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Into The Light was finally a real DC/WS style album again.
Restless Heart has a huge opener (Don't Fade Away),but then the rest is much too average (and dull IMO),could have been so much more,a weak album for DC.
Agree on Take me for a little while but I saw no point in becoming a Led-Clone,when my name is David Coverdale.
Slip Of The Tongue was a much too synthetic production-it's Hairsnake like 1987 (Serpens Albus) too,but at least it has Sailing Ships on it.
So from Burn to Slide It In and for ITL.
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'Way back when' for me was 1978, and my first 'big' gig - Whitesnake. Even taking into account my tender years, there is no doubt that this band fired on all cylinders right from the start, even more so a year later when Paice and Lord joined the line-up. I absolutely adored them. Between 78 and 84 I saw them seven times, and never left the venue feeling anything other than elated. Rather like Purple, it felt as if they were much more at home onstage than on record, on some tracks at least.

If anyone has not heard the earlier albums (Ready an' Willing, or Live In The Heart of the City, for example), don't judge them on just the 1987 and SOTT lineups. Coverdale was doing what he felt he had to do, crack America and rake in the big money - he sold millions of CDS, and good luck to him. At heart though, Whitesnake were a good ol' British Blues an' Rock band who kicked ass big time. 'Cock rock' isn't everyone's favourite, but they pulled it off (for want of a better term!) with real style.

Confession time: I recently received some boots from a very valued member of these forums. Included was a gig labelled 'the snakes in Europe' and I played it as I was surfing the web. I suddenly realised that this was a fantastic sounding gig and emailed him to find out the details of it. My embarrassment was indescribable when he told me it wasn't Whitesnake - it the tribute band The Company of Snakes; oh well, thank God someone's keeping the flag flying for good old British R&B!! emoticon
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I agree with you wholeheartedly on The Snakes there, David. As far as bland faceless corporate hair fluffy metal goes, Whitesnake was the best of the bunch. Accept no imitations for the vintage Snake, though. I only wish I would have heard the older stuff before I caught wind of the 87 material. My opinion would have been drastically different.
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I saw Whitesnake for the forst and only time in May this year. About one year earlier, I saw The Company of Snakes.

Althought I was HUGELY impressed with David Coverdale, The Company of Snakes were a better band.

I liked the Whitesnake show but I probably wouldn't see them again. But I'll go and see The Company of Snakes (or M3 or whatever) the next time they come round this way.
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It is the other way around for me I am afraid. I saw Company Of Snakes two years back (with Airey still with them at the time) and while they were a very solid and entertaining band they can't really hold a candle to the Coverdale I saw in Newcastle a few months ago. The band he had may have been somewhat ill-suited to the older material (Reb Beach tapping the Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City solo emoticon) but you could easily see why he carried the Whitesnake moniker all alone for years now. It might be just me but with COS I had the unpleasant feeling I was watching a pub rock gig from a tribute band whereas Cov looked, sounded and felt like the real article. Can't wait till he hits Europe again to be honest.
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My partner saw White Snake at the very beginning in a tiny little pub.
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Wish I saw the early Whitesnake, but I was a little too young then and they weren't touring that much in the US then.

Too me, Whitesnake went downhill with Slide It In. Everyone but Lord (who was 42) was sporting the classic hair band mullets. Slide It In sounded closer to the 87 sound than the early 80's stuff.

I wondered if Coverdale took the radical change in WS sound to try to escape the Purple shadow.
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quote:

Diostillrocks wrote:

Wish I saw the early Whitesnake, but I was a little too young then and they weren't touring that much in the US then.

Too me, Whitesnake went downhill with Slide It In. Everyone but Lord (who was 42) was sporting the classic hair band mullets. Slide It In sounded closer to the 87 sound than the early 80's stuff.

I wondered if Coverdale took the radical change in WS sound to try to escape the Purple shadow.



The problem was,that when the work on 1987 was not even completely finished,he had none of his old band members left.
Then John Kalodner (A&R Manager of the Geffen Label) kept on at David to put 1.priority on the US market.
These are the two main reasons for the changes.
David also had big tax-problems in britain,so he moved to the US to live there.

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Well as a DC fan I've been lurkin' in your posts for a while, and I'm really surprised.

Seems to me that some of you have been into a freezer in the last 25 years, still there's people talkin' about the very first beginning of WS as "the" real one!

Things they change folks, and make me laugh reading things like "...WS won't have again time like the Marsden/Moody/Lord,Murray/Paice ones".

Thanks God no!

Except for Lord, really the one and only rock k-man, the old guys, first of all Paice or what it's left of him, couldn't play a single song like the last WS line up can do, have you been or heard some live tracks?

Marsden and Moody at least they could tune up Beach and Aldrich guitars,there will be always one and only Whitesnake band and it's the one David is playin' with at the moment, the other are just tribute band, with all the respect for tribute band indeed I got a WS tribute too.

With all my respect if some of u think in a different way
off course.

Cris.


p.s.
I'm not a purple fun how can I change it under my nick?
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I think you're gonna find that you're in the vast minority here, Cris. Not that that alone makes you wrong in your assessments (though I, for one, think you are), just be prepared for a potential barrage of criticisms and witticisms headed your way.
And I can't resist that line about some of us being in a freezer the last 25 years...I'll be willing to bet that I own neckties that're older than you, kid.Like it? I'll not be surprised that you don't. Slagging others off to make your point isn't the proper way to go about it. Denigrating the abilities of the past members of Whitesnake in an attempt to boost the current lineup isn't a very well thought out strategy, either.
There's a whole lot of us here who've been following Coverdale's career since 1973/74, not just since we first saw Tawny in the video.

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