MP3 Don Wolf - Making Changes
Melodic Hard Rock
14 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Hard Rock, ROCK: 90''s Rock
~ Don Wolf was best known as the lead vocalist/keyboardist and songwriter of possibly one of the most talented, yet under-appreciated of all Canadian metal acts, “White Wolf”.
~ White Wolf was formed in 1980 when Don Wolf, then going by his legal name Don Wilk, together with bassist Les Schwartz and drummer Loris Bolzon met up with guitarists Cam McLeod and Rick Nelson while on tour through Edmonton Alberta, Canada.
~ They soon began doing the local bar scene in and around the Edmonton area as "Warrior".
~ It wasn''t long before they were touring the western provinces, and were signed to a deal with RCA in 1984 as "White Wolf".
~ Their debut lp, STANDING ALONE, was released in 1984 to rave reviews.
~ Two producers were utilized for the project, Danny Lowe and Jack Richardson (most noteable for his work with The Guess Who, Bob Seger and Alice Cooper) each bringing to the table their own specialized talents and experiences.
~ Appearances on local TV variety shows helped spread the word, following their debut''s release.
~ Also geared for public relations, the label and management had two different covers printed for the lp.
~ All the exposure helped White Wolf tour extensively into the States as well as eastern Canada.
~ Though nothing was really geared for AM radio play, both Canadian and American FM stations began playing "Shadows In The Night", with its anthemic aura.
~ Other highly under-rated tracks included "Night Rider", the thought-provoking "What The War Will Bring", the driving force of "Metal Thunder" and the title-track, "Standing Alone", released as the band''s second single.
~ The lp was well received in many countries in Europe and especially Japan.
~ A quarter of a million copies of the debut were sold world-wide.
~ The group''s reputation for their musicianship, as well as their live energy landed them gigs from coast to coast, both headlining and opening for the likes of fellow Canadians Lee Aaron and Kick Axe, and Australia''s Angel City during the Texas leg of the tour.
~ The band flew to Holland to record their second album at Bullet Sound Studios under the guise of Shell Schellikens, whose biggest credentials included working with Golden Earring.
~ The result was “ENDANGERED SPECIES” - released nearly two years later - another well thought-out, crisp and energized metal masterpiece.
~ With the lead off track "Time Waits For No One", Don Wolf''s (Wilk), powerful vocal prowess again shone.
~ The sheer dominance of the twin guitar attack peaked in "Snake Charmer", while other noteworthy songs included "Just Like An Arrow", and the haunting "All Alone".
~ The album was sitting at #114 on the Billboard charts, when RCA was bought by BMG Records.
~ Sensing a lack of support from the new label, the band chose to leave RCA/BMG after the end of the North American tour in ''87.
~ They carried on into the next year, but eventually called it quits in the spring of 1988.
~ Don Wolf (Wilk), went on to a number of other projects, including Point Of Power, Project X, and his solo album called Don Wolf - "MAKING CHANGES" in 1998.
~ He has also worked with various producers including Bruce Fairbairn, adding backing vocals on the Multi-Platinum release "Flesh & Blood", by rock group "Poison".
~ After the release of the "Project X", BluePrint For Xcess cd, Don decided it was time to write and release the solo project he had always wanted to do!
~ So, gathering some of the top musicians that he has worked with in the past, including Steve Crane (Point Of Power) on guitars and Brendan Ostrander (Daniel Powter), on drums, he wrote and recorded, "Don Wolf" - Making Changes!
~ This cd was co-produced by John Shepp at Utopia Parkway Studios, in Vancouver British Columbia!
~ In 2004 his vocals resurfaced with a new project called Bitter Suite, featuring a host of other musicians, including George Criston of Kick Axe.
~ Don has recently reunited with lead guitarist and cowriter Cam MacLeod, and is currently in the studio recording vocals for an upcoming "White Wolf" release, tentatively titled, "Unleashed And Unreleased".
~ Stay Tuned!