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Little Box 'O' Snakes - The Sunburst Years 1978-1982 [Box set]

Whitesnake Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00BV9S01U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Sunburst Years is a round-up of classic hard rock anthems from the Whitesnake heyday.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whitesnake marriage counselling 23 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not even I could justify the wallet lightening load that was the "Box O' Snakes" set that came out a couple of years ago. Much as I would have enjoyed the self pleasure it would have given me, the thought of Mrs H catching sight of the bank statement so soon after finding my extremely large Whitesnake, um, collection would have been just too much. I couldn't face the "but why do you need 4 vinyl copies of "Lovehunter" when you've got it on CD" speech. Apparently, there is no right answer to that question.

However, here we have a cut down CD version of the set, without any of the important things, such as the Reading Rock sets and the DVD. And yes, Mrs H, I know I have those highly illegal BBC Transcription records locked away in the Swis bank vault, but that does not mean I don't want them out on CD. Instead it's a bare bones 9 disc set covering the period 1978 - 1982. So it's everything from the "Snakebite" EP through to "Saints &' Sinners". There's no bonus tracks, which I quite like, as I grew up with these records and like them just the way they are. And it includes the Japanese only "Live At Hammersmith" set as well as the more familiar "Live...In The Heart Of The City".

Musically, I don't think it got any better than these. It was the music of my puberty and defined my ears for everything that was to come. "Trouble", "Lovehunter", "Ready An' Willing", "Come And Get It", "Saints & Sinners" - I salute you. Once you manage to get inside the stupid assed box with its stupid assed flaps, which guarantee they won't be coming out very often, you'll find the mini LP replica cardboard sleeves, and some of the finest British rock ever recorded.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
At the time of writing Amazon have not provided a clear track listing.
So this is not a review as such just a way to pass on the information about the tracks and which ones have been remastered etc.

This may help the potential buyer?

For a decent review Robbie Murdock has written a good one.
may I suggest you read that as well?

If you spot any mistakes just add a note and I will alter the details and credit you with your knowledge.
Track Listings - ignore last track on last CD

Disk 1
1. Bloody Mary (2011 - Remaster)
2. Steal Away (2011 - Remaster)
3. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City (2011 - Remaster)
4. Come On (2011 - Remaster)

Disk 2
1. Take Me With You (2011 - Remaster)
2. Love to Keep You Warm (2011 - Remaster)
3. Lie Down (A Modern Love Song) (2011 - Remaster)
4. Day Tripper (2011 - Remaster)
5. Nighthawk (Vampire Blues) (2011 - Remaster)
6. The Time Is Right for Love (2011 - Remaster)
7. Trouble (2011 - Remaster)
8. Belgian Tom's Hat Trick (2011 - Remaster)
9. Free Flight (2011 - Remaster)
10. Don't Mess With Me (2011 - Remaster)

Disk 3
1. Come On (Live) (2011 - Remaster)
2. Might Just Take Your Life (Live) (2011 - Remaster)
3. Lie Down (Live) (2011 - Remaster)
4. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City (Live) (2011 - Remaster)
5. Trouble (Live) (2011 - Remaster)
6. Mistreated (Live) (2011 - Remaster)

Disk 4
1. Long Way from Home (2011 - Remaster)
2. Walking in the Shadow of the Blues (2011 - Remaster)
3. Help Me Thro' the Day (2011 - Remaster)
4. Medicine Man (2011 - Remaster)
5. You 'n' Me (2011 - Remaster)
6. Mean Business (2011 - Remaster)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music - Terrible Packaging 15 May 2013
By Cornish Deadhead TOP 500 REVIEWER
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For anyone into rock, these CDs need no introduction, one EP and seven albums, remastered but with no bonus tracks. As I have said in previous reviews, I love the mini LP cardboard sleeves as they are replicas of the original albums plus there is none of those horrible plastic boxes. However whereas most boxes are slip-case or clam-box style, this one has a most peculiar flip top with a second flap underneath it. At first I was not sure how to get into the box and when I did, it was very awkward - why oh why have such stupid packaging. I'm sure that it will become easier, but the continual bending of the lid is bound to lead to wear and eventual breakage in my view!

Whitesnake were one of the great British rock bands of this era, and the albums here go to prove it. I always considered that they never took themselves too seriously, and indeed the cover of Lovehunter was very much tongue-in-cheek I think.

The price of this set has tumbled so if you want to get these CDs at under £2.50 each, I'd get in quick!

LIke the other reviewer the music deserves 5*, but the packaging is 3* (would be lower if not for cardboard sleeves) hence 4* overall.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Whitesnake 14 May 2013
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If like me you aren't fussed about extra tracks then this box set is for you, it's remastered and looks nice in the cigarette type box but the box is the reason I knocked a star off.

It looks good but when you open it the lid won't fully close and you have to struggle a bit to get the discs out, also the sides came apart and had to be glued back in place.

The company obviously didn't give much thought to fans buying this when they designed the box but it's not a major problem for me, hopefully it's only my copy that has this fault and I hope that other reviewers have no such problems.

Some fans will buy this as a collection filler, others (like myself) will buy it as a substitute for their Vinyl copies and anyone else will probably be buying it as an introduction to the band.

Other than this the Slide It In album is the only other album you need to own (in my opinion), I'm not a fan of post 87 material but each to their own.

To sum up this box I'd give 5 for the music and 4 for the packaging, a must buy for any Rock fans collection at a nice price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection
Tremendous collection of Whitesnake's best bits - to me anyway because a long time ago I had all their stuff on good old fashioned vinyl and this collection brings all the early... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Michael Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars The package and the albuns are great, but I miss the pictures
I know that this is the LITTLE box, but I belive that we could receive some pictures of the Sunburst Years too... The package and the albuns are great, but I miss the pictures...
Published 3 months ago by Luis
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to my youth
Since this arrived its all I've played, at home.in the car. Its taken me back to my youth. I still have all the albums on vinyl at least twice each but stopped at 1987 , Coverdale... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr G A Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This box is the ultimat Whitesnake experience if you love the vintage Whitesnake. Safe buy for true whitesnake fans. Come and get it
Published 12 months ago by lars cato kvaal
5.0 out of 5 stars Play the music!
Worth buying for the Remastered version of Ready An' Willing alone! To get all the other Sunburst albums as well is a steal! Stop moaning about the box and just play the music! Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love them you'll love this
If you already have these albums then you need not buy this set except for the remastering value.

If you have heard of Whitesnake but only the stuff after the 1987 album... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Duncan Livingstone
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Whitesnake.
I have all these album on Vinyl and yes I am that old! but I would happily have this in my collection as well. This imo is the 'real' Whitesnake. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Mark Gowans
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent music from the era of Whitesnake when they were at their best.

The quality and depth to the sound and feeling to the lyrics of these first recordings (all... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Professor Chronotis
5.0 out of 5 stars Big box of class!!
Neat box set of a golden age, my vinyl versions of these disc still sit proudly in my collection. This is my preferred 'snake era, Marsden and Moody (although I am a Vandenberg... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jonathan Hatchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Box of Snakes
Just what I wanted this collection of albums are brilliant.I just love all the early white snake great music from a great band.
Published 16 months ago by Cpt pete
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