Monday, 3 June 2013

Whitesnake - Ready An' Willing

New week, time to present this week's album!

That we here in Stockholm has received a visit from lots of nice artists recently is absolutely wonderful, more to come. Some of these would potentially have put his guitar on the back shelf a long time ago while others only grow the older they get.

That this week's album might refer to this is hard to escape, given that the band actually visiting us on Wednesday for a gig at Gröna Lund, a gig that I anguish a little over, can be magical, but even a belly flop (Swedish saying). However, this gig on the same day as my daughter's graduation so we'll see how that goes with it, but the family must come before work and pleasure!

The band I'm talking about needs no introduction so we can jump on the material directly.

The Record Of The Week is "Ready an' Willing" was Whitesnake's third studio album, released in 1980.

The album featured two of the band's UK single-hits from that year: "Fool for Your Loving" and the title-track, "Ready an' Willing (Sweet Satisfaction)". In August 1980 "Fool for Your Loving" would later be re-recorded for the Slip of the Tongue album. The track "Blindman" initially from Coverdale's first solo album was re-recorded for this album.

The line up on this record is pretty awsome:

David Coverdale – vocals
Micky Moody – guitars
Bernie Marsden – guitars
Jon Lord – keyboards
Neil Murray – bass
Ian Paice – drums

Opener "Fool for Your Lovin'" was their best single yet, with its clever combination of hit-savvy chorus and authentic bluesy resignation, it set the template for subsequent triumphs! More highlights includes the live favorite "Sweet Talker" (were Micky Moody's expert slide guitar given it an extra), the great ballads in "Blindman" and "Ain't Gonna Cry No More." and Todays Tune, the groovie title track. This is an album that you should have in your record shelf!

Whitesnake are a British rock band, founded in 1978 by David Coverdale after his departure from his previous band, Deep Purple. Their early material has been compared by critics to Deep Purple, but they slowly began moving for a more commercially accessible hard rock style. By the turn of the decade, the band's commercial fortunes changed and they released a string of UK top 10 albums, Ready an' Willing (1980), Come an' Get It (1981), Saints & Sinners (1982) and Slide It In (1984), the latter of which was their first to chart in the US and eventually went 2x platinum.

The band's 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful worldwide, and contained two major US hits, "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love", reaching number one and two on the Hot 100. In 1988, Whitesnake was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. Slip of the Tongue (1989), was also a success, reaching the top 10 in the US and UK, and receiving a 2x platinum US certification. The band split up shortly after this release, but had a reunion in 1994, and released a one-off studio album, Restless Heart (1997).

Whitesnake officially reformed in 2002 and have been touring together since, releasing two studio albums, Good to Be Bad (2008) and Forevermore (2011). In 2005, Whitesnake was named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.

Todays tune is the title track from Ready An' Willing - Live Donnington 1983

05 June 2013 Stockholm, SE @ Grona Lund Tivoli
07 June 2013 Helsinki, FI @ Kivenlahti Rock Festival
09 June 2013 St. Petersburg, RU @ OktiaborskiI Concert Hall
10 June 2013 Moscow, RU @ Crocus Concert Hall
14 June 2013 Beograd, RS @ Kalemegdan
15 June 2013 Zagreb, HR @ Dom Sportova
16 June 2013 Brataslava, SK @ Aegon Arena NTC
18 June 2013 Tilburg, NL @ 013
19 June 2013 Brussels, BE @ AB
21 June 2013 Clisson, FR @ Helfest
23 June 2013 San Sebastian, SP @ Donosti Arena
24 June 2013 Barcelona, SP @ Palua Olimpic De Badalona
26 June 2013 Madrid, SP @ Vistalegre
28 June 2013 Santiago De Compostela, SP @ Fontes Do Sar
12 July 2013 Newkirk, OK @ First Council Casino
13 July 2013 Concho, OK @ Lucky Star Casino
15 July Tulsa, OK @ River Spirit Casina
16 July 2013 Tulsa, OK @ River Spirit Casina
19 July 2013 Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza
20 July 2013 Fond Du Lac, WI @ Fond Du Lac County Fair
21 July 2013 Cadott, WI @ Rockfest
24 July 2013 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy
26 July 2013 London, ON @ Rock The Park
27 July 2013 Rama, ON @ Casino Rama
29 July 2013 Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theatre
30 July 2013 Raleigh, NC @ Duke Energy Center
01 August 2013 Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
02 August Hollywood, FL @ Simoinole Hard Rock (onsale SOON)
03 August 2013 Ocala, FL @ Silver Springs
06 August 2013 Tucson, AZ @ Casono Del Sol (onsale June 1)
07 August 2013 Scottsdale, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort
09 August 2013 San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
10 August 2013 Roseburg, OR @ Douglas County Fair
12 August 2013 Aberdeen, WA @ D and R Theater
14 August 2013 Coquitlam, BC @ Red Robinson Theater
15 August 2013 Snoqualmie, WA @ Snoqualmie Casino
17 August 2013 Wendover, NV @ Peppermill Casino
18 August 2013 Jackpot, NV @ Cactus Petes
21 august 2013 Lancaster, CA @ Antelope Valley Fair
23 August 2013 Kennewick, WA @ Benton-Franklin County Fair

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Spader Ess said...

Samma förväntan och oro, det är en spelning som kan gå lite hur som helst, men jag hoppas det blir bra för alla som är där. Precis som du så lär jag inte vara där själv utan bara i själ och hjärta, men det får bli lite Whitesnake till ölen vid grillen i Hälsingland.

Stones said...

Ja hoppas kan man ju, tror nog innerst inne att detta blir en trevlig afton för besökarna, setlistan på denna turne ser riktigt trevlig ut.

Chief Rebel Angel said...

.....jag ska dit. Full av bävan...!