by Alan White


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Of all the solo albums put out by Yes members during their post-Relayer hiatus, White's is by far the furthest afield from progressive rock. A more useful comparison could be made to his varied session work with such luminaries as John Lennon and George Harrison, where his powerful drumming could effortlessly jump genres. "Ooooh Baby" leads off with smooth R&B, showcasing White's superlative mounted tom work along with silky soul vocals and a classic Hammond accompaniment. "Silly Woman" slides into lazy reggae, while "Giddy" is a gregarious, piano-driven joyride through dockside bars where "the bartender don't take no lip" and "the blind man says your belongs to him" -- and it almost sounds like it could be the B-side to Looking Glass' "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)." Except for the jazz-rock virtuosity of the instrumental, "Avavak," this release was so far from the expectations of Yes fans that most to this day ignore it or don't know what to make of it. But, it's an enjoyable romp by a fine and underrated drummer. Though this album pretty much sank without a trace, had it been issued on an R&B label it probably would have sold ten times as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2006
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140816725
catalogNumber: 8167
Rank: 75119

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan White   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
David Bedford   Conductor
Madeline Bell   Background Vocals
Bud Beadle   Flute,Saxophone,Wind
Vicki Brown   Background Vocals
Ken Craddock   Keyboards,Vocals
Colin Gibson   Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar
Steve Gregory   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Wind
Pete Kirtley   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Phillips   Percussion,Steel Drums
Joanne Williams   Background Vocals
Alan Marshall   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jon Anderson   Composer
Steve Howe   Composer
David Bedford   Arranger
Alan White   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ken Craddock   Composer
Paul Hardiman   Engineer
Pete Kirtley   Composer
Bob Potter   Producer,Engineer
Ian Vincentini   Concept
Henry S. Hodgeson   Artwork

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