Whitesnake - Live at Donington 1990 (Live Recording) (Music CD)

Release Date: 06 June 2011
Artist: Whitesnake
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One of the last hurrahs of the 1980s melodic hard rock and heavy metal era is chronicled on Whitesnake's Live at Donington 1990. The 2011 special edition box set 2-CD/1-DVD package was recorded and filmed in front of 72,500 fans at the Monsters of Rock festival in Castle Donington, England, on August 18, 1990. Whitesnake headlined above Aerosmith, Poison, Quireboys, and Thunder, which tells you just how huge the band was at the time. But Whitesnake circa 1989-90 was an interesting yet troublesome period for the band led by vocalist David Coverdale. He'd started the shift from earthy blues-rock to a more polished form of hard rock with 1984's Slide it In and further perfected the formula and blew the roof off with 1987's massively and deservedly successful Whitesnake (titled 1987 in Europe). Coverdale also hired and sacked members at will and was often accused of creating increasingly more photogenic lineups to conquer MTV. Following up Whitesnake was a daunting task, as 1989's Slip of the Tongue showed. Guitarist Adrian Vandenberg suffered wrist/hand injuries and was replaced for the recording by legendary virtuoso Steve Vai, who played with Frank Zappa and was also a hired gun for David Lee Roth's band. Vai's flashy, jaw-dropping style fit the times, but, truth be told, not with Whitesnake's overall musical aesthetic despite Coverdale's calculated push in a modern, more commercial direction. (The band's conscious stylistic shift came more from the brain than the gut -- or the crotch, despite the lyrics.) Coverdale, Vandenberg, Vai, bass guitarist Rudy Sarzo, and drummer Tommy Aldridge (along with keyboardist Rick Serate) put on an entertaining show at Monsters of Rock, although Coverdale's thick, resonant voice is uncharacteristically rough and raspy at times. Vandenberg, Vai, and Aldridge shine throughout and highlights include "Slide it In," "Judgement Day," "Slow & Easy," "Is This Love," "Crying in the Rain," "Fool For Your Loving," "Here I Go Again," "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City," and "Still of the Night." Coverdale folded the band for a time after this tour, which wasn't surprising. The seismic shift in the rock landscape caused by the rapid rise of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and other flannel-draped grunge purveyors of self-doubt, depression, and angst rendered Whitesnake's gleaming, supremely confident, sex-obsessed swagger moot for the next decade. The DVD features the complete concert (although the picture quality is often fuzzy), behind-the-scenes footage (narrated by Coverdale) ranging from the making of Slip of the Tongue to the tour's last concert in Tokyo, and a slide show. ~ Bret Adams
Release Date: 06 June 2011
Artist: Whitesnake

1. Slip of the Tongue
2. Slide It In
3. Judgement Day
4. Slow & Easy
5. Kitten's Got Claws
6. Adagio for Strato
7. Flying Dutchman Boogie
8. Is This Love
9. Cheap & Nasty
10. Crying in the Rain
11. Fool For Your Loving
12. For the Love of God
13. The Audience is Listening
14. Here I Go Again
15. Bad Boys
16. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
17. Still of the Night
18. Slip of the Tongue
19. Slide It In
20. Judgement Day
21. Slow & Easy
22. Kitten's Got Claws
23. Adagio for Strato
24. Flying Dutchman Boogie
25. Is This Love
26. Cheap & Nasty
27. Crying in the Rain
28. Fool For Your Loving
29. For the Love of God
30. The Audience is Listening
31. Here I Go Again
32. Bad Boys
33. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
34. Still of the Night
35. The Making of Slip of the Tongue
36. Slide Show

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