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This review is from: Little Box 'O' Snakes - The Sunburst Years 1978-1982 (Audio CD)
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. It's still over priced and it really is a completists only set, but I'm exactly the kind of saddo this is aimed at, but I don't care, and shall hold my Whitesnake high for all to see.
Of course you could always pony up for the Box 'O' Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982, and keep your divorce lawyers number close at hand.
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Initial post: 18 Sep 2014 22:13:09 BDT
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Stephen calvert says:
Brilliantly put matey pops. A pleasure to read. An ex of mine moaned about my collection too. My comment was my iron maiden and snakes were staying long after her.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2015 18:56:56 BDT
K. Staden says:
Good review, struck a cord!
Just one niggle... Live at Hammersmith, although originally retstricted to to a Japan only release was actually issued as part of the Live.. In The Heart Of The City set. Not sure if it was all vinyl versions or just the intial release. I've certain ly got it that way as well as the Japanese version (of course!)
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