Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad

Mike sent me this limited edition, 2CD set of brilliance. CD1 is the album proper, and CD2 has 7 live tracks and a video! Let’s give ‘er…

CD1

Best Years is a huge track, such a big sound and that riff is heavy as hell. Excellent solo. Can You Hear The Wind Blow is another big rock crasher. Wow, this record is hitting hard, so far. I liked this track a lot!

Call On Me is an album highlight track, for me. Oh man I loved this song! That riff! I had played this CD a while ago and this one stood out, but hearing it again now for the purposes of review… Hell YEAH! Greatness rock song.

All I Want All I Need has the misfortune of trying to follow Call On Me in the track listing. And it’s a power ballad. Ah well, it’s a decent track. It sounds timeless, could fall anywhere in any rawk decade, you know? Cov’s voice sounds rough, must be all that screaming and carrying on…

Good To Be’s stutter start becomes another bang-up rocker. Betcha you can’t not nod your head along to this one. All For Love is not a cover of Sting, Eric Clapton and Bryan Adams’ sap-fest track from some crap movie soundtrack. Instead, it’s a big rock song that has an 80s old-school feel to it but with updated sound. Nice one!

Summer Rain is a pretty, acoustic-based ballad. The band comes in, nice mid-tempo song. Very ragged vocals. Lay Down your Love is bluesy rawk n a real Led Zeppelin-style vein. I can hear Boaby singing this one. A Fool In Love has a very blues-soaked edge, a perfect follow-up to the previous track. It staggers and swings nice and heavy. Excellent.

Got What You Need brings back the fast rawk pace with a template song. All deference, it’s not a complaint. ’Til The End Of Time brings back the acoustic for a blues stomper in the old style. When the band joins, it’s for tasteful accompaniment, not the new focus, Again, Zep comes to mind I liked it.

In sum: This is a very, very solid rock record with some truly monsterous tracks. I liked the sound, how big it all is. Very, very well done indeed.

CD2

This limited edition has a 7-track live selection included. Interestingly, none of these tracks appear on the album proper…

Burn-Stormbringer is full-on rawk concert greatness. I can imagine the whole crowd jumping along in time… Give Me All Your Love Tonight keeps the pace and the great sound. This band must be awesome to witness live.

Walking In The Shadow… makes these lives tracks a 1-2-3 combo of relentless rawk. Damn, I’m loving this. The Deeper The Love is a great double-entendre track title, and is pure 80s rock love ballad. You know that sound. Fun.

Ready & Willing is bluesy bliss (I knew it from the album, reviewed recently). The teaser intro (complete with screamo shouts) was a bit cheesy, but the song more than makes up for it. Don’t Break My Heart Again throbs along, mercifully shifting gears at the chorus part. It’s a decnt track, but not quite the stand-out calibre of its brethren on this disc. And finally, Take me With You blasts along at breakneck speed. Loved it. YEAH!

In sum: Really great live songs, recorded perfectly. I’m glad they left in the crowd noises, I hate studio trickery conceit. Still trying to weigh whether I liked these live tracks better than the album itself! I still need to plug the video in the Mac and check iit out, but I imagine it’s pretty damn awesome too.

In total sum: Fucking awesome package of the rawk. Thanks heaps, Mike!!

Posted on 2014-04-29, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’m glad you dug it! I’m kinda with Deke — I don’t listen to recent Whitesnake that often.

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    • I really did. Lots of huge tunes here. You can really tell they did this with care. I’ll say the same thing to you as I did Deke – try it again. Turn it up. I’ll bet you go “aw YEAH!”

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  2. This release for me is like Whitesnakes 87’s ugly sister!
    I listened to it quite a bit at first but it has fallen to the wayside in recent years.
    I have no idea why but when I listen to Whitesnake nowadays I go back to Slide It In and Live In The Heart Of The City.
    Stuck in my old ways the geezer I have become…
    But a good review from ya…..

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    • Thanks Deke! I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised. I love the ready to rumble blues rock contained in these records. They hit hard. You should go back and give this another spin. Turn it up!

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  3. Coverdale and double entendre? If Benny Hill weren’t already the master of the single entendre, that honour could go to Coverdale.

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