
vocals: Bob Purvis & Bill Elliott
2. I Can't Turn You On [Robert J. Purvis]
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
harmony vocal: Bob Purvis
3. Is It For Life? [Robert J. Purvis]
vocals: Bob Purvis & Bill Elliott
4. Stateside Girl [Robert J. Purvis/William Elliott]
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
harmony vocal: Bob Purvis
Bob Purvis: "This song was Billy's idea and most of the lyrics. I did the middle leading into the solo. I believe Billy wrote it fictionally. We modulated the end."
5. Evergreen [Robert J. Purvis]
vocals: Bob Purvis & Bill Elliott
Bob Purvis: "I remember George listening to us and jamming along to Evergreen, but Evergreen wasn't written 'til I was in Denver on the American tour. He said to me: 'Not many people writing songs about trees, Bob.' When I think about it, we did a few sessions like that; it must have been very early on."

SIDE 2:
1. Danger Zone [Robert J. Purvis]
vocals: Bob Purvis & Bill Elliott
2. When Will You Let Go? [Robert J. Purvis]
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
harmony vocal: Bob Purvis
3. Where Do I Go From Here? [Robert J. Purvis]
vocals: Bob Purvis & Bill Elliott
4. Took My Breath Away [Robert J. Purvis]
vocals: Bob Purvis & Bill Elliott
5. Flyin' Blind [Robert J. Purvis/William Elliott]
lead vocal: Bill Elliott
harmony vocal: Bob Purvis

Produced & arranged by Bob Purvis & Bill Elliott
Recorded at Guardian Music Studios, Durham, England, 1978

Bob Purvis - vocals and acoustic guitars
Bill Elliott - vocals
Terry Gavagham - lead guitar, bass guitar, banjo, acoustic guitar
Alan Clark - keyboards
Barry Black - drums
and percussion

Bob Purvis: "The album was recorded in a studio called Guardian Music and Billy & I produced it ourselves. It was in the city of Durham. We had Barry Black from the John Miles Band on drums and other northeast (England) session players. I played guitar on every track along with Terry Gavagham (who played with me later on my solo track, Cry From The Heart). The songs were written the way I wanted them produced. I personally thought they were the best we'd done but the quality of the sound wasn't 100 percent. I guess I'd moved into Disco mode. I'm not sure if Billy was completely happy about it. For his lead vocals (I Can't Turn You On, When Will You Let Go, Evergreen), he was in fine voice. I loved Streets At Night and Danger Zone. I wrote the tune for Flyin' Blind; Billy wrote all the lyrics. We wrote Stateside Girl together, but it was mostly Billy's tune and lyrics; I did the middle and end. If the album had been professionally produced and we'd had a few more musicians and better equipment, it could have been our 2nd best album."

Splinter, Streets At Night sessions 1978

Bobby & Billy at Guardian Music Studios, Durham, 1978


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