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Golden Earring Prisoner Of The Night [Aka: Long Blonde Animal] album cover
2.64 | 29 ratings | 4 reviews | 17% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Long Blond Animal (3:36)
2. No for an Answer (4:13)
3. My Town (3:06)
4. Prisoner of the Night (4:50)
5. I Don't Wanna Be Nobody Else (4:41)
6. Cut 'Em Down to Size (3:23)
7. Will & Mercy (3:36)
8. Come in Outerspace (4:24)
9. Going Crazy Again (4:59)

Total Time 36:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Barry Hay / vocals , flute
- George Kooymans / guitar, vocals, producer
- Rinus Gerritsen / bass, keyboards
- Cesar Zuiderwijk / drums, percusion

- Robert Jan Stips / synthesizer
- Tony Britnel / tenor saxophone

Releases information

Artwork: Kees Tabak (photo)

LP Polydor ‎- 2344 161 (1980, Netherlands)
LP Polydor ‎- PD-1-6303 (1980, US) Re-titled " Long Blonde Animal"
LP Music On Vinyl ‎- MOVLP049 (2011, Europe)

CD Polydor ‎- 849 629-2 (1991, Netherlands)
CD Red Bullet ‎- RB 66.213 (2001, Netherlands)

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GOLDEN EARRING Prisoner Of The Night [Aka: Long Blonde Animal] ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(17%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (21%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

GOLDEN EARRING Prisoner Of The Night [Aka: Long Blonde Animal] reviews

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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars With this album GE enters into the eighties and released their fifteenth album in a 15 years period. Quite consistent to say the least. One surprise here: the come-back of Jan Stips (who was absent from the prior release). Would this mean anything in terms of music?

Well not during the opener: ''Long Blond Animal'' has a definite new wave sound (but this could already be noticed in ''Grab It?'' which was released in 1978). Nor during the pure revival rock ''No For An Answer''. It is obvious that the band is not focused in the writing of longer songs and that the format now is more radio-friendly than several years ago. But, were the radios still interested in air playing a band as GE in the early eighties?

This album is no better than ''No Promises?''. There are little variety available: same sort of basic rock tunes with little spicy ingredients. Not disturbing, but not thrilling either like the vaguely AOR ''Prisoner Of The Night''.

The first good song could have been '' I Don't Wanna Be?'' but the chorus line is hard to swallow. It all started well and involves a fine middle part though. But fine moments are hard to find on this album. The pop-rock ''Come In Outerspace'' maybe.

The electronic oriented '' Going Crazy Again'' sounds definitely as a song from the eighties at least during the intro which is keyboards oriented (finally Stips can be noticeably heard!), but again the poor chorus ruins it partially.

This is not a good album. I really hesitate between one and two stars but I'll give the band credit. For this time.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars In this reviewers opinion, the last album to really sound like the GE that we knew from the 70's. They were definitely in that adapt or die change as well as naturally moulding their music for the 80's revolution. The album does suffer as a result. Golden Earring have always proved to be far better sticking to their trademark sound, as some incredible latter day live recordings have testified, than go more AOR/Pop.

So we have a mish mash of songs " Long Blond Animal" a very likeable new wave sounding track alluding to GE's humour when it came to appreciation of the fairer sex. The title track is not half bad either and " Going Crazy Again" gives the album some closure but all in all an album for completionists only. They continued to release works right up to present day and still have a cult like following especially in their homeland, The Netherlands. Check out earlier works first.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Okay I understand the difference between a PROG review vs Basic Album Review. Mine will be a basic rock album review as it relates to GE albums. I assume anyone reading this is thinking about getting this album since they are interested in GE. I am a GE fan. I have over 20 of their albums ... (read more)

Report this review (#762656) | Posted by DSpitzer | Saturday, June 2, 2012 | Review Permanlink

2 stars The end of the seventies was a difficult time for the Earring. To survive they changed their music to the demands of time. Shorter and simple songs which you can't call progressive. Prisoner of the night isn't a bad record, but far away from good. It's more something for fans only. Long blond ... (read more)

Report this review (#295644) | Posted by Rolf Bos | Saturday, August 21, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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