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White by White (Alan White, that, that is) – 367

The album from White
The album from White

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier, Bill Govier and VR Hoisington

This week, we listen to a little-known album which should be better known to all Yes fans, White by the Alan White-led band, White. We also have time for the return of our two pence segment and we consider whether Jon Anderson should be concentrating on 1000 Hands or ARW…!

  • What is the White album like?
  • Why is it so obscure?
  • What’s the story of the band?

Listen and let us know what you think!

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12 replies on “White by White (Alan White, that, that is) – 367”

I wouldn’t call the White album overlooked or that fans are unaware. It received plenty of attention on Yes and music sites at time of release, including music magazine reviews. It’s just been hard to find in recent years. I have 3 cd copies, 2 signed by Alan & Roger Dean, 1 by Geoff Downes & Roger. As a Yes fan for 49 years now, my advice to every Yes fan is: buy new releases Yes related items ASAP. Pre-0rder, if possible. Some are limited edition or imports, so don’t delay or you may miss out forever. And I agree with Mark that it’s one of my favorite Roger Dean paintings. I have a Roger signed limited edition litho of it. Next point, it’s not a solo album, it’s a band, White.

Thanks Doug. I agree about the ordering – I do that now, even though it gets really expensive! Also, yes it’s clear that this album is a band project. It’s just the name which is a bit of a confusing one. I do think it’s a great name and Roger’s cover is perfect!

White is a terrific album I purchased when it first came out. Once and for All is a gem of a track and worth the price of admission by itself. Loved the podcast, I never expected a studio album from ARW so no disappointment there. In a perfect world Jon would do another album with Roine Stolt, now that I’d get excited about.

Thanks for the comment Michael. I’m glad you enjoyed the episode. I think I’ll be playing this album a lot! There was talk of another Anderson Stolt album but with Jon you just never know…

Sorry guys but I have to take issue with you on this one. It’s not an Alan White solo album and was never billed as one, and just because the other players are not “Internationally” known doesn’t make it any less a band album. I actually thought you both spent too long discussing whether or not it was a solo album and I found your tone about some of the players somewhat condescending. A disappointing episode for me.

Thanks, Ken. Fair comment on the solo album aspect. I think I was deflected too much by the band name.

We were both highly impressed with all the performances and I love the album. I’m sorry if it came over as condescending – that was absolutely not my intention.

I was trying to make it a very positive episode about what was, to me but not to others, a previously unknown, great record.

Hi Ken,
I actually really enjoyed this album and said numerous times that I thought the players were fantastic. .especially the singer! I can’t see how it came across as condescending. ..but if so it was not meant to be.

Mark Anthony K

Hi guys. Thanks for another great podcast. I do have the White Album, in fact I’ve only just got it. After listening to the last show telling us what you got for Christmas, I had a look on eBay and found one which I managed to get for £6. What do I think of it? Well I’ve only listened to it twice so far. Once over the weekend while I was busy, but I had a proper listen tonight, and I like it. A good progressive feel to it with some great music. But, at first at least, I wasn’t sure about the vocals. But I think I started getting used to them by the end. I’ll see what I think after a few more listens. And I’m sure it won’t be just sitting on the shelf, but if it did, that would be no bad thing. The artwork is just stunning. Thanks again for what you do, and nice talking to you Kevin on social media, especially about the new album I’ve got coming after another one of your shows… 90124… ooooo, can’t wait.

Hi Ken,
I actually really enjoyed this album. And I remember saying that I thought the players and the performances were great…especially the singer I thought was fantastic. So I can’t see how either of our comments were condescending. .they certainly weren’t meant to be.

Still sad when I think of the “Yes” concert that could have been. I had tickets for the More Drama show in Cleveland, before the whole tour was cancelled. I had not seen any Yes shows since 90125 and was really looking forward to hearing some Drama music live. From what I have been able to listen to, I’m sure the White set would have been terrific as well.

Hi Kevin and Mark,

Very interesting comments on “White” ….I bought the CD when it first came out and to be honest I only listened to it once and was not that impressed…but I loved the Roger Dean cover. Maybe two years ago I bought a second copy of the CD in Crewe ,UK for 50 pence!! Last year at the U.K. yes con I managed to get Alan to sign my CD copies of his two solo albums……my original LP of his first solo outing was signed years ago. Anyway my point is that after listening to your comments and discussions I have listened again to the recording and yes it is very enjoyable…so thanks for the heads up…well done.

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