|ojotigre||Fecha: Sábado, 2013-09-07, 11:29 AM | Mensaje # 1|
|WHITECROSS - Nineteen Eighty Seven (2013) |
"Nineteen Eighty Seven" is a completely new recording of the original self-titled album by WHITECROSS, originally released... yes, in 1987.
How dare such a phenomenal band with some of the most talented, but unfortunately, underrated musicians around re-release their brilliant and quintessential US hard / hair metal debut? Well, they make the darn thing better than the original, that's how. No kidding. Better.
"Nineteen Eighty Seven" was released in 2006 but soon went out of print, so Girder Records is re-issuing it again.
The amazingly talented partnership of singer Scott Wenzel and guitar wizard Rex Carroll reunited last decade and taken what to a handful of
aficionados was a brilliant slab of 'white metal' and turned the bugger
up to 11.
No stone left unturned, many basic tracks not only were remastered, but
mostly re-recorded! Yes, they re-recorded the whole debut except for
'Your Mine', but has 2 additional bonus tracks: "Love On The Line" from
the '6.98 Love On The Line EP', and a new instrumental by Rex Carroll
And I will say, after all these years the guys haven't lost any of their
musical prowess. If anything Rex is faster and Scott's voice is just as
powerful as it ever was - which is amazing considering the time and the
Stephen Pearcy-esque raspiness of his voice.
If you can't get enough of bands like Ratt, Dokken, Stryper and any number of million album sellers from the late '80s, then Whitecross' "Nineteen
Eighty Seven" is a mandatory listen. If shredders like George Lynch,
Warren DeMartini or Eddie Van Halen gets your head bobbing and your feet tapping then again Rex Carroll and company are a band that you need to hear.
This album is/was one of those rare recordings that does not have a bad song on it, a solid song collection through and through, and as stated before the re-recording takes these already fabulous tunes and gives them a much more powerful in your face production that is lacking from a good number of recordings from the eighties.
I would wish this kind of treatment on a host of other classic releases from the genre, but I'm worried that the artists could not or would not have the ability to pull it off like the boys in Whitecross have.
The instrumentation is huge, big and fast on my favorites "Enough Is
Enough", "Lookin' For A Reason", "Signs Of The End", "Love On The Line"
and "All I Need", but all are really good.
I know some folks may turn a deaf ear to Whitecross due to the religious
themes running rampant throughout "Nineteen Eighty Seven". Well, shame
on you - open those blinders a bit and appreciate the musicianship for
what it is, one of the best US Hard Rock bands / releases from the eighties.
01 - Who Will You Follow
02 - Enough Is Enough
03 - He Is The Rock
04 - Lookin' For A Reason
05 - No Way I'm Goin' Down
06 - Seein' Is Believin'
07 - All I Need
08 - Nagasake (feat. Rex Carroll)
09 - Signs Of The End
10 - Love On The Line
11 - Re-Animate (feat. Rex Carroll)
Scott Wenzel - lead vocals
Rex Carroll - guitar, bass and backing vocals
Michael Fieghan - drums
Antonio Acevedo - bass (1,2,3 & 11) and backing vocals
Dave Parker - backing vocals
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