Released: 2013, Frontiers Records
Whitesnake has certainly been front and centre for their fans in the last few years. Since 2011 the band has put out one excellent studio album (FOREVERMORE) and 3 double live albums (including this one). It’s a lot of music, but you can’t deny the band’s popularity worldwide is as high as it’s been in about 20 years, so they may as well capitalize on it. Here’s a quick rundown of the band’s recent live output: LIVE AT DONNINGTON 1990 showed them at the peak of their commercial powers, and was a long awaited, much-bootlegged release by fans. MADE IN JAPAN was a document of the band’s successful trip to that country on their 2011Forevermore tour and included a second disc of highly enjoyable sound check oddities and acoustic versions.
For this latest double album, the band has again chosen to highlight concerts from the Forevermore tour, this time from triumphant dates in their home country (the Made in Britain side, obviously), and other European dates on their 2011 tour (The World Record side). I will say, if you are faced with a choice of getting either MADE IN JAPAN or MADE IN BRITAIN, this is the superior choice. Although the set list is nearly identical to the Japanese release, it omits the needless guitar and drum solos and adds in a few extra songs (“My Evil Ways”, “Fare Thee Well”, and “Heart of the City”), making it a stronger album over all. Sound-wise, it’s a wash: both releases sound superb and the band is one fire throughout.
However, it’s THE WORLD RECORD half of the album that really makes it special, as it includes a full 11 tracks that are only available on it (“Fare Thee Well” appears on both). These are all incendiary songs that, while not included on the “main” disc, are also fan favorites and deserve their place (“Bad Boys”, yeah!). Again, Coverdale and the boys sound spectacular, and the Beach/Aldrich combo gets their time to shine with dueling solos in “Pistols at Dawn”.
Despite the fact that Whitesnake have gone to the live album well a lot recently, they’ve saved the best for last. All of the albums are good, but MADE IN BRITAIN/THE WORLD RECORD stands tallest with the best, most varied set of tracks. Get it!