Whitesnake / Zepp Osaka 2003 / 2CDR

Whitesnake / Zepp Osaka 2003 / 2CDR / Shades

Live at Zepp Osaka, Osaka, Japan 27th September 2003

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Doug Aldrich was welcomed, and restart WHITESNAKE which reached the 21st century. The best live album which announces the first visit to Japan is appearance.
What is included in such a work is “September 27, 2003 Zepp Osaka performance”. It is the best full audience recording. It was a resurgence six years after the 1997 Farewell Tour, but it was also the 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of its formation. First, let’s look back on the show position from the date of that time.

・ September 18: Okaya City Cultural Hall Canola Hall
・ September 19: Aichi Art Theater
・ September 21: Tokyo International Forum
・ September 23: Zepp Sapporo
・ September 24: Zepp Sendai
・ September 25: Zepp Tokyo
・ September 27: Zepp Osaka [this work] ・ September 28: Zepp Fukuoka

Above, all 8 performances. There were no new releases at that time, and it was not a reunion with prominent members, but I went through the archipelago from Hokkaido to Kyushu. It was a tour that showed a strong and persistent popularity. The Osaka performance of this work was the concert that hits the 7th performance that will be the end of the stage.
This work which recorded such a spot is a superb audience recording without any counter value. It is the master who recorded a lot of famous recordings in Osaka at the end of the 90’s and early 2000’s, and the original collection of this musician was serialized in our shop. A series of masterpieces such as RAINBOW, HUGHES TURNER PROJECT, Yngwie Malmsteen, BON JOVI and more. Even in WHITESNAKE, great masterpieces “BUDOKAN 1997: DAVID’S BIRTHDAY PARTY (Shades 911)” and “HIROSHIMA 1997 (Shades 931)” as well as John Sykes’s press “OSAKA 1998 (Zodiac 233)” and “OSAKA 2004 (Shades 722) “This is also the work of this person. This work is the latest work of such a masterpiece collection, and it is one of the best items.
In fact, the clearness of this work is overwhelming. Although the audience can be felt by the sound of the drums, the vocals and the guitar are on and the details are so detailed. Doug and Reb Beach repeat the phrase, and even if two people play it in a fuss, they can clearly see the nuances of one sound and one sound. Of course, Cavaldale’s vocals are also excellent. Even if a powerful shout peeks, it does not beat, and delicate whispers and breath are caught in a beautiful way. Furthermore, it is audience noise to be impressed. I also inhale the mood of the site that is amazed at the revival after six years, but the weird voices and screams are not complete. A loud voice like swell swells in Cavaldale’s one voice, but the spectacle is also so distant that it does not come in between the powerful playing sound. It has not been transmitted to the recording position, but its beauty is comparable to modern digital recording more than 15 years ago. Restart WHITESNAKE is a record-rich as well as an introduction from the Shades label, but the quality itself is a premium press-grade sound with no problems.
And the show drawn by that sound is also wonderful. Restarting WHITESNAKE is changing the voice of Cavadale every year, and even in the official live “LIVE … IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES” three years after this work, fans who feel discomfort in their voice quality are now did. However, this work is the first visit to Japan soon after restart. The tension is strong everywhere and the growth is excellent. Of course, the beautiful voice that sings deep in emotions is alive and well, and it is nothing different from the golden age before revival.
It is “Soldier Of Fortune” to be amazement to the singing voice. I sing a cappella for a minute and a half in front of the highlight “Still Of The Night”, but the deep deep emotion is the voice of the soul. You can experience the great songs and the great recitations that you couldn’t even hear in “LIVE … IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES” with a 100% super-sounding experience.
A white snake in the 21st century along with the hard rock of the golden age. A large-scale complete recording from “Burn” before the full show started to a final announcement (whether the staff at the venue were impatient or the usage time was pushing or “Wish You Well” was awkward to wait for the end of the show) It is a masterpiece live album. This is a live version and a Japanese version of “LIVE … IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES”, and it is a masterpiece that lets you hear beautiful voices more than that. Please taste it carefully.

★ wonderful live document of 2003! !

そんな本作に収められているのは「2003年9月27日Zepp Osaka公演」。その極上フル・オーディエンス録音です。1997年のフェアウェル・ツアーから6年後の復活だったわけですが、同時に結成25周年を記念する“25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR”でもありました。まずは、当時の日程からショウのポジションを振り返ってみましょう。
・9月23日:Zepp Sapporo
・9月24日:Zepp Sendai
・9月25日:Zepp Tokyo
・9月27日:Zepp Osaka 【本作】
・9月28日:Zepp Fukuoka
そんな現場を記録した本作は、掛け値なしに極上のオーディエンス録音。記録したのは90年代末から2000年代初頭の大阪で名録音を連発した名手であり、当店ではこの録音家のオリジナル・コレクションをシリーズ化。RAINBOWやHUGHES TURNER PROJECT、イングヴェイ・マルムスティーン、BON JOVI等々の名作を連発。WHITESNAKEでも大傑作『BUDOKAN 1997: DAVID’S BIRTHDAY PARTY(Shades 911)』や『HIROSHIMA 1997(Shades 931)』、さらにはジョン・サイクスのプレス盤『OSAKA 1998(Zodiac 233)』や『OSAKA 2004(Shades 722)』もこの人物の作品。本作は、そんな名手コレクションの最新作であり、屈指の銘品なのです。
そして、そのサウンドで描かれるショウがまた素晴らしい。再始動WHITESNAKEは年を追う毎にカヴァデールの声が変質していき、本作から3年後の公式ライヴ『LIVE… IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES』でさえ、声質に違和感を感じるファンもいました。しかし、本作はまだまだ再始動から間もない初回来日。その張りはどこまでも力強く、伸びも素晴らしい。もちろん、情感たっぷりにディープに歌う美声も健在で、それこそ復活前の黄金時代と何ひとつ変わっていないのです。
その歌声にハッとするのは「Soldier Of Fortune」。ハイライトの「Still Of The Night」の前に1分半ほどアカペラで歌うのですが、その深い深い情感はまさに魂の歌声。『LIVE… IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES』でも聴けなかった名曲・名唱を現場感覚100%の極上サウンドで体験できるのです。
 黄金時代のハードロックと共に21世紀に甦った白蛇。そのフルショウを開演前の「Burn」から終演アナウンス(会場スタッフがせっかちなのか、使用時間が押していたのか「We Wish You Well」の終了を待ち構えたように入るのが可笑しい)まで完全収録した大傑作ライヴアルバムです。本生版・日本版の『LIVE… IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLUES』であり、それ以上の美声を聴かせてくれる銘品。ぜひ、じっくりと味わってください。
Disc 1(65:19)
1. Burn (Intro) 2. Intro 3. Bad Boys incl. Children Of The Night
4. Slide It In 5. Slow An’ Easy 6. Love Ain`t No Stranger
7. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City 8. Judgment Day 9. Doug Aldrich Guitar Solo
10. Crying In The Rain incl. Drum Solo
Disc 2(41:26)
1. Band Introductions 2. Is This Love 3. Fool For Your Loving 4. Give Me All Your Love
5. Here I Go Again 6. Soldier Of Fortune 7. Still Of The Night
8. We Wish You Well

David Coverdale – Vocals Doug Aldrich – Guitar Reb Beach – Guitar
Timothy Drury – Keyboards Marco Mendoza – Bass Tommy Aldridge – Drums

Shades 1042

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