Re: Sykes re Coverdale
Date: November 17, 2017 09:47AM
Irwin m fletcher Wrote:
> So who bought the deluxe version of 1987....i
> originally decided no....but now i want it for
> Christmas ;-)
I did. The remaster is definitely louder, but not really an improvement to my ears- the Axe Killer remaster from several years ago is still the best sounding remaster I've heard. The remixes are ok, but not anything so different as to be earth shattering. Really no compelling reason to buy unless you're interested in the bonus live stuff and demos.
The Snakeskin Boots live disc is a decent soundboard recording and the performance is a very good representation of that line up.
The evolutions disc is by far the most interesting thing in the set, with early rehearsal thru demo recordings of most of the album. The performances are fantastic, much heavier than Olsen's glossy over the top production. But most importantly it provides all the evidence you'd ever need as to how those songs came together and how integral Sykes was to making that album what it is. As Cov himself says, "it took me back to, at that time, John and I were really good. You can hear the creativity, the juice, the electricity between us, the attitude, my singing. It’s only cassette copies that we ran through restoration apps forever to get as good quality as possible for the fans, but you can hear the potential of John Sykes and David Coverdale, when there was no one else around us. It’s when we took everything to Los Angeles, and then L.A. started f---ing around with us, for whatever reason, things started to unravel somewhat... But my God, talk about a game changer, it was huge."
As I said in a previous post, neither one could have made that album without the other, and neither one ever did again. Much like "Coverdale/ Page", I've come to see 1987 as the one-off "Coverdale/ Sykes" album more so than a "Whitesnake" album.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/17/2017 10:13AM by Hustler.