Sunday, June 21, 2009

Winger - Discography

Winger was formed in 1987 by Kip Winger (vocals, bass), formerly of Alice Cooper's band and Reb Beach (guitars). Paul Taylor (guitars, keyboards) was also a natural recruit for Winger, having also played with Alice Cooper's band. To round up the line up they recruited former Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein. The band's first choice of name was Sahara, but that name was taken by another band, so they all decided on Winger instead. Although they changed the name to Winger, the word Sahara can still be seen on the lower right corner of the debut album's cover.

They recorded three studio albums. The debut album, Winger, was released on August 10, 1988 on Atlantic Records. The record was a success, achieving platinum status in the United States, and gold in Japan and Canada. Radio and MTV hits from the album included "Madalaine", "Seventeen", "Headed For A Heartbreak", and "Hungry".

In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for "Best New Heavy Metal Band". Shortly after, Winger released its second album In the Heart of the Young, which went platinum in the U.S. and gold in Japan. Hit radio tracks and MTV videos included "Can't Get Enuff", "Miles Away" and "Easy Come Easy Go".

Winger followed the release of its second album with a 13 month world tour, playing over 230 dates with Kiss, Scorpions, ZZ Top, Extreme and Slaughter. Paul Taylor left the band after the tour. In 2001 the band returned to the studio to record the song "On the Inside" for The Very Best of Winger. In 2002 they reunited to tour the US and Canada on a bill with Poison, but once again disbanded afterwards.

In May 2006 a press release announced that Winger has reformed to record another album and tour Europe. The album IV was released in Europe in October and the nine-country "Winger IV Tour" ran in the last two weeks of the same month.

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Winger - Winger (1988)
Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals
Reb Beach – guitars, vocals
Rod Morgenstein – drums, vocals
Paul Taylor – keyboards, vocals

Additional Musicians:
Dweezil Zappa – left side guitar solo on "Purple Haze"
Beau Hill – additional vocals
Ira McLaughlin – additional vocals
Sandra Park – strings
Rebecca Young – strings
Hae Young Ham – strings
Maria Kitsopoulos – strings

The debut album of the American rock band Winger. The album was released by Atlantic Records in 1988 and it was produced by Beau Hill. The music was radio friendly, but with a progressive twist that also showcased the band's musical talent. The lyrics, however, were typical of the age and genre. It produced a number of radio and video hits, including "Headed for a Heartbreak" and "Seventeen", peaking at #19 and #26 at the Billboard's single chart. The album itself peaked at #21 at the album chart and achieved platinum status in the United States and went gold in Canada and Japan.

In support of the album Winger toured for over a year with bands like Bad Company, Scorpions, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, Poison, Skid Row and Tesla.

Tracks:
01. Madalaine
02. Hungry
03. Seventeen
04. Without the Night
05. Purple Haze
06. State of Emergency
07. Time to Surrender
08. Poison Angel
09. Hangin' On
10. Headed For a Heartbreak
11. Higher and Higher - (bonus track)


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WINGER II: IN THE HEART OF THE YOUNG (1990)

Produced by Beau Hill. Engineered by Jimmy Hoyson.
Album Status: Billboard Chart Position #15

Kip Winger - vocals, bass and keyboards
Reb Beach - guitar and background vocals
Rod Morgenstein - drums and percussion
Paul Taylor - guitar, keyboards and background vocals

Additional Musicians:
Nate Winger - background vocals
Paul Winger - background vocals
Chris Botti – trumpet on "Rainbow In The Rose"
Micheal Davis – trombone on "Rainbow In The Rose"

The 2nd album by American glam metal band Winger. It was released by Atlantic Records in 1990.

Musically, In the Heart of the Young followed closely in the footsteps of the band's debut album. Once again produced by Beau Hill, the album features hook driven, progressive-tinged, radio friendly pop metal. There are, however, also some notable changes from the debut. In the second half of the album the lyrics take on a more serious approach than was typical for the genre and the band also stretches out into longer and more complex progressive passages than on the first Winger album.

The album was certified platinum and produced such hits as "Can't Get Enuff", "Easy Come Easy Go" and "Miles Away", the latter of which made the Top 20 at Billboard's single chart. According to Kip Winger, "Can't Get Enuff" and "Easy Come Easy Go" were late additions to the track listing, written because it was felt there were not enough rock songs on the album. The album itself peaked at #15 at the album chart.

Tracks:
01 Can't Get Enuff
02 Loosen Up
03 Miles Away
04 Easy Come Easy Go
05 Rainbow In The Rose
06 In The Day We'll Never See
07 Under One Condition
08 Little Dirty Blonde
09 Baptized By Fire
10 You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner
11 In The Heart Of The Young

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Winger - Rare & Unreleased (1991)

Tracks
01. Battle Sations
02. All I Ever Wanted
03. Blue Murder
04. Out For The Count
05. Hour Of Need
06. Silent Night
07. Headed For a Heartbreak (Demo)
08. Never
09. I Can't Get Enuff (Unplugged)
10. In The Heart Of The young (Demo)
11. Hell To Pay
12. Never (Demo)


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Winger - Pull (1993)
Produced by Mike Shipley and Kip Winger.
Album Status: Billboard Chart Position #83

Kip Winger - vocals, bass, guitar and keyboards
Reb Beach - guitar and background vocals
Rod Morgenstein - drums, percussion and background vocals
Additional Musicians:
Alex Acuna - percussion
Frank Latorre - harmonica

Their third and last studio album, Pull, was recorded in 1992/93 as a three-piece band. It was originally going to be called "Blind Revolution Mad", after the opening song. At some point though, the title was changed to Pull. Reportedly Kip Winger, anticipating that critics would dismiss the album out of hand, re-named it "Pull" as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the CD being used by critics as a skeet shooting target. The album was produced by Mike Shipley, but was not as successful as the previous album. On the following tour John Roth (guitar) was called in to replace Paul Taylor. After the Pull tour, the band broke up. Kip Winger embarked on a solo career and the other members worked on other projects.

Tracks: (Listen Online or Download as you click the song for study)
01 Blind Revolution Mad
02 Down Incognito
03 Spell I'm Under
04 In My Veins
05 Junkyard Dog Tears On Stone
06 The Lucky One
07 In For The Kill
08 No Man's Land
09 Like A Ritual
10 Who's The One


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Winger - The Very Best Of Winger (2001)
A Winger compilation album released by Atlantic Records and Rhino Entertainment Company in 2001. Most of the songs on the album were collected from the three Winger studio albums, Winger (1988), In the Heart of the Young (1990) and Pull (1993), but there is one new recording called "On The Inside" and a Japanese bonus track from the Pull album called "Hell To Pay." According to Kip Winger, "On The Inside" was a leftover riff from the Pull sessions that he and Reb Beach worked into a complete song for the release of this compilation


Tracks:
01 On The Inside (Kip Winger, Reb Beach) – 4:24
02 Blind Revolution Mad (Winger, Beach) – 5:26
03 Down Incognito (Winger, Beach) – 3:48
04 Spell I'm Under (Winger) – 3:56
05 Who's The One (Winger, Beach) – 5:46
06 Junkyard Dog (Tears On Stone)" (Winger, Beach) – 6:55
07 Hell To Pay (Winger, Beach) – 3:24
08 Can't Get Enuff (Winger, Beach) – 4:24
09 Under One Condition (Winger, Beach) – 4:30
10 Easy Come Easy Go (Winger) – 4:06
11 Rainbow In The Rose (Winger, Beach) – 5:34
12 Miles Away (Paul Taylor) – 4:15
13 Seventeen (Winger, Beach, Beau Hill) – 4:12
14 Madalaine (Winger, Beach) – 3:47
15 Hungry (Winger, Beach) – 4:01
16 Headed for a Heartbreak (Winger) – 5:15

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Winger - IV (2006)
Kip Winger - vocals, bass, acoustics, keys
Reb Beach – guitars, vocals
John Roth – guitars, vocals
Cenk Eroglu – keys, guitars and effects
Rod Morgenstein - Drums

Additional Singers
Denny McDonald - background vocals
Paula Winger - background vocals


Tracks:
01 Right Up Ahead 5:07

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Winger - Live (2007)
Released - November 27, 2007
Winger Live is a two CD and DVD live set culled from Winger 2007 US reunion tour Directed by Jack Edward Sawyers. Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein and John Roth rip through all the hits, progressive jams and new material taken from their comeback album IV. Keyboardist Cenk Eroglu was not present for this show despite his appearance on Winger IV. The cover consists of a checkerboard-style grid of live still frames pulled from the video footage itself.

Tracks:
01 Blind Revolution Mad
02 Loosen Up
03 Easy Come Easy Go
04 Your Great Escape
05 Down Incognito
06 Rainbow in the Rose
07 Generica
08 Junk Yard Dog
09 Right Up Ahead
10 Reb's Guitar Solo
11 You Are the Saint, I Am the Sinner
12 Rod's Drum Solo
13 Headed for a Heartbreak
14 Can't Get Enough
15 Seventeen
16 Who's the One
17 Miles Away
18 Hungry
19 Madalaine
20 Blue Suede Shoes (CD version only)

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Winger - Karma (2009)
Tracks:
01. Deal With The Devil
02. Stone Cold Killer
03. Big World Away
04. Come a Little Closer
05. Pull Me Under
06. Supernova
07. Always Within Me
08. Feeding Frenzy
09. After All This Time
10. Witness
11. First Ending (Instrumental. A European Bonus track )

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