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Open All Nite

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Intro
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Nine Below Zero
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Shake Your Money Maker
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Big Boss Man
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Little By Little
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Madison Blues
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Next Time You See Me
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That's Alright
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Long Distance Call
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Red Hot Mama
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 36:57

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All nite long.

thatway57

This is a great record it reminds me of the early Paul Butterfield records with the same level of excellent musicianship. I must admit that this one caught me by surprise as I have only become familiar with the Nighthawks recently but it sits right next to my Sonny Boy Williamson 11 and Butterfield records. Excellent stuff.

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Another gem in the OLD band's crown!

naldini

Never missed a chance to see these guys live in the 70's, never regretted a single show! If you like this one, get EVERY one of those 70's original releases! You'll be happy you did! PS by no means confuse the garbage of today with the GOLD of yesteryear!

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My favorite live band of late 70s

gamecocks80

This was easily my favorite live act of the late 70's. From The Attic in Greenville, NC to The Spur in Columbia, SC to New Year's Eve in DC, they were always at the top of their game. You can't see this version of the Nighthawks live, but this album and the Live album are great alternatives.

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1976 original release

soakmonkey

Man, I used to love this record! Forgotten all about it until now.

They Say All Music Guide

When Open All Nite was first released on LP in 1976, the Nighthawks had only been together for four years — little did they know that they would still be together in the 21st century and would celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2002. Some young bands sound like they still have some growing and developing to do, but the Nighthawks never sound the least bit undeveloped on Open All Nite. The blues-rockers always sound focused, and they know exactly what they’re going for on gritty performances of “Nine Below Zero,” Jimmy Reed’s “Big Boss Man,” and other Chicago blues staples. The Nighthawks were never innovative, but they were always sincere and honest, which is why they bring so much enthusiasm to these performances. Over the years, the Nighthawks have often been described as a “bar band” — and most of the time, it is meant as a compliment. In most cases, people who call the Nighthawks a “bar band” are celebrating their rawness and lack of pretense. In fact, Open All Nite and other Nighthawks albums of the ’70s sound like a rebellion against slickness — the blues-rockers sound like they’re downright proud of their raw, rugged, bare-bones approach, and they seem oblivious to the glossier sounds of the ’70s. In that sense, one can see some parallels between Open All Nite and the punk bands that were starting to make their presence felt in 1976. The Nighthawks were never a punk band, but they did share punk’s love of rawness and believed in keeping things simple, emotionally direct, and straightforward. This album, which Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissued on CD in the ’90s, is a fine document of the Nighthawks’ early period. – Alex Henderson

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