In support of Whitesnake’s ‘Restless Heart’ Tour, the band played a couple of acoustic shows. Well, not the band really, but only David Coverdale and Adrian Vandenberg. Their performance at the EMI Studios in Japan was recorded and ended up on this release which was recorded on July 5th, 1997 and released on September 9th of that year. A pretty quick turnaround, but honestly, not sure there was that much to fix as it is splendid.
The setting was a very intimate one with the 2 Snake members and a small studio of fans. It was David on vocals and Adrian on an acoustic, both sitting on chairs like they were sitting in your living room. The songs were of course, Whitesnake classics…but more from the later years at the time. And surprisingly a Deep Purple song which David had normally been against playing (Oh how that has changed over the years).
The songs on this album you’ve heard a thousand times, but you haven’t heard them like this. They are stripped down “to the bone” and are played in away that is new and refreshing. The opening track “Sailing Ships” feels so sad and Adrian’s playing is simply beautiful. And can we talk about David’s vocals? Well of course we can, it’s my site. David sounds better than he ever has. Not just on this song, but the whole album. Proving at the time, he was one of the best voices in rock.
They play two tracks from ‘Restless Heart’, both ballads. First was “Too Many Tears” and later it was “Can’t Go On”. On the studio album, I liked “Too Many Tears” better, but on here, “Can’t Go On” is the one that shines for me. As simple as the song felt on the album, here it is even less, but feels like so much more. It pulled out the beauty of the song and David’s delivery really resonated with me and might be one of my favorites on the disk.
I’m not going to go in to each of the classic Whitesnake songs they do as you all know and love those songs. You will love them just as much here. Especially when you hear how bluesy they take “Give Me All Your Love” which gets the biggest crowd reaction. David and Adrian love the Blues and they have fun this one.
The CD ends with “Soldier of Fortune” which David wrote with Richie Blackmore back in his Deep Purple days. It was one of the best performances I have ever heard of this song by David. It is simply breathtaking and stunningly beautiful. David gets better and better throughout this album and hits the high point with this one.
You’ve heard a million unplugged albums, but this one really is one of the best out there. David and Adrian are so great together and David has never sounded better than on this release. The songs are performed in a way you hadn’t heard up to this point and it brings new life to them. David is able to pull out so much emotion that it will resonate with you for some time to come. And Adrian…well, it’s Adrian. He gets so much sound out of that Acoustic guitar you won’t miss the whole band. I would give this one a 5.0 out of 5.0 Stars as I have pulled this one out time and time again over the years.
Now, you can go out and try and find a copy of this CD on ebay or Amazon, but might I recommend the version on the Whitesnake Unzipped Box Set. It has the full version with the bonus tracks, plus the DVD of the same show. You can’t go wrong with that version.
Up next…Whitesnake – “Is This Love” 12″ Promo Single – Bonus Review
The David Coverdale Series:
- Deep Purple – Burn
- Deep Purple – Stormbringer
- Deep Purple – Come Taste the Band
- Deep Purple – Made in Europe
- David Coverdale – Whitesnake
- Deep Purple – Last Concert in Japan
- David Coverdale – Northwinds
- David Coverdale’s Whitesnake – Snakebite
- Whitesnake – Trouble
- Whitesnake – Lovehunter
- Whitesnake – Ready an’ Willing
- Whitesnake – Live…in the Heart of the City
- Whitesnake – Come An’ Get it
- Deep Purple – Live in London
- Whitesnake – Saints & Sinners
- Whitesnake – Slide It In
- Whitesnake – “Give Me More Time” 12″ Single (Bonus Review)
- Whitesnake – ‘The Best of Whitesnake (Bonus Review – 1982 release)
- Whitesnake – Whitesnake (1987)
- Whitesnake – Slip of the Tongue
- David Coverdale – “The Last Note of Freedom” – Single Review
- Coverdale/Page – Coverdale/Page
- Coverdale/Page – “Take Me For A Little While 12” Single (Bonus Review)
- David Coverdale & Whitesnake – Restless Heart
- Whitesnake – Starkers in Tokyo
Other David Coverdale Albums reviewed – (Box Sets and Bootlegs):
- Whitesnake – 1987 (30th Anniversary Edition) – Box Set
- Whitesnake – Slide It In (35th Anniversary Edition) – Box Set
- Whitesnake – Unzipped – Box Set
- Whitesnake – Slip of the Tongue (30th Anniversary Edition) – Box Set
- Whitesnake (Snake) – Still of the Night Live in Battle Creek, Mich. July 26, 1987 (Bootleg)