Winger’s First Two Albums Get Remastered With Bonus Tracks
October 29, 2014
Winger’s self-titled debut and the follow-up ‘In The Heart Of The Young’ have been remastered by Rock Candy Records. The 1988 debut features the bonus tracks “Higher And Higher”, “Headed For A Heartbreak (’91 remix)” and “Never” while ‘In The Heart Of The Young’ includes “Can’t Get Enuff (edit)”.
Each release contains 24-bit remastering from the original source tapes, 16 page full color booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos. Both titles are now available for purchase at www.rockcandyrecords.com.
Rather unfairly, Winger were lumped into the ’80s hair metal scene. However it was an easy mistake to make considering Kip Winger’s drop dead gorgeous looks and the band’s penchant for penning memorable and melodic rock of an altogether addictive nature. However, beneath the fancy looks was a band of enormous depth, containing members that had already notched up years of experience and played with several demanding and high calibre artists. The band were fronted by Denver, Colorado, native Kip Winger, and signed to industry heavyweight Atlantic Records, the rest of the band consisting of guitarist Reb Beach (who had worked with Fiona), keyboard player Paul Taylor (previously with Alice Cooper) and former Dixie Dreggs drummer Rod Morgenstein.
Originally issued in 1988, and produced by man of the moment Beau Hill, the album caused an immediate stir with it’s seductive blend of heavy, yet melodic, rock suggesting that Winger’s talent was very much in the same realms as Bon Jovi and Foreigner. Indeed, such was the excitement surrounding the album that it achieved platinum status and made them a fixture on MTV, all helped by their good looks and fully formed songs such as “Madalaine”, “Hungry”, “Headed For A Heartbreak” (a top twenty US hit single) and the superhumanly catchy “Seventeen”; a tour de force of perfection.
For their 1990 follow-up album, titled ‘In The Heart Of The Young’, Winger retained all the positive points of his debut’s success, with no changes to either band members or his producer Beau Hill, except that this time around they elected to record in Los Angeles rather than New York City.
It was a good move as the album increased the band’s fire and passion, bringing together eleven tracks of superior melodic rock goodness. The sound was sharp, the hooks were huge and the songs were as every bit on the money as first time around. Kip Winger’s familiar husky roar wraps itself around classic tracks such as “Can’t Get Enuff”, “Easy Come, Easy Go” and “Miles Away”, whilst the rhythm section pounds away in a manner befitting some of the world’s most successful hard rock acts like Whitesnake and Def Leppard. No wonder that this record went on to achieve platinum status and beyond.
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