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What Is The Best Night Ranger Album of All Time?

Dawn Patrol (1982)
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Midnight Madness (1983)
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7 Wishes (   1985)
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Big Life (1987)
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Man in Motion (1988)
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Feeding off the Mojo   (1995)
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Neverland   (1997)
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Seven (1998)
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Hole in the Sun (2007 - 2008)
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Somewhere in California (2011)
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Night Ranger - Discography
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:39:47 am »
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Re: Night Ranger - Discography
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 07:40:44 am »
What is the Best Night Ranger Album of All Time?

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 08:08:46 am »
Night Ranger (Dawn Patrol) 1982





Hell man, I don't think I have listened to Dawn Patrol since the late 80's, maybe early 90's. The album itself peaked with the opener, the kick ass scorching Don't Tell Me You Love Me. Awesome song and still one of my all time favorite songs by Night Ranger. After this comes Sing Me Away, which I absolutely love, but it's not as heavy or hard as the previous song. It's more melodic than anything else when comparing the two. The rest of Dawn Patrol is pretty hit and miss and very uneven. But what's interesting about it is that even though there are a couple of filler, throw away songs here, within these songs, they have rip roaring solos by Jeff Watson and Brad Gillis that need to be heard.

One of the things that I hate is having to listen to a filler song that I don't particularly like just to get to the guitar solo. If enough time was given to coming up with a well thought out solo, then why couldn't they take the time to fix the song itself? My only guess is that they were just too close to the song itself to notice that they didn't hold up compared to the solo stuff. Although the album isn't perfect by any stretch, the album itself does hold up pretty well after all these years for sure. They at least close out the album with a solid, chugging rocker Night Ranger which is what I would have liked all of Dawn Patrol to sound like. I can actually see the rating going up a bit higher the more I listen to this. I think maybe because it's been song long since I've heard this that I have to warm up to it again.

Fave Songs: Don't Tell Me You Love Me, Sing Me Away, At Night She Sleeps, Play Rough and Night Ranger

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Re: Night Ranger - Discography
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 08:23:58 am »
I would have to warm up to it too. Itís been tooooooo long since I bought this album when it came out. But I donít know if I want to go do that.

I pretty much just listen to their greatest hits. Love the Ranger and their hits.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 09:14:08 am »
Having just listened through Dawn Patrol for a 2nd and 3rd time, 4 Stars is as high as I will go and it's a very generous 4 Stars at that. I'm just not fond of Can't Find A Thrill, Young Girls In Love and Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight. The songs as a whole are just run of the mill. But they have awesome solos. So, it kind of balances itself out when giving it 4 Stars. But I can do without those songs for sure.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2012, 09:57:03 am »
Night Ranger (Midnight Madness) 1983





Midnight Madness is known for one song and one song only, their MEGA, MONSTER Power ballad Sister Christian. This song alone gives the album an automatic 3 stars. It's their biggest and most famous song in their entire catalog and there isn't one person I know that doesn't like it. It's awesome. So, what about the rest of the album? Any good. Actually, it's very good. I haven't listened to this one from front to back in well over 20 years. There are a ton of great songs that actually sound better now than they did back in '83.

The album opens with the kick ass (You Can Still) Rock in America which is the perfect song to kick things off. The album isn't perfect, but its pretty damn close. The "weaker" song is the last song Let Him Run which isn't a bad song by any stretch. It would be the best song in any other bands catalog. It's just that it is a bit underwhelming when comparing them to their better songs like Rumors In The Sky, Why Does Love Have To Change, Sister, Touch Of Madness, Passion Play, When You Close Your Eyes and Chippin' Away.

Touch Of Madness is particularly interesting because it sounds like a song that Ratt could and should have written. Go check it out and tell me it doesn't sound like something that could have been on Ratt's Invasion Of Your Privacy. The dueling guitar work between Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson through the entire album makes this a joy to listen to again. Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy as always sing great.

Fave Songs: Pretty much all of 'em. Top dog award goes to Sister Christian, (You Can Still) Rock In Amercia and When You Close Your Eyes

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Re: Night Ranger - Discography
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2012, 10:00:52 am »
I guess I've never listened to the whole album, but the songs you talk about are tremendous. Absolutely classic rock.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2012, 11:44:27 am »
Night Ranger (7 Wishes) 1985





By the time 7 Wishes came out, Night Ranger had unfairly been pigeoned-holed as a ballad band. Honestly, how could they be anything but that when their biggest hits were ballads. The band didn't do themselves any favors with 7 Wishes because once again, their biggest hits were....you guessed it....ballads. The album as a whole is a bit uneven. A few lackluster songs that are nothing more than filler. But and this is a BIG BUT, they have some amazing kick ass solos from Jeff Watson and Brad Gillis. It's just a shame that the songs themselves are so mediocre.

Having said that, there are some great hard rock tracks like I Will Follow You and Night Machine. I absolutely love Four In The Morning, but I wouldn't even think of putting this in the 'rock' category. It's more of a pop song than anything else. But like all Night Ranger albums and somewhat ironic that I pointed out earlier about their ballads....the best songs here are in fact the ballads, Sentimental Street and Goodbye being their biggest hits here. Personally for me Goodbye is the crown jewel for them here because it blends the sensibilities of a power ballad and some AMAZING guitar work. Just listen to Brad shred in the outro to the song. Geeze man, that is wicked good!!!!!!! There are times when I just keep playing the outro on loop over and over and over. His tone is sick!!

Some great songs to be found here for sure. I just wish that it was more cohesive as a whole.

Fave Songs: Four In The Morning, Sentimental Street, Night Machine and Goodbye

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