Title - 'Stage' [2CD]
Artist - Great White
For those not up to speed, Great White is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1977 who gained popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s.
The band released several albums in the late 1980s and gained airplay on MTV with music videos for songs like 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' with the band reaching their peak popularity with the album of the same name in 1989.
The band continued to release new material into the 1990s, although weirdly none of their material charted in the United States. The band broke up in 2001 and soon thereafter, lead singer Jack Russell started to tour with Tony Montana, Robby Lochner (Rob Halford), Dan McNay (Montrose), Dicki Fliszar (Bruce Dickinson) as Jack Russell's Great White.
Sadly, Great White made headlines for all the wrong reasons when in 2003 a Rhode Island nightclub at which they were playing caught fire, leading to the deaths of 100 people, including band member Ty Longley.
Great White reformed in 2006, but in 2011, Russell left the band again, starting to tour once more as Jack Russell's Great White.
Professionally recorded, engineered and mastered to the finest sonic quality that sounds better today than it was upon its initial release in 1995, this brand new reissue of the long out of print live album from hard rockers Great White Stage is back out now (via Deadline Music / Cleopatra Records).
Showcasing the band tearing up the stage in California in 1994 and 1993 it has been professionally rerecorded, engineered and remastered to the finest sonic quality that makes their live shows sound better today than they were upon their initial release back in 1995!
CD 1: Stage One - recorded live at The House of Blues in Los Angeles, California, 1994
1. 'Train To Nowhere'
2. 'Sail Away'
3. 'House of Broken Love'
4. 'Maybe Someday'
5. 'Congo Square'
6. 'Gone With The Wind'
CD 2: State Two - recorded live at The Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim, California, 1993
1. 'Face the Day'
2. 'Old Rose Motel'
3. 'Babe I’m Gonna Leave You'
4. 'Rock Me'
5. 'Can’t Shake It'
6. 'Once Bitten Twice Shy'
7. 'Love is Lie'
As for the Stage albums, well, in truth, they were actually put together by Alan Niven, Great White's former manager, as a contractual release for Zoo Entertainment back in the day.
So what we get are the first seven tracks of CD 1 are from a 1994 House of Blues benefit concert (Stage One) and the other seven songs that form CD 2 are from a 1993 Anaheim show (Stage Two).
Featuring several tracks of which were previously featured as a bonus on the studio album Sail Away - and where the initial Japanese pressing was a two-disc set and featured one bonus track for each show - this grouping of both live shows together for this one release has been done meticulously and sounds as raw and as passionate as you could ever have hoped!
As aforementioned, the soundboard recordings still hold up well today and with the band rolling through all their hits of the time, well, it's nothing but a genuine rock 'n' roll keepsake from Great White for their fans.
What we get are 14 tracks over two CDs that feature the classics such as ‘Rock Me,’ ‘Sail Away,' and 'Love Is A Lie,' along with two covers of Aussie Band The Angels' 'Face The Day’ and ‘Can’t Shake It,’ plus the Ian Hunter song they made their very own ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’.
Having been long out of print, vocalist Jack Russell reflects back on the shows, saying: "These were two of the best live shows the band ever recorded. They definitely captured us firing on all 8!"
"The band has always been an exceptional band live and this album really captured the heart of what GREAT WHITE was all about. It's rare when a you have a show where you're proud of every single moment — these were two gigs that I can honestly say that about!"
CDs come packaged in a special mini-LP sleeve while the vinyl comes in a deluxe gatefold jacket and WHITE vinyl!
FYI: This release will be followed later this year by very special acoustic album from Jack Russell's Great White called Once Bitten Acoustic Bytes, coming May 1st, 2020.
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