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READY,WILLIN AND ABLE...
on 19 July 2010
Was there ever a better Whitesnake album,im not sure,a fantastic release in its day and the remaster adds 5 bonus tracks.The eagle eyed fan will have spotted that the cover is a rejigged version of the photo on the back of the Trouble original album,hastily substituted at the time for a rather risque sleeve presented to Mr Coverdale by the artist that produced the Love Hunter sleeve.
Anyway,this is supreme 'Snake and indeed the album doesnt have a poor track,the original disc was nine glorious slices of Whitesnake from the opening hit single 'Fool For Your Lovin' which just struts out of the speaker followed by a double helping of sassy blues via 'Sweet Talker' and the title track,followed by 2 glorious Free/Bad Co influenced masterpieces in 'Carry Your Load' & 'Blindman',the former featuring superb vocals,the latter a reworking of a track from his first solo disc WHITESNAKE(1977),it was excellent then,sublime here before the wonderouss acoustic led 'Aint Gonna Cry No More',a truly epic Snake track with harmonies to die for,these six tracks as good as it gets and should always form the backbone of any Whitesnake set list,are you paying attention Mr Coverdale.Although almost impossible to follow what went before the last three tracks are excellent in their own right 'Love Man',tongue in cheek rythmn and blues,'Black and Blue',with quo riffin to the fore,and a typical declaration of his love for women on 'She's A Woman',fantastic stuff.
Bonus tracks: 1 studio track 'Love For Sale' an average work in progress if truth be told,the lyrics would be salvaged elsewhere in future releases.
The icing on the cake is the remaining 4 live tracks ,30 mins live from Reading 1979,excellent versions of 'Aint No Love...','Mistreated','Love Hunter' &'Breakdown',it really is time someone released the complete 1979 and 1980 radio recordings from Reading so we can retire our ageing copies,mine are still on cassette,that ages me!!!
As before the remaster is a little sharper than i remember my original CD,the bass seems a little further in the background,the booklet as usual excellent.