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Having been a fan of Whitesnake for more years than I care to remember I was looking forward to seeing if DC still has what it takes in the vocal department & also to see if this current line up of musicians were up to scratch (at the time of writing this the line up has changed yet again). Taking the same title from the most seminal live album of all time I thought was a little dangerous if not down right rude as nothing was ever going to live up to the MKII Purple offering from those halcyon days when British rock bands ruled the world!
So does it measure up?? The answer is an emphatic NO!!
The concert itself is just a barrage of noise filled with unnecessarily long solos (I am a drummer myself & even I find lengthy drum solos boring even with the added circus tricks of using chopsticks, etc). I assume this was done to give DC a break to rest his larynx which was seems a tad ridiculous as his vocals are drowned out by the rest of the band in the horrendous mixing of this album. Staying with the mixing I have my doubts if this is the actual live recording as DC doesn't seem to be singing in sync with the video & at times his microphone is so far away from his mouth it's a wonder it managed to pick up his voice at all ... also when he speaks the volume of his voice goes up a few decibels & becomes crystal clear???? This is supposed to be in stereo & 5.1 surround sound so when I placed it into my home cinema set up I was expecting a selection in the menu to choose which option I would like to listen to ... there is no selection option & I remain unconvinced that this isn't a pseudo 5.1 mix as nothing was coming from the back speakers plus the separation is virtually non existent.
All in all this album is a total disappointment with the small exception of the bonus CD which was quite interesting & it's price point ... maybe the clue should have been there for me that a DVD + 2 CD's if they were of a superior quality would have carried a much higher price tag.
My advice would be to avoid this like the plague or perhaps download some of the bonus material for the pure fun of it & save yourself some money because none of the live tracks in this very short set list are any improvement on the studio versions of the same songs, in my humble opinion they are far inferior.
I remember as a child that if I was bought a toy that carried the words "Made In Hong Kong" it invariably turned out to be cheap rubbish that didn't last very long ... maybe that would have been a more apt title for this offering.
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Initial post: 8 May 2013 19:35:25 BDT
robbo's liver says:
Excellent review.A pity that Dorothy carrys on burying the great name of Whitesnake in such a way.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2013 19:48:10 BDT
Thanks Robbo ... I was also pretty miffed there was no mention/tribute to the great late Jon Lord ... a bit of an oversight & a missed opportunity methinks especially considering the theft of the album title ...That's DC for you :-)
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