Five years before Billy Joel's affection for '60s doo-wop and soul music culminated in the concept album An Innocent Man, his old-school influences were on display in the slow-building ballad "Until The Night." As the singer yearns to find refuge in his lover's arms after a long day, the music soars with his growing anticipation. He's joined by his own muli-tracked baritone-tenor vocals, mimicking the contrasting harmonies of The Righteous Brothers, and layered instrumentation reminiscent of Phil Spector's classic productions, including swelling strings, acoustic guitars, Latin-flavored castanets, and a blasting sax solo from Joel regular Richie Cannata.
Although this wasn't released as a single in the US, it was the album's second single in the UK, where it peaked at #50.
Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers recorded this for his 1980 album, Sweet Thunder.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."