The Early Years
Whitesnake compilation? Why?
year we had the TV advertised single CD "Best Of", the "Silver
Anniversary Collection" 2CD and the US 2CD "Here I Go Again".
"The Early Years" forms part of the EMI programme of early collections
of many of their major catalogue artists with the 18 tracks spanning
the years 1978 - 1984, with only four duplicating the recent anniversary
sets. Even so, there is nothing here that isn't available elsewhere.
So why buy?
apart from that fact that it's been a long, long time since the
French "Best Of Whitesnake" which covered the pre-Geffen big hair
years, the big selling points (apart from the £7 price tag) is
that David Coverdale chose the tracks and, more importantly, wrote
the extensive and personal sleeve notes.
if you don't have the entire Whitesnake collection from 1978 -
1984 (and you really should), then this is the compilation you
want. There isn't a single track on this CD that isn't utterly
essential with the largest haul coming from "Come An' Get It",
the greatest UK blues-rock album ever. And don't bothering arguing.
It is. Sir David always had that conflict between the spiritual
and the venal running through his songs, and when they merged
seamlessly as in "Child Of Babylon", "Carry Your Load",
"Don't Break My Heart Again" and many others, nothing sounded
better. Granted, there were the Pink Pig winning moments ("Sweet
Talker", "Lie Down...I Think I Love You", as it's been
retitled), but it was the seventies, man! As always, the classic
line up of Lord, Paice, Marsden, Murray and Moody, which dominates
this album, pushed Coverdale into his finest vocal performances
unifying a sound that has proved timeless. Fittingly, the CD finishes,
as so many classic concerts did, with "We Wish You Well".