Welcome to our first K-Tel album from 1982, the single greatest year in music history!  We're kicking things off with the mellow majesty of Night Flight.  It's got fourteen tracks, every single one a Top 20 hit!  I'm going on the record with that prediction ahead of the K-Tel Scale.  There should be some decent chart crossover action as well.  Not really a bad song in the bunch.  Looking forward to listening to this one.

Listening to this album, I was taken back to late 1981 and early 1982 when I was fifteen years old.  These weren't my favorite songs at the time but I saw them performed on different television shows and heard them frequently on the radio station my parents listened to at the time, both at home on Dad's sweet Teknika set-up and in their respective cars: Dad drove a Chrysler Cordoba while Mom tooled around in a faux wood-paneled Datsun F10.  I was too busy loving AOR (album oriented rock) and the burgeoning New Wave scene on KWFM and KLPX back then.  Doesn't mean  I didn't like these songs, they just weren't my first or second choices.  Let's check out some videos of a few of my favorite tracks from Night Flight.

All good stuff.  Two songs I really like but didn't feature with videos are "Oh No" and "Just Once", two beautiful ballads deployed to devastating effect in scenes from the 1982 film The Last American Virgin 
Both songs are heard multiple times throughout the film which came out near the end of Summer 1982 though neither song was featured on the soundtrack album.
One last thing before we get to the K-Tel Scale - our friends over at the hopefully only momentarily defunct Show N K-Tel site featured Night Flight back in 2014 "from the top of the A side to the bottom of the B side" like they always do in superb sound.  Listen via the link below.  Or scroll down past the album cover and play the Spotify recreation of Night Flight I made back in April 2012.

Billboard Top 40s
I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)Hall & Oates11128121
Here I AmAir Supply515
Cool NightPaul Davis11216
Slow HandPointer SIsters2762
Being With YouSmokey Robinson2141
Step By StepEddie Rabbitt5135
Believe It Or NotJoey Scarbury231
Oh NoCommodores4554
We're In This Love TogetherAl Jarreau156613
Take My HeartKool & the Gang1711619
When She Was My GirlFour Tops111910
Just OnceQuincy Jones feat. James Ingram1711713
Angel Of The MorningJuice Newton42212

That's what I'm talking about - every single song a Top 20 on the Pop chart.  More than half of the singles crossing over to the R&B chart and all but three of the fourteen making the Top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart.  There's minimal Rock chart crossover but we'll take what we can get.  And look at the Number Ones: just one each on the Pop, Country and Disco charts but two on the AC chart and another four on the R&B chart.  Every song was released in 1981, between February and November for an average release date of July 18, 1981.  All but two of the fourteen songs on Night Flight also reached their peak in 1981, giving us an average peak date of October 10, 1981.

debut datepeak datewks to pk
I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)Hall & OatesNovember 14, 1981January 30, 198211
Here I AmAir SupplySeptember 26, 1981November 21, 19818
Cool NightPaul DavisNovember 7, 1981February 6, 198213
Slow HandPointer SIstersMay 30, 1981August 29, 198113
Being With YouSmokey RobinsonFebruary 14, 1981May 23, 198114
Step By StepEddie RabbittJuly 25, 1981October 17, 198112
WinningSantanaApril 11, 1981July 18, 198114
Believe It Or NotJoey ScarburyMay 9, 1981August 15, 198114
Oh NoCommodoresSeptember 26, 1981December 5, 198110
We're In This Love TogetherAl JarreauAugust 1, 1981November 7, 198114
Take My HeartKool & the GangOctober 17, 1981December 26, 198110
When She Was My GirlFour TopsAugust 15, 1981November 7, 198112
Just OnceQuincy Jones feat. James IngramAugust 15, 1981November 14, 198113
Angel Of The MorningJuice NewtonFebruary 21, 1981May 2, 198110
averagesJuly 18, 1981October 10, 198112

Over on the Cash Box chart, all songs were also Top 20 with nine going Top 10 and three going all the way to the Top Spot.  Long time readers will notice the WLS chart has been dropped from the K-Tel Scale™ as The Summer of 1981 was the last time I listened to the station, ending my six year tenure as we moved from Rantoul, Illinois to Tucson, Arizona in August 1981.  In its place, a Billboard Rock chart has been permanently added to the Scale after it premiered in Billboard as Top Tracks in March 1981.  The formulas and scoring have been adjusted to keep things fair.  Well maybe not fair for this hits-laden album which scored an incredible 34.36, which places it at number 5 on the K-Tel Scale Top 10. 
As might be expected, Night Flight is also available on 8-track and cassette tape with the 8-track featuring a reorganization of the tracklist so as to provide about thirteen minutes of music for each of the four programs.
Night Flight also was booked for Canadian release on vinyl LP, 8-track and cassette.  The import album shared exactly two songs in common with the domestic Night Flight and counted sixteen songs among its tracklist rather than fourteen.  The album's playlist is above - three songs are currently missing from Spotify - but you know how I do... The Super Deluxe Can-Am Night Flight playlist is below with all twenty-five songs.

Next time here on The Kollection, we will be listening to Rock's Danceable Side with the twelve mostly R&B tracks of Neon Nights - it's a great one!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful compilation! It scores 71 out of 100 on the proprietary SRK scale. The Canadian version didn't fare so well with a score of 39.

    A perfect merger of the two would be:
    I Can't Go for That
    Cool Nights
    A Little in Love
    A Woman Needs Love
    Slow Hand
    Being With You
    Jessie's Girl
    Step By Step
    Burnin' for You
    Living Inside Myself
    Oh No
    We're In This Love Together
    Just Once
    Believe It or Not