In May 1979, the band went back in to the studio to record the follow-up to ‘Trouble’. In a few short weeks they were done and on October 1st, 1979, the band released “Lovehunter’ to the masses. The album was recorded by Martin Birch who did ‘Trouble and they recorded at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire in the Rolling Stones Mobile and it was later mixed at Central Recorders Studio and Sauna in London. Sauna??? That is freaking weird. Anyway, the album did modestly and reached #29 in the UK Chart. Not a smashing success, but it did chart.
The album was rather controversial. Not for the music, no that wasn’t it. It was that cover. And oh what a cover!! It was a picture of a beautiful lady straddling a huge snake. Oh, and she is naked!! If only the U.S. had this album back in the day…why couldn’t my brothers have owned this one because at 10 years old, I would have really loved this cover. The artist was Chris Achilleos who was known for fantasy artwork and I believe he was very distraught over the controversy as it was the last album cover he did until 2003 when he did the album cover for Glenn Hughes’ album ‘Once and Future King Part 1’.
This album would end up being Duck Dowle’s last album as the drummer for Whitesnake as he was replaced shortly after the release by former Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice which would bring the total of ex-Deep Purple members to three.
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2016 has seen it’s share of tragedies with Musicians. I know each year there are a lot of musician’s that pass away, but for some reason this year seems to have taken quite a few from us. Now that the year is almost over, I have updated the list to include musicians that have passed away in the last few months. I started this back in April/May. Hopefully that will be it for 2016. Let’s hope 2017 doesn’t bring more of the same.
In memory of all the artist we have lost so far this year, here is a playlist so we can remember the gift of music that they left us that will live on forever.
David Bowie – January 10th, 2016: David Bowie just released his album, Black Star, two days earlier on January 8th (his birthday). He had so many great songs and it was really hard to choose. I chose “Modern Love” as that was the year I really started obsessing about music. The year was 1983 and his popularity was on the rise again. It was that song that made me know who he was and made me go look at what he had done in the past. Since that time, I have been a fan.
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The death of musicians seems to come in spurts. We lost Leonard Cohen this week and now we have lost Leon Russell. Such a great songwriter (he is even in the Rock & Roll Songwriting Hall of Fame) and a musician. With songs like “A Song For You”, “Lady Blue”, “Delta Lady” and “It’s A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall”, he was great at his craft.
Claude Russell Bridges was born in Oklahoma back in 1942 and died last night at the young age of 74. He has worked with so many big names including Elton John (the did an album together called ‘The Union’), the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and even Bob Dylan. He has left us with an extensive catalogue to enjoy until the end of time. My In Memoriam playlist is going to get a little longer.
Picture By Carl Lender (originally posted to Flickr as Leon Russell) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons