When Danish musician, Mike Tramp moved to New York in 1983, he met this guitar whiz by the name of Vito Bratta and a little band was formed by the name of White Lion (I am sure I over simplified things). A bass player and drummer were added, a record label was signed and the debut album was ready. The debut, ‘Fight to Survive’, was finished and the record company hated it and refused to release it. Oh yeah, they dropped the band as well. The album eventually was released and then the bass player and drummer were added, labels went bankrupt and it all started all over again. Not the most auspicious start.
The band’s classic line-up was set with Mike, Vito, James LoMenzo (bass) and Greg D’Angelo (drums). A record deal was in place with Atlantic and in 1987, the band released ‘Pride’ and success was finally had…at least for a few years. One thing the makes the band a little different than other bands of the era is that every album has at least one (usually more) song that is political in nature or at least some social commentary to it. Where this worked on some albums, it totally didn’t work on others. As a kid, I could care less about political or socially conscious songs, give me Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.
I was a fan of White LIon’s in the late 80’s and early 90’s so I thought I would rank their albums as I have some familiarity with all their stuff and felt I could judge them properly. With only 5 studio releases, this one isn’t as long as some of the others I have done which is a nice change of pace for me.
Sit back and see how the albums are ranked and maybe it will spark an interest to go listen to some White Lion.
WORST – RETURN OF THE PRIDE (2008):
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Motley Crue called it quits back in 2016 with The End Farewell Tour. I have The End Deluxe Edition Tombstone set which I love and I have all their CDs (only missing a couple that will be remedied shortly. I was listening to them the other day and thought it was time to rank their Albums from Worst to First. As usual, I will keep it to strictly the Studio albums and will exclude greatest hits and live albums. However, I am going to include the Supersonic And Demonic Relics album which was a collection of rare songs and unreleased tracks. It isn’t a greatest hits collection and I think it stands out nicely on its own.
With all that being said, let’s get started…
10 – THE WORST – ‘THEATRE OF PAIN’ (1985):
The album was an utter disappointment after the first two. There was so much filler and not enough memorable songs. Yes, you have “Home Sweet Home” and “Smokin’ in the Boys Room” but the album felt lost. The band lost it’s edge of the last two albums and overall it was just lacking. There were a couple other good songs as I really liked “Tonight (We Need a Love)” and “Louder than Hell”. Outside of that it wasn’t the same band. Luckily, the regained that edge for the next release.
The album did well and sold over 4 million copies and went to #6 on Billboard. The success of the ballad “Home Sweet Home” was good enough to keep the momentum going and drive further success, but it is one of the albums I revisit the least.
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I haven’t done one of these in awhile so I figured it was time to do another. I have been listening to a lot of Night Ranger lately so why not do one on them. Night Ranger have released 12 studio albums and numerous Live and Collection albums and they have been together off and on since 1979. They have had quite a long career.
The have released three albums since 2011 and their latest release is why I have gone back and listened to everything as I hadn’t done that in a very long time. In doing so, I remembered what albums I really loved, which ones were so-so and which ones I do not like. I might as well tackle the daunting task of ranking the albums from Worst to First. Without any further delay, lets get to it.
12- “The Worst!!” – HOLE IN THE SUN (2007):
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