Snowy White’s guitar playing is instantly recognizable. It was White towering 80 feet above more than quarter million fans at Roger Waters’ 1990 "The Wall" show in Berlin, performing solo to "Comfortably Numb." Snowy White was the first augmenting musician accepted into Pink Floyd to record and tour with them, starting with "Animals," in a long and still lasting relationship.
He played and toured with Thin Lizzy, co-writing a majority of the Irish blues-rock band’s material. He has recorded with Peter Green on "In the Skies." And scored an international hit in the 1980s with "Bird Of Paradise" and the album, "White Flames."
"Melting" is a recording that remains true to the music’s Chicago and Memphis roots—injected with world music flavors, strategic splashes of jazz and progressive rock, complex rhythms, layers and textures, and a tasteful guitar presence that can seamlessly and effortlessly swing from crystalline beauty to aggressive, edgy forcefulness.
Interesting cuts include the Mark Knoffler sounding "Lon Distance Lover," an atmospheric cover of Jimi Hendrix’s "Little Wing," "The More You Live" and the White/David Gilmour pairing on "Love, Pain & Sorrow."
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