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WHITESNAKE LIVE 1984 BACK TO THE BONE REVIEW

 

WHITESNAKE - LIVE 1984 BACK TO THE BONE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

NOVEMBER 7 2014

 

 

Whitesnake certainly haven’t been shy recently plunging into the old live recordings and putting them out there for fans to enjoy, they were all pretty recent concerts though, and to be honest if anything had been missing it was exactly this – that period in time post-‘Live in the Heart of the City’ and pre-‘1987’ where the ‘old’ bluesy Whitesnake took their final slithers on the ‘Slide It In’ Tour before Sir David reinvented the band for the MTV generation. After all here we see John Sykes already on board (and Mel Galley sitting out with his broken arm) usurping the Moody/Marsden twin attack that lasted from inception till Moody left in 1984.

 

Now to some this will always be the ‘real’ Whitesnake, and indeed this was where I saw them live only for the second time and so the soft spot for this vintage is suitably large. What later followers will hear on ‘Back to the Bone’ are some the songs Coverdale took forward, though trawling through the visuals it’s strange that no suitable footage could be found of both the tracks that made the 1987 album (‘Here I Go Again’ is absent although ‘Cryin’ in the Rain’ also from Saints and Sinners does make it). Live staple then as now, ‘Fool For Your Loving’ from ‘Ready and Willing’ is also a notable absentee.

 

Small quibbles aside, the fact that this isn’t a complete concert and doubles up a few tracks is presumably down only to the quality of the video available. It’s a shame though as Whitesnake of this time were a band very much in their pomp and had a fanatical following. ‘Back to the Bones’ gives you a glimpse of that, and showcases a time before rock found fashion and blues was still very much at the heart and soul of this great band.

 

The collection also adds a coda of four tracks from John Lord’s final show with the band, which is a touching tribute to a great man and shows just how many players have fallen on the roads of rock, as he joins both Mel Galley and Cozy Powell from this era in that great band in the sky.

 

Fans will love this new and old and those that only start at 1987 may just well be blown away by the quality of the songs here.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

WHITESNAKE LIVE 1984 BACK TO THE BONE REVIEW