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HOBL VS Whitesnake 1987


I was reading a review of Whitesnake's 1987 album and, of course, they had to say how much better it was than his former bands House of Blue Light album, also released in 1987. Which do you prefer? Me, I like HOBL Better. Both are fine albums IMHO.
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Re: HOBL VS Whitesnake 1987


HOBL easily.
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Re: HOBL VS Whitesnake 1987


Tougher call than I thought.

My first and definitive answer was going to be "WS has the best song (Still Of the Night), but HOBL has the larger quantity of strong songs (with Bad Attitude, Strangeways, Spanish Archer, Hard Lovin' Woman, The Unwritten Law and maybe Dead Or Alive).

But when i factor in that i really enjoy the other 3 hits from WS, all of which I really like, plus Children Of the Night, it gave me pause, actually swinging my vote over to WS.

But in the end, I do reach for HOBL more (perhaps because of the aforementioned WS hits being overplayed on the radio for years), so HOBL gets the nod.
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Re: HOBL VS Whitesnake 1987


House of blue light, by far.
1987 is a disaster, in my opinion.
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Re: HOBL VS Whitesnake 1987


I enjoy 1987, but HOBL has much more substance. Both have really dated productions that are very much of the 80s, and if Purple had put more effort into taking those songs and giving them a traditional production, I would probably prefer HOBL to PERFECT STRANGERS. That said "Still of the Night" will always remain my favorite song from Whitesnake.
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I agree about DP and effort, especially when it comes to the production, and mixing of an album. ROTD is a primary example of this.
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HOBL for sure. Strong tunes with crappy production. Had they gotten this album out much sooner with better production, Purple would have stayed big in the States. Taking too long to release it put the kibosh on their continued success here. emoticon It should have been released in late '85 or early 86. 1987 is good and Coverdale sounded much better in Whitesnake than Purple, but just didn't do as much for me. They did get much better as time went on.
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Re: HOBL VS Whitesnake 1987


I own both.
HOBL, by far.
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HOBL (and 1987 as well, to a point) is barely the sound of a band playing together, rather separate performances glued together by Glover. Only Mitzidupree was played (just once) by the whole band. But imagine if the album was to be remixed by someone like Steven Wilson (or Glover himself). It could come alive, probably even more than Perfect Strangers, which still sounds fresh today.
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HOTBL, by a large margin. 1987 sounds even more dated by comparison, but I understand that at the time it was the opposite and it sounded more modern.
I don’t agree that DP did not work hard on House, in fact I believe they did overthink the record and ruined it by putting too much production, and the wrong one with hindsight.
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