White Lightning

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Hux Records
  • UPC: 682970000428
  • Catalog Number: 42
  • Sales rank: 327,119

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rockin' Robin (2:26)
  2. 2 In the Pines (4:00)
  3. 3 Be-Bop-A-Lula (2:38)
  4. 4 Rainbow at Midnight (2:39)
  5. 5 Black Letter (2:39)
  6. 6 White Lightning (2:42)
  7. 7 Sexy Ways (2:37)
  8. 8 Ruby Baby (2:49)
  9. 9 Lotta Lovin' (3:06)
  10. 10 Circle Never Broken (2:57)
  11. 11 I Heard That Lonesome Whistle (2:28)
  12. 12 Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (3:12)
  13. 13 Say Mama (2:02)
  14. 14 Be-Bop-A-Lula (2:18)
  15. 15 Roll Over Beethoven (2:18)
  16. 16 Distant Drums (3:28)
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Album Credits

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
Alan Block Composer
Steve Aynsley Liner Notes
Tex Davis Composer
Don Hecht Composer
Jack Segal Composer
David Tate Producer
Bernice Bedwell Composer
Tommy Bedwell Composer
Evelyn Danzig Composer
Traditional Composer
Russell Pay Mastering
Skip Battyn Arranger
Bob Tanner Engineer
Johnny Meeks Composer
Dave Tate Audio Production
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