WHITE LION – Pride [Rock Candy Remastered & Reloaded]
Rock Candy Records just ‘Remastered & Reloaded‘ the first two major label WHITE LION albums in a Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, both featuring bonus tracks.
White Lion’s “Pride” still ranks amongst the best the ’80s US hard rock scene ever produced.
White Lion’s rise to stardom was not without its fair share of difficulties. It started off well with Mike Tramp relocating from his native Denmark to the East Coast of America and teaming up with virtuoso guitarist Vito Bratta.
Securing a coveted record deal with Elektra Records the band looked set for bigger and better things, but it all came crashing down when the label inexplicably decided not to release their debut album.
Fortunately a record deal and a new loyal fan base in Japan and Europe carried the torch helping them to get back in the ring and fight another day. It was a struggle well worth contesting and one that ultimately paid handsome dividends when Atlantic Records eventually signed the band.
Electing to work with seasoned producer Michael Wagener (Dokken, Mötley Crüe) and recording in Los Angeles, “Pride” hit the racks to great critical and commercial acclaim. Stuffed to the brim with numerous red-hot slices of melodic yet heavy rock, the album fast became one the era’s cornerstone releases, packing punches and knocking down barriers.
Originally issued in June 1987, the record was propelled by the catchy single ‘Wait’, a track that caught fire at both radio and MTV, helping to establish the band as front line contenders. However, it was the power ballad ‘When The Children Cry’ that really accelerated sales, to two million and counting. Truly, one of the most heart-warming outcomes in the music business.
This Rock Candy Records remastering of “Pride” is really good, greatly balanced avoiding brickwall sound. You have as bonus 5 tracks: the much sought after Extended Remix of ‘Wait’, plus 4 cuts recorded live during the presentation of the album, showing how hot While Lion was on stage at the peak of their career (just check Vito Bratta’s killer licks!).
A MUST HAVE
01 – Hungry
02 – Lonely Nights
03 – Don’t Give Up
04 – Sweet Little Loving
05 – Lady Of The Valley
06 – Wait
07 – All You Need Is Rock N Roll
08 – Tell Me
09 – All Join Our Hands
10 – When The Children Cry
BONUS TRACKS :
11 – Wait (Extended Remix)
12 – All You Need Is Rock N Roll (Live)
13 – Lonely Nights (Live)
14 – Lady Of The Valley (Live)
15 – Tell Me (Live)
Mike Tramp – Vocals
Vito Bratta – Guitars
James Lomenzo – Bass, Vocals
Greg D’Angelo – Drums
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