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Michael White – Michael White [1987]

American born Michael White started his career at the end of the seventies as member of underground L.A. bands such as ‘The Boys’ (alongside pre-Dokken George Lynch and Mick Brown), ‘L.A. Rocks’ with W.A.S.P.’s Randy Piper, and in Nikki Sixx’s pre-Motley ‘London’. Looking for a more classic sound Michael formed ‘The White’, his own band.

Mixing originals with Led Zeppelin covers, the group toured extensively throughout North America, and at the mid eighties White signed a deal with Atlantic Rec. for an album to be recorded in Germany with producer Mack (Queen, Billy Squier) behind the desk. Alongside his band, many well names contributed with the recording (although uncredited in the credits), as Danny Bilan (Moxy), Randy Piper (W.A.S.P), Alan St. Jon & Bobby Chouinard (Billy Squier).

“Michael White and The White” was released in 1987, but a bad promotion and the explosion of the L.A. Metal scene sank the disc. Occurs that Michael White plays classic rock heavily influenced by Zeppelin and vocalist Robert Plant in particular. On many parts throughout the album, Michael sounds like a Plant’s clone. And a good one. It’s true, some songs here (and the general atmosphere) definitively have a Zepp style, as the rocking “Matriarch”, the beautifully orchestrated slow tune “One Good Turn” or the spacey “Psychometry” (where White, apart from Plant, recalls Kingdom Come’s Lenny Wolf). This isn’t a bad thing, on the contrary, all these tracks are magically written and performed.

But Michael White and The White also plays commercial ’80s American Melodic Rock here; the catchy “Fantasy”, the keyboard filled “Radio” or the incredibly smooth “I Know You Need Someone”, one of my favorites here. On the radio friendly “Deja Vu”, White goes AOR-rock, and “Dirty Dancer” rocks with a melodic sense.

“Michael White and The White” is a really good album in my book, including finely crafted songs, much better than you can appreciate at first listen. Production is truly good, with a slick ’80s sound and a classy vibe. The album was released for the first time on CD -remastered- in 2003 (now out of print) with the legend ‘and the White’ on the cover.

Band Members
Michael White – Lead & Backing Vocals
Claus Heuser- Guitars
Phil Bolenz – Guitars
Rick Dellefield – Keyboards
Steven Wissnet – Bass
Curt Cress – Drums

Session Musicians (uncredited)
Danny Bilan (Moxy) – Drums
Bobby Chouinard (Billy Squier) – Drums
Scot Gaines – Bass
Alan St. Jon (Billy Squier) – Keyboards
Randy Piper (W.A.S.P.) – Guitars
Paul Vincent (Meat Loaf) – Guitars

Tracks
01. Fantasy
02. I Know You Need Someone
03. Bring On The Night
04. Matriarch
05. One Good Turn
06. Psychometry
07. Deja Vu
08. Jumpin’ The Fence
09. Radio
10. Dirty Dancer

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