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Whitesnake

Live in the Still of the Night DVD

Review by Greg Olma

If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be reviewing a new Whitesnake DVD, I would have laughed in your face. Back in 1996, Whitesnake wasn't the flavor of the month. Die hards, like me, followed David's career but not much was happening for him here in the US. When I heard that he was filming a show on his 2004/2005 world tour, I was pleased to say the least. When the release date started to approach, the hype machine went into overdrive. This was being touted as one of the best concert films ever made. I was getting a bit worried that I was going to be disappointed with this release. Let's face it, few things ever live up to the hype. After just one song, I can honestly say that this is in fact, one of the best concert films out there. You could debate the song selection, but the playing and cinematography is top notch. No disrespect to the previous members, but this is the tightest version of Whitesnake. Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach play off each other perfectly. Marco Mendoza is a monster on bass and, along with Tommy Aldridge, makes one of the tightest rhythm sections around. Although David Coverdale has put a few years behind him, he still possesses one of the smoothest voices in rock. He may not scream like he did back in 1987 but he can still sing better than most of the so-called vocalist out there. I also dare anyone to find fault in the filming of this concert. You really do feel like you are there. All the action is captured in vibrant color with a bit of scratchy black and white thrown in to keep it interesting.

For those of you who have read my previous DVD reviews, you can see that I tend to enjoy the bonus material more than the main feature. This DVD is different because the only bonus footage is a documentary on the filming of the concert. It was good but I can't see myself watching it again. The main concert is so good that any extra material would pale in comparison. If you plan on purchasing this DVD (and I think you should) then I suggest you do it soon. There is a limited version that comes with a 10 track CD from the same show. This is one of the few products that I can remember that actually lives up to its hype.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 2 at lulu.com/strangesound.

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