Frontiers Records (release: November 9th, 2007)
Four studio albums in eighteen years, vocalist/bassist Kip Winger and his mates are particularly thrifty. So what ? Better one great album every four or five years than two dispensable releases a year. Anyway, WINGER (the band) began their career in the midst of the American Hair Metal times with the likes of WARRANT, POISON, CINDERELLA, which means they played some kind of classical mid-eighties American Hard Rock. But self-titled Winger (1988) and In The Heart Of The Young (1990) both contained some hints of more original stuff to come with tracks like Rainbow In The Rose and the anthem Headed For A Heartbreak. The band chose to work out this aspect of their personality and the whole thing resulted in Pull (1993), which was their most original production at that time.
And then... WINGER got lost in the nineties, while musicians got involved in other projects: Kip Winger made a career with ALICE COOPER, guitarist Reb Beach joined DOKKEN and WHITESNAKE, and drummer Rod Morgenstein hit the skins with the DIXIE DREGS.
2006... thirteen years after Pull, the three original members reunited and recorded the most unexpected IV with guitarist John Roth. Another great release, which brought WINGER back to business at the very same point they had left the road in 1993.
It seems that the guys were quite happy with this rebirth, as they decided to take to the road again and are finally presenting us with this live album (which is also available on DVD). This 18 tracks double CD will delight both old and new fans, as we get a selection of 16 songs equally picked up in their four studio albums. Loosen Up, Easy Come Easy Go, Seventeen, Madalaine, You Are The Saint... will bring you back to the Hair Metal Age, while more sophisticated Blind Revolution Mad, Rainbow In The Rose, Generica, Junkyard Dog and, of course, Headed For A Heartbreak meet the stage without any problem.
One little regret, still, as the interpretation is quite excellent but lacks inventiveness, apart from the nice drums variations on the final riffs of Headed For A Heartbreak, which is much more convincing than the drum solo itself.
Oh, didn't I tell you ? Two tracks are devoted to the guitar and drums solos, just like in the good old times. Was it really necessary to keep this on the CD ? Make your own opinion !David