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One of the most misunderstood Hard Rock bands to come out of the 80’s is returning with their first new album in 5 years. Winger is releasing Better Days Comin’ on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America via Frontiers Records. The notorious band comprised of members Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, John Roth on guitar and Rod Morgenstein on drums, are ... Read more in Amazon's Winger Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IML
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Madalaine
2. Hungry
3. Seventeen
4. Without The Night
5. Purple Haze
6. State of Emergency
7. Time To Surrender
8. Poison Angel
9. Hangin On
10. Headed for a Heartbreak
11. Higher & Higher

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Media Type: CD
Artist: WINGER
Title: WINGER
Street Release Date: 07/19/1988
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Genre: HEAVY METAL

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I hope that others can enjoy this album as much as I did!
Amy Dials
Great Melodic rocker with some amazing drumming and some great groove based guitar skills by Reb Beach.
Matthew Lee
This album is quite possibaly one of the best Hair Metal albums of the 80's.
Jonathan Boulet

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donna Di Giacomo VINE VOICE on May 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I have loved the majority of songs on Winger's debut album since its release in 1988. I had an intense crush on Kip Winger (who I thought was incredibly sexy. My opinion hasn't changed) but he proved he could back up those sexy looks with his immense talent, belting out such ballads as "Headed For a Heartbreak." His voice was seductive in "Seventeen" and I loved the way he wailed on "Madalaine."

I don't know who created this term "hair bands" to describe late-80's heavy metal groups but it's a bit annoying. Yeah, I realize they had "big hair" (hence the label) but I just look at groups such as Winger, White Lion, and the like as great bands of the late-80's who could write and sing their own songs (creating some great ballads in the process) who were, unfortunately, flushed out by "grunge" bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam in the early-90's.

For shame because Winger and company were a talented group of musicians. - Donna Di Giacomo
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on November 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In the wave of hair metal that was coming out, one of the harder ones was Winger, which strongly benefited from guitarist Reb Beach's crunching guitar and with all band members accompanying bassist Kip Winger in the chorus and pre-chorus segments. His vocal register is high like David Coverdale, and there are times when he emulates Robert Plant's banshee-like yelps. Other times, imagine if Jon Bon Jovi had the bestial intensity of Gene Simmons. He sounds like that when he's belting'em out.
"Madalaine" was their first single and is just the latest in a long line of women over whom a warning sign should be placed: "Beware the girl/beware the pain." Pretty intense guitars and power vocals here, as there are in many of the other songs.
Their use of actual strings on the melodic soft portions of "Hungry" must count for something where others were using synths. The rest of the song is straight up slow metal.
The hard-rocking and hook-catchy "Seventeen" was the second single I heard from them. I will have to say KISS had that beat with "Christine Sixteen" via the age of the girl, but the forbidden love aspect is hinted with "Daddy says she's too young/but she's old enough for me." Love that fiery guitar solo towards the end.
With its keyboards and lighter electric guitar, "Without The Night" could've been a good power ballad single, just as good as "Headed For A Heartbreak."
Their take on "Purple Haze" is definitely heavier than the original, and while there is some aping of Hendrix's guitar, probably Dweezil Zappa's left-side solo, it's still an exercise in bombastic hard metal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First of all, I don't understand why Winger has such a negative reputation. People who lived in the 90s and even people who live in the new millenium LOVE to criticize the 80s and often write nasty reviews of Winger's music. Why can't they see how much more talent Winger has than say Nirvana or Pearl Jam? Guitar virtuosos Reb Beech and Paul Taylor could play guitar better with their toes than Kurt Cobain or Eddie Vader could play with their hands. Kip's bass and Rod's drums are a way better rythem section than Dave Grouhl or Chris Novosellic. Even Kip's voice is far better than Kurt's monotone mumbling. If you like well played rock/ pop metal and aren't biased against the 80s and everything that ever came out of it, you'll probably like this album,. But if you prefer grunge and alternative rock, just go pick up some of that cr@p by Pearl Jam, Nirvana, or Alice in Chains.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Keith Beebe on October 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Thanks to the 1980's coming back into style recently, it is now somewhat safe to discuss this album with confidence and pride. Of all the lame acts in the late '80's, it will always remain unclear why Winger ended up becoming the example for all things "don't". The writing on this album is, on the whole, first-class material and the instrumentation blew everyone else in the industry away. Rod Morganstein-sick, Reb Beach-sick. Reb is too nice of a guy so I have to say this for him: He is better than you. If you're familiar with this group, you'll recognize the opener "Madalaine" and the uber-catchy "Seventeen". Though every song on this debut is in fact "radio ready", Winger slyly throws in a progressive rock stunt into each song (in "Seventeen", the off-kilter meter during the post-solo interlude). This album isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy quality music with some bombast and a never-ending line of hooks, this could be a favorite within your collection. Knuckle up and get past the "Winger sucks" fascade, this one will surprise you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stevemm30@hotmail.com on November 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The biggest shame of the 80's was that track 4 was never released as a single. the rest of the tracks on this c.d. are very strong from start to finish.from the lush vocals of headed for a heartbreak to the driving thunder of seventeen to the haunting sounds of without the night. a must of any 80's rock collector.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on January 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Winger IS great! This album is great!!!

What I wanted to point out is that there are subtle things that make these songs great...different 'background' type sounds that make the songs funky or make you hungry to hear them again. (pun intended on 'hungry'!)

For example, on "Seventeen" there is a fabulous center section where the guitar riffs are sexy and fun, and the rhythms change...it really adds to the song, it isn't just 'plop plop, plop plop' with the same rhythm throughout the song, which in my opinion, gets very boring!

Yes, Winger has slightly cheesy lyrics as was mentioned (on some songs) but the quality of the songs is not to be overlooked!

Top songs (IMO) are almost all the songs, notably Seventeen, Madalaine, Hungry, Without the Night (which I also agree is a great midtempo ballad!) and Headed for a Heartbreak. Maybe I am the one of the only people to like this, but I think the Purple Haze cover is actually quite hot, and an interesting interpretation!

Please pick this cd up, it truly rocks, and since I have picked up the cd version recently, I can't keep it out of my radio!!!
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