ARTIST: Great White
TITLE: Greatest Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 40: Rock Me (#60 US, #9 Rock), Save Your Love (#57 US, #9 Rock), Mista Bone (#27 Rock), One Bitten, Twice Shy (#5 US, #6 Rock, #83 UK), The Angel Song (#30 US, #18 Rock), Call It Rock & Roll (#53 US, #4 Rock, #67 UK), Big Goodbye (#20 Rock), Old Rose Motel (#23 Rock)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Live versions of two hits; House of Broken Love and Desert Moon
LINEUP: Jack Russell, Mark Kendall, Audie Desbrow. Other guys, like Tony Montana, Lorne Black, Dave Spitz, and Michael Lardie all showed up at one point or another.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Derivative Zep / Ratt band hit it huge with a glam cover after four albums, and faded away after their fifth went splat.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The career trajectory of Great White was pointing towards a slog as a second rate metal band – openers on arena tours, and possibly headlining clubs and small halls. Then, they covered Ian Hunter, and, well, that escalated quickly.
Early on, they did sound like Ratt sometimes, and Zep others, with icky power ballads thrown in for the masses. “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, more intelligent and subtle than you’d think (because Hunter, you know), propelled them into the mega-star complex. It wasn’t really metal, but they had been metal and had hair, so, there you go.
But their next album, right as grunge was gurgling, stiffed, for a good reason. Ian Hunter wasn’t there to hand them another hit, and their brand of Zeppy-lite metal was nowhere near vogue. Alas, that leads to a breakup, reformations, and club dates in Rhode Island…
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Jack Russell, the singer, formed the band originally, but went away to prison for an armed robbery where he injured a maid.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE C: It ain’t bad, really, but there’s goopy ballads and needless live and acoustic cuts. There’s another straight compilation out there, too. Actually, several.