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Whitesnake – Live in ’84 – Back to the Bone (Frontiers Music)

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It’s been 30 years since Whitesnake released Slide It In. It was an album that was the calm before the commercial success storm their self-titled album in 1987 gave them. Slide It In became their fourth Top 10 album in the UK, and it landed them on Geffen in the U.S. The album gave us now classic songs like “Slow ‘an Easy” and “Love Ain’t No Stranger. Suddenly the States became an important factor to the band. This time in their career saw the departure of a touring line up from Mick Moody to Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes. For Moody, he has said, at that point, the band has never felt right, accentuating his departure.


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As a celebration to the band in 1984 and the turning point, Whitesnake pulled material out of David Coverdale’s vault and collected a representation of the band on the verge of their most electrifying period in their career. What is great about Back to the Bone is that you can hear the band in a live setting as they escalated their energy as a group while still trying to shed their early career rawness.

You have the powerful ramp up of “Gambler” and “Guilty of Love,” while you feel some distraction and an over-exposed performance of “Slow ‘an Easy.” It could have been the distraction from Coverdale. “Lovely pair of titties you have there,” he says to an audience member before sliding into their hit. One thing you do get from Coverdale throughout the show is that even though it’s rock and roll, he is a true gentleman about everything.

Another live performance of “Slow ‘An Easy” from the Super Rock Japan nestles in at the end is the more expressive of the two. And at the end, we get a medley of Las Vegas live tunes pairing “Gambler,” “Guilty of Love,” Love Ain’t No Stranger,” and “Ready ‘An Willing.” The recording sounds more intimate than the arena feeling most of this album represents. The band acts more engaging than the other versions.

There is also a DVD that comes with the album. I have not had the opportunity to check it out yet, but I would wager any Whitesnake fan will be drooling to get their hands on this, especially when you get to see Jon Lord’s last performance with the band.

Add that to the Columbia released Live at Seibu, Tokyo and you have a nice extensive feeling of what it was like to be a Whitesnake fan back in 1984. For us, we know where all of this progressed. What a great enjoyment from one of the best rock bands of the ‘80s. Cheers!

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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