Phil Collins "One More Night"
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
The electro-pop ballad "One More Night" was released in the UK as the follow-up to the lead single "Sussudio", from Phil Collins' third solo studio album, the mega-selling No Jacket Required. It entered the UK singles chart at No.27 on 7th April 1985, and reached No.4 for one week on 21st April. The song was released as the lead single in the U.S., and was a chart-topper for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
The video uses a sepia tone to give a vintage look, and it also features Collins playing piano. As with the song, it's a pretty minimalistic affair.
The oh-so-smooth sax solo at the end of the video was provided by Don Myrick, who was a part of Earth Wind & Fire's horn section. He also played sax on the Phil Collins songs "All Of My Life" and "If Leaving Me is Easy". He can be seen in the video for the song (directed by Jim Yukich), which was shot in a smoky London pub owned by the owner of Virgin Records, Richard Branson. During the solo, Collins can be seen leaving the pub in his raincoat and says to the barman "thanks for having us". The video uses a sepia tone to give a vintage look, and it also features Collins playing piano. As with the song, it's a pretty minimalistic affair.
Collins penned the song while playing around on his Roland TR-808, a drum machine which gained a cult following and was used on countless hits during the 1980s, despite being initially slated by some critics for its "unrealistic sounds".
Produced by Hugh Padgham and Collins himself, the track features a pretty sparse arrangement with a strong dose of 80s reverb. The vocal delivery is gentle when compared to the power ballad "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)", but still very soulful, nonetheless. Padgham also co-produced songs for Genesis, Human League and The Police.
The lyrics are a plea by Collins to his lover to give him "one more night" to put things right and make her see just how much he loves her.
Although some sources have labelled the song as "soft rock", I really can't understand where the rock element comes into the song, as it is, for the most part, piano, synths and a drum machine - it's certainly not an electric guitar fest, and there are no real drums.
7" Vinyl - VS755 (Virgin UK)
A. "One More Night" - 4:25
B. "I Like The Way"
12" Vinyl - VS755-12 ( VirginUK)
A. "One More Night" (Extended Mix) - 6:24
B. "I Like The Way"
In the U.S., the single was released on the Atlantic record label with "The Man With The Horn" as the B-side.