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White Sister - 1984 White Sister

ARTIST: White Sister
ALBUM: White Sister
LABEL: EMI America
SERIAL: ST-17127
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1993, EMI Japan, TOCP-8102 * 2000, Zoom Club, ZCRCD39 * 2013, Rock Candy Records, CANDY207


LINEUP: Dennis Churchill-Dries - vocals, bass * Rick Chadock - guitars * Garri Brandon - vocals, keyboards * Richard Wright - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Don't Say That Your Mine * 02 Straight From The Heart * 03 Love Don't Make It Right * 04 Breakin' All The Rules * 05 Whips * 06 Can't Say No * 07 Promises * 08 Walk Away * 09 One More Night * 10 Just For You


Back in 1984? .. 'a band that looks like Angel and sounds like Journey ..majestic keyboards and heavy guitar .. dynamic melodic metal but with some sinew and muscle'. Well that certainly got my attention, and 15 years later it's still got my attention. In true typical LA fashion, White Sister did the local gigs, changed their name a few times, developed a following, got some material together and got a deal. Big time deal too, with Gregg Giuffria doing production and EMI America (ggrrr..) doing the honourable deed and initally giving them license to release their self titled album (my opinion of EMI America can be read elsewhere on this site). What we get is heavy melodic pomp rock at it's finest. Gregg Guiffria has given this album a fairly tight and compressed mix, especially the rhythm section, which gives the guitars and keyboards ample space to breathe. The vocals are shared between Churchill-Dries and Brandon, and both are great on the respective songs they sing, but I think Churchill-Dries probably sings with more passion and urgency. Rick Chadock's guitar is like a chainsaw at times, cutting through songs with those chugga chugga riffs.

The Songs
Keyboards swoop down from the heavens as we open our account with 'Don't Say That You're Mine' and from then on in we get majestic keyboard and guitar interplay. Turn it up!!! The pomp attack continues with 'Straight From The Heart' and 'Love Don't Make It Right'. The most definitive AOR song I can ever think of is represented in the shape of 'Can't Say No'. If people ask me what sort of music AOR represents, I put this song on, and bow my head in gratitude (just kidding!). The follow up song 'Promises' is nearly equal, an awesomely rich chorus and Garri Brandon's solo is right up there in the top 10 keyboard solos of all time. 'Breakin' All The Rules' gives Chadock a chance to let loose his guitar in machine gun fashion while a slight deviation occurs with 'Whips', incidentally written by Ricky Phillips, Fergie Frederiksen and Punky Meadows when they were together in one of the later incarnations of Angel.

In Summary
This particular CD release I have is the Japanese Burrn/Legendary Masters Collection. The highlight for me is the Japanese interpretation of the lyrics. Absolutely hilarious, and nothing about what's being sung in the songs! All I can say is ..'good try guys but your lyrics are way off the mark'. Again 1984 produces the goods! Well, for those who have followed the fortunes of White Sister (pre and post Tattoo Rodeo), it is unlikely we'll ever see this band in operation again, so we'll just savour the moment and this 40 odd minutes of excellence.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 21 2007 23:03:08
Oh yeah, a message to Paul Birch from FM/Revolver. I would at some stage like for you to return my Japanese CD copy of this album, which you said was going to be used for remastering purposes. It's quite clear that you lied. It's only been like five years Paul! I have not forgotten... middle finger
#2 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:30:20
Classic release - Y&T meets Journey is how i would describe this one. A little heavy to be considered a pure AOR release, but an excellent and most importantly consistently good one throughout. This contains two of my favourite tracks of the time, namely 'Can't Say No' & 'Promises' - killer both of them. ' Whips' is also a great track . Special note for Dennis Churchills amazing vocals.
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 13 2008 11:21:19
Still a fantastic record. Funnily enough, dragged the Fergie era Angel demo out for a listen the other night. The original version of 'Whips' is just as good as White Sister's.
#4 | gdazegod on August 05 2008 11:00:36
1984 was quite a sensational year really. This album stands out a mile. However, 1982 for me was the best! clap
#5 | sabace on February 24 2009 15:38:30
I bought this cd on e bay recently and for once the cd lives up to the hype, wonderful lp!
#6 | jefflynnefan on February 25 2009 03:52:51
Good News about White Sister is that they are suppose to release a new cd this year! It is suppose to be for sale at this year's Firefest show. Again I live in the USA! With a voice like Dennis Churchill he definitely needs to have something new out. Looking forward to this release.
#7 | sir lord baltimore on April 23 2009 11:17:45
Not so good record imo. "Promises" is an awesome track but the rest, hmm.
#8 | swazi on January 30 2012 14:38:18
LOL! Did you ever get your Jap CD back, George ?
#9 | gdazegod on January 30 2012 20:26:16
No. Talking of this subject gets me highly agitated.. grr..
#10 | super80boy on July 28 2013 15:43:11
A very pompy melodic hard rock gem with lots of keybords and shredding guitars, and it just got re-issued on the great Rock Candy.
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