White Crone - Stargazer - Reviewed By Jenny Tate ! Check it out here at this link: https://jennytate.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/white-crone-stargazer/
On July 9th 2021, a day before Ronnie James Dio’s birthday, White Crone vocalist and bassist Lisa Mann released a cover of Rainbow’s ‘Stargazer’, in memory of him and bassist Jimmy Bain. Featuring Vinnie Appice (DIO, Black Sabbath), on drums, Alistair Greene, on guitar and Eric Lawrence, on keys, the track’s available exclusively on WC’s website, or to stream.
The ‘Stargazer’ cover follows Lisa’s 2020 album, ‘The Poisoner’, which met with huge global acclaim.
Bringing together the talents of the aforementioned trio, blending them with Lisa’s immensely powerful vocals, working to COVID distancing guidelines, the track was completed remotely and engineered, mixed and mastered by Kevin Hahn, at Opal Studio.
WC’s version of ‘Stargazer’ is extended, reaching nearly 9 minutes, with all featured vocals and accompaniments ramped up, to the max.
Stargazer – Sharp, enthusiastic intro. Straight away, it’s got that classic old school rock sound behind it. Those soaring vocals do the song justice. Much as no one will ever replace the voice of Ronnie James Dio, this is a strong cover, with notably powerful vocals and that hard rock edge to the accompaniments. It rises and dips, in all the right places. Quite beautiful riff solo, just before the mid-section, extending into peaks of melody. It’s a very smooth segue, into the drum sections and it climbs higher, all the time. Very bluesy, in its way and in one sense, they do well to individualise it, without trying to reflect the original, too closely. It possibly doesn’t have quite the same buzz of excitement as the original, but as said before, nothing could and it’s not intended to be a stone cold cover, in that sense. The production’s good and remains consistent, throughout. Ultimately, they give it their all and it’s an effective and sincere performance, with a great closing keyboard flourish.
9/10 ********* - Jenny Tate
Traditional metal recording artist White Crone recorded Rainbow ’s beloved “ Stargazer ” in honor of the memory of Ronnie James Dio and bassist Jimmy Bain . White Crone 's " Stargazer " features Dio drummer Vinny Appice , Blues Rock guitarist Alastair Greene , keyboardist Eric Lawrence , and Lisa Mann (aka White Crone ) on bass & vocals. The single was released on July 9, 2021, a day before Dio’s birthday, and is only available in digital format at www.whitecrone.com or on your favorite streaming platform.
Award-winning blues artist Lisa Mann shocked her fans when she released a full length traditional metal album in 2020, The Poisoner. The album received much critical acclaim from underground metal outlets worldwide, with many comparing her voice to that of Ann Wilson and Ronnie James Dio. In 2021, Lisa began cooking up a plan to record a cover of Rainbow's epic Dio-fronted song, "Stargazer." Fellow blues artist Alastair Greene shares a love for all things old-school metal and rock, and agreed to lend his guitar playing prowess to the song. On keyboards, Lisa enlisted the help of Eric Lawrence, who played progressive rock with her back in her earliest years as a working musician. And to fill out the line-up, none other than Dio/ Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice filled the percussion chair. All musicians tracked remotely, and the final takes were taken to Opal Studio where engineer Kevin Hahn recorded Lisa's vocals and mixed and mastered the entire song.
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White Crone's "Stargazer" is even longer and more self-indulgent than the original, clocking in at almost nine minutes in length. The extended outro features soaring vocals, impassioned drum and bass guitar interplay, and an extended outro of duetting guitar and keyboard.
Ghost Cult Magazine (US) says "Mann covered Rainbow's classic “Stargazer” in an epic performance of the track, befitting the legend."
White Room Reviews (NL) says Lisa Mann's vocals "do justice to the original. The power with which Dio let his words slide over his lips can also be heard in this version."
Sleeping Village Reviews (US) says " The vocals are simply stellar, doing a mighty track the justice it deserves."
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