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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.
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on 13 February 2012
Ready an Willing is a great album of bluesy rock the front cover is as nice little black and white picture of the band which is less classic than the love hunter album cover but since its only the cover it doesn't really matter it actually does suit the music a bit though as it has a quite a laid back sound to it.

the album opens up with the now classic fool for your loving no more which is not the version that most people will remember it is the calmer and more laid back slower tempoed version which I prefer it feels more suited to the lyrics.

the next tack is sweet talker a faster paced good old fashioned sounding rock and roll song, with lots of stabby organ and boogie status quo sounding rhythm and also a COWBELL!!!!! woohooo the Drums onthis trac suitably rambunctious and stompy pounding the beat out for the rest of the band to build on it sound powerful and precise

Ready an Willing, this song opened up with absolute class and swagger a very groovy rhythm that just has SEX written all over it you can really dance to it, it then has the breakdown that sounds a bit funky which then explodes in to a solo of guitaring pleasure. its a top track and one of the best on the album possibly oneo whitesnakes best, should be a classic I can here the sort of funk, soul influence in it as well.

Carry Your Load, this song is quite straight forward, and sounds like classic whitesnake, its quite subdued in tempo, and is a good love song and has some good piano and organ accompaniment, it has lots of harmony and vocal melodies which is good for singing along too. Nice little solo too

Blind Man : this song opens up with melancholy jangly guitar and David coverdale crooning over the song with some nice airey 80's style synth, and then comes in with nice tight solid rhythm section accompaniment, its got a very good chorus in it and the emphasise on this song seems to be the Organ which is nice it add to the variety of sounds and styles on the album making it that much better, more importantly it feels like a really Oh YEAH type of song in the sort I can feel ever note i am playing type of oh yeah, some nice bass playing on it too.

Ain't gonna cry no more: Opens up acoustic guitar with more singing, its less of a ballad than the song before as the tempo is faster, its a feel good song, everything stops and then the organ comes in with an really pleasant happy sounding riff over the acoustic strumming and then coverdale sings again and airey keyboarding start too,this just go to show the variety on offe in one of the best bands in history, its not all about being heavy and loud sometimes being dynamic is good, of course the song then opens up into another funky groovy riff and is loud and really makes you want to dance and sing along.

Love Man:this song is a much more stereotypical classic blues song with a very traditional rhythm and blues guitar playing over the top showing the bands influence, great lyrics and singing too singing he would do anything to please, over some really classic blues licks. and of course the raunchy Solo, 'GETDOWN' as coverdale says underneath it.

Black and Blue: in terestingly this song seem to have been recorded live or something as it has lots of clapping at the beginning it is quite a boogie driven status quo sounding song again which is great lots of piano Bashing and lots of fun with David coverdale proclaiming he want to love his baby until he is black and blue so a very long time then, absolute classic

She's a Woman: this track is just cool its a good little rocker with an organ solo in it and plenty of bashing crashing drums, rumbly widdly bass playing and hard guitar playing
I won't do a track by track of the bonus material but suffice to say it is an excellent addition to an already excellent album
Love for sale
ain't no love inthe heart of the city ( live)
Mistreated ( Live)
Love hunter ( Live)
Breakdown (Live)
all in all a fantastic album with fantastic musicians and musicianship and music that makes you feel great great great buy it its a must
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on 31 December 1999
One of the best collection of rock recordings ever put together in my opinion.There is not one single track that does not match up in quality and lyrical finese to any other rock recording you could think of.From the classic Fool for your loving,to the haunting Blindman and the stomping tune of Ain't gonna cry no more.Coverdale & co have never matched this album for musical content and powerfull lyrics since this recording.I have personally seen Whitesnake eleven times in the past at various venues in G.B and every time i saw them they were fantastic !! Andy.
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on 29 November 2007
This was the very 1st 'snake album I heard, and it's still my favourite. I remember hearing the lead off track "Fool For Your Loving" when it hit the charts in 1980, and my big sister telling me- "wait till you hear this singer- he just makes it sound so easy". These words have incredibly stuck with me for many years as that's exactly what David Coverdale does on this record. I think this album contains his best ever vocals in terms of depth, feeling and emotion, and to be frank, DC could wipe the floor with any other rock singers around in 1980. The band were augmented by the addition of Ian Paice on drums and for the 1st time on record, sound like the finished article. Those who only know WS as the big-haired AOR outfit they became in the late 80's will find this music a revelation. It certainly has much more integrity than anything recorded from 1984 onwards. If you like blues rock music with passionate vocals, it doesn;t get much better than this.
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on 9 March 2000
Blows the socks off the stuff Whitesnake did in the latter years when image became more important than the music. One of the best blues-rock albums ever made.
It had been a while since i had listened to this old gem. When I saw it on CD, a limited edition, completely remastered plus extra tracks from the original it was too good a deal to miss.
Best tracks are: Fool for Your Loving Ready An' Willing Blindman Ain't Gonna Cry No More
Forget the hairspray stuff Whitesnake did for the US market in later years....get the original best.
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VINE VOICEon 9 October 2003
. . . before David Coverdale became all dictatorial. It is a brilliant album full of blues - just oozing from every pore.
"Fool For Your Loving" starts things off on a high - it really is a wonderful song(!) - and things just shoot along nicely from there on in. Rockers such as "Sweet Talker" & "Ready & Willing" are offset with "Blindman" & "Ain't Gonna Cry . . .".
Tongue in cheek(?) "Love Man" (Did Mr C. actually believe is own lyrics?) and the boogie fest - there was always one per album - of "Black & Blue" all combine to make one heck of a fine album. "Carry Your Load" & "She's A Woman" round things off nicely. Proving once again that the 'British' version of the band were always the best. Not only that but this line-up, with Moody, Marsden, Lord, Paice & Murray were never to be topped.
Lord & Paice were to leave after this to re-join the re-formed Purple. This is a lasting testiment to a great band on great great form on a great album.
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on 14 October 2002
This album is full of gems. Released in 1980, this was a vintage year for rock albums (Rainbow, ACDC and Black Sabbath all released wonderful albums the same year) and "Ready An' Willing" is a clssic. "Blind man" is a reincarnation of an earlier Coverdale solo song brought back to life and sounds 100 times better. The final song "She's a woman" is incredible and includes a typical Jon Lord keyboard bit. Great guitars as always from Moody/Marsden. Coverdale is in fine form. Top marks!
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on 29 January 2000
What can you say about this classic from the seminal Whitesnake pre spandex line up. Marsden. Moodey,Lord,Coverdale Paice and Murray - All were a part of our teenage years - were are they now? Even my mate whos favourite artiste was Astrid Gilberto liked this one! As the man himself once said pass the tea Cozy.....
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on 23 January 2016
Ok, if your here then you are probably replacing your vinyl or cassette. Or you're collecting after listening to 1 of their greatest hits albums. No worries your in good company! This is 1 of their best albums, I'd say in the top 3. Loads of brill tunes here, sweet talker, carry your load, blindman, and of course the big hit fool for your loving lives here too! Whitesnake rock the blues.
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on 5 May 2014
Surely the greatest whitesnake album. Marsden and Moody on guitars. Lords' soulful Hammond organ. Those funky bass lines from Neil Murry. Coverdale when he was still one of the greatest rock vocalists. Oh not forgeting Ian Paice on drums. Still sounds great today! Buy it.
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