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on March 18, 2004
First I'm a huge fan of both James Lomenzo and Greg D'Angelo. I recently repurchased some of White Lion's releases on Amazon with the exception of Big Game. I got rid of them back in 1991, when James Lomenzo and Greg D'Angelo where fired.
I never listened to this release before and was disappointed by it. Friends of mine did have it and told me don't both it's too much like Pride. So back in 1989, I never bothered to purchase it. The best track is, "If My Mind Is Evil" even Mike Tramp does a great job with the Vocals. Now "Little Fighter", is a really nice song but it's just a reworked "Wait". Which is too bad, since it's dedicated to the Rainbow Warrior and should never have been recorded like that. They should have taken the time to record it with it's own identity. Now their cover of "Radar Love" it's ok, but the original still better. Always felt when you do a cover song, add to the original. Like what Great White did with "Once Bitten Twice Shy". (Alot of fans thought they wrote that song and where surprised that it's a cover.) If your going to play it safe why bother. Now out of all the political songs they recorded "Cry For Freedom" is the best one. "Living On The Edge" is also a good song, but should have been recorded more heavier. I also didn't like, "Broken Home". They recorded on Pride, "When The Children Cry" which I liked and a song that would be hard to duplicate. Why sing another one. On "Dirty Woman", Mike kills the track with his Vocals and reminds me of "Lonely Nights". I also liked both "Let's Get Crazy" and "Don't Say It's Over", but on one Mike's bad and the other the band should have recorded it heavier with a edge. This is why Big Game was written off by so many music critcs and fans as being another Pride release. Because their are too many similarities with them. Using feeling rushed and the road as a excuse is just lame by the band. Big Game does have a good song selection but is lacking it's own Identity.
My big problem with White Lion is their lead singer, Mike Tramp.
Never really liked him. I think he holds the band back too much. They really can't kick it up a notch playing heavier on alot of tracks and hate that he sings too many songs with the same formula. What I mean by this is listen to Steven Tyler, every track has something different and not always the same thing. He had a HUGE EGO, which is fine but back it up. DLR, would make you crazy but the man could sing. You have to be able to take criticism, don't whine about it and at least try to prove everybody wrong. Now Vito Bratta yeah he's good loved his playing on Pride, but everythings always the same melodic/classical sounding. Listen to all of White Lion's releases, it's always the same and only a few songs that sound different. (Now back in 1989, their was another guitarist like Vito named Nuno Bettencourt that stole all the Thunder and the Critics liked alot.)Definately would have benefit from the band having a Rhythm Guitarist, and with a different lead singer. One that didn't limit how he needed to play. Plus with his ego it didn't help any. You have to grew with each release as a musician, venture into new ground with each release. Not keep the same sound with a few tracks with new ground mixed in. Now the rhythm section of James Lomenzo on bass and Greg D'Angelo on drums is top notch. These guys in many critics, fellow musicians and fans eyes where considered to be heavy metals most underrated rhythm section and probably the best one. They deserved more credit than they got and feel they where one of the best ever. Both Mike and Vito, should have unleashed the beast that they kept under control being James and Greg. Sadly they never used them to their advantage. In 1991 they would learn just how many fans both James and Greg had and ultimately lead to their demise. Now don't think the change in White Lion's Rhythm section didn't effect them. I really liked White Lion's heavier songs, wish they left the pop-metal alone and used their awesome rhythm section more than they did. Now if your a fan of either James or Greg. Here's some stuff from them well worth it to check out. The L. A. Blues Authority first release has both playing with Zakk Wylde covering "Baby Please Don't Go" a classic from Muddy Waters. (This one is very rare, hard to find and expensive on CD.)
Then the first release from the Guitars That Ruled The World on Metal Blade Records. Has both James and Greg playing with Zakk on a tune called, "Farm Fiddlin'". This is my favorite instrumental ever, really like sound effects mixed in and both really rock on the tune. Then it's well worth it to pick-up both Pride and Glory- S/T debut and Zakk Wylde's "Book Of Shadows" both feature the stellar work of James on bass. Plus the new Black Label Society CD being released soon has James playing bass on some tracks. Yeah White Lion deserves it's place in any CD collection. But I hope someday with the way technology is. That one day, I can burn these releases with just the Bass, Drums, and Vito's guitar work that I like.
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