1976: Capitol Records CDP 7 46491 2
My sister had this album while we were growing up, and I was very very fond of it (possibly because Ann Wilson looked so beautiful to my just-pubescing sight), so between the two of us this album got played a LOT. That was in the mid-1970s, and Im very happy to say that nearly 30 years later it still rocks. Well, for the most part anyway.
I suspect this is partly due to the amount of radio play its hits have had ever since its release: Magic Man and Crazy On You are rock radio staples and dont look to be fading away anytime soon, because theyre solid rock performances and structurally sound compositions as well. Im kind of surprised that Sing Child never caught on the same way, but then its lengthy flute solo does extend the song beyond classic 45" single territory (as does the psychedelic electric guitar solo which follows it and brings the song to a complete halt for a cadenza, and cadenzas really arent the stuff of radio-play hits).
That White Lightning & Wine never took off, however, doesnt surprise me: its too laid-back and stylized despite Wilsons impressive wailing and dynamic range. I could do without the sweeter songs on this, but Soul of the Sea was a fascinating adventureperhaps head trip is a more appropriate termwhich still intrigues me (and, as with all head trips, this one benefits from the sonic immersion afforded by a truly fine pair of headphones).
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.