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Angel - 1978 White Hot

ALBUM: White Hot
LABEL: Casablanca
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 1994, Mercury, 314 510 958-2 * 2010, Mercury (Japan), UICY-94618


LINEUP: Frank DiMino - vocals * Punky Meadows - guitars * Gregg Giuffria - keyboards, moog, synthesizer * Felix Robinson - bass * Barry Brandt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Leave Me Lonely * 02 Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore * 03 Hold Me Squeeze Me * 04 Over And Over * 05 Under Suspicion * 06 Got Love If You Want It * 07 Stick Like Glue * 08 Flying With Broken Wings (Without You) * 09 You Could Lose Me * 10 The Winter Song


Quite how this album remains unlisted on this website is a mystery. As part of an exercise to fill some obvious gaps among our discography, we found 'White Hot' missing from the Angel collection, hence now backwriting an article for it. As history reveals, 1977 featured the 'On Earth As It Is In Heaven' album, released in May of that year. Bassist Mickey Jones departed the band at this point, with Felix Robinson joining for his first appearance on 'White Hot', which was released just after the Yuletide season of 1977 and into January 1978. The band's pomp and bombast sound along with their image were still evident, though in a changing musical climate with new wave, skinny tie and punk just around the corner, it was unclear how Angel were going to face the last part of the 70's decade trying to stay relevant.

The Songs
Radio was still a pre-requisite for many bands in the genre, and in Angel's case, it was appropriate that songs such as 'Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore' and 'The Winter Song' did reasonably well. The former making it into the Billboard top 50 singles, while 'The Winter Song' was a strong contender on radio outside of the USA. In fact, it was well played on radio in New Zealand during 1978! Elsewhere, songs such as 'Hold Me Squeeze Me' and 'Got Love If You Want It' proved that guitarist Punky Meadows could rattle off some tough guitar lines when required, though the latter song was preluded by an extended Gregg Giuffria keyboard intro.. woah! The pairing of 'Don't Leave Me Lonely' and 'Stick Like Glue' hark back to an early 70's power-pop sound, which is a bit of a contrast to Angel's image at the time, though the purists would say that Angel's origins were probably spawned from this genre anyway. The pairing of 'Flying With Broken Wings' and 'The Winter Song' show Angel spreading their ballad like wings. The latter song is quite beautiful with its singalong and choir elements making this (for this writer at least) one of their more memorable songs. I gather this may have been a Christmas song for the 1977/1978 season.. that's my guess.

In Summary
'White Hot' didn't do that great on the charts in 1978, and would go largely unrecognised which was a bit unfair really, as this album contained some useful songs. Mercury did release this on CD in 1994 and more recently in Japan during 2010, but it was not part of the Angel package put together by Rock Candy Records, where only the first three albums were bundled together as part of an LP collectors series. Perhaps one day 'White Hot' and 'Sinful' might get some extended reissue treatment, though I'm guessing the versions out there already are more than suitable.

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#1 | Eric on August 03 2013 03:49:24
This is a great record, played it so much, every note's ingrained in my brain. Promoting the LP Angel did a tour with Judas Priest and The Godz in tow and later supporting Styx in big arenas including a few nights at Madison Square Garden. I remember 'Don't Leave Me Lonely' got some airplay on FM stations too. Again, a tremendous album and the cover made for a cool poster!
#2 | AOR Lee on August 03 2013 06:33:47
High class late 70's AOR / pomp / power pop blend, duly repeated on the next album. Both should have been successful on the charts but were not
#3 | tompa on August 03 2013 13:33:16
As a huge fan of the first three albums, I really wanted to like this album but felt disappointed. 'Got love if you want it', 'Under suspicion' 'you could lose me' and 'Winter song' are the only tracks I liked back then and still do. Four songs on a tentrack album isn't good enough. But it got worse with 'Sinful'....
#4 | Explorer on August 03 2013 18:49:11
I second every word that Lee said...cracking stuff!
#5 | david on August 04 2013 05:29:55
Everything Angel have produced i have enjoyed. A corker of an album.
#6 | rkbluez on August 04 2013 19:16:29
Agree with Tommy...thought that White Hot and Sinful were a little to pop oriented and was kind of disappointed with them...I'm not saying their bad albums by any means I just liked the first Three so much better...the Live album was great also.
#7 | super80boy on May 25 2015 17:24:31
Energetic glam pomp rock goodness. They calm things down with 'Flying With Broken Wings' and 'The Winter Song', both solid tunes. 'Under Suspicion' is another standout with it's creeping harmonies. My vinyl copy came with the Angel Earth Force fan club membership insert. For 5 bucks you got a ton of stuff back in 1978!
#8 | reyno-roxx on December 21 2015 17:12:32
Great album cover. I have a short interview in the bag with the guy who painted it should the time come to ever use it.
#9 | rostoned on December 22 2015 11:22:25
Dave (r-r) I hope you can use that interview in a 2016 Rock Candy reissue of WH with Better Days as a bonus track..that's me hoping! pray
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