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  • Steven Pluto

Whitesnake: The ROCK Album (2020)

Updated: Sep 13




Lineup:

David Coverdale - Vocals

Reb Beach - Guitars, Backing Vocals

Joel Hoekstra - Guitars, Backing Vocals

Michele Luppi - Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Michael Devin - Bass, Harmonica, Backing Vocals

Tommy Aldridge - Drums


Tracklist:

1. Still of the Night 2. Best Years 3. Tell Me How

4. Love Ain’t No Stranger 5. All or Nothing

6. Give Me All Your Love 7. Can You Hear the Wind Blow

8. Restless Heart 9. Anything You Want

10. Here I Go Again 11. Judgement Day

12. She Give Me 13. Crying 14. Can’t Stop Now

15. Always the Same 16. Forevermore





Whitesnake have just released The ROCK Album, a new collection of remixed and remastered versions of the group's best rock songs. The album is the first release in the band’s Red, White and Blues Trilogy, a series of three collections each with a cohesive musical theme: Love Songs (red), The Rock Album (white) and The Blues Album (blue).


The ROCK Album spans over three decades with songs originally released between 1984 and 2011 on six Whitesnake studio albums. This set includes She Give Me, taken from Coverdale’s 2000 solo album, and Always The Same, a track recorded during the 2019 sessions for 'Flesh & Blood.







While I have never been a fan of an artist or group remixing their biggest hits, The ROCK Album is really a great listen.


These new remixes really isolated the vocals and instrumentation, improving the sound on the Bass and Drums and making Coverdale’s vocals sound crisper and cleaner.






The best part of this collection is that it shines a light on lesser-known songs from some of their most recent albums. It was nice to see Restless Heart (1997), Good to Be Bad (2008) and 2011s Forevermore records finally get their just due on an official compilation.


My only issue is that The ROCK Album drops the ball by not making this a two-CD set. That songs like Slide It In and Fool For Your Loving are not included on a collection called “The ROCK Album” is almost criminal.




Besides the issue of this set not being a two-disc anthology, it is still a very entertaining release. The Rock Album manages to make these songs sound classic and contemporary all at the same. So new fans, can get acquainted with some of band's past work and long-time fans can get a chance to see old favorites in a whole new way.





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