For Night Ranger, how do you follow-up your biggest hit, “Sister Christian”. Well, you release another ballad and they did it this time with “When You Close Your Eyes” the third single off their 1983 album ‘Midnight Madness’. It was released on July 14, 1984 as a single and it didn’t do as well as “Sister Christian” as it only went to #14 on the Billboard Charts. Only..right! Most bands would kill for that. It did help continue to catapult the album to well over 1 million copes giving them their first and maybe only Platinum album.
The song was written by Jack Blades with the help of Alan Fitzgerald and Brad Gillis. The song came about from Jack noodling around on the piano and he sang the chorus and thought it was great. He had Alan and Brad help but he couldn’t finish it with all the distractions while recording the album. He flew home and sat around the pool and then was inspired by his ex-girlfriend and wondering if she ever still thought about him. That inspiration turned in to a big hit for the band.
My copy is a U.S. Pressing with the B-Side as “Why Does Love Have to Change” which is also off ‘Midnight Madness’. My copy is the Gloversville pressing as it has this little flower symbol in the runout. Plus it only has the Midnight Madness album cover on the back where later pressing have that plus Dawn Patrol. It is pretty good shape and plays great.
“When You Close Your Eyes” is ballad with some great percussion and the keyboards accentuate it’s softness. Jack Blades on vocals and he has such a great, relatable voice that it is easy to connect with it. The song is cheesy, but the hooks are great and the harmonies on the chorus will suck you right in and won’t let go. You will hum the song after it is over. Brad Gillis’ guitar solo strikes the right chords and really paints some great colors for the song. It might not done as well as “Sister Christian” but it isn’t really a lesser song either.
“Why Does Love Have To Change” opens with some killer guitar riffs as Brad doesn’t get a lot of credit for his playing. This time you have Kelly Keagy on vocals and dang he can sing as well. The song is a pure melodic rock and has a great driving rhythm. And those guitar parts right before the solo are really cool and then the solo, ain’t no slouch either. With Brad Gillis and Jeff Watson on guitar, you can’t go wrong. Great rocking track.
And there you have it. Another great single in the collection. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed it. We will see you with another one real soon.