The World Starts Tonight is the debut studio album by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, released in February 1977 by RCA Records. Most of the songs were written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe, who worked as her managers while she was signed to RCA. They also produced the album alongside David Mackay. Musically, the album features country and pop songs.
Two singles were released from the album. The first, “Lost in France”, was certified silver by the BPI for sales of over 250,000 copies. “More Than a Lover” was also a hit, but failed to make progress in the UK Singles Chart after the BBC banned the song for its controversial lyrical content. Shortly after recording the album, Tyler had surgery to remove nodules from her vocal folds. The operation left Tyler with a permanently raspy voice.
The World Starts Tonight was received positively by contemporary critics, who praised Tyler for releasing a “promising debut”. The album was hugely popular in Sweden, where it reached number two. Despite this, it failed to chart in any other country.
1 Got So Used To Loving You (Ronnie Scott; Steve Wolfe) 3:14
2 Love Of A Rolling Stone (Jerry Chesnut) 3:25
3 Lost In France (Ronnie Scott; Steve Wolfe) 3:55
4 Piece Of My Heart (Bert Berns; Jerry Ragovoy) 3:47
5 More Than A Lover (Ronnie Scott; Steve Wolfe) 4:12
6 Give Me Your Love (Ronnie Scott; Steve Wolfe) 3:11
7 The World Starts Tonight (Ronnie Scott; Steve Wolfe) 3:32
8 Here’s Monday (Ronnie Scott; Steve Wolfe) 3:43
9 Love Tangle (Ronnie Scott; Steve Wolfe) 3:11
10 Let The Show Begin (Ronnie Scott; Steve Wolfe) 4:18
Producer – David Mackay, Ronnie Scott, Steve Wolfe
Arranged By – David Mackay, Ronnie Scott, Steve Wolfe
Arranged By (Strings) – David Mackay
Engineer – Ashley Howe, David Mackay, George Nicholson
Engineer (Assistant) – Dave Harris, Simon Wakefield
Photography By, Design – Graves/Aslett Associates
Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Ltd.
Manufactured By – RCA Ltd.
Recorded At – Morgan Studios
Recorded At – Roundhouse Studios
Made By – Garrodprint Ltd.
Produced For – Soundbarrier Ltd.
Published By – Mighty Music
Published By – Rak Publishing Ltd.