Kip Winger finally re-releases his solo albums after a time period where they were out of print. The big difference this time is he has released them only in a box set simply called the Solo Box Set Collection. The set includes 5 CD including his 4 solo album as well as a bonus CD of bonus tracks from all the Japanese editions of his albums and one new song.
Before Kip started with his solo albums, you would know he was in the band Winger, obviously. Winger’s last studio album prior to the solo albums was 1993’s ‘Pull’ (and one of my favorite Winger albums). After this album, the band sort of dissolved and wasn’t doing anything anymore. Then in 1996 Kip started his solo career. That solo career produced 3 studio albums, 1 acoustic album and now some Classical pieces that he did not include in this set.
Before we get into the music, let’s talk about the set itself. It comes in a very sturdy box that was nice and thick, well made and should last a long time. The one thing you notice is the sad figure on the cover. I am sure it is some famous painting or something, but I do not know who it is or what the story is with the picture. Another thing you notice is Kip’s name. He now puts C.F. Kip Winger as his name. He has been doing that with his Classical pieces he has written and now it is spilling over into his other solo work. The C.F. are his initials for his name Charles Frederick Kip Winger. Maybe “Kip” didn’t sound professional enough for the classical music scene.