CD Box Set Review – White Lion: The Complete Albums Collection 85 – 91

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Hair Metal fans should get ready to party like it’s 1985 because Cherry Red Records has just released the definitive White Lion box set.

“White Lion All: All You Need Is Rock N Roll – The Complete Albums Collection 1985 – 1991” features all 4 of the bands hard to find studio albums plus a unreleased LIVE concert disc.

First up the band’s independent debut release “Fight To Survive.” The band featured Danish singer Mike Tramp on lead vocals and New Yorker Vito Bratto on guitar along with a couple of long forgotten members on bass and drums. At the time of release this album barely made a blip in record stores or on rock radio. It eventually went out of print. It’s finally available again and remastered for maximum head banging.

Two years later the band would replace their rhythm section with James Lomenzo on bass and Greg D’Angelo on drums to form the classic line-up of White Lion. In the Summer of 1987 everything finally came together for the band with the release of their sophomore effort “Pride.” Produced by Michael Wagener and bolstered by non stop MTV airplay the band racked up a couple of Top 10 singles with “Wait” and “When The Children Cry.” Other standout tracks include “Don’t Give Up” “Tell Me” and “Hungry.” The album achieved double platinum status in the U.S. and the band were off and running.

Another 2 years would pass until the band released “Big Game” once again produced by Michael Wagener. In just 2 short years the musical landscape was changing and hair metal was on it’s way out. White Lion kept pushing and the album eventually went Gold thanks to their cover of “Radar Love” and deep album tracks like “Little Fighter,” “Don’t Say It’s Over” and “Cry For Freedom.” I personally like “Big Game” better than the debut and it’s an album that deserves a second look for sure.

White Lion steps into the 90’s with their 4th and final studio album “Mane Attraction” get it? MANE! Produced by A-List hit maker Richie Zito (Bad English, Heart, Cheap Trick) “Mane Attraction” failed to find an audience with sales just under 250,000. Sales aside the album sounds fantastic and songs such as “Love Don’t Come Easy,” “Out With The Boys” and “You’re All I Need” really deserved to be hits. A year later the band would call it quits leaving fans to wonder what could have been.

It’s 2020 and there’s no better time to get your White Lion fix as the new box set has everything you would want and more! All the studio albums sound superb and are packed with 7 Bonus Tracks. The 5th disc was recorded LIVE at The Ritz in NYC and has never been released on CD until now.

All CDs come in mini LP replica sleeves and housed in a sturdy clamshell box with a fold out poster containing all of the recording, producing and songwriting credits. This set is reasonably priced and a must for anyone who wants to relive the big haired, hard rocking 80’s

jill scott

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Pat FrancisCD Box Set Review – White Lion: The Complete Albums Collection 85 – 91