Whitesnake – Saints & Sinners (1982/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:17 minutes | 918 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: highresaudio | © Warner Music
When Whitesnake hit it big in the late ’80s with its power-pop/metal one-two punch, many new fans were unaware that earlier in the band’s career, David Coverdale and Co. were straight ahead, bluesy hard rockers, especially on their 1982 release, Saints & Sinners.
What a difference a year makes. After releasing the thoroughly disappointing Come an’ Get It, Whitesnake made up for it in spades with 1982’s excellent Saints & Sinners, their best record yet. Perhaps it was the arrival of new guitarist Mel Galley (replacing founding member Bernie Marsden) that re-energized the band. The dull, midtempo numbers of recent years were largely gone, replaced by rowdy bursts of bluesy aggression like “Rough an’ Ready,” “Bloody Luxury,” and the downright nasty “Young Blood.” David Coverdale also reached new heights with the astounding heavy blues of “Crying in the Rain” (a lyrical relative to Elmore James’ “The Sun Is Shining” if there ever was one) and the timeless power ballad “Here I Go Again.” Most Americans only came to know these songs when they were butchered into ridiculous power metal five years later, but for true Whitesnake fans, these original versions make Saints & Sinners well worth seeking out.
01 – Young Blood
02 – Rough An’ Ready
03 – Bloody Luxury
04 – Victim of Love
05 – Crying in the Rain
06 – Here I Go Again
07 – Love An’ Affection
08 – Rock An’ Roll Angels
09 – Dancing Girls
10 – Saints An’ Sinners
Produced by Martin Birch.
Mixed at Battery Studios by Martin Birch, September/October 1982.
Recorded at Rock City, Shepperton, Battery Studios, The Truck Mobile at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire and Britannia Row, London.
Remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London, 2007.