Ignition

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Waite had known stardom as a member of the Babys, a British quartet that had a brief run on the American charts in the late '70s and early '80s. During the heyday of punk rock, they were unapologetic stadium rockers with their feet planted firmly in the mainstream, and it worked -- they just missed the Top Ten with "Every Time I Think of You" and "Isn't It Time." That was nothing compared to what would follow when Waite's solo career finally took off, yet it took a little effort for that career to gain momentum. He released his first solo album, Ignition, in the summer of 1982. Musically, the record certainly took its cues from the Babys, but it was also a ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Waite had known stardom as a member of the Babys, a British quartet that had a brief run on the American charts in the late '70s and early '80s. During the heyday of punk rock, they were unapologetic stadium rockers with their feet planted firmly in the mainstream, and it worked -- they just missed the Top Ten with "Every Time I Think of You" and "Isn't It Time." That was nothing compared to what would follow when Waite's solo career finally took off, yet it took a little effort for that career to gain momentum. He released his first solo album, Ignition, in the summer of 1982. Musically, the record certainly took its cues from the Babys, but it was also a product of its times, exhibiting a considerable new wave production sheen. That much was evident from the surging opener "White Heat," with its glistening, processed guitars and tight rhythms. It's the sound of stylized, commercial mainstream rock in the early '80s, and the rest of Ignition follows this pattern to an appealing end. True, the record has a couple of moments that seem like filler, but not in a bad way; that's because the production sounds good, and Waite's performances are always inspired. The problem is that no matter how well-crafted Ignition is, none of its songs are total knockouts -- the kind of single that would break down the doors to mainstream radio, regardless of whether it was given a push. And so, even though it was a very good solo debut, Ignition withered on the vine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • EAN: 5051068000926
  • Catalog Number: 9
  • Sales rank: 74,178

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Heat (3:22)
  2. 2 Change (3:15)
  3. 3 Mr. Wonderful (4:07)
  4. 4 Going to the Top (4:36)
  5. 5 Desperate Love (3:55)
  6. 6 Temptation (2:59)
  7. 7 Be My Baby Tonight (3:22)
  8. 8 Make It Happen (3:18)
  9. 9 Still in Love with You (3:42)
  10. 10 Wild Life (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Waite Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Patty Smyth Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Brody Piano, Keyboards
Alan Childs Drums
Crispin Cioe Horn
Ivan Král Guitar, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Rahni Kugel Vocals, Background Vocals
Frankie La Rocka Drums
Ilana Morrillo Vocals, Background Vocals
Don Nossov Bass, Vocals
Tim Pierce Guitar
Arno Hecht Horn
Brendan Bourke Hand Clapping, screams
Dave Lang Hand Clapping, screams
John Elijah Wright Hand Clapping, screams
Paul Litterall Horn
Technical Credits
John Waite Composer
Jon Astley Remastering
Holly Knight Composer
Bob Clearmountain Engineer
Neil Giraldo Producer
Jeff Hendrickson Engineer
Ivan Král Composer
Tim Pierce Composer
Stephen Allen Liner Notes
Ross Halfin Photo Courtesy
Derek Oliver Liner Notes
Charles Sandford Composer
Todd Kaplan Photo Courtesy
Dante Bonutto Liner Notes
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson Liner Notes
Marquee Perkins Photo Courtesy
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