Albums - The Johnny Z Band: Bring Back the Night (1987)

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Bring Back the Night

This album, released in 1987 on Cypress Records, is John Zambetti's only solo recording. To my knowledge, it has never been remastered for release on compact disc. It is only available on LP and cassette, if it is even still available at all. As far as where to look if you're interested in purchasing a copy, my only suggestion would be to visit the Malibooz website and send an email inquiry. Mine was given to me by John Zambetti himself.

As for the music, it is a really enjoyable album that I would highly recommend to any fan of the Malibooz. Zambetti is the heart and soul of that band, and though he also has a career as an M.D. (working in the ER!!), he never lost his passion for the music. He carries that passion and his great talent into his solo material as well. Don't be fooled though, this is decidedly not surf music; it's rock and roll. The majority of the songs are fast and hard (relative to The Malibooz). Admittedly, Bring Back the Night is an album that is of its times and when listened to now - nearly twenty years later - it does sound rather dated. However that doesn't detract too much from its value as great music. The title track is a personal favorite, as are "Last Shot of Darkness," and "Let My Love Be There."

I Canít Go Back
2. The Deepest Blue - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 670K)
3. Right Between the Eyes (duet with Emmylou Harris)
4. Hearts On the Line
5. Forgotten Loves
6. Bring Back the Night - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 575K)
7. Last Shot of Darkness - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 644K)
8. Let My Love Be There
9. Heís Not the One
10. All Through the Night

Album Details:

Cypress Records, 1987

Produced by John Zambetti, except "Forgotton Loves," which was produced by John Zambetti and Richard Dashut
Engineers: Britt Bacon, James Geddes, Steve Gursky, Brad Hartman, Jeff McLane, Phil Moores, Howard Steele, Steve Zaretsky
Remix Engineers: James Geddes, Steve Gursky

Recorded at: Mangolia Studios, North Hollywood, California; Skyline Recorders, Topanga, California; Conway Studios, Hollywood, California; Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, California; and Ground Control, Santa Monica, California

Cover Design: Maria C. Gursky, John Zambetti, Leslie Wintner
Photography: Scott Smith

All songs (C) 1986 by John Zambetti, Malibooz Music (ASCAP)
Emmylou Harris appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
John Helliwell appears courtesy of A&M Records

The Johnny Z Band is:

Scott Monahan: keyboards, vocals
Teddy Zambetti: drums
Dave Chamberlain: bass
Jere Mendelsohn: lead guitar, vocals
John Zambetti: lead vocals, guitar, piano

Additional Players: Kiki Ebsen, Walter Egan, Steve Caton, John Helliwell,
Alan Morse, Stanley T. Brock Walsh

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