WINGER – Winger

Winger – Winger (1988, Atlantic Records)

Track Listing:
1. “Madalaine” … 3:41
2. “Hungry” … 3:58
3. “Seventeen” … 4:04
4. “Without the Night” … 5:02
5. “Purple Haze” … 3:37
6. “State of Emergency” … 3:35
7. “Time to Surrender” … 4:09
8. “Poison Angel” … 3:27
9. “Hangin On” … 3:34
10. “Headed for a Heartbreak” … 5:10
11. “Higher and Higher” [CD Bonus Track] … 3:18

Kip Winger – Vocals, Bass
Reb Beach – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Rod Morgenstein – Drums, Backing Vocals
Paul Taylor – Keyboard, Backing Vocals

Additional Musicians:
Dweezil Zappa – Guitar
Beau Hill – Backing Vocals
Ira McLaughlin – Backing Vocals
Sandra Park – Strings
Rebecca Young – Strings
Hae Young Ham – Strings
Maria Kitsopoulos – Strings

Produced by: Beau Hill

Kip Winger got his big break writing “Bang Bang (Balls of Fire)” for KIX’s Midnite Dynamite album and as the bassist for Alice Cooper during the Constrictor and Raise Your First and Yell albums, but then decided to form his own band bring along the very accomplished Reb Beach.

This debut is certainly the work of a hair band (“Seventeen” proves that), but Winger has always been a bit more progressive and melodic as well. It’s a great debut and I’ve always thought Kip had one of the better voices in the genre. That said, I do have ONE gripe about the album… “Purple Haze”. I’m not a Hendrix fan at all, so I don’t even like the original, but their cover of it is horrible!

“Higher and Higher” was an exclusive release for the CD pressing for the album. I’ve never understood why bands/labels did that, I guess they were just trying to turn people onto CDs and get’em away from cassettes. Oh well. It’s a pretty good song.

Lowlight: All is good but “Purple Haze”

Posted on November 28, 2008, in Collection, Winger and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. bet you didn’t know that the band was orignally called Sahara and the album was going to be called Winger, proof of this is the word Sahara in fine ink in the gray boces on the bottom right of the akbum cover

    • Yes, actually, I did know that. 😛

      • Well when I told my dad that who owns pretty much all the cds (many many many, I would say near 1000) he didn’t know that, well if they wer emy cds I would let you borrow the cds you have on your list just for a review, but they are my dad’s, so sorry but I enjoy reading your reviews

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