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Whitesnake: The Definitive Collection

"In the still of the night I hear the wolf howl honey"!!!!! I remember the day I first flipped on MTV and heard David Coverdale belt out that line. It would become one of the most powerful Hard Rock tracks to hit the airwaves in a long time and with its full musicality showed the world that Rock was far from dead. The song was featured on the bands self-titled album, which was a powerhouse of Hard Rock mixed with some killer power ballads. Now with The Definitive Collection Whitesnake fans around the world get the chance to be bitten again by some of their very best material. Coverdale himself had a hand in the production of this piece to make sure that nothing you expected would be left out. It includes an ample amount of tracks from Whitesnake(the self-titled has its three biggest tracks showcased), but there is also the best stuff from Slide It In. If you have not yet snared this album this should be a great means of introducing you to what it contains. Other albums represented are Slip Of The Tongue as well as tracks from Lovehunter which was never available in the US. A fine representation of the entire catalog with 18 songs on this single CD collection. Essentially there is something for everyone here. The CD also includes a track from the Coverdale Page album which is a definite tip of the hat to Led Zeppelin and should have led to a reunion of some sort with Coverdale at the helm (yes, it was that close). Hard core fans might gripe about some songs being omitted but there are 18 songs of course and this covers quite a few albums from a large hit making group. It is never easy to do this on a single CD collection.

The CD also comes with a few great photos of the most popular lineup as well as an essay and liner notes on the songs. A DVD is being released as well which is a live concert filmed in 2004. It is my hope that some videos or performance footage of the varied lineups of Whitesnake surfaces as well for over the course of the years the band has featured Adrian Vandenburg, Steve Vai, Vivian Campbell, Tommy Aldridge, Rudy Sarzo, Micky Moody and Cozy Powell. When you see these names all at once it makes you realize the reason that Whitesnake was as good as they were. How could anything less transpire? Get this album and slide it in one more time.

Track Listing

  1. Don't Break My Heart Again
  2. Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
  3. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City
  4. Ready An' Willing
  5. Slide It In
  6. Love Ain't No Stranger
  7. Slow An' Easy
  8. Fool For Your Loving
  9. Judgement Day
  10. The Deeper The Love
  11. Now You're Gone
  12. Looking For Love
  13. Give Me All Your Love
  14. Is This Love
  15. Here I Go Again
  16. Still Of The Night
  17. Pride & Joy
  18. We Wish You Well

Added: February 10th 2006
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Whitesnake Website
Hits: 3754
Language: english

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Whitesnake: The Definitive Collection
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-02-10 06:45:03
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Why the world needed another Whitesnake collection I'll never know, but that's neither here nor there, so I'll just get on with it. 1994's Greatest Hits was a solid if unspectacular collection of mostly tunes from the 80's US hit albums, ignoring the band's stellar earlier releases. This set tries to rectify that omission by including songs like "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" from Snakebite, "Walkin' in the Shadow of the Blues" and "We Wish You Well" from Lovehunter, the title track from Ready an' Willing, and "Don't Break My Heart Again" from the underrated Come An Get It. So, for the Whitesnake fans who have heard nothing but the mid-80's material, there will be some fresh tracks to hear on this set. Otherwise, you get mostly standard fare that has been heard before, like the trio from Slide It In, "Love Ain't No Stranger", the title track, and "Slow an' Easy". The latter happens to be the European version, as most US fans will note that the muscular guitar work of John Sykes is nowhere to be heard on this song, as his parts were added for the US release of the Slide It In album.

In fact, the John Sykes era seems to have been somewhat neglected here, as only "Give Me All Your Love", "Is This Love", "Here I Go Again" (with a guitar solo from Adrian Vandenburg), and "Still of the Night" are represented from the Whitesnake album, plus the B-Side "Looking for Love". Where's "Crying in the Rain" or "Children of the Night"? "Pride and Joy" from the Coverdale/Page album is here, but quite frankly that's not a Whitesnake song and it would have been smarter in my opinion to add in another tune from the self-titled album instead of this. Fans of the Slip of the Tongue and Steve Vai will see four songs inserted here, highlighted by the surpise inclusion of "Judgement Day", one of the bands heaviest and most Zeppelin-influenced numbers.

So, now that there are three Whitesnake collections available, which one do you choose? The 1994 hits set has now been eclipsed by this one, but if you want to spend the extra money, go for the 2CD Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection set, as it has the most complete set of essential Whitesnake tracks available. The Definitive Collection is by no means definitive, but it will certainly do for the casual fan who does not own the individual albums.

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