This is the album with the original artwork with some nudity. This cover was banned and replaced with an alternative cover that had the hook still below the sea level and the model partially submerged, so that only her head and arms were visible. This is the last album to feature bassist Tony Montana..
"Great White" is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1978. The band's music is characterized by its blues-based hard rock sound, as well as its use of twin lead guitar solos. Some of the band's most popular songs include "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," "Rock Me," and "Save Your Love."
Great White's "Hooked" is a studio album released in 1991, by the American hard rock band Great White. The album was produced by Alan Niven and features 11 tracks. The album was released under Capitol Records, and it marks a significant shift in the band's sound from their earlier blues rock roots to a more polished hard rock sound.
The album is predominantly hard rock in style, featuring heavy riffs and driving rhythms. The songs are composed with a focus on catchy choruses and memorable guitar solos. The band incorporated elements of pop and glam metal, which was popular at the time. The lyrics of the songs touch on themes such as love, heartbreak, and the struggles of life on the road.
"Hooked" received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising the band's new, polished sound, while others felt that it lacked the raw energy of their earlier work. The album reached number 18 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold in the United States.
Despite the mixed reviews, "Hooked" remains a fan favorite and is considered by many to be one of Great White's best albums.
The original cover for Great White's "Hooked" 12" vinyl LP album did depict a undressed mermaid sitting on a fish hook, with blood visible around the wound.
The nature of the image was deemed too violent and disturbing for public consumption and was considered inappropriate for younger audiences. The cover was recalled and replaced with a less controversial image to comply with industry standards and avoid negative publicity.
Capitol Records – 064-7 95330 1
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
Alan Niven - Producer
Michael Lardie -Producer
Michael Lardie - Sound Engineer
Melissa Sewell - Second Sound Engineer
George Marino - Mastering Engineer
George Marino was a highly acclaimed Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound in New York City. Born on 15 April 1947, in the Bronx, New York, he became one of the most experienced and influential sound mastering engineers in the world. With his unparalleled expertise, Marino played a significant role in shaping the sound of countless albums across various music genres.
From a young age, Marino displayed a deep passion for music and an innate talent for audio engineering. He began his career at Capitol Records in New York, where he worked as a mastering engineer and honed his skills in audio post-production. In 1973, Marino joined Sterling Sound, a renowned mastering facility founded by Lee Hulko. It was here that he would leave an indelible mark on the music industry.
Over the years, George Marino mastered an extensive catalog of albums for a wide range of artists and musical styles. His meticulous attention to detail and exceptional ear for sound allowed him to consistently deliver exceptional quality and clarity in his work. He possessed an intuitive understanding of how to enhance the dynamics, balance, and overall sonic experience of each record he touched.
During the 1980s, a pivotal era for heavy metal music, George Marino worked on numerous influential albums in the genre. His mastering contributions to these records played a crucial role in shaping the iconic sounds of heavy metal during that decade. Some notable albums he mastered include:
These albums, among many others, showcase Marino's contribution to the heavy metal genre's sonic landscape during the 1980s. His meticulous mastering work ensured that these records had the power, clarity, and impact necessary to captivate listeners and establish their enduring legacies.
George Marino's career spanned over four decades, during which he received numerous accolades for his outstanding contributions to the music industry. His expertise and mastery of sound engineering made him a highly sought-after professional, and he worked with a diverse range of artists, including AC/DC, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Coldplay, and many more.
Tragically, George Marino passed away on 4 June 2012, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the most skilled and respected mastering engineers of his time. His dedication to his craft, meticulous attention to detail, and unparalleled expertise continue to inspire and influence audio engineers and musicians worldwide. George Marino's contributions to the art of sound mastering remain an enduring testament to his extraordinary talent and passion for music.
This album was recorded at Total Access September 1990 until November 1990
Mastered at Sterling Sound by George Marino
Hugh Syme - Art Direction
Hugh Syme is a Canadian Juno Award-winning graphic artist and member of the Premier Artists Collection (PAC) who is best known for his artwork and cover concepts for rock and metal bands. He is also a musician and has appeared in some Rush songs as a keyboard player. Syme is notably responsible for all of Rush's album cover art since 1975's Caress of Steel as well as creating Rush's famous Starman logo.
Iron Maiden fans remember him best as the designer of The X Factor cover, which shows the band's mascot Eddie the Head dissected. It is remembered for its gritty realism. Whereas all previous Maiden albums were oil paintings, the X Factor Eddie was a puppet with some digital touch-ups to enhance its look. In some countries the cover was considered so gruesome that a less gory alternative was offered (the alternative cover is actually the back of the original CD booklet)
Collectors may wish to collect his complete oeuvre of album covers.
Alan Niven - Cover Concept
John Scarpoti - Photography
Robert John - Group Photo
Jack Russell - Vocals
Mark Kendall - Guitar
Michael Lardie - Guitar, Keyboards
Tony Montana - Bass Guitar
Audie Desbrow - Drums, Percussion
The artwork on the album front cover of "Hooked" shows a blonde nude nymph hooked above the sea.
The album back cover of hooked shows a great white shark vin.
A large full-page colour photo of the five "Great White" band-members on the custom inner sleeve
Lyrics of all the songs on "Hooked" and production details printed on the custom inner sleeve of "Hooked".