Pride (White Lion album)

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Pride
Studio album by White Lion
Released June 21, 1987
Genre Glam metal
Length 44:09
Label Atlantic
Producer Michael Wagener
White Lion chronology
Fight to Survive
(1985)
Pride
(1987)
Big Game
(1989)
Singles from Pride
  1. "Wait"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Tell Me"
    Released: 1988
  3. "When the Children Cry"
    Released: 1988
  4. "All You Need Is Rock 'n' Roll"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Pride was the second studio album by the American/Danish hard rock band White Lion, released on June 21, 1987, by Atlantic Records. The album featured the two top ten hits "Wait" and "When the Children Cry". It peaked at number 11 on The Billboard 200 and remained in the Billboard Top 200 for a full year, selling two million copies in the US alone.[2]

Overview[edit]

According to an interview with Sea of Tranquility, the recording process of the album took six weeks and the album was produced by Michael Wagener.[3] The album's first single, "Wait", was released on June 1, 1987, but did not make waves until MTV began airing the music video in January 1988, seven months after its release, pushing the single to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. In August 1988, more than a year after the album's release, the second single "Tell Me" also featuring a music video hit #58. Pride's third single, a gentle acoustic ballad titled "When the Children Cry", made it all the way to #3, again with heavy MTV rotation of the music video, marking Pride one of just 20 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits. The album peaked at #11 on the album charts. Pride would remain on the top 200 Billboard album charts for a full year.

The success of "When the Children Cry" would eventually push sales of Pride over the two million mark in the US, achieving double platinum status.[4] In addition, guitarist Vito Bratta was recognized for his instrumental talents by racking up Best New Guitarist awards with both Guitar World magazine and Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine.

All You Need Is Rock 'n' Roll was the fourth single released from the album.

Tramp considers Pride the best White Lion album because he feels he and Vito Bratta existed as "one person" when writing the songs, and the band was at its prime at the time.[5]

Tour[edit]

The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80's band Frehley's Comet. The next year and a half was filled with constant touring, opening for such bands as Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne. KISS in December 1987. In January 1988 White Lion landed the opening slot for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video American tour. They'd end the tour opening for Stryper in the summer of 1988.[6]

While touring with AC/DC, the Pride album and "Wait" single finally charted, due in no small part to MTV airing the "Wait" music video in regular rotation - nearly seven months after the single's release. In February 1988, a show "Live at the Ritz" in New York City was filmed for an MTV concert special and was released on VHS along with another full concert video titled "One Night in Tokyo".

In the spring of 1989, the Pride tour finally ended.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Vito Bratta and Mike Tramp

  1. "Hungry" – 3:55
  2. "Lonely Nights" – 4:11
  3. "Don't Give Up" – 3:15
  4. "Sweet Little Loving" – 4:02
  5. "Lady of the Valley" – 6:35
  6. "Wait" – 4:00
  7. "All You Need Is Rock 'n' Roll" – 5:14
  8. "Tell Me" – 4:28
  9. "All Join Our Hands" – 4:11
  10. "When the Children Cry" – 4:18

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced, Engineered & Mixed By Michael Wagener
  • Assistant Engineer: Gggarth
  • Mastered By George Marino
  • All Songs Published By Vavoom Music.

Chart Performance[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1988 US Billboard 200 #11
1988 Sweden #30
1988 Canada #44
1988 UK #51

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart Peak[7]
1988 "Wait" The Billboard Hot 100 #8
Mainstream Rock Tracks #18
"Tell Me" The Billboard Hot 100 #58
Mainstream Rock Tracks #25
1989 "When the Children Cry" The Billboard Hot 100 #3
Mainstream Rock Tracks #7

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