Whitesnake – 2013 – Made In Japan
- Best Years
- Give Me All Your Love Tonight
- Love Ain't No Stranger
- Is This Love
- Steal Your Heart Away
- Six String Showdown
- Love Will Set You Free
- Drum Solo
- Fool For Your Loving
- Here I Go Again
- Still Of The Night
- Love Will Set You Free (sound check)
- Steal Your Heart Away (sound check)
- Fare Thee Well (acoustic version)
- One Of These Days (acoustic version)
- Lay Down Your Love (sound check)
- Evil Ways (sound check)
- Good To Be Bad (acoustic version)
- Tell Me How (acoustic version)
Mr. Coverdale, one has to thread very carefully when releasing a live album, especially under the moniker ‘Made In Japan’. Very carefully, indeed, as that is one live album one does not want to be compared with. Deep Purple mark II in its prime was, well, Deep Purple mark II and none shall defy. None, I say thee. But hey, David Coverdale is a jolly fellow and the newest Whitesnake live collection will have been named, tongue firmly in cheeck. At least I hope so. Yes, even if you – yes, you, Mr. Coverdale – were fronting Deep Purple mark III & IV, later on.
Anyway, that aside, I wasn't exactly thrilled when asked to review the latest addition to the Whitesnake collection in spite of the fact that I became a David Coverdale and Whitesnake fan when animals were still talking. But the crow that Mr. Coverdale has become in a live environment lately can not tickle my fancy one bit. I have seen the latter day Whitesnake a couple of times now and I was seldom a charmed boy, I can tell you. Give me ‘Live… In The Heart Of The City’ any day of week though.
But I have to say that this ‘Made In Japan’, although still a far cry from aforementioned record, is a highly enjoyable affair. David Coverdale’s voice has obviously been heavily tweaked but I couldn’t care less. The setlist combines the old and the new and is simply amazing. I really could have done without the obligatory drum and guitar solos but I understand that the legendary singer needs his break, especially after his heartfelt rendition of ‘Forevermore’ which put me in a good mood.
The CD comes as a double album, the second platter containing acoustic and sound check versions of various latter day Whitesnake compositions. In short, ‘Made In Japan’ is not the absolute classic that the other one with the same name is, but I love it, nevertheless. Whitesnake and David Coverdale are and will always be legends and this live album fortunately does nothing to undermine that.
David Coverdale: vocals
Doug Aldrich: guitars
Reb Beach: guitars
Michael Devin: bass
Brian Ruedy: keyboards
Brian Tichy: drums
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:58)