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4.0 out of 5 stars `Lets Play Whitesnake on Vinyl Forevermore', 4 April 2011
This review is from: Forevermore [Bonus Edition] (MP3 Download)
Whitesnake - Forevermore Vinyl

I picked up this new vinyl edition in a German music store on a recent business trip. It has been released a few weeks before being available in the UK.

Released on Frontier Records, Italia with a double-gatefold outer cover, The lyrics on the left side, band illustration and credits on the right side. I am disappointed they have moved from the SPV label as I have had very positive experiences with their quality of vinyl releases. The record weights for this release are 162/150g. Not sure why a significant difference in the weights but no major difference detected in sound quality between the two records. Usual poor quality thin paper inner sleeves supplied, which I changed to heavy weight, plastic film coated antistatic sleeves on the first play.

Both records are very flat with surface noise at manageable levels (second album slightly worse than the first) direct from opening the plastic sealed cover. I managed to reduced the surface noise further after a clean on my trusted VPI cleaning machine. A very sensible spread of 13 tracks over the two albums, with a 4,4,3, 2 track configuration.

This vinyl album is quieter than `Good to be Bad' on the same amp setting and needs edging up in volume to get a decent listening level. The vocals and drums are lower in the mix vs `Good to be Bad' and particularly for my taste the drums are too low. This album is more of a raw, heavy rock album in parts like some of their earlier work and it would benefit from some thundering, forward, hard hitting drum beats in the mix. I also like DC's vocals high and forward in the mix so you can hear the texture to his wonderful voice. Vinyl normally really brings this out. In my view, this `Forevermore' album appears less clear and sharp in sonic quality on the vinyl release vs `the vinyl version of `Good to Be Bad'.

I very much like the quality of the music on this album. Ok its not a classic, Whitesnake blockbuster like some of their back catalogue but it is still an enjoyable rock album. It is a credit to DC that he can still put out a very commendable release with new material. The tracks take a little more time to get into vs some of the more instance catchy material on `Good to be Bad'. It is an album that gets better with playing frequency. It appears that the writing partnership of DC and Doug Aldridge is maturing nicely and the guitar interplay between Doug and Reb Beach appears much more co-ordinated on this second album. They have both given Whitesnake a fresh, modern sound on these last two albums.

The stand out track for me is the title, `Forevermore'. Classic acoustic intro with DC's vocals that builds up into a heavier section with Middle Eastern sounding overtones. Great structure to it and a fitting track to finish the album.

In conclusion, slightly disappointed that this vinyl release does not give at least the same sonic impact as the Good to Be Bad vinyl release. No issue with the music content, it gets better the more and the louder it's played.
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2011 07:51:17 BDT
SPV went through the bankrupcy process last year, which made a lot of classic rock bands such as Saxon, Motorhead etc. to look for other deals.
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