White Lion announces complete albums box set

Five CD box set available June 26th

White Lion has announced All You Need Is Rock N’ Roll – The Complete Albums 1985-1991 5 CD box set for June 26th via UK’s Cherry Red Records. The set covers their 1985 debut through their fourth and final LP in 1991 and a 1988 live album.

Releasing their debut Fight To Survive (CD 1) independently in 1985, the band’s fortunes really took off once they were snapped up by Atlantic Records to release second record Pride (CD 2) in June 1987. As lead single “Wait” began to pick up plenty of airplay, as well as heavy rotation on MTV, hitting No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the platinum album peaked at No. 11 in the US. There was further US chart success with the singles “Tell Me” (No. 58) and “When The Children Cry” (No. 8). The bonus tracks included here are “Wait” (Extended Remix), “When The Children Cry” (Edit), “All You Need Is Rock ‘N’ Roll” (LP Version With Intro Edit), “All You Need Is Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Short Version) & “Tell Me” (Edit).

Touring heavily, opening for Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and AC/DC well into 1988, White Lion released the third record, Big Game (CD 3) in August 1989. As per Pride, Big Game was produced by Michael Wagener, reaching No. 19 in the US charts. As well as the singles “Little Fighter” and “Cry For Freedom,” the album featured a cover of Golden Earring’s hard rock staple, “Radar Love.” “Cry For Freedom” (Edit) is included as a bonus track.

This time produced by Richie Zito (Poison, Mr. Big, Elton John, Cher, The Cult & Bad English), fourth and final LP by the original, “classic” line-up of White Lion released Mane Attraction (CD 4) in 1991. Although Mane Attraction can sit proudly alongside their two previous albums for Atlantic, like many of their contemporaries who found fame, fortune and platinum sales in the 1980s, White Lion were beginning to look and sound a little out of step at the beginning of the new decade, as grunge would wipe away many bands of a more glam-based nature. They would soldier on into 1992, before calling it a day. Mane Attraction also now features “Lights & Thunder” (Edit).

Versions of White Lion would periodically be formed by frontman Mike Tramp, but sadly not capturing the peak of their Atlantic years. The fifth disc captures the band doing what they did best, performing their melodic hard rock Live (CD 5) on stage, with a set that includes live versions of “Wait,” “The Road To Valhalla” & “Sweet Little Loving.” Live rehearsal versions of “Little Fighter” & “Don’t Give Up” complete CD 5.

White Lion originally formed in 1983 when Danish singer Mike Tramp moved to New York City and teamed up with guitarist Vito Bratta, later joined by James Lomenzo on bass and Greg D’Angelo on drums. Mike Tramp and Vito Bratta would make a strong and consistent writing team throughout White Lion’s brief career.

5 CD

CD 1: Fight To Survive (1985)

1. Broken Heart
2. Cherokee
3. Fight to Survive
4. Where Do We Run
5. In the City
6. All the Fallen Men
7. All Burn in Hell
8. Kid of 1000 Faces
9. El Salvador
10. The Road to Valhalla

CD 2: Pride (1987)

1. Hungry
2. Lonely Nights
3. Don’t Give Up
4. Sweet Little Loving
5. Lady of the Valley
6. Wait
7. All You Need Is Rock N Roll
8. Tell Me
9. All Join Our Hands
10. When the Children Cry
11. Wait (Extended Remix) [Bonus Track]
12. When the Children Cry (Edit) [Bonus Track]
13. All You Need Is Rock N Roll (LP Version with Intro Edit) [Bonus Track]
14. All You Need Is Rock N Roll (Short Version) [Bonus Track]
15. Tell Me (Edit) [Bonus Track]

CD 3: Big Game (1989)

1. Goin’ Home Tonight
2. Dirty Woman
3. Little Fighter
4. Broken Home
5. Baby Be Mine
6. Living on the Edge
7. Let’s Get Crazy
8. Don’t Say It’s Over
9. If My Mind Is Evil
10. Radar Love
11. Cry for Freedom
12. Cry for Freedom (Edit) [Bonus Track]

CD 4: Mane Attraction (1991)

1. Lights and Thunder
2. Broken Heart
3. Leave Me Alone
4. Love Don’t Come Easy
5. You’re All I Need
6. It’s Over
7. Warsong
8. She’s Got Everything
9. Till Death Do Us Part
10. Out with the Boys
11. Blue Monday
12. Farewell to You
13. Lights & Thunder (Edit) [Bonus Track]

CD 5: Live: Ritz – New York (1988)

1. Hungry
2. Don’t Give Up
3. Lonely Nights
4. Sweet Little Loving
5. Broken Heart
6. Fight to Survive
7. Tell Me
8. All Join Our Hands
9. Wait
10. Lady of the Valley
11. The Road to Valhalla
12. All You Need Is Rock N Roll
13. When the Children Cry
14. Little Fighter (Live in Rehearsal 1991)
15. When the Children Cry (Live in Rehearsal 1991)
16. Don’t Give Up (Live in Rehearsal 1991)

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