Trouble Whitesnake

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Album-Release:
1978

HRA-Release:
06.11.2014

Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Hard Rock

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  • 1Take Me With You04:46
  • 2Love to Keep You Warm03:45
  • 3Lie Down (A Modern Love Song)03:14
  • 4Day Tripper03:47
  • 5Nighthawk (Vampire Blues)03:37
  • 6The Time Is Right for Love03:27
  • 7Trouble04:48
  • 8Belgian Tom's Hat Trick03:25
  • 9Free Flight04:04
  • 10Don't Mess With Me03:16
  • Total Runtime38:09

Info for Trouble

„Trouble was Whitesnake's first 'real' album, setting the template for virtually all of the band's ensuing career, pre-1987 American sellout. (Snakebite, released earlier that year, was split between David Coverdale solo sessions and actual group recordings.) This was a group made up of seasoned veterans after all, and they knew exactly what it was they wanted: edgy hard rock based on R&B.

They also knew who was boss: Coverdale, who after enduring a minority stake in the mighty Deep Purple, was now clearly established as top dog and de facto leader of the new outfit. (When he relinquishes lead vocal duties to guitarist Bernie Marsden on 'Free Flight,' it's because he wants to.) And what a slick, powerful outfit it was, too, with guitarists Marsden and Micky Moody compensating whatever visual shortcomings they may have had with their rock-solid six-string partnership, and former Purple organist Jon Lord holding it all together in the back.

'Take Me with You''s nonstop boogie and persistent slide guitar hook sets things into motion on a frenetic note, but it's the next song, 'Love to Keep You Warm,' which earns its stripes as a bona fide Whitesnake classic, largely due to its seductive, deliberate strut. In retrospect, concert fave 'Lie Down (A Modern Day Love Song)' is a tad too simplistic and has not aged well at all, but the pairing of 'Nighthawk (Vampire Blues)' and 'The Time Is Right for Love' provides an amazingly succinct look back (the first is built upon a very Purple-esque stop-start riff) and ahead (the second introduces a cool melodic recipe which would characterize the band's later-day sound). The title track represents the album's high-water mark, its rollicking blues shuffle declaring it a worthy successor to Coverdale's original tour de force with Purple, 'Mistreated.' A few unexpected oddities throw the album off-balance here and there, not least of which the instrumental jam 'Belgian Tom's Hat Trick' and an unexpected, stuttering cover of the Beatles' 'Daytripper,' but all things considered, it is easy to understand why Trouble turned out to be the first step in a long, and very successful career.“ (Eduardo Rivadavia)

David Coverdale, vocals
Micky Moody, guitar, backing vocals
Bernie Marsden, guitar, vocals
Jon Lord, keyboard
Neil Murray, bass
Duck Dowle, drums

Produced by Martin Birch

Digitally remastered


Whitesnake
After recording two solo albums, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale formed Whitesnake around 1977. In the glut of hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late '70s, their first albums got somewhat lost in the shuffle, although they were fairly popular in Europe and Japan. During 1982, Coverdale took some time off so he could take care of his sick daughter. When he re-emerged with a new version of Whitesnake in 1984, the band sounded revitalized and energetic. Slide It In may have relied on Led Zeppelin's and Deep Purple's old tricks, but the band had a knack for writing hooks; the record became their first platinum album. Three years later, Whitesnake released an eponymous album (titled 1987 in Europe) that was even better. Portions of the album were blatantly derivative — "Still of the Night" was a dead ringer for early Zeppelin — but the group could write powerful, heavy rockers like "Here I Go Again" that were driven as much by melody as riffs, as well as hit power ballads like "Is This Love." Whitesnake was an enormous international success, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone.

Before they recorded their follow-up, 1989's Slip of the Tongue, Coverdale again assembled a completely new version of the band, featuring guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Although the record went platinum, it was a considerable disappointment after the across-the-board success of Whitesnake. Coverdale put Whitesnake on hiatus after that album. In 1993, he released a collaboration with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page that was surprisingly lackluster. The following year, Whitesnake issued a greatest-hits album in the U.S. and Canada focusing solely on material from their final three albums (as well as containing a few unreleased tracks).

In 1997, Coverdale resurrected Whitesnake (guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was the only remaining member of the group's latter-day lineup), issuing Restless Heart the same year. Surprisingly, the album wasn't even issued in the United States. On the ensuing tour, Coverdale and Vandenberg performed an "unplugged" show in Japan that was recorded and issued the following year under the title Starkers in Tokyo. By the late '90s, however, Coverdale once again put Whitesnake on hold, as he concentrated on recording his first solo album in nearly 22 years. Coverdale's Into the Light was issued in September 2000, featuring journeyman guitarist Earl Slick. After a lengthy hiatus that saw the release of countless "greatest-hits" and "live" collections, the band returned in 2008 with the impressive Good to Be Bad. Coverdale and Whitesnake toured the album throughout Europe and Japan. The band returned to the recording studio in 2010 with new members bassist Michael Devin (formerly of Lynch Mob) and drummer Brian Tichy, who appeared alongside guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, and guest keyboardist Timothy Drury (as well as Coverdale's son Jasper on backing vocals on various tracks). The band's 11th album, Forevermore, was preceded by the issue of the single, "Love Will Set You Free," and released in the spring of 2011. (ROVI)

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