No Night So Long, Dionne Warwick's second album for the Arista label, was released in July 1980. It was recorded during the spring of 1980 and was released that summer. The LP was originally issued as number AL 9526 in the Arista Catalog.
The album's most well known title track, "No Night So Long" was written by Richard Kerr (songwriter) and Will Jennings, the same team that wrote Dionne's 1979 comeback hit "I'll Never Love This Way Again". Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson contributed another soft love song, "We Never Said Goodbye". The duo had provided Warwick with "Deja Vu" in 1979 from the previous album Dionne.The cover art for this LP features Warwick in a grey background wearing a grey mink coat, which is from her personal wardrobe.
This album was reissued on CD by Nippon/Phonogram-Arista in Japan in 1988, but only 500 copies of this CD were pressed. Until March 2010, no other CDs were produced. In 2005, six of the ten tracks from the original LP were reissued on Warwick's Legends three-CD import set in the UK.
A CD reissue with new liner notes by David Nathan and quotes by Dionne Warwick herself was released in March 2010 by soulmusic.com with three bonus tracks: "Dedicate This Heart" from Hot! Live and Otherwise (a cut that has been omitted from all CD releases of that album), the Michael Masser-produced "This Time is Ours" (a B-side from the 1981 single, "Some Changes Are For Good"), and "Only Heaven Can Wait" from the same sessions (previously released only on a 2007 soulmusic.com compilation CD titled Dedicated to Soul). By including "This Time Is Ours" on the 2010 No Night So Long reissued CD, the song makes both its first appearance on a Dionne Warwick full-length album and its first appearance on any CD.
In the 2010 CD liner notes, author David Nathan indicates that there were three additional songs from the No Night So Long sessions that did not make it onto the original album – "This Is What I've Wanted All My Life", "Now That The Feeling's Gone" and "Starting Tomorrow" – and could not be licensed for inclusion on the 2010 CD and may one day be released on another CD.
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