White Lion is an Americano-Danish group formed in New York in 1983 by Mike Tramp and Vito Bratta. Which will be joined quickly by Nicki Capozzi and Felix Robinson.
They recorded a first album "Fight to survive" in 1984 under the Elektra Records label. Finding the quality of the opus mediocre, the label in question will land them outright.
The album was re-recorded in 1985 under a new label and was indeed released this time around. A highly esteemed album that will mainly produce the single "Broken Heart".
We find the group two years later in 1987 under a new label and with a new album called "Pride". This time, success is there and what a success ! The album was a hit, especially across the Atlantic. It will sell more than 2 million copies in the United States alone.
Album from which will be extracted the same year one of the biggest hits of all their discography, namely the enormous "Wait" (which will still take 7 months before making its appearance in the Charts ...).
Followed a year later in 1988 by 2 other singles : "Tell me" with a much more modest success and also but above all the intergalactic hit "When the children cry". Single which will remain as their biggest success and which will definitively return the group to the musical legend of the 80s. The 2 still taken from the album Pride.
New success in 1989 with the album "Big game" which paradoxically will be a real hit at the planetary level but experience declining sales results in the United States. Album which will mainly produce the hit "Little fighter".
It wasn't until 1991 that the album "Mane attraction" was released. Album which will be their last major success but which will not produce any major hits. Public disaffection partly due to the Grunge surge.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Broken heart 1985
Tell me 1988
When the children cry 1988
Little fighter 1989
Radar love 1989
Cry for freedom 1990
Love don’t come easy 1991
You're all I need 1991
Lights and thunder 1991
Till death do us part 1991
1985 ... a first title, not classified, but which will immediately set the trend : it will hit hard !
1987 ... an air gap in 1986 and a shattering return in this year 1987, with a title which will give them their 1st global hit. It was worth the wait !
1988 ... a BIG year 1988 which started in the best possible way with a new hit on the clock. Certainly on a smaller scale, but the momentum is launched !
1988 ... their Masterpiece ! The title of the consecration and the definitive entry into the musical legend of the 80s. And as surprising as it may seem and as very often for the Hard bands, they are among the best in the Intimist register. MA-GIC !
1989 ... return to the fundamentals with a title that beats hard, strong, strong. Whether you like the style or not, the melodies are always inspired and that's what makes all the difference !
1989 ... the year 1988 was the year of the supreme consecration, the year 1989 will approach it more or less. The group quietly unrolls and connects hits after hits !
1990 ... the 1980s revealed them and saw them explode, unfortunately the 1990s will see them decline. And yet, they still have some under the pedal ...
1991 ... a particularly prolific year 1991 with a plethora of titles but the disaffection of the public is more and more evident ...
1991 ... an unranked title but of remarkable quality, go figure. The group signs here a new Intimist title of all beauty. Like what, nothing is ever finished !
1991 ... from one extreme to another. As much the previous piece fit in the lace, as much this one made in the jackhammer ...
1991 ... we end in style with this new foray into the 'With emotions' register which once again shows all the talent of the group in this area ...
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