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Artist: Night Ranger

Title: Dawn Patrol

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Night Ranger Dawn Patrol Album Cover


Category: AOR/Hard Rock

Year: 1982

Label: MCA Records

Catalog Number: MCAD-5460


Jeff Watson guitars
Alan Fitz Gerald keyboards, vocals
Kelly Keagy drums, vocals
Jack Blades bass, lead vocals
Brad Gillis guitars, vocals


1.  Don't Tell Me You Love Me  4:19
2.  Sing Me Away  4:09
3.  At Night She Sleeps  4:08
4.  Call My Name  3:42
5.  Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight  4:26
6.  Can't Find Me A Thrill  3:19
7.  Young Girl In Love  3:32
8.  Play Rough  4:14
9.  Penny  3:47
10.  Night Ranger  4:22
Total Running Time:  39:58

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Existing comments about this CD

From: TT Date: November 29, 2001 at 9:46
What can one say. This was an awesome debut that should have done better. Nevertheless they persevered and the rest is history. I still like the debut the most.

From: Kim Date: January 23, 2002 at 15:26
I freaked when I heard this one. Its great. After this one they sucked.

From: Shoemaker Date: January 25, 2002 at 2:42
After this they didn`t suck, but Dawnpatrol is their strongest album. After this came 2 or 3 more good albums, but it's true nowadays they suck!

From: koogles Date: July 1, 2002 at 21:45
One of the few bands that got it right on their first try. Shopping at Hooks 'R' Us and coming away with a full cart, this is AOR of the highest order. "Don't Tell Me You Know Me", "Sing Me Away", "Young Girl In Love" and "Can't Find Me A Thrill" are the showcase tracks, IMO.

From: freddy de keyze Date: September 20, 2002 at 2:39
Their first and their best ! A beasst of a CD ! Not to be missed. This is indeed a wonderful mix of AOR and pompy hardrock. And done with class !! A masterpiece ! The best from them and a MUST BUY !!!!!

From: James Date: January 5, 2003 at 22:11
Great great album from a band that was ahead of thier time. This came out in 82 but you wouldn't know by the sound. Sounds like about 87'. They really helped set up the run that the AOR Hard Rockers had in the late 80's.

From: Great Dane Date: January 7, 2003 at 8:21
True James. I just heard this one very loud. Its fantastic. Not a weak spot on this release.

From: Great Dane Date: January 28, 2003 at 3:34
Im listening to it now. ITS PHENOMENAL:

From: MT Thunder Date: April 15, 2003 at 16:13
After this album its down towards mediocracy. This is by far the best Night Ranger. Don't tell me you love me kick's butt. Too bad they decided to move into day patrol and waste talent.

From: RockDoctor Date: May 17, 2003 at 17:18
Don't Tell Me You Love Me -> Kickass Rock Classic. Fast Rock which Grade A in songwriting, delivery and production is SO rare. Usually you can have Melodic or Rock, but not both. But Night Ranger an AOR band so all the other tracks will be the same, or way disappointing, right..? NOOO!! Every track is distinct, different. Lots of variation, and nothing there you can pick apart as 'weak'. An all time classic. P.S. Why does Track 3 sound like a Cars song?

From: MelodicMan Date: May 20, 2003 at 11:06
Created from the aches of Rubicon. Their debut and the their best record. The guitarwork by Gillis and Watson are still outstanding. Fantastic guitarsound. I love this record.

From: koogles Date: May 20, 2003 at 11:33
The "aches" of Rubicon. Haha. Sounds like a Rush song title from the 70s. Certainly if you went back to Rubicon days looking for Night Ranger style hard rock, you'll be aching!!

From: robert Date: August 31, 2003 at 19:22
q gran grupazo!! Maravilloso!!

From: Rockpig! Date: November 14, 2003 at 18:06
Killer Debut! Blazing guitars and riffs with good quality songwriting. Their heaviest release, with "Midnight Madness" following not too close behind. After that they turned into a pop band. Happens all too often! Great rockin' bands get a "hit single" and then it's all downhill from there. Look what "Sister Christian" did to THIS band! Still...lots of metal meat on this one...

From: AOR freaky Date: November 25, 2003 at 11:14
Their debut and still their best ! How superb ! Hard, melodic, big guitars, fantastic keys ! What do we need more ? Another MUST HAVE !

From: nigel c Date: December 12, 2003 at 19:41
one of the best albums of the 80s sheer class.what a pitty they went downhill after this release.saw them live in87 and were awsome.

From: Date: January 16, 2004 at 14:14
Night Ranger was one of the better AOR metal/hard rock bands of the early 80's. If you like Foreigner, Journery, etc., you'll like Night Ranger.

From: Metal Pete Date: February 10, 2004 at 13:30
I agree this one is their best. Every song packs a punch! Lately I find myself cranking up 'Can't Find Me a Thrill'! I stopped listening to 'em after 7 Wishes. They did seem to get progressively weaker. Hopefully Blades' other project Damn Yankees will produce another rockin' record?

From: Rockhead Date: April 23, 2004 at 4:43
An awesome debut that married melody and power perfectly. I personally like all of Nightrangers cds but this and the follow up Midnight Madness were the strongest. A true classic

From: Jesse Date: August 23, 2004 at 1:50
Truly classic and legendary debut from Night Ranger. These guys truly define what AOR is. No weak tracks on this one. Overall, I feel this is their strongest album, but I don't agree with those that say this is the only good album.

From: Dave Shepherd: Date: August 29, 2004 at 13:25
YES!!! Not much get this ageing rocker on the dancefloor shredding his airguitar nowadays, but Nightranger do it! "Don't Tell Me.." is a Supernova - one of THE best rock songs of ALL time, but unlike *some* albums (with one great song and a lot of filler), DAWN PATROL's tracks have such excellent quality and variety that it could nearly be a Greatest Hits album in its own right!

From: Wotty Date: August 29, 2004 at 13:39
To Dave Shepherd.At last someone recognises the influence of the 80s,especially with a band like the mighty Nightranger.With the number of ROCK/AOR standards they had,how many HITS albums could they have had?...

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From: Jez Date: August 29, 2004 at 15:48
An album that left most of the others of the genre quaking in their boots, and quite rightly so. Dave hits the nail on the head when he says that this is almost a greatest hits on it's own.

From: earl joe Date: September 1, 2004 at 5:00
this is a good hard rock album. i"m a night ranger fan. if i was't, i would still like these tracks

From: Rycheage Date: October 5, 2004 at 21:52
As most have said here, this is their first and best. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", "Sing Me Away" and "Can't Find Me A Thrill" are the best tracks. An absolute must-own. Great stuff.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 8, 2004 at 9:55

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: October 13, 2004 at 7:01

From: Date: October 30, 2004 at 18:49
One of the rock essentials. Brilliant debut from this great veteran band. Their very best in my opinion. 9.5/10.

From: Joan Date: January 1, 2005 at 11:41
Como bien dice Rapho, eL mejor de Night Ranger. Don't tell me you love me (yeahhh!!) Eddie's comin' out tonight, at night she sleeps...hard rock de riffs directos y cañero como pocos.

From: Endika Date: February 9, 2005 at 15:43
Aunque reconozco que es un discazo,me sigue pareciendo peor que el Midnight Madness.Aun asi,un gran disco de los Americanos,aunque este roza el hard rock,y en la ultima cancion lo sobrepasa.9/10.txoribarrote@hotmail.com

From: Lennie Date: March 24, 2005 at 16:11
Bloody amazing AOR ! But what happened to them after 'Man in Motion'?????! They were shit that's what happened! This is one of my all time favs though - stand out tracks are the excellent ballad 'Sing me Away' and the rockier 'Play Rough and 'Penny'. Essential

From: AOR freaky Date: March 25, 2005 at 2:30
All time CLASSIC indeed, lennie ! Fantastic hardrock, with enough keys to please me ! Curious to hear their newie, said to be released this year !

From: Joan Date: April 10, 2005 at 5:54
Como dice Endika, la canción Night Ranger es una cañaaaaa!

From: Rambo Rockerman Date: January 20, 2008 at 8:45
Bloody good First Record from a band.

From: 123charpenay Date: October 14, 2009 at 12:15
without a doubt their best album great songs (somes are classics)lot of hooklines super production.only track 10 is a little weak.the rest of their cd s are very averages never at the level of dawn patrol.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 19, 2010 at 19:18
Brilliant debut album by the Rangers!!! ...3 classics of the band are in here("Don't Tell Me You Love Me","Sing Me Away" & "Night Ranger")apart from that another great tracks such as "At Night She Sleeps","Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight","Can't Find Me a Thrill" & "Young Girl In Love"...a must have to every self respected AOR lover .95/100

From: DonDefo Date: December 23, 2010 at 11:52
Kicking ass american band. One of my biggest music amazements! I love it. This one purely rocks including all of these "dirty", climatic american hard rock tracks! SING ME AWAY!

From: edwithmj Date: February 27, 2011 at 17:17
Lovely stuff. Rocks from start to finish.

From: hair metal again Date: April 21, 2011 at 7:18
amazing debut by the mighty NIGHT RANGER.fantastic clear sound for a hard rock band back in 82 ,this release set the standards of the explosion to come.band members were rockstars from the start and DAWN PATROL is brilliant

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: February 24, 2015 at 19:31
Just look at the year of release, and you get a fair idea what Night Ranger have to offer. 1982--still a year shy of the explosion of so-called hair metal, and still with late-'70's style AOR going strong. Sure enough, Night Ranger's debut is a mix of those two genres. They have the energy and guitar firepower of commercial metal, but also the plentiful keyboards and smooth vocal harmonies of a '70's arena-rock band. Jack Blades sings with melody always, but manages not to come off like a wimp. The band doesn't emphasize sleazy attitude like the bands who came just after them, which, along with the prominent keys, led many to consider them too lightweight, but the reality is, they were as good as most early hair bands, but retained enough of a pop sheen to get them on the radio. Dawn Patrol doesn't sound like anything other than an earlly-'80's hard rock record, but it's a damn good one.

From: Monsieur Renard Date: October 27, 2017 at 14:13
Almost all 80's releases by this great band are good albums. I don't understand the hatred towards their other albums. That being said, this is a killer debut. So much energy, and the duelling guitars are unrivalled.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: April 26, 2020 at 15:28
Great AOR/Hard Rock! Classic their best album but Midnight Madness very close (disagree with my old comment 2004) 90/100.

From: dany69 Date: July 6, 2020 at 20:20
Congratulation HH for this new Work on your Channel,,That Is Amazing,,Rock On !!!

From: fdr Date: August 18, 2020 at 16:16
Listening to this album now and even after 27 years it's still a melodic heavy rock classic! Like many said, the perfect mix of Van Hagar/Journey/Foriegner, every song could be a great single, apart for the closing cut, maybe. Killer record!

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