Title - As Yet Untitled [2CD]
Artist - Doogie White
For those unaware, acclaimed Scottish hard rock singer Doogie White is soon going to release a brand new double album. Entitled As Yet Untitled, it is actually Doogie’s debut (and so far, only) solo album that was originally released ten years ago.
This new, reissued version contains two previously unreleased bonus songs along with the ten tracks on the original album release.
The second album contains 12 previously unreleased tracks Doogie recorded with fellow musicians and friends White has performed and recorded with over the course of his 35-plus year career in music.
Doogie started his career in his native Scotland in 1984 by fronting the Scottish hard rock band La Paz, paying his dues, and making a couple of records that instantly showcased his big, powerful voice.
After auditioning for the lead vocalist slot in Iron Maiden and touring Japan in 1991 with Praying Mantis, White recorded a demo tape that eventually ended up in the hands of Ritchie Blackmore, who, in 1994, hired White to be Rainbow’s lead singer.
White remained in Rainbow until 1997 with the band releasing 1995’s Stranger in Us All album that featured Doogie as lead vocalist. A live CD/DVD, entitled Black Masquerade, recorded in 1995, was released in 2013.
White went on to join Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force in 2001 and recorded two albums (Attack!! and Unleash the Fury) before leaving the band in 2008 and joining UK metal band Tank, with whom he recorded two albums.
Doogie joined up with another legendary guitarist, Michael Schenker, in 2011 and recorded two albums under the moniker Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock.
He is currently the lead vocalist in longtime UK hard rock band, Alcatrazz, when he took over from the band’s founding singer, Graham Bonnet, in 2020. Alcatrazz released its first single, Turn of the Wheel, with Doogie on vocals, in June 2021.
1. Come Taste The Band
2. Time Machine
3. Dreams Lie Down And Die
5. Land Of The Deceiver
6. Secret Jesus
7. Sea Of Emotion
8. Catz Got Yer Tongue
9. Living On The Cheap
10. Times Like These
11. Dishing the Dirt [Bonus Track]
12. Small Town Saturday Night [Bonus]
Opening on the synth-laden, before kicking into guitar high gear of Come Taste The Band and the AC/DC-imbibed Time Machine, Doogie moves seamlessly into the drum-led rocker Dreams Lie Down And Die, and then we get the AOR of both Lonely and the storytelling of Land Of The Deceiver, before the quite brilliant rock of Secret Jesus and the mid-tempo, Led Zeppelin-imbued strained ballad Sea Of Emotion are brought forth.
More AC/DC-imbibed melodies and rock rhythms come out to play on Catz Got Yer Tongue which is itself followed by the Poison-esque soft rock of Living On The Cheap, and then we get the foot-stomper Times Like These, with the two newly added bonus tracks – the early ‘80s AOR, Lou Gramm vocalized hue of Dishing the Dirt and the Steve Perry ingrained Small Town Saturday Night – bringing the new CD release to a glorious close.
1. The Clairvoyant [Iron Maiden]
2. Too Hot To Handle [UFO]
3. Judgement Day [Whitesnake]
4. Let’s Spend The Night Together [The Rolling Stones]
5. This Flight Tonight [Nazareth]
6. Long Gone [UFO]
7. Emerald [Thin Lizzy]
8. Crying In The Rain [Whitesnake]
9. Love Hurts [Nazareth]
10. Not Fade Away [The Rolling Stones]
11. Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter [Iron Maiden]
12. Twisting The Night Away [Sir Rod Stewart]
This magnificent, simply enthralling cover album – which could have, and quite easily, have ben a stand alone release – opens with a solid musical and vocal nod to Bruce Dickinson of the soaring The Clairvoyant and then comes a foot-stomping romp through UFO’s Too Hot To Handle, before Doogie brings us a near reflective, and highly emotive rendition of David Coverdale’s monster Judgement Day.
A buoyant and totally righteous take on Mick Jagger’s Let’s Spend The Night Together (albeit it sung in the vein of David Bowie impersonating Mick) is up next and is itself followed by Nazareth’s very own cover of a Joni Mitchell original the melodic rocker This Flight Tonight, then comes the drumtastic rocker Long Gone (UFO), with a rambunctious, albeit less fist-clenched than the original, cover of Phil Lynott’s Emerald up next.
One of my own personal favorites here on this second CD, especially given that I am a huge WS fan, is Doogie’s highly impressive take on Coverdale’s colossal masterpiece, Crying In The Rain, and that is backed by the low key Nazareth ballad Love Hurts, and then we get another Stones cover, this time the upbeat and perky Not Fade Away, with the album rounding out on the thunderous Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter, closing on the melodiously hearty, pop-rock of Rod Stewart’s Twisting The Night Away.
Michael Schenker Group / U.F.O. / Doogie White - Dr. Dr. [Live in London 2010]
Rainbow - Still I’m Sad [Live 1995]
Ritchie Blackmore & Doogie White [Acoustic]