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Whitesnake - MÖTLEY CRÜE

Pukkelpop Festival 2011 - 18.08.2011 - Hasselt, Belgien(19.09.2011) Whitesnake - "Slide It In - 25th Anniversary Edition".
1984 the British hard rock outfit WHITESNAKE released their "Slide It In" album and they archieved major success in the United States, which was their aim for this record. But it took some line up changes and two different version of that record to become such a successful act statesides.
This studio effort marks the departure from the original blues-orientated rock of singer David Coverdale and his group. The sound of the record seems to be influenced by hair metal, the biggest rock thing in the USA during the 80's and early 90's. The titletrack, 'Slide It In', is as catchy as it gets and you can sing its refrain after just one listen from the top of your lungs. Other songs like 'Standing In The Shadow', 'Love Ain't No Stanger', 'Gambler' or 'Slow & Easy' are great tunes as well. These songs paced the tracks for the following record and mega-seller "1987".
The 25th anniversary edition features the US-Version of "Slide It In", but also features eight out of ten songs as UK-mixes, the version European fans were used to. It is obvious that the US-mixes aren't as edgy and rocking as the UK-mix of the record. It is up to you which one you prefer. There is also a b-side entitled 'Need Your Love So Bad' featured as a bonustracks, which shows the more blues rock-orientated side of WHITESNAKE. 'Love Ain't No Stranger' is also presented in an acoustic version, taken from the Japan-only release 'Strangers In Tokyo'.
There is also an bonus DVD part of this package. It's filled with three promo-videos and some live performances of "Slide It In"-songs during that era, including a performance of 'Love Ain't No Stranger' at the tv show "Top of the Pops".
If you don't own "Slide It In" already, now there is no excuse, you've got to have it if you like WHITESNAKE or hair metal. And if you own one version of the record yet, you can buy this release as well because of that great bonus section.

Unterwegs in - © sumnersgraphicsinc - Fotolia.comMÖTLEY CRÜE were one of the most fabolous, most dangerous and wildest rock bands during the 80's. Their first two efforts, "Too Fast For Love" and "Shout At The Devil", were great records with a lot of tongue-in-cheek-lyrcis and filthy guitar riffs. But "Theatre Of Pain" showed the band in a different way.

You still know it is MÖTLEY CRÜE every second of the record. But these ten songs aren't like the CRÜE's tunes you've heard before. The band sounds more polished, but still they play some hard rocking riffs.

But you realize that these tunes aren't as great as the ones of the records before and the two records which will come a few years later. Blame it on the drugs, but MÖTLEY CRÜE wrote better songs. Of course tracks like 'Use It Or Lose It', 'Home Sweet Home', 'Tonight (We Need A Lover)' or 'Fight For Your Right' are great, unfortunatly you know that the band could do better. Their next record, 1987's "Girls Girls Girls" features a bunch of better songs, even if the four boys were still on drugs during the whole songwriting and production process.

Theatre Of Pain

Unterwegs in - © Yuri Arcurs - Fotolia.comIf you like MÖTLEY CRÜE you must own "Theatre Of Pain" as well, though it is the weakest of their first five releases, the classic ones. You get great rock riffs and some real cool tunes, but this is not MÖTLEY CRÜE at its best.

Text © by Sebastian Berning