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White Lightning
     

White Lightning

by Gene Vincent
 
Though the title reads White Lightning, this is actually a CD reissue of Vincent's 1970 comeback LP for Dandelion, I'm Back and I'm Proud, with the addition of four tracks from a 1971 BBC session. Was this particular comeback record something to be proud of? Not really. Recorded in 1969 for famed British DJ

Overview

Though the title reads White Lightning, this is actually a CD reissue of Vincent's 1970 comeback LP for Dandelion, I'm Back and I'm Proud, with the addition of four tracks from a 1971 BBC session. Was this particular comeback record something to be proud of? Not really. Recorded in 1969 for famed British DJ John Peel's Dandelion label and released the following year, it did feature some notables of the late-'60s Hollywood rock scene, including Skip Battin of the Byrds (on bass), Red Rhodes (on Dobro), Mars Bonfire (rhythm guitar), Jim Gordon (drums), and Linda Ronstadt (backing vocals), with Kim Fowley producing. But there was something of a rehash feel about the whole enterprise, which was short on new quality original material and heavy on reworkings of oldies like George Jones's "White Lightning," Dion/the Drifters' "Ruby Baby," and Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin." There were also remakes of Vincent's own '50s hits "Be-Bop-a-Lula" and "Lotta Lovin'" that couldn't hope to displace the originals. The heavier late-'60s rock feel of the arrangements doesn't jibe well with Vincent's style, though some cuts boast a countrified touch (particularly the ones featuring Rhodes), and Vincent himself often sounds a little shaky and nervous on the vocals. The BBC session was done just a few days before his death, and rather surprisingly it's not bad. It's not terribly interesting, true, combining versions of his oldies "Be-Bop-a-Lula" and "Say Mama" with covers of "Roll Over Beethoven" and Jim Reeves' country hit "Distant Drums." But in comparison to I'm Back and I'm Proud, it sounds honest, unforced, and energetic.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Hux Records
UPC:
0682970000428
catalogNumber:
42
Rank:
167607

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Performance Credits

Gene Vincent   Primary Artist,Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
Dave Bailey   Keyboards
Mars Bonfire   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Red Rhodes   Dobro
Jim Gordon   Drums
Jim Grant   Piano
Charlie Harrison   Bass
Grant Johnson   Keyboards
John Meeks   Guitar
Bob Moore   Drums
Charles Harrison   Bass Guitar
Richard Cole   Guitar
Bob Moore   Drums
Skip Battyn   Bass,Conductor,Bass Guitar
Jackie Frisco   Background Vocals
Johnny Meeks   Guitar
Jim Grant   Piano

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
George Jones   Composer
Hank Ballard   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Gene Vincent   Composer
Kim Fowley   Producer,Audio Production
Jerry Leiber   Composer
John Miller   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Allan Emig   Engineer
John Meeks   Composer
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jesse Thomas   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Steve Aynsley   Liner Notes
Tex Davis   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
David Tate   Producer
Bernice Bedwell   Composer
Tommy Bedwell   Composer
Evelyn Danzig   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Skip Battyn   Arranger
Bob Tanner   Engineer
Johnny Meeks   Composer
Dave Tate   Audio Production

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