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Live in '84: Back To The Bone
March 2015
Released: 2014, Frontiers Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

There is a bit of Whitesnake related activity lately, a book and a live collection and I’ve reviewed both this month.

I fully understand the need of the record company to add value to a product to combat illegal downloading but these CD/DVD combos sure are annoying. Is it a DVD with a CD as a bonus or a CD with a DVD as a bonus? Well, since BACK TO THE BONE I packaged like a CD I will review it as such. Check out Waspman’s review of the DVD from December in 2014.

As with most of the Frontiers stuff the packaging is pretty decent. It has a classic Whitesnake cover and this double digipak folds out and has both discs and a 20-page booklet in full colour with dozens and dozens of photos of each member and a longer 4-page essay by David Coverdale. Five years ago was the 25th Anniversary edition of SLIDE IT IN and it got the deluxe reissue treatment. For the 30th Anniversary we get this odd collection of live stuff from that era.

The 16 track CD is broken onto three sections, the first nine songs are some miscellaneous live tracks called ‘Snakeskin Boots:The Best Of The Boots, culled from the Slide It In World Tour. The next cuts are three tracks from the Super Rock show in Tokyo, Japan and lastly in a nice touch the last four songs are Jon Lord’s final performance with Whitesnake for an appearance on Swedish Televison. So really this is a mixed bag of stuff, not a complete live show from that era. The sound quality is not bad considering all this stuff is 30 years old and analog sourced. I also would have liked more technical detail from where the live songs are culled from but that information is likely unavailable anymore. Running 72 minutes it is a pretty good value considering SLIDE IT IN itself was only 40 minutes long.

This is very well put together and presented but I’d recommend this for die-hard Whitesnake fans and that is about it. If you want a proper Whitesnake live album, there are about four or five good ones out there. Otherwise BACK TO THE BONE is a good snapshot of the end of the first era of Whitesnake.
Track Listing

Snakeskin Boots – Best of the Bootlegs:
1. Gambler
2. Guilty of Love
3. Love Ain’t Not Stranger
4. Slow An’ Easy
5. Walking in the Shadow of the Blues
6. Ready An’ Willing
7. Guitar Solo
8. Crying in the Rain
9. Soldier of Fortune

Japan Super Rock ’84:
10. Love Ain’t Not Stranger
11. Ready An’ Willing
12. Slow An’ Easy

Jon Lord’s Final Whitesnake Performance:
13. (Gambler, Guilty of Love, Love Ain’t No Stranger, Ready An’ Willing)


David Coverdale: Vocals
John Sykes: Guitar
Neil Murray: Bass
Cozy Powell: Drums
Jon Lord: Keyboards on Track 13



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