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Whiteface - 1979 Whiteface

ARTIST: Whiteface
ALBUM: Whiteface
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: SRM-1-3765
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Steve Hardwick - guitars, vocals * Kyle Henderson - bass, vocals * Doug Bare - keyboards, vocals * Benny Rappa - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love Game * 02 Strangest Feeling * 03 I'll Take It Out On You * 04 Three Ring Circus * 05 Bottom Line * 06 Talk Of The Town * 07 Take Me Away * 08 Mama * 09 Sit Right Down * 10 Find The Groove

I suppose forming as a house band for a chic Atlanta club isn't the best way to score a deal, but low and behold that's exactly what happened with Whiteface. Playing night after night at 'The Bistro', Whiteface brought in throngs of fans with their soulful AOR and eventually the attention of Mercury Records, releasing two albums (and one live promo) in their relatively short career. Bass player Kyle Henderson left shortly after the first record's release, joining up with power pop darlings The Producers and was replaced by former Magic Cat and future Riggs, Pat Travers, Joe Lynn Turner bass guitarist Barry Dunaway for their second album 'Change of Face'.

The Songs
Over the years both Whiteface albums seem to gained a certain reputation among AOR fans and I am not really sure why? Yeah, the album covers look pomp rock and cosmic, but so did Alexis and we all know how spotty that album was despite a few stellar tracks. Don't get me wrong, Whiteface had chops but the music was fairly typical of the time. Pablo Cruise, Doobie Brothers, Starbuck and the Southern fried progressive funk of Sea Level all factor into the Whiteface sound. Some good material can be found here including the first cut 'Love Came' which did earn some much needed airplay. 'The Strangest Feeling' and the ballad 'I'll Take It Out On You' are both worthy tracks, but the remaining album fails to go anywhere mired in a funky soul netherworld that I'm sure went over well at the aforementioned club that gave them their start, but is definitely a listening endurance test for those of us that like our rock a little harder.

In Summary
Following the break-up of Whiteface, the boys joined Paul Davis for his 'Cool Night' album and later Rappa and Bare turned up in Blackfoot. Kyle Henderson recently released a solo CD, but I highly doubt we will see official reissues of the Whiteface albums. Maybe that's a good thing?

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#1 | gdazegod on September 03 2006 20:44:07
What a shame their music didn't sound half as good as that Paul Davis 'Cool Night' album. Another band who could've been thrown into the same melting pot (as those listed above) was Wet Willie.
#2 | Nick C on June 29 2008 22:58:38
Yeah, I bought this album years ago for 99p at a shop called Yanks in Manchester (sorely missed) I'm sure I could hear them laughing as I left. I put it on the turntable and cried...'99p lost...totally blown' It was limper than a lettuce leaf being carried by a man with a limp.
But alas it was turfed out in one of my weed outs of stuff I don't want.
This I never want to hear again! lol

Cover IS good though,
#3 | gerard on October 18 2012 22:06:31
Love Wet Willie! Had their albums on vinyl and bought many on cd sometime in New Orleans.
#4 | super80boy on March 24 2013 15:47:10
I'd agree, the first three songs get off to a good start, but then it gets watered down with some fillers and funky AOR melodies. Although 'Take Me Away' kicks it up a notch on Side Two. The embossed cover art is a nice touch.

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