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EMI U.K. Opens Up a “Box O’ Snakes”

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Here they go again: EMI is releasing a hefty box of the earlier works of acclaimed rock band Whitesnake, according to Classic Rock.

While most remember Whitesnake for the leadership of onetime Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale – the sole original member of the band, as it stands – and the 1987 smash hit “Here I Go Again” (aided by that oft-referenced music video featuring Tawny Kitaen slithering on the hood of a Jaguar) – the band in fact traces their roots to 1978, in what began as the backing band for Coverdale’s solo performances and eventually morphed into its own unit. That year, the band would release its first EP, Snakebite, for Sunburst Records/United Artists Records; by 1980’s Ready An’ Willing, the band were on their way to no less than seven U.K. Top 10 albums through the decade. The band’s tenure with Sunburst ended with 1982’s Saints An’ Sinners, after which Coverdale and company packed up for Geffen Records. But that last LP featured an early version of “Here I Go Again” (which dented the U.K. Top 40) – a sign of success to come on both sides of the Atlantic.

EMI U.K. reissued these albums in the past decade with bonus tracks to spare, something this nine-disc set doesn’t replicate in full. What you do get, though, is replicas of all seven of the band’s studio and live albums for Sunburst (including a reproduction of the Japan-only live disc Live at Hammersmith, first released as a bonus disc with 1980 live album Live…in the Heart of the City), two discs of live performances from the 1979 and 1980 Reading Festivals, a DVD of promo videos, TV performances and an “official bootleg” of a concert taped at Washington’s Capital Center in Washington and a vinyl EP reproducing Snakebite in its entirety. A 90-page(!) book of liner notes and rare photos is also included.

A November 7 release date is slated for the U.K., but pre-order links have not been prepared yet. You can, however, view the full track list beyond the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

September 22, 2011 at 11:51

News Round-Up: Meet The Supremes (Again), Costello Clues and More Stones

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  • Amazon has posted the track list for Hip-o Select’s upcoming deluxe reissue of Meet The Supremes before Hip-o Select actually did. Read it here and expect an analysis here soon.
  • It seems that Japan is getting a SHM-CD release of Live at Winterland, San Francisco by Elvis Costello and The Attractions in June. It’ll be out on Universal, but not part of The Costello Show series of live material. Will it end up part of the series in America? Doubtful, since the show was recorded only a few days after Live at Hollywood High – but you never know.
  • If you’ve picked up the latest issue of Rolling Stone (whoever you are), you may have read the lead news story on the upcoming Exile on Main St. reissue. If not, the article hasn’t surfaced online but the Q&As with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards which made up much of the piece can be read here.
  • Better late than never: the CD/DVD deluxe edition of Whitesnake’s self-titled 1987 LP (the one with “Here I Go Again”) released in Europe for the album’s 20th anniversary in 2007 is getting a release Stateside on April 20.

Written by Mike Duquette

March 11, 2010 at 00:32