WHITESNAKE – Live At Reading Rock Festival 1980 (2011)

WHITESNAKE - Live At Reading Rock Festival 1980 (2011) Box 'O' Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982
Prev. Unreleased – as part of Box ‘O’ Snakes 9CD (2011)


The definitive WHITESNAKE just released box set entitled “Box O’Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982” contains 9 CDs (every studio and live album recorded for the EMI label), one DVD (include a Washington 1980 show, the promotional singles from 1978-1982 and BBC TV performances), a limited-edition seven-inch single and a 90-page book with new interview and previously unseen photos.

While it will be easy for the critics and cynics to cry ‘Cash In’, this is a fairly comprehensive documentation of Whitesnake’s early years with loads of extras when, in the UK, they were at one stage to EMI imprint Sunburst.
If you haven’t picked up the remasters already, this box is a must have.
But many, specially the fans, already got the original albums remastered. To me it would be far fairer to have issued the DVD and both BBC shows together as a lower price option, by all means in a nice box with the book.

So, the really interesting thing of this package (apart from the quite good DVD), are the previously unreleased Reading Rock Festival recordings, originally broadcasted by the BBC.
The ’79 take is a bit thin sonically, with a sporadically iffy tape sound.
But “Live At Reading Rock Festival 1980” is a terrific recording by the BBC, with a clear and crisp sound quality, enhanced by a 2011 remastering.
Besides, the band performed as well as they were received, with fire and passion.


01 – Sweet Talker
02 – Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
03 – Ain’t Gonna Cry No More
04 – Love Hunter
05 – Mistreated / Soldier Of Fortune
06 – Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
07 – Fool For Your Loving

Box 'O' Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982


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