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Whitesnake on the verge of the big time!!,
This review is from: Lovehunter (Audio CD)
I love this album, it has got so many great things about it, the only thing it lacks is Ian Paice on the drums, but the drummer (one Duck Dowel) makes a very good noise on the round chair. There are several highlights on this album, the first just has to be the sleeve, beautiful art work that sets the tone for this, and many more Whitesnake albums to come. The album then opens with what I belive to be its best track. Long Way From Home, just oozes class, great tune and fantastic words, also serves as a reminder that David Coverdale was not only blessed with one (if not the) greatest rock/blues voices ever, but he was also a very capable songwriter, this song also shows that you can sing about your love for a woman without mentioning things like loveguns, honey pots and so on..... Track 2, is Walking in the Shadow of the Blues, this is a real Whitesnake classic, it says a lot about the band and its future direction, it is also a thouroughly great tune. Help me thro' the day is often refered to as a "filler" I disagree, i think this in one of the stronger tracks on the album, a damn fine slowie! Medicine Man is the usual rock and roll, doctors and nurses, "ive got some medicine for you, would it be too much trouble if I was to inject it into you baby" type of thing, but it really works, also has great backing vocals. side one of the album finishes with You & Me, again great melody and some nice guitar work a worthwhile finish to side one. Side two wastes no time getting up to speed with the intollerably fast, and fantasticly funky Mean Business, I just love the lines "Dont you knock on my door if you dont want an answer, give me a beat if you dont wanna dance aaa!" Just great. The title track, is yet another timeless Whitesnake track, almost sounds like it was written with the big croud sing-along in mind that it was enventually destined for. Outlaw, is I think the weakest song on the album, but it is nice to hear Bernie Marsden sing a whole song to himself, and he has a very good voice. Rock & Roll women is pretty much what you would expect from a song of this title (sounds a bit like Status Quo to me). Just to round the album off there is the one minuite wonder "We wish you well" it is such a shame that the boys never invented a nother verse or two and a piano or guitar break for this song, it is such a great tune, it really deserved another few minuites. All in all I think this album is one of the best individual Whitesnake albums you can buy, it is a big improvement on "Trouble" and a good mood setter for "Ready & Willing" that was to follow. That is the great thing with Whitesnake, all of thier albums seem to pick up where the last one left off, and listented to as a sieries of albums shows that the were one of the most consistent rock bands of our era. If you are thinking of this album as your first Whitesnake, its not a bad introduction, but try "Ready & Willing", "Come & Get it" or "Slide it in" first, then buy this one.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2013 18:59:09 BDT
You must be kidding about Outlaw, it's a brilliant song! Great rhythm/feel to it, nice Jon Lord keyboards, good tune, good lyrics... what's weak about it?
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