Nightrider (song)

"Nightrider" is a song from Electric Light Orchestra's (ELO) album Face the Music.

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Single by Electric Light Orchestra
from the album Face the Music
A-side"Do Ya"
B-side"Daybreaker" (Live)
Released19 March 1976 (UK)
February 1977 (US)
Format7" single
Recorded1975, Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany
GenreArt rock
Length4:25 (Album version)
3:45 (UK single edit)
LabelJet (UK)
Jet/United Artists (US)
Songwriter(s)Jeff Lynne
Producer(s)Jeff Lynne
Electric Light Orchestra singles chronology
"Strange Magic"
"Livin' Thing"
Face the Music track listing
8 tracks
Side one
  1. "Fire On High"
  2. "Waterfall"
  3. "Evil Woman"
  4. "Nightrider"
Side two
  1. "Poker"
  2. "Strange Magic"
  3. "Down Home Town"
  4. "One Summer Dream"

The song's title is a titular tip of the hat to Lynne's first major band, The Nightriders. This was the third single released from the album after "Evil Woman", in 1976. The B-side on the single was a live version of "Daybreaker" taken from the 1974 live album The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach.[1] Despite ELO's rising popularity, the song failed to chart. The song was also included as the B-side on the US hit single "Do Ya".[2]

Between 3:16 and 3:19, the song features a string crescendo which was reused (played backwards, from 2:40 to 2:44) on another of the album's tracks, "Evil Woman".

"I took the high string part of Nightrider that climbs up to a climax, and used it backwards in Evil Woman as a big effect. I was amazed when it slotted in seamlessly." - Jeff Lynne (Face the Music remaster liner notes)

During live performances, Jeff Lynne and Kelly Groucutt would swap vocals during the song.


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  1. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Nightrider (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Electric Light Orchestra - Do Ya (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 7 March 2013.

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