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White, Michael - 1987 Michael White

ARTIST: White, Michael
ALBUM: Michael White
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 78 17531
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2003, Atlantic, CD 81753 * 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY350


LINEUP: Michael White - lead vocals * Randy Piper, Claus Heuser, Paul Vincent, Phil Bolenz - guitars * Scot Gaines, Steven Wissnet - bass * Rick Dellefield, Alan St.Jon - keyboards * Danny Bilan, Curt Cress, Bobby Chouinard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 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


Between Michael White and Kingdom Come's Lenny Wolf, these two blokes had the Robert Plant doppelganger gig all sewn up between them. All jokes aside, I really enjoy the music these two put out, even if the critics gave them a hard time. Believe it when I say that the critics gave Billy Squier and Winger an even harder time! So, winding the clock back to 1987, does anyone remember this major label release on Atlantic Records? it was produced by Mack (Reinhard Mack), the same bloke who worked with Queen and Billy Squier and the album even features a few of Squier's band, namely Chouinard and St Jon. Michael White initially built his profile in Los Angeles during the early 80's, singing with numerous bands, but his predilection toward Led Zeppelin styled epics saw him form his own band The White. Atlantic came calling, and this was the end result. Actually, it's been said that the man himself Robert Plant even helped out landing a record deal.. Very cool.

The Songs
It's a very stylish album, that many punters have picked up on in later years, more so than when it was originally released. There's a good line-up of musicians assembled here, but it's the voice of White which holds it all together. Should Robert Plant be expecting any royalty cheques soon? No, but he should be chuffed that top class singers are emulating him and continuing a legacy. The Michael White album shifts appreciably across the hard rock spectrum. Yes, there are Zep oriented tracks, just as there are hard rock tracks which fit the AOR/melodic rock trend as it was back in 1987. A smattering of songs really capture my senses. The opener 'Fantasy' is very cool, and I do like the vibe throughout the LP. 'Matriarch' has big booming drums and a funky vibe. Another cooler than cool track. 'Pyschometry' comes from left field, and includes exotic reference points throughout. 'Radio' edges toward the mainstream, but 'Dirty Dancer' is just the bees knees.. the lovely organ intro leading into a solid rocker worthy of a repeat spin.

In Summary
You know, I've said this numerous times on this site, but I really do regret selling all my old LP's. Not so anymore, as I am steadily building up my LP collection again, and this time, no LP's are going to be offloaded. Come hell or highwater. If I only kept this one.. tsk tsk. Following this, White released a 1991 CD on a small time label (I owned this at one point [holds his head in shame]), plus a couple of Led Zeppelin tribute CD's during the mid 90's. If you know what's good for you, head on over to Ebay and try to find the Atlantic 2003 CD reissue, before it becomes truly impossible to find.

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#1 | rostoned on October 12 2015 20:47:14
I am almost sure the 2003 reissue is not a legit one.... Cool
#2 | gdazegod on October 12 2015 21:32:55
Everywhere I've read it says Atlantic. But then, anyone can say that I guess.. helpless
#3 | Eric on October 12 2015 23:18:45
Never a big Zep fan, just have a couple Plant and Led discs, but when this came out I thought it to be a really good album and agree with your take on it George. I always hoped this would get picked up by Wounded Bird for reissue or anyone really. Much better than Kingdom Come IMHO.
#4 | swazi on October 13 2015 19:50:45
I followed the recommendation of Sir Jez and bought this one, after looking for it for ages. Never regretted it, though. Great one!
#5 | Jez on October 14 2015 15:21:09
All i can say is that this is MONSTER of a disc from start to finish.I remember when i first heard this, couldn't believe that anyone could sound exactly like Robert Plant. All the tracks on here are immense, from the Led Zepp sounding 'Matriarch' to the more radio friendly material like the mega 'Fantasy' and 'Radio'. Top this off with a great production from Queen man 'Mack' and a great list of musos, you have one of my all time favourite album
#6 | super80boy on June 10 2017 16:08:24
Wow, in the beginning of 'On Good Turn', you'd think Robert Plant was guesting. This dude Michael White was a clear fan of Led Zep and lead man Robert Plant's style. Enjoyable Plant/Zep influenced melodic rock with an updated 80's sound and production.
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