Great White: Jack Russell (vocals); Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards, electric sitar, percussion, banjo, background vocals); Mark Kendall (guitar, background vocals); Teddy Cook (bass, background vocals); Audie Desbrow (drums).
Additional personnel: Alan Niven (12-string guitar, percussion); Suzie Katayama (cello); Clarence Clemons (saxophone).
Engineers include Michael Lardie, Biff Dawes, Doug Field.
SAIL AWAY recorded at Total Access, Redondo Beach, California in February 1994. ANAHEIM LIVE recorded live in Anaheim, California on July 24, 1993.
Still trying to recapture the success of the eighties in a time of disinterest in their brand of hard rock, Great White released their Sail Away set in 1994. Produced by Alan Niven and guitarist Michael Lardie, the band toned things down a bit and, instead, went a more acoustic route for this album.
The strongest influence is clearly classic Led Zeppelin with lead singer Jack Russell doing his best to approximate Robert Plant's bluesy growl and tracks like "Mother's Eyes" and "All Right," mine the acoustic vein marginally well. Better yet are the boogie stomp of "Momma Don't Stop" and the atmospheric title track which features sitar and some percolating percussion. Unfortunately, good intentions only go so far and Sail Away, while an earnest effort, comes up short on originality and failed to find an audience. ~ Tom Demalon