original Whitesnake albums have been ill served on CD over the
years. Basic reissues that sounded like they'd been mastered down
a dodgy phone line, they were a poor representation of a fabulous
band. So when I heard that (finally) they were getting the remaster
/ bonus track treatment, I was a tad excited. Banners were unfurled,
and a small array of balloons were inflated with "Trouble", "Lovehunter"
and "Ready An' Willing" the first in line, with another batch
due later in the summer.
good news first - they sound so much better than the original
issues. Which is the whole point and something I'm grateful for.
However, it looks like Sir David de Coverdale wasn't kidding when
he said there wasn't much lying around the vaults. How else can
you explain the paucity of unheard bonus tracks. Bunging the "Snakebite"
EP onto "Trouble" is taking the mick, given that every Whitesnake
fan will already have it, and its easy availabilty on the Geffen
"Snakebite" CD. Gits.
"Ready An' Willing" adds an actual unissued track in the shape
of "Love For Sale" as well as 4 tracks recorded live at the Reading
Festival - "Mistreated", "Aint No Love In The Heart Of The City",
"Lovehunter" and "Breakdown", but it's not much given the inflated
price EMI are asking, especially as the fans this is aimed at
will have had the live tracks for years.
always regarded "Lovehunter" as the last original Snake album,
when they were still willing to experiment, drawing a line under
the quarter of albums that began with "Northwinds". As such, it's
the one I was looking forward to most, undervalued, and always
worth a revisit. Bolstered by 4 radio session tracks, 3 of them
from "Trouble" (despite what Geoff Barton thinks in the dull as
ditchwater sleeve notes), it's the pick of the bunch with corking
live versions of " Belgium Tom's Hat Trick", "Love To Keep You
Warm", "Aint No Love In The Heart Of The City" and "Trouble".
And after owning a Portugese vinyl copy for 25 years, I now have
the English lyrics! This was the album where Whitesnake started
to mutate into the r'n'b machine that UK audiences took to their
hearts in the late 70s / early 80s, and of course features "Walking
In the Shadow Of The Blues", a song many regard as their finest.
It's not - that will always be "Take Me With You"! But it's the
final flickers of the jazzy licks of the rhythm section that make
this album special. Finally you can hear the glorious bass runs
that Neil Murray was making, something almost worth the price
of admission alone. A shame then, that his partner in crime, "Duck"
Dowle is so ill served by a booklet full of Ian Paice pictures!
of some of the flaws these are so much better than the original
Stuart A Hamilton. UK Head honcho - www.metal4life.co.uk / www.zeitgeist-scot.co.uk
can not believe what I just read, a good review of the Whitesnake
Lovehunter CD! I just purchased this CD and it's so bright and
brash that it hurts my ears. I need to ask, where did you get
your copies? I'm wondering if there are some of these cds that
have problems. Please let me know."
Thomas. (I don't think there is any difference in your
copies Jeff, but you're not alone in your opinion)