Odyssey

“Heaven Tonight” by Yngwie Malmsteen on the Sunday Song Spotlight

One of Yngwie’s most commercially successful records was 1988’s collaboration with Joe Lynn Turner called Odyssey.  Several of the songs felt like they were aimed at radio, most notably “Heaven Tonight”.  With prominent keyboards and an undeniable melody, it seemed Yngwie sought to emulate late 80s Rainbow.

With music by Malmsteen and lyrics by Turner, “Heaven Tonight” really checked all the boxes for an 80s rock hit.  Solid verses that serve to set up the release on the chorus.  Thick, memorable chorus.  Wicked guitar, though not overcooked as Yngwie has been guilty of in the past.  As a result, the album went Top 40 in the US.  Top 10 in Yngwie’s native Sweden.

The Turner/Malmsteen collaboration only lasted for one record, though a live album was also released (Live in Leningrad).  Turner returned to sing two Deep Purple tunes on Yngwie’s covers album Inspiration, but this here is the peak.  “Heaven Tonight” indeed because it never got better than this.

This feels like Paradise
We’ll be in Heaven tonight

Lost in a dream in the arms of the night
Two lonely prisoners of our own device
Don’t let me go, hold on together

You wanna know if love can be real
I wanna take everything I can steal
Love on the line, it’s now or never
Why can’t the night last forever?

This could be Paradise
Holding you here by my side
If we just close our eyes
We’ll be in Heaven tonight

Run through the night down streets of desire
Burning my soul, my heart’s on fire
Give up the fight, it’s sweet surrender

With trembling hands we reach for it all
Two desperate hearts waiting to fall
I need you now, now more than ever
Why can’t the night last forever?

This could be Paradise
Holding you here by my side
If we just close our eyes
We’ll be in Heaven tonight