1982 Night Plane – Night Plane

Night Plane’s recent re-release of their 1982 album (Night Plane) is just the cure (as is their upcoming show Saturday, June 8th, as part of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Parks’ Music on the Mountain concert series).
The album included a whopping ten musicians, and the resulting tunes are robust, diverse, and plain old fun. The title track, “Night Plane” is straight up rock, with Haden Gregg and Jim Dykann’s powerful vocals and bittersweet lyrics (“At the station, feeling all alone/this is the time for another home”) complemented by vibrant electric guitar and piano.
Night Plane explores other genres too, with the reggae-inspired track “Tried Too Hard” and the bluesy tune “Line of Fire”(highlighting Bryan Savage’s saxaphone).
Where the album really shines, though, is in the last four bonus tracks, recordings from live performances. Mainly acoustic, the master guitar work on songs like “She’s a Runaway” is beautiful. Gregg and Dykann’s voices have aged well; they sound grittier and more soulful than in the earlier recordings. Their live performances showcase the band in their element–and the results are well worth a listen.

There is a nice story in the inlay of the album:

…..During one of the recording sessions, Steve (Lukather) heard Craig, Haden and me (Joel Kaufman) discussing what we are going to call them. I didn’t like Blue Surge and we were considering Dykann & Gregg among other names like Haden’s half -joking suggestion of Rude Boys on the project’s initial name of Skyway. Steve looked at us and said, “You guys are Night Plane”. From that moment on they have been Night Plane. Steve told me about other projects he was working on, but that he specially enjoyed the Night Plane songs……

Tracks

1  Night Plane (Haden Gregg, Jim Dykann) 3:39
2  Slow Down (Bobby Mason, Jim Dykann, Victor Garrett) 3:06
3  Out Of Control (Haden Gregg) 3:26
4  Tried Too Hard (Jim Dykann) 3:22
5  Cheated (Haden Gregg) 3:58
6  Don’t Be Fooled (Jim Dykann, Victor Garrett) 3:37
7  Illusions (Haden Gregg) 4:13
8  Line Of Fire (Haden Gregg) 3:51
9  Another Hotel (Haden Gregg, Jeffrey Weber) 4:43
10  Who Knows? (Haden Gregg, Jim Dykann) 3:45

Musicians

1 Night Plane

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano Craig Doerge
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Haden Gregg


2 Slow Down

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano Craig Doerge
Percussion Russ Kunkel
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden


3 Out Of Control

Bass Bob Glaub
Guitar Steve Lukather
Acoustic Guitar Gregg Haden
Acoustic Guitar Jim Dykann
Piano Craig Doerge
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden


4 Tried Too Hard

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Guitar Jim Dykann
Fender Rhodes Craig Doerge
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden


5 Cheated

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Gregg Haden
Guitar Jim Dykann
Piano Craig Doerge
Fender Rhodes Craig Doerge
Sax Bryan Savage
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden


6 Don’t Be Fooled

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Acoustic Guitar Jim Dykann
Acoustic Guitar Gregg Haden
Piano Craig Doerge
Sax Bryan Savage
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler


7 Illusions

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Haden Gregg
Acoustic Guitar Jim Dykann
Acoustic Guitar Kenny Edwards
Piano Craig Doerge
Fender Rhodes Craig Doerge
Flute Bryan Savage
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden


8 Line Of Fire

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Danny Kortchmar
Piano Craig Doerge
Sax Bryan Savage
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden


9 Another Hotel

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Acoustic Guitar Kenny Edwards
Fender Rhodes Craig Doerge
Percussion Russ Kunkel
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden


10 Who Knows?

Bass Bob Glaub
Drums Russ Kunkel
Guitar Steve Lukather
Piano Craig Doerge
Fender Rhodes Craig Doerge
Background Vocals Jim Dykann
Background Vocals Gregg Haden

Liner Notes

Producer – Jeffrey Weber
Producer (Assistants) – Tony Chiappa, Dawn Kaufman, Michele Matis-Jackman
Producer (Executive) – Joel Kaufman
Edited By – Jim Pace
Engineer – Allen Sides
Engineer (Digital) – Jim Pace, Tom Kenyon
Engineer (Overdubs) – Mark Ettel
Engineer (Assistant) – Mark Ettel, Steve Crimmel
Arranged By – Craig Doerge
Mastered By – Bruce Leek
Mixed By – Allen Sides, Jeffrey Weber
Mixed By (Additional) – Joel Kaufman, Craig Doerge, HAden Gregg, Jim Dykann
Music Director – Craig Doerge

Design, Logo – Stan Evenson
Illustration – Roger Huyssen
Photography – Henry Diltz, Joel Kaufman

Mastered At International Automated Media
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Phonographic Copyright Handshake Records Inc
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