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Tramps White Lion
Rocking The USA
March 2006
Released: 2005, Frontiers Records/Atenzia Records
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

White Lion is remembered as one of the bigger melodic hardrock acts during the end of the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s with the Danish bandleader and lead vocalist Mike Tramp as frontman. They made four albums before the band split up at the end 1991and their biggest hit was “When the Children Cry”. When the band was laid to rest Tramp formed another band that lived a short life releasing only two album. After that Tramp went solo and continued releasing albums in his own name. Why Mike Tramp has returned under the name Tramps White Lion now I don’t know, maybe lack of money or nothing better to do? It’s only Tramp himself that remains from the original line up, the new members of Tramps White Lion are people from around the world like Jamie from Australia, Ians from Denmark, Troy from USA and Henning from Germany. This a live album recorded during the band’s two month tour through the USA during February/March 2005. Tramps White Lion’s mission is simple: bring the classic sound of White Lion to all the people across the world that still lives for this music. Mike Tramp says “We are not interested in fixing what isn’t broke. We’re here to play White Lion songs the way they were written” nice Mike but the real question ought to be Who needs to hear these quite boring songs once again and with no original member besides Tramp? White Lion wasn’t fun back then and they sure aren’t now.



The songs have a more raw sound today and all the new musicians are skilled and know what they do, the new versions of the older songs feel pretty fresh and vital. Disc number one contains 9 tracks and disc two 7, so you get a lot of music for your money. Legendary Producer Michael Wagener mixed the album and he also took care of the production on the old White Lion albums PRIDE and BIG GAME. He’s done a great job but when it comes to live album one can always wonder if everything really IS live or if something’s been added in the post-production.



In the long run this album is strictly for old fans of White Lion, maybe Mike Tramp can win a few new fans with this album but that could only be considered a bonus.



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Track Listing

CD1
Lights And Thunder
Hungry
Lonely Nights
Love Don’t Come Easy
Broken Heart
Fight To Survive
Cry For Freedom
You’re All I Need
Little Fighter

CD2
It’s Over
Living On The Edge
Tell Me
Wait
Lady Of The Valley
When The Children Cry
Radar Love

Lineup

Mike Tramp – lead vocals
Jamie Law – guitar
Claus Langeshov – bass
Troy Patrick Farell – drums
Henning Wanner – keyboards

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