Great White ‘Revisiting Familiar Waters’ (Mausoleum) Best-known today for the disastrous fire at a Rhode Island venue last year that took the life of guitarist Ty Longley and injured dozens of fans, Great White’s reputation certainly hasn’t been aided following the legal charade that ensued.
From page 82 of Classic Rock Magazine April 2004
To make matters worse, that reputation had had little added to its value since the late 80s, when the band made something of a splash with the drolly titled ‘Once Bitten’ and ‘Twice Shy’.
Everything about ‘Revisiting Familiar Waters’, from the title to the name of the label it’s been released on, says it all about these Californian hair rockers whose increasingly weak records have brought equally diminishing returns.
Here the band run through a set of rock standards including Status Quo’s ‘Again And Again’, Bad Company’s ‘Ready For Love’ and AC/DC’s ‘Sin City’ with the ham-fisted appeal of any covers band you’d catch in countless pubs on a Sunday night. Worse still, they trample over Free’s ‘Fire And Water’ and Dylan’s ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ without a care. It’s hair metal of the worst kind.
And, aptly, in the case of singer Jack Russell the hair’s fake too. Fact.