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MULTI-PLATINUM ROCK BAND WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE NEW DVD/LIVE CD PACKAGE: “MADE IN JAPAN” DUE OUT APRIL 23RD IN NORTH AMERICA VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS

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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of legendary rock band Whitesnake’s new DVD/live CD package, MADE IN JAPAN. MADE IN JAPAN is set for release on April 23rd in North America and will be available in several formats: a deluxe 2CD/DVD edition, Blu-ray and a standalone DVD. The performance footage is shot in stunning HD in 5.1 and stereo and is taken from Whitesnake’s co-headlining set at the “Loud Park” festival on October 11th, 2011 held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan during their “Forevermore World Tour.” The performance was initially recorded only for Japanese TV and future Loud Park promotions, but after three songs were broadcasted on a Loud Park highlights program in Japan, Whitesnake received unprecedented requests for this performance to be made available to the general public.

MADE IN JAPAN contains songs from Whitesnake’s most recent studio album, FOREVERMORE, as well as classic hits such as “Is This Love,” “Still Of The Night” and “Here I Go Again.” The bonus CD also includes never-before-heard outtakes and acoustic versions of material from the award-winning FOREVERMORE album that were recorded during soundchecks on the 2011 Japanese tour. Additional DVD content includes various band photo slideshows and fan-shot videos. Please see below for the full content listing.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987′s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. David Coverdale was recently named one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the UK’s Kerrang voted Coverdale the “Last Great Rock Star.” Musicians on MADE IN JAPAN include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Briian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy (keyboards).

MADE IN JAPAN track listing:

CD 1

1. Best Years
2. Give Me All Your Love Tonight
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Is This Love
5. Steal Your Heart Away
6. Forevermore
7. Six String Showdown
8. Love Will Set You Free
9. Drum Solo
10. Fool For Your Loving
11. Here I Go Again
12. Still Of The Night

BONUS CD 2

1. Love Will Set You Free
2. Steal Your Heart Away
3. Fare Thee Well (acoustic)
4. One Of These Days (acoustic)
5. Lay Down Your Love
6. Evil Ways
7. Good To Be Bad (acoustic)
8. Tell Me How (acoustic)

DVD & BLU-RAY: TRACK LISTING

1. Best Years
2. Give Me All Your Love Tonight
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Is This Love
5. Steal Your Heart Away
6. Forevermore
7. Six String Showdown
8. Love Will Set You Free
9. Drum Solo
10. Fool For Your Loving
11. Here I Go Again
12. Still Of The Night
13. Forevermore (fan video)
14. Steal Your Heart Away (fan video)

For more information, please visit:

www.whitesnake.com

www.facebook.com/Whitesnake.official

www.twitter.com/davidcoverdale

www.frontiers.it

Whitesnake – Forevermore (2011, Frontiers)

  1. Steal Your Heart Away
  2. All Out Of Luck
  3. Love Will Set You Free
  4. Easier Said Than Done
  5. Tell Me How
  6. I Need You (Shine A Light)
  7. One Of These Days
  8. Love & Treat Me Right
  9. Dogs In The Street
  10. Fare Thee Well
  11. Whipping Boy Blues
  12. My Evil Ways
  13. Forevermore
  14. Love Will Set You Free (alternate mix)*
  15. Forevermore (acoustic version)*
  16. My Evil Ways (My Evil drums mix)*

* (bonus tracks)

Bonus DVD

  1. Making of Forevermore
  2. Forevermore: Track By Track
  3. ‘Love Will Set You Free’ video
  4. Making of ‘Love Will Set You Free’

Band Lineup:
David Coverdale – Lead Vocals
Doug Aldrich – Guitars
Reb Beach – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Michael Devin – Bass
Brian Tichy – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Timothy Drury – Keyboards
Jasper Coverdale – Vocals

Producers: David Coverdale, Doug Aldrich, Michael McIntyre

Country: United Kingdom/USA

Total Time = 1:17:12

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Whitesnake is back again with a brand new studio album, FOREVERMORE, one of the most anticipated albums of 2011. It’s been three years since Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale and his formidable lineup delivered the excellent GOOD TO BE BAD (2008) but the band hasn’t been out of the spotlight. Quite the contrary with shows played worldwide, including a U.S. tour with Judas Priest in support of GOOD TO BE BAD. Unfortunately, due to health reasons, Coverdale had vocal problems on the tour and had to cancel certain dates giving critics, and some fans, reason to write the band off but Coverdale and company have returned again with a vengeance. Joining David again is the excellent guitar duo of Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach (members since 2002) and keyboardist Timothy Drury but there are new faces in the rhythm section with former Ozzy, Billy Idol and Lynch Mob drummer Brian Tichy and former Lynch Mob bassist Michael Devin. Despite this round of lineup changes,and David Coverdale pushing 60, Whitesnake sound as powerful as ever.

The best way to describe FOREVERMORE is that it’s the natural continuation of GOOD TO BE BAD. The band leans toward the original Blues based Whitesnake sound of the late ’70s/early ’80s with a nod to the mega-platinum success of the late ’80s, the songs all thick with heavy guitars, plenty of melody and groove and, of course, excellent vocals from Coverdale. If you listen to the album in it’s entirety you immeadiately notice the thick, rich sound and that’s due to the top of the line production but you also hear layers of guitars. There’s no doubt that Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach are the perfect compliment to David Coverdale, both guitarists are experienced and at the top of the Hard Rock heap with a combined resumé that includes: Dio, Winger, Dokken, Lion, Burning Rain, Hurricane and Bad Moon Rising. Devin and Tichy have proven they are a solid rhythm section and Drury compliments the sound with his keyboards but the obvious question mark is Coverdale himself…..has he recovered from the throat issues that plagued him a couple of years ago? I’m happy to say that Coverdale puts in another excellent performance at the mic and at almost 60 years old! After so many years of consistent vocal performances from Deep Purple through to Whitesnake in 2011, Coverdale is one of the best in the business and there seems to be no effects from the previous years’ issues. He prefers to use the more bluesy side of his voice, the early Whitesnake sound, rather than the high pitched screams of the late ’80s and you can tell that he stays in the lower register but David Coverdale’s lower register is better than 90% of younger current day singers! You can easily drift back to older Whitesnake albums like LOVEHUNTER (1979), READY AN’ WILLING (1980) and SAINTS AND SINNERS (1982) just by listening to the vocals. Add Reb Beach and Jasper Coverdale on backing vocals and it’s the perfect compliment to get that thick full vocal sound. The same basic themes are back again in the songwriting: love, love lost, love gained, love in general. There’s nothing wrong about writing about love, seduction, break-ups, etc and Coverdale is one of the best, he’s made a career out of it, so you know the album is well-written.

Opening the album is the hard Blues based rocker ‘Steal Your Heart Away’ with plenty of guitars and big hooky chorus. You can hear the slide guitar mixed into the riff trading from Aldrich and Beach and the solo break signals that this isn’t going to be a relaxed record, this is going to be a rocker! ‘Steal Your Heart Away’ kind of reminds me a little of ‘Shake My Tree’ from the Coverdale/Page album from 1993 in some of the bluesier parts but this is Hard Rock at it’s best. You can hear that Country influence with that slide guitar, a slight honky-tonk sound that adds a layer to the song. Continuing the Blues Hard Rock sound is another guitar grooved rocker ‘All Out Of Luck’ and the first single from FOREVERMORE, ‘Love Will Set You Free’. You can hear Coverdale start to go for the higher register and notes while maintaining that seductive groove in ‘All Out Of Luck’ and he shows flashes in ‘Love Will Set You Free’. Being the first single, it’s easy to say that ‘Love Will Set You Free’ sounds a bit more commercial compared to the first two opening tracks, and it’s true to a point drawing comparisons to late ’80s Snake, but the heaviness is there and the thick sound still gives it than dirtier, less polished sound.

After three solid rockers to open the album, the first proper ballad is ‘Easier Said Than Done’ and it reminds me of the WHITESNAKE (1987) and SLIP OF THE TONGUE (1989) era, it has that ‘Is This Love’ & ‘The Deeper The Love’ emotion that could easily propel it to a hit if radio played bands like Whitesnake. Same thing with the uptempo ‘Tell Me How’, it reminds me of those two classic albums’ sound much like the title track from GOOD TO BE BAD a few years ago. Another song that has that melodic commercial hook is ‘I Need You (Shine A Light)’, another song that could easily be a radio single. After listening to this song once, you instantly pick it up right away and start singing along but, as you hit repeat, you can hear a Boston influence. Listen closely to the guitar tone and the vocal harmonies, there’s a touch of Boston in there, probably because it’s such a melodic track.

Moving into the second half of the album you get the acoustic mid-tempo/ballad ‘One Of These Days’. It’s a pretty simple song with the focus on David’s solid vocal and the guitars, a perfect song if the band was ever going to perform unplugged, listen for the harmonies on the chorus…..superb. It almost doesn’t sound like Whitesnake! A song like ‘One Of These Days’ is perfect for a Rock album like FOREVERMORE because it breaks up all the heavier fast songs and adds a different layer to the album. The Hard Rock continues with ‘Love & Treat Me Right’ and the all out Metal of ‘Dogs In The Street’, a song that immeadiately reminds me of ‘Bad Boys’ from the 1987 s/t album. Talk about going back in time! It’s like Whitesnake recorded this sometime between 1987 and 1989, put it in a vault and released it 20+ years later. Forget the Blues base here, this is Metal! Following the assault of ‘Dogs In The Street’ is another good acoustic ballad ‘Fare the Well’ that’s very similar to ‘One Of These Days’ but slower. That’s three ballads through ten tracks, it may be a bit excessive but Coverdale’s track record can’t be denied, he’s had plenty of big hits with mid-tempo songs and ballads. The band continues to keep us guessing by giving us another rocker that sounds influenced from the COVERDALE/PAGE record from 1993 and mixed with GOOD TO BE BAD. It’s a very riff heavy song and Coverdale keeps his voice in that higher register from back in his younger days. Brian Tichy gets his quick solo moment with the opening drum intro to ‘My Evil Ways’, another guitar driven blues rocker that borders on ’80s Metalwith the trademark Coverdale screams and trade-off guitarwork fron Aldrich and Beach. There’s a Thin Lizzy meets the George Thorogood vibe here if you listen: Thin Lizzy with that twin axe attack and Thorogood with that honky-tonk Blues groove…..definitely a cool fast song. Ending the album is the fourth ballad, and third acoustic ballad in a row, ‘Forevermore’. I can’t fault Coverdale for going to what he does best, writing love songs, and he does this throughout the entire record. The title track is in the same style as ‘Easier Said Than Done’ but slower and more gentle until the solo break where the band kicks in and everything sounds lush with the big power ballad sound. Any doubts about David’s voice should be cast away after this song, after this album, because he sings with plenty of power, emotion and ability as he ever has.

If you’re an insane collector like me, then you needed to buy the limited edition that included three bonus tracks and a DVD. The three bonus tracks are an alternate mix of ‘Love Will Set You Free’, and acoustic version of the title track and a different drum mix of ‘My Evil Ways’. These songs are very similar to the originals and are a nice bonus for a couple of dollars more. The DVD includes the video for ‘Love Will Set You Free’, the making of the album and the video. Again, a nice bonus tucked into the deluxe glossy digipak packaging for a couple bucks more.

Bottom Line:
Here we go again! Whitesnake has released another great album that mixes the older Whitesnake sound with the late ’80s bombastic style. There’s a great mix of bluesy Hard Rock, ’80s Metal and acoustic ballads that keeps the album fresh with every listen, it’s a great record. The songs are full of melody and hooks that draw you in and gets you singing right along while you fiercly air guitar. The album sounds full and rich thanks to a great production and the musicianship is top notch with Aldrich, Beach, Devin, Tichy and Drury putting on a blazing sonic display. The one question on FOREVERMORE was how good David Coverdale would sound after having vocal issues in 2009 and 2010…..the question is answered in spades with a great vocal performance by one of the masters of Hard Rock. Coverdale sounds as good as he ever has singing with power and emotion proving that talent defies age. Stacking this up against GOOD TO BE BAD is tough because that album had such an impact after 11 years of waiting for new Whitesnake but FOREVERMORE continues where GOOD TO BE BAD left off and even goes beyond it at certain points. Definitely a must have for Whitesnake and Hard Rock fans and a contender for Album of The Year for 2011!

Favorite Songs:
This is going to be a hard one because there isn’t a weak song on the album and I like every one of them. If I had to pick five favorites: ‘Steal Your Heart Away’, ‘Love Will Set You Free’, ‘I Need You (Shine A Light)’, ‘Dogs In The Street’, ‘My Evil Ways’

March was a slow month for CD hunting, I really didn’t get out to the record stores that much at all. A part of me wants to save a few bucks and another wants to buy every new release on the market! One rule I decided on was to skip over the new releases I already received from the record company…..I usually go out and buy the albums I like, and I still will, just not right away. I did tap Ebay for a few items along the way but it was still one of my slowest months ever for purchases!

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Whitesnake – Forevermore (2011) – $13: If there’s one album I was looking forward to in 2011, it was the new Whitesnake! I may not have wanted to go out to the record store but you can sure bet I was outside the door to Newbury Comics 20 minutes before the store opened so I could buy my copy. I still have that old school mentality when it comes to new releases…..I have to be there early. Back 20, 25, even 30 years ago, a new album from a major band made the local record store the center of attention, especially on the day of release. I used to be in those lines to get in to the record store and it was always a good time, it was an event. Not so much in 2011 but there were a 3 or 4 other people waiting in their cars in the parking lot and I noticed a couple picked up this album. There were two different pressings: the regular CD and the special edition with 3 bonus tracks and a bonus DVD…..I splurged and paid the extra money for the limited edition. This was a mandatory purchase and $13 on sale made it that much easier. Saved $7.

Pushking – The World As We Love It (2011) – $10: I’m totally in the dark on this Russian hard Rock band but when I saw the commercial for the album on VH-1 Classic, I figured it was worth checking out. Then I checked online and saw that Paul Stanley (KISS) sang on a couple of tracks so it became a must have purchase! Pushking has been around since 1994 and they have an extensive discography, THE WORLD AS WE LOVE IT is a collection of re-recorded songs with guest stars doing the vocals and guitars. Stars like Paul Stanley, Billy Gibbons, Nuno Bettencourt, Joe Lynn Turner, Glenn Hughes, Alice Cooper and a ton more all perform with Pushking and make this a great introduction to the band’s discography. I actually passed on this CD when it came out but I decided to snag it when I found the lone copy on the store the same day I bought the new Whitesnake album. It was still on sale so I saved $4.

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 Torch – Electrikiss (1984) – $16 used: Finally! After a long and hard search, I finally acquired a vinyl copy of ELECTRIKISS by Torch! It’s been a long struggle to find a decent copy on Ebay that was in a good price range, I had featured this album in my WANTED column back in August 2007 and it’s taken me over three years to buy it. I was watching this copy all week and went into the final minute before I placed a bid above the $9.99 starting price. All of sudden, I get outbid! I ended up winning this LP in the final seconds with some quick finger tapping and bidding. The jacket is near mint with some creasing due to age but the vinyl inside is flawless, not a scratch. There’s a few different styles floating around but the copy I bought was the original red vinyl album. I’m not sure how much I saved on this LP, sometimes is goes for under $20 and sometimes it can reach above $50. Either way, I finally added it to my collection.

Scheepers – s/t (2011) – $13: Here’s a case of an album that I received a promotional download from the record company but also an album that I would buy either way. I’m a huge Primal Fear fan so getting lead singer Ralf Scheepers new solo album is a no-brainer…..the only problem is where to buy it? The local record store didn’t get a copy and the online shops I like had this as an expensive import. I ended up on Ebay and found a lot of copies floating around the $20+ range (incl. shipping) but I found this CD by spelling Scheepers with one “E”. I ended up paying around the same price i would for a Frontiers Records’ release on sale at the record store the day it was released so I was happy to pay what I thought was a fair price. If I had bought this at regular price through regular retail channels, i might have paid around $16 so I estimate I saved $3 at auction.

Big Ball – Hotter Than Hell (2010) – $9: here’s another album that I received a digital promo for from the record company but I never got around to listening to or buying. I stumbled upon this CD when i was watching another CD and checked out the seller’s other items. Turns out the seller spelled the band name Big Ball as “Big Bail” so no one was bidding on it. Just like the Torch LP, I waited until the last minute to bid and then someone counter bid, I ended up snatching this CD up in the last few seconds. Big Ball is your basic AC/DC clone and even the sticker on the front reads “AC/DC style Hard Rock! If you like Krokus, Airbourne & AC/DC, you will love Big Ball!” I’ve only spun this a couple of times and the sticker is right, this is for AC/DC fans, even the album cover has that simple black & white AC/DC style to it! If I paid regular price it would probably be $15 so I saved $6 at auction.

Barracuda – Keep Me In Your Heart (2003) – $24: This is actually a re-release of the 1989 album OPEN FIRE by Barracuda but even this is a rarity. I’ve come across both OPEN FIRE and this reissue over the years and both usually command high dollars, especially the original album. I was watching this item and the seller was the same one who sold the Big Ball CD so I actually saved money right away because multiple items qualified for free shipping. Like all the other auctions this month, I ended up going for the CD in the last minute and someone else was watching as well. I ended up in a bidding war with someone and I ended up spending a few extra dollars than I wanted to. Like I mentioned, even this reissue is a rarity so I’m still psyched to get my hands on a copy. I read a lot of rave reviews on this and the original album so I’m looking forward to giving this a spin and now I’m out to find the original pressing of course!

Total = $85

Total (year) = $248

Average Price (per item) = $9.92

Total Savings (month) = $20

Total Savings (year) = $215

Total CDs (year) = 23

Total DVDs (year) = 1

Total Box Sets (year) = 0

Total LPs (year) = 1

THE ‘SNAKE IS READY TO STRIKE…LEGENDARY ROCK OUTFIT WHITESNAKE TO RELEASE BRAND NEW ALBUM WORLDWIDE VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS

“FOREVERMORE” DUE OUT MARCH 29TH IN NORTH AMERICA

(New York, NY) – It’s time to get charmed again…legendary rock outfit Whitesnake is set to release their 11th studio album, FOREVERMORE, the band’s first in more than two years. Due out on March 29th in North America, FOREVERMORE finds founder/singer/songwriter David Coverdale and company returning to their no-holds-barred, bluesiest, sexiest rock n’ roll roots. This will be Whitesnake’s first release via the Italian-based Frontiers Records label.

FOREVERMORE was recorded, produced and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos (Coverdale, Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre) at Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, with additional work at Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks, CA. With FOREVERMORE, Coverdale has reignited an explosively fruitful vein of creativity with guitarist and co-writer/producer Aldrich, Reb Beach (Winger, Alice Cooper) on guitar, Briian Tichy (Ozzy, Billy Idol, Foreigner) on drums and Michael Devin (Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lynch Mob) on bass. As with all Whitesnake’s albums, Coverdale (aided so capably by Aldrich) unleashes his incomparable vocal chops with emotional fervour. Please see below for the complete FOREVERMORE track listing.

The first single from FOREVERMORE, “Love Will Set You Free” will impact at radio on February 8th and will be available for sale digitally on February 15th. The FOREVERMORE album will be available in the US on March 29th. Whitesnake will hit the road in North American this May in support of FOREVERMORE. Tour dates to be announced shortly.

Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock n’ roll bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rockin’ and rollin’, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987′s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world.

Whitesnake is: David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass) and Brian Tichy (drums).

FOREVERMORE track listing:

1. Steal Your Heart Away
2. All Out Of Luck
3. Love Will Set You Free
4. Easier Said Than Done
5. Tell Me How
6. I Need You (Shine A Light)
7. One Of These Days
8. Love And Treat Me Right
9. Dogs In The Street
10. Fare Thee Well
11. Whipping Boy Blues
12. My Evil Ways
13. Forevermore

For more information please visit:

www.whitesnake.com

www.frontiers.it

Second concert of the season and it was a good one…..Judas Priest & Whitesnake! Same venue that I saw the Def Leppard/Poison show last week but what a difference in the crowd! Def Leppard and Poison packed the seats under the roof and the seats on the lawn for about a 10,000+ audience…..Judas Priest and Whitesnake didn’t even sell out the seats under the roof, I’d say anywhere from 5000 – 7000 in attendance last night. I was sitting center stage 20 rows back so I had a perfect seat for a night of BRITISH STEEL and an ’80s greatest hits set from Whitesnake.

Pop Evil setlist:

I have no idea who Pop Evil are and what songs they played. All I know is that they are from Michigan and they sound like Nickelback, Creed, Puddle Of Mudd and Godsmack all rolled into one. I’m not a big fan of those bands but Pop Evil weren’t that bad, I’ve seen worse openers, and they only played for 30 minutes.

Whitesnake setlist:

Bad Boys
Fool For Your Loving
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Slow An’ Easy
Lay Down Your Love (includes double guitar solo from Reb Beach & Doug Aldrich)
Cryin’ In The Rain (includes a quick drum solo mid-song)
Is This Love
Give Me All Your Love
Is This Love
Here I Go Again
Still Of The Night

No big surprises here and it’s pretty much what I expected from David Coverdale and company. The band sounded tight and Coverdale had good voice but I could do without some of the over the top screaming he does. He still has a good voice but he likes to scream a lot live I guess. I could have done without the solos and gotten an extra song especially with ‘Slide It In’ missing from the set. Good to hear ‘Lay Down Your Love’ from GOOD TO BE BAD (2008), it came off well live and David’s intro mentioned that their label (SPV) went bankrupt. I’m not surprised the band kept it to their three most popular albums from the ’80s, unless of course you’re a diehard and recognize that ‘Fool For Your Loving’ (from 1980′s READY AN’ WILLING) and ‘Here I Go Again’ (from 1982′s SAINTS & SINNERS) were earlier tracks the band re-recorded. It was a good set and a solid performance that the crowd really got into.

Judas Priest setlist:

Rapid Fire
Metal Gods
Breaking The Law
Grinder
United
You Don’t Have To Be Old To Be Wise
Living After Midnight
The Rage
Steeler
The Ripper
Prophecy
Hell Patrol
Victim Of Changes
Freewheel Burning
Diamonds & Rust
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

This was the 30th anniversary of BRITISH STEEL (1980) and the band is playing the entire album (a trend I am enjoying from a lot of bands lately) from start to finish. Good to hear the band play the album with the original tracklisting, most of the crowd thought that they would open with ‘Breaking The Law’ but I educated more than a few people that the record company had changed the running order so ‘Breaking The Law’ & ‘Living After Midnight’ would be the first songs to start each side of the album and that ‘Rapid Fire’ was the true first song. Then I had a kid in his late teens ask me what I meant by a “side”. I gave up!

Priest rammed right through the entire album almost without pause: Halford did his usual ‘Breaking The Law’ intro (“Breaking the what?”) and he spoke about the band’s biggest “hit” before ‘Living After Midnight’ but it was pretty much non-stop. Highlights from the BRITISH STEEL set were everything but the hits I’ve heard before at a Priest show except for ‘Metal Gods’, one of my favorites. I got to hear ‘Grinder’ and ‘The Rage’ and they went over HUGE with the crowd but the best was yet to come…..

‘The Ripper’ and ‘Victim Of Changes’ are classics from SAD WINGS OF DESTINY (1976) and I got to hear ‘Freewheel Burning’ from my favorite Priest record DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH (1984) that has to be one of the fastest they’ve done. Even the new NOSTRADAMUS song ‘Prophecy’ came out good live and there were a lot of people singing it word for word so I guess I’m not the only one out there who liked that album! The band sounded great as usual and Rob’s voice sounded stronger, he was also a little more animated on stage rather than his “stand in one place and look at my boots” phase he’s been in since 2006. Overall a great show and a diehard’s dream of a setlist…..maybe next year they can do a 20th anniversary of PAINKILLER (1990)!

My first exposure to Whitesnake was seeing a vinyl copy of LOVEHUNTER (1979) on display at Good Vibrations back in the early ’80s. Good Vibrations was my favorite record store and it was my weekly stop while my Mom did her food shopping at the super-sized supermarket in the same plaza. I was flipping through the vinyl and there it was!

I remember thinking to myself that I couldn’t get buy this and get it by my Mom but it was a discovery that I kept looking at every week. I’m not sure how long it was after my discovery but I finally heard a Whitesnake song on 94 WHJY, the local Rock station in Providence. It was ‘Slow An’ Easy’ and I remember listening to my boombox on the patio and cranking that sucker when I heard the DJ announce: “And here’s the new Whitesnake…..on HJY!” I was hooked!

All I could imagine was a bunch of long-haired guys in leather getting all the naked girls…..with big snakes all around them! I was a kid, what do you expect? I had a pretty good imagination! there was something about the song, something cool. At the time I couldn’t put my finger on it, now I know it was sex. Anyway, from then I saw the video on MTV and I knew what the band looked like. The next shopping trip, I picked up a cassette of SLIDE IT IN (1984). I got exposed to ‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’ & ‘Slide It In’ quick because they were on Side 1 of the tape. I used to listen to Side 1 of tapes until I knew every part by heart, then I would flip’em and do the same with Side 2. I wore that tape out.

So now I had a new band to listen to but new bands were coming out of the woodwork in ’84 so i kind of put Whitesnake on hold until their new album. Three years later, the band explodes because of the WHITESNAKE (1987) album.

This is the record that propelled the band into U.S. superstardom and I, like the rest of my friends, ate it right up. I bought this tape right away just like everyone else did when ‘Still Of The Night’ blew across MTV but I tried to get my friends to check out SLIDE IT IN too. I remember they couldn’t have cared less and I got mad because here was my “secret” band being “discovered” by everyone but no one cared about the previous album. I still get that way with bands. I was about a dozen rows from the stage when Motley Crue came on the GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS tour with the ‘Snake opening in early ’88. What a cool show that was! I still remember punching a friend in the arm when they played ‘Slide It In’ & ‘Slow An’ Easy’. Then I remember Coverdale introducing a song from “his Deep Purple days“…..he was in Deep Purple too? Not only did I have a mission to check out older Whitesnake records, now I had to hear Coverdale in Deep Purple!

From those formative years, I have remained a Whitesnake fan. I’ve collected almost all of the albums and I was lucky to have seen the band tour with the Scorpions and Dokken a few years ago. I still enjoy the mega-sellers from the ’80s but I like to take a trip back to the earlier records most of the time. Now we have GOOD TO BE BAD (2008) and the future is bright again for fans of the ‘Snake. A new record means a new tour. A new record & tour means success. Success means they will make more new records…..making this fan for the last 25 years very happy.

‘Lay Down Your Love’ is the first single and video off Whitesnake’s new album, GOOD TO BE BAD (2008)…..

‘Lay Down Your Love’

Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad (2008, SPV)

  1. Best Years
  2. Can You Hear The Wind Blow
  3. Call On Me
  4. All I Want All I Need
  5. Good To Be
  6. All For Love
  7. Summer Rain
  8. Lay Down Your Love
  9. A Fool In Love
  10. Got What You Need
  11. ‘Til The End Of Time

Live Bonus Disc:

  1. Burn – Stormbringer
  2. Give Me All Your Love Tonight
  3. Walking In The Shadow….
  4. The Deeper The Love
  5. Ready & Willing
  6. Don’t Break My Heart Again
  7. Take Me With You
  8. Ready To Rock

Band Lineup:
David Coverdale – Vocals
Doug Aldrich – Guitars
Reb Beach – Guitars
Timothy Drury – Keyboards
Uriah Duffy – Bass
Chris Frazier – Drums

Produced by: David Coverdale, Doug Aldrich, Michael McIntyre

Total Time = 59:28 (1st disc), 42:25 (2nd disc)

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If you haven’t noticed, Whitesnake just released a new album, GOOD TO BE BAD. It’s hard not to notice with all the publicity on TV, radio, and the Internet for Whitesnake’s first proper studio albums in 11 years. For the last few years, David Coverdale and company have been touring the world and thrilling audiences with a supurb live show (I saw them with the Scorpions a few years ago) that was chronicled on the live album LIVE IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES (2006). Whitesnake fans were also given four new studio tracks on the live album but that was just a tease of things to come, now we have GOOD TO BE BAD. David Coverdale has employed some fine musicians for the new incarnation of Whitesnake: guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach are names synonymous with great talent and success while Timothy Drury, Uriah Duffy, and Chris Frazier add to the solid musician ship, making Team Whitesnake a sonic force once again.

Opening track ‘Best Years’ is a heavy mid-tempo rocker that recalls the blues laden style of past ‘Snake efforts. Aldrich and Beach immeadiately carve out their territory with dueling guitars and Drury laces the song with a subtle keyboard that enhances, not distracts. What is immeadiately noticeable is the bass and drums, Duffy and Frazier sound very heavy and provide solid muscle to the song. Over the whole album, the members of the rhythm section put on a tremendous effort. ‘Can You Hear The Wind Blow’ is another heavy mid-tempo Hard Rock song with a blazing main riff…..Aldrich completely shines and it’s no wonder he’s being credited with resurrecting Coverdale’s, and Ronnie James Dio’s, solo careers, this guy can flat out play! The only problem is that both songs are very similar except that the latter has a catchy chorus and hook leaning a bit more toward the SLIDE IT IN-era.

Speeding things up a bit is ‘Call On Me’ and David starts to use his higher vocal register. The song is still fat and heavy from the duelling guitars and has some great solos. I’m a little surprised this isn’t the opening song and lead single but I’ll bet it’s a song the band plays live. One thing Whitesnake has been well-known, and well-criticized, for is their ballads. Some of the biggest power ballads of the late ’80s were Whitesnake compositions: ‘Is This Love’ and ‘The Deeper The Love’ being chart toppers. ‘All I Want All I Need’ follows the grand tradition but sounds thicker, ballsier. Coverdale uses a low key, blues-tinged vocal then he did on his previous successes and soars a little higher only a few times, perhaps a sign of getting a bit older? ‘Good To Be’ is a stormer of a title track that reminds me of ‘Slow An’ Easy’. Of course it does! The lyrics “Sometimes it’s good to be bad, bad to the bone” is very similar and the basic premise is along the same lines, it’s almost like this song idea was recycled from 25 years ago.

‘All For Love’ is another candidate for a single and album opener with great guitars and a solid hook at the bridge. The twin axe attack of Aldrich and Beach really shines here as each trade solos within the song. Put this song on the ’87 record or SLIP OF THE TONGUE (1989) and you have an instant hit! I’m a little surprised to hear another ballad so quickly but ‘Summer Rain’ is a really nice departure from the typical ‘Snake ballad. The acoustics are mixed perfectly with the electrics while the keys provide another layer of sound without being overbearing.. Coverdale is using his low drawl well but he sounds scratchy in some parts, that’s where the backing vocals help at the chorus. I’ve been trying to figure out what this song sounds like for weeks and I finally found the answer: this is a Cinderella song. Seriously, I’m not joking, I could hear Tom Keifer singing this and the overall tone sounds like something off HEARTBREAK STATION. Call me crazy…..

Best song on the album is the actual lead single, ‘Lay Down Your Love’. Want to hear the Whitesnake of the late ’80s? This is the song. David suddenly finds that higher register and sounds great throughout, especially in the chorus. Very similar to ‘Still Of The Night’ especially when the guitars cut out for the vocals and pick back up with the bridge. There’s even a slower pace in the middle of the song around the solo, just like ‘Still Of The Night’, that picks back up again. It’s not a complete copycat, I actually like this song better because it has more of a groove. ‘A Fool In Love’ is an old school blues number that draws comparisons to old ‘Snake, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin until the chorus comes in and sounds like we’ve heard it all before. I like the solos over the main blues riff and DC starts to hit those highs towards the end but something about this song screams “been there, done that”. ‘Got What You Need’ is a fun speedy rocker but the lyrics are a bit juvenile, not necessarily a bad thing but the clichés kill it. The solos are really good just like the rest of the album and the vocals are higher giving the casual fans what they expect to hear. Ending the album is ballad #3, ‘Til The End Of Time’. The song has this Western/Bon Jovi - ‘Wanted Man’ vibe to it and it’s definitely a different style than I’m used to. The repeating lines of “I will love you” make me think of The Moody Blues’ ‘Nights In White Satin’ for some reason.

The second disc is a collection of live songs pulled from the last few tours and is a nice added bonus to the proper album. The highlight is the version of ‘Burn/Stormbringer’ for the fans of Coverdale’s days in Deep Purple. There is also a bonus video of ‘Ready To Rock’ attached as an extra bonus.

Bottom Line:
A rousing success! Whitesnake’s first album in over 11 years is a solid effort that can appeal to old school fans from the band’s early days and the MTV generation that grew up with the band’s mega-hits from ’87-’90. Most of the songs have a Blues base from the late ’70s/early ’80s with a leaning toward that late ’80s bombast that made the band a household name. Not sure why we needed three ballads on the album but each one is a different style so that helps keep it all fresh. Musicianship is top notch of course with Aldrich and Beach leading the charge with their guitars. Coverdale sounds like he’s lost a little in his vocal range, those higher notes aren’t as easy to hit, but he uses that deep mid-range drawl to give the songs a bit more balls and groove. Favorite songs here: ‘Lay Down Your Love’, ‘Summer Rain’, ‘Can You Hear The Wind Blow’, and ‘Best Years’…..I like the whole album with only a couple of songs being a little spotty. Definitely one of my favorite albums of the year so far.

 

Here are the three videos made for the SLIP OF THE TONGUE (1989) album, the quality may vary…..

‘Fool For Your Loving’

‘The Deeper The Love’

‘Now You’re Gone’

Whitesnake – Slip Of The Tongue (1989, Geffen)

  1. Slip Of The Tongue
  2. Cheap An’ Nasty
  3. Fool For Your Loving
  4. Now Your Gone
  5. Kittens Got Claws
  6. Wings Of The Storm
  7. The Deeper The Love
  8. Judgement Day
  9. Slow Poke Music
  10. Sailing Ships

Band Lineup:
David Coverdale – Lead Vocals
Steve Vai – Guitars
Adrian Vandenberg – Guitars*
Rudy Sarzo – Bass
Tommy Aldridge – Drums

*(Due to an injury, Adrian Vandenberg does not perform on this album but is credited. Steve Vai handles all guitar recordings.)

Additional Musicians:
Glenn Hughes – Backing Vocals
Tommy Funderburk – Backing Vocals
Don Airey – Keyboards
Claude Gaudette – Keyboards
David Rosenthal – Keyboards

Produced by: Mike Clink & Keith Olsen

Total time = 46:47

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After the massive success of the multi-platinum WHITESNAKE (1987) album, Coverdale and company follow-up with the very similar sounding SLIP OF THE TONGUE. By ’89, Whitesnake was one of the top arena rock bands with plenty of radio and MTV airplay for singles ‘Still Of The Night’, ‘Is This Love’, and the re-make of ‘Here I Go Again’. The problem is you have to follow it up and keep the success going so you follow the same formula.

First thing you notice with the opening title track is the keyboard intro. The previous album’s success was based on heavy guitars with a touch of keys. This record starts with keyboards but the track is one of the best on the album chock full of guitar swagger. ‘Cheap An’ Nasty’ follows with very juvenile lyrics but it is another fast rocker. Unfortunately, Steve Vai begins with his tone-less wanking all over this song and it takes away from the feel. Vai is one of those guitarists that is technically proficient but his over-the-top playing takes away from the songs, kind of like Yngwie. The lead single for this album is a re-make of ‘Fool For Your Loving’ (originally the lead single on 1980′s READY AN’ WILLING) showing that Coverdale is following the same formula as he did with ‘Crying In The Rain’ and ‘Here I Go Again’. It’s a solid re-make with all the spit and polish of late ’80s production and Vai’s noodling during the solo. I actually like Vai’s take on this bluesier song because he plays within the song, not above it.

‘Now You’re Gone’ is the third single and is a mid-paced, keyboard-laced, tune that has more to do with AOR than Hard Rock…..sounds like an Asia song! I think of this as ‘Here I Go Again’ part 2 and it doesn’t work. Pair up ‘Kittens Got Claws’ with ‘Cheap An’ Nasty’ as the two mirror each other with more juvenile lyrics and slick production. Did Coverdale and Vandenberg go to Gene Simmons school of songwriting on this one? This is something I would expect from Vinnie Vincent era KISS…..or Vinnie himself! How many songs in ’89 had a line similar to “She’ll tease ya, please ya”? Too many. One of my favorites here is the fast ‘Wings Of The Storm’. Less keyboard, more guitar and almost Metal…..those are good qualities! Listen to the underlying main riff, it’s almost Power Metal! This should have been a single but it would have been too heavy for the current trends of the late ’80s.

The mid to late ’80s provided bands with a proven successful formula for hit singles: Heavy, fast rocker first, power ballad second, mid-pace and/or hard rock song third. Whitesnake follow the formula perfectly: first was ‘Fool For Your Loving’, third was ‘Now You’re Gone’, and sandwiched in the middle was the power ballad ‘The Deeper The Love’. It’s your basic love sick ballad with big guitars, keyboards, and sing-a-long lyrics. I call it ‘Is This Love’ (part 2) because that’s what it is, ‘Deeper’ doesn’t stray too far from the previous style right down to the video featuring Tawny Kitaen. The years have been kind to this song because it gets overshadowed by ‘Is This Love’, hence it doesn’t get overplayed and I consider it one of the better ballads of the decade for that reason alone.

I saw Whitesnake live a few years ago with the Scorpions and they played ‘Judgement Day’, I had forgotten what a cool song it was! This is the mid-paced song that should have been a single instead of the sappy ‘Now You’re Gone’. ‘Judgement Day’ is heavy with the keyboards lending depth to the main riff. Sounds like old Whitesnake with David using his deeper, bluesier drawl. I’m impressed with Vai as his solo is clean and not overbearing while the main riff stays simple and powerful. Same with ‘Slow Poke Music’, it’s heavy and sounds like older Snake. There’s a groove here that is missing on more than a few tracks on this record, it’s the attitude that made SLIDE IT IN (1984) and the s/t ’87 album what they were and it’s here! I would have liked to hear a little more of this attitude on some of the other songs. Ballad #2 is the album’s closer, ‘Sailing Ships’. This is a superb song, how this wasn’t a single is beyond me. I understand that ‘The Deeper The Love’ follows the trends of the time but ‘Sailing Ships’ has that Classic Rock sound, that Led Zeppelin quality to it that translates well into radio. Definitely Led Zep sounding until the last couple of minutes when Coverdale starts using his higher register and Vai solos it up. I think if ‘Now You’re Gone’ charted high, Whitesnake could have released this and come up with another hit ballad.

Bottom Line:
This record has aged well over time and I reach for it much more than I do the ’87 record. The album starts off heavy but then the next four songs basically play down to the stereotypical late ’80s cock rock style. The songs are decent but too juvenile, over the top, and predictable. I’m not big on the continued recycling of older material again but ‘Fool For Your Loving’ is solid and does the job. Same with ‘The Deeper The Love’, it’s predictable but it does the job. So what we have here is an album with half the songs sounding like any band from the end of the decade could do them and the other half sounding like vintage Whitesnake. If you can look past ‘Cheap An’ Nasty’ and ‘Kittens Got Claws’ and take them for what they are then this album is more ballsy. Favorite songs: ‘Judgement Day’, ‘Sailing Ships’, ‘Wings Of The Storm’, ‘Slow Poke Music’ and ‘Slip Of The Tongue’. For the record, I like the three proper singles, especially ‘The Deeper The Love’, but these other songs are far superior.

 

Whitesnake.com

Obviously, Whitesnake.com is the band’s, and David Coverdale’s, official website. What is cool about the website is that is scrolls from side to side. Sorry, small details like that amuse me! Anyway, there is a large MEDIA section with live songs and videos. The FEATURES section gives you all the latest Whitesnake news & tour info, there’s a BBS and an online store. The section I enjoy the most is the ARCHIVES. It has a cool discography from David’s Deep Purple days to present, there are interviews, magazine covers, photos and even games! You can tell that Coverdale has taken the time to make sure his website is unique and fan-friendly.