WHITE LION – Fight To Survive [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded]
Regarded by many as WHITE LION‘s best album, their debut “Fight To Survive” has been remastered with all the usual Rock Candy trimmings.
The story of White Lion is a fascinating tale of triumph over adversity. Sure, you might apply that characterisation to the story of legions of rock bands, but the birth of their debut album was a roller coaster ride of emotional highs and extreme lows, played out with a backdrop of uncertainty always in ominous view.
That they eventually triumphed with this album and also the platinum selling success of future releases on Atlantic Records only goes to show that talent will eventually win the day.
Formed in New York by Danish born singer Mike Tramp and talented guitarist Vito Bratta, the band made waves on the local club scene, attracting local management who had connections to German producer Peter Hauke who offered to record the band at his studio in Frankfurt.
With an album in the can the band were quickly signed to a sizeable deal with Elektra Records who subsequently and inexplicably decided to drop the band at the eleventh hour and the record was shelved.
Fortunately JVC / Victor in Japan licensed the album and set in motion a series of events that led to them signing with Atlantic Records.
“Fight To Survive” was eventually issued in the US on the independent Philadelphia-based Grand Slamm Records and provoked huge accolades amongst the rock cognoscenti who quite rightly hailed tracks such as “Broken Heart”, “Cherokee”, “The Road To Valhalla” and the title track as stunning hard rock nuggets showcasing one of the most accomplished bands of the era.
“Fight To Survive” is pure hard rock, with soaring vocals and a killer guitar work. For sure, White Lion was a different beast in the overcrowded US scene of the era, and one of the best and more distinctive.
Bright remaster by Rock Candy with a warm low end and hiss cleaning.
01 – Broken Heart
02 – Cherokee
03 – Fight To Survive
04 – Where Do We Run
05 – In The City
06 – All The Fallen Men
07 – All Burn In Hell
08 – Kid Of 1000 Faces
09 – El Salvador
10 – The Road To Valhalla
Mike Tramp – Vocals
Vito Bratta – Guitars
Felix Robinson (Angel) – Bass
Nicky Capozzi – Drums
Harry Baierl – Piano
Roderiich Gold – Keyboards
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