Sunday, November 28, 2010

White Lightning - Strikes Twice (1968-69)


White Lightning - Strikes Twice CD. Grinding with the axe of ex-Litter guitarist Zippy Caplan, White Lightning's current charged Minneapolis from 1968-1971. Proving that lightning does strike twice, the band electrified audiences first as trio and then struck again as they grew into a quintet. Both phases are documented on this hard rockin' 20-track CD .
Zippy Caplan's post-Litter power trio made music close enough to Cream to fool you if you weren't listening hard enough. They later expanded to a quartet and recut some of the earlier tunes, with less than stellar results. It's all here on this ...    Full Description20-track compilation. Caplan's playing sounds so much like period Clapton in spots (program "Bogged Down" first if you're really interested in getting to the nuts and bolts of the thing), it'll actually make you lose your place. But there are also a lot of other elements (country and folk acoustic romps, insane stacked riffing, funky period rhythms, and nice rah-rah liner notes by Doug Sheppard) that fire up the mix, making this a hidden treasure that deserves a wider listen. ~ Cub Koda

White Lightning: Tom "Zippy" Caplan, Ronn Roberts (guitar); Woody Woodrich (bass guitar); Mickey Stanhope, Bernie Pershey (drums).

Additional personnel: Barbara Hess (background vocals).


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