|1. Long Way From Home (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|2. Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|3. Help Me Thro' The Day (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|4. Medicine Man (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|5. You 'n' Me (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|6. Mean Business (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|7. Love Hunter (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|8. Outlaw (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|9. Rock 'n' Roll Women (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|10. We Wish You Well (2006 Digital Remaster)|
|11. Belgian Tom's Hat Trick (Radio 1 Session Version)|
|12. Love To Keep You Warm (Radio 1 Session Version)|
|13. Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City (Radio 1 Session Version)|
|14. Trouble (Radio 1 Session Version)|
It was 1979 and Whitesnake was a hell of a band. Coverdale and Lord were the "former Purple stars", Micky Moody & Bernie Marsden knew the tricks for simple and memorable rock guitar, the rhythm section just grooved.
"Walking In the Shadow fo the blues" is the classic, and anyone who considers himself a Whitesnake fan has to love it! "Love Hunter" is the great hour of Moody's slide, "Mean Business" is fast and strong, with Mr. Lord kicking @$$! "You and Me" and "Rock 'n'ROll Women" are that kind of uplifting, I-know-is-silly-but-what-the-hell rock 'n'roll. The same can be said of "Medicine Man" (I would prefer a heavier version). "Outlaw" is an endearing rock (sung by Bernie Marsden, I guess), with some cool guitar work and a synth solo.
About the ballads: "Long way from home" is a mistake, and I can't believe they opened the album with this one. It could scare the rock-hungry audience. "Help me through the day" is a cover from Leonard Russel, and it's much better. It reminds me of "Ain't no love in the heart of the city", but this time they didn't create a stage favourite. "Wish you well" is a gentle closing.
I think this album is a satisfying experience for fans of late '70s long-haired rock. It doesn't sound like the glam metal monster Coverdale created in 1987. It is a more sincere, rootsy affair, in the tradition of British hard rock.
The following tour turned the band into a major attraction, and after the arrival of Ian Paice some months later, they were ready to record "Ready and Willing", Whitesnake's most respected album. But hey, Love Hunter has a much cooler cover!
Although I'm only a casual fan of Whitesnake but I think that this is a really good album, although it does have its weak spots but the good songs easily make up for it and this album deserves a well earned 4 stars.