White Spirit was started in 1975 by Janick Gers (guitar) and Graeme Crallan (drums), and eventually included Bruce Ruff (vocals), Malcolm Pearson (keyboards) and Phil Brady (bass). They got their start with a one-off 45 for Neat' and followed it up with another for 'EMI'. Although their sound was nothing more than basic NWOBHM with a heavy dose of '70s Hard Rock mixed with keyboards, the act was signed to 'M.C.A.' for their debut album White Spirit in 1980 and featured cover artwork by Michael Spaldin who later worked on stage set design for Gillan. The album didn't exactly set a fire on the charts or the Heavy Metal world and after a follow-up single and an appearance at the prestigious Reading Festival, they broke up when guitarist Janick Gers accepted an offer from former Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan to join his solo outfit Gillan in place of Bernie Torme. Brian Howe replaced Ruff as vocalist and Mick Tucker replaced Pearson on guitar right near the end but it came to no avail. The members went on to other things, the most noted being Gers who would later join Iron Maiden.
The band's eponymous album was re-issued in 2005 on the 'Castle' label with an entire second disc's worth of bonus material, including rarities, demos, alternate versions and takes, and B-sides.