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Blues was always the basis of the Whitesnake which the fans of the seventies and early eighties loved, but as we all know it was the astute repositioning in the late nineties that led the band to global sucess, but not without some casualties.


Ex-members of Whitesnake have put out many records over the years, as of course has Dave and his new incarnation of the band. This is definitely one of the best albums we've heard from ex-members of the band, and though it's not really necessary as this stands up in its own right, if the use of a snake-based name has a few extra people trying this out I don't think they will be disappointed...



Snakecharmer is the latest Snake-named band to feature members of Whitesnake’s early incarnation and to be fair who can blame the guys Dave cast aside for his 1987 vintage in using a recognisable name to get a bit of interest for their project?




As we’re fans of all eras of Whitesnake but particularly the Moody-Marsden years we’re always interested in hearing what the other players have to contribute and here Micky Moody (guitar) and Neil Murray (bass) show that there’s plenty of life this side of the pond.



From the first notes of ‘My Angel’ you know this is ‘vintage’ Whitesnake – the sound of the band that brought you songs that were later recycled in 1987 – like ‘Here I Go Again’ for example. And while no one is suggesting we are quite at the level, the best thing about this new release is that it does stack up very nicely and does have ‘that sound’. OK so no one is going to suggest that Chris Ousey (Heartland) sounds like Dave but here he has that voice that sits midway between Dave Coverdale and Paul Rodgers and suits the material beautifully. When you add musicians of the calibre of ‘Harry’ James (drums) , Laurie Wisefield (guitar) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards) to the mix the result is astounding.




‘Accident Prone’ is perhaps the song that is most reminiscent of Paul Rodgers, the Rodgers connection of course is interesting as Moody played with him in his school band! In a way it’s a song that exemplifies the band here – good honest blues-laden rock and roll that has that timless quality about it that transcends musical tastes, styles and genres.    




My personal favourite at the moment swings between the very soulful slow rocker ‘Falling Leaves’ that you can’t help but picture Coverdale tackling; or the very ‘Bad Company’ mid tempo rocker ‘To The Rescue’ but there’s quality in every cut here.  




But there’s plenty more treats: ‘Nothing to Lose’ sounds again, very much like something Bad Company might have created. Throughout the album you can tell that are the guys are enjoying themselves and they create some wonderful blues. ‘Smoking Gun’ just lacks that killer chorus that would have made it an instant classic, but it’s a great song and ‘A Little Rock and Roll’ also steps up to the mark. And to be painfully honest I could run through the name of every other song here and hold it up as an example of why you need to buy this album and then get out and see the band live!



By Mark Diggins