- Australian Hard Rock

Angel City's 'Night Attack' (1981) epitomizes Australian hard rock's zenith. Produced by Ed Thacker, the album, recorded in Sydney and mixed in Los Angeles, blends raw energy with international flair. The iconic lineup – Chris Bailey, John and Rick Brewster, Brent Eccles, and Doc Neeson – delivers a sonic masterpiece. Visually captivating with Shoot and Run's photography, the album remains a timeless testament to The Angels' enduring legacy.


large album front cover photo of: ANGEL CITY Night Attack 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Night Attack" Album Description:

In the vibrant landscape of Australian hard rock, the year 1981 marked a significant chapter with the release of "Night Attack," the fifth studio album by the iconic band The Angels. This musical masterpiece, released under their slightly altered moniker "Angel City," showcased the band's evolution and prowess, both in terms of sound and production.

Time Period and Cultural Context:

The early '80s was a dynamic era for rock music, witnessing the emergence of diverse sub-genres and experimental sounds. "Night Attack" encapsulates the spirit of this period, fusing the raw energy of hard rock with a touch of experimentation. As the world navigated through the evolving music landscape, Australian bands like The Angels played a pivotal role in shaping the sonic identity of the time.

Production Prowess:

The production of "Night Attack" was a collaborative effort led by Ed Thacker, John Brewster, and Rick Brewster. Ed Thacker, serving as the sound/recording engineer and mixer, played a crucial role in bringing the album to life. The decision to record at EMI Studio 301 in Sydney, Australia, added a distinct flavor to the album, capturing the essence of the band's roots.

The meticulous mixing process took place at Cherokee Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. This transcontinental approach to production allowed the band to infuse their Australian roots with the international influences prevalent in the American rock scene.

Album Artistry and Aesthetic Appeal:

The visual allure of "Night Attack" is not confined to its musical brilliance alone. The album cover, featuring photography by Shoot and Run, adds a layer of mystique to the overall presentation. The visual elements complement the sonic intensity within, creating a holistic artistic experience for the listener.

Band Lineup and Musical Chemistry:

The lineup of The Angels, or Angel City for this particular release, showcased a synergy of talent that defined the album's sound. Chris Bailey's commanding presence on bass guitar and vocals, combined with the rhythmic expertise of John Brewster, created a formidable foundation. Rick Brewster's lead guitar prowess added a layer of complexity and virtuosity, while Brent Eccles on drums and Doc Neeson's distinctive lead vocals completed the sonic ensemble.

Music Genre:

 Hard Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "ANGEL CITY - Night Attack" was produced by: Ed Thacker, John Brewster, Rick Brewster

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Ed Thacker.

Mixed by Ed Thacker, John Brewster, and Rick Brewster at Cherokee Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA:

This album was recorded at: EMI Studio 301, Sydney, Australia

Album cover photography: Shoot and Run

Record Label & Catalognr:



This album "ANGEL CITY - Night Attack" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1982 Made in Holland
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: ANGEL CITY - Night Attack
    Angels / Angel City's Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Chris Bailey — bass guitar, vocals
  • John Brewster — rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Rick Brewster — lead guitar
  • Brent Eccles — drums
  • Doc Neeson — lead vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "ANGEL CITY - Night Attack"

The detailed tracklist of this record "ANGEL CITY - Night Attack" is:

  1. "Long Night" - 4:12
  2. "Runnin' Wild" - 4:19
  3. "Fashion and Fame" - 4:38
  4. "City out of Control" - 5:55
  5. "Night Attack" (J Brewster, R Brewster, Neeson, Brent Eccles) - 3:31
  6. "Nothin' to Win" - 4:14
  7. "Living on the Outside" - 4:20
  8. "Talk about You" (J Brewster, R Brewster, Neeson, Eccles) - 3:29
  9. "Storm the Bastille" (J Brewster, R Brewster, Neeson, Chris Bailey) - 3:43

Album Photo Gallery of ANGEL CITY - Night Attack


Front Cover Photo Of ANGEL CITY - Night Attack


ANGEL CITY - Night Attack front cover

 Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).

Photo Of The Back Cover ANGEL CITY - Night Attack


ANGEL CITY - Night Attack back cover

First Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve ANGEL CITY - Night Attack


ANGEL CITY - Night Attack custom inner sleeve

Second Photo Of Custom Inner Sleeve ANGEL CITY - Night Attack


ANGEL CITY - Night Attack custom inner sleeve
Photo of the lyrics sheet with the lyrics of all the songs on "Night Attack"