Live At Donington 1990 [2 CD/DVD Combo] Box set
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BACKGROUND OF WHITESNAKE AT DONNINGTON
This 2CD plus DVD set is a perfect documentation of "Whitesnake"s headline performance at the "Monster of Rock 1990" festival at Donnington, England. "Whitesnake" had previously performed at "Monsters of Rock" in 1980 and 1983-at which time they also headlined and shot a live video for a domestic release entitled "Whitesnake Commandos".
THE RECORDINGS AND SURROUNDING CIRCUMSTANCES
It has to be addressed that the recordings of audio and video were NEVER intended to serve for a commercial release. The audio was recorded and transmitted live by the BBC radio; the video served as real-time footage for the large video-walls of the event so that all 75.000 people could have a decent view of what was happening on stage.
The sound has been remixed and re-mastered to perfection, all instruments come through clearly, capturing each musician's distinct sound. Tommy Adridge's drum attack is up front in the mix with all toms and cymbals audible, Rudy Sarzo's bass is clean and ever-present while the guitars are perfectly defined bringing every minor improvisation to front, you will actually be able to tell the difference between Vandenberg's and Vai's sound from the CD alone.
The video, as mentioned above, was professionally shot but not for the purpose of a video-release, simply for direct transmission.Read more ›
I purchased the CD/DVD combo, and while the performance and audio quality are excellent, I'm not a huge fan of the video. My problem is not with the video quality itself, since it's about what I expected given when it was shot and because it was not filmed for an official release. The video does, however, look much better on my smaller 37" TV than it does on my 52" TV. One thing that I do not like about the video is that it's comprised mostly of individual close-ups, with very few shots showing more than one band member at a time. I'm guessing that this is because they had to use the video feeds that were displayed on the big screens during the actual concert, which are usually all close-up shots. Some other annoying things about the video are that the video often changes from color to black & white, and there are several cheesy slo-mo effects used througout the video.
Even though I don't care much for the DVD, the CDs alone get 5 stars and make this is an excellent purchase for the price. This concert will be getting a lot of play time in my CD player and on my iPod.
The only issue I have with any of the performances is the Steve Vai "solo" track "For The Love Of God." It just doesn't have the same impact as live versions that I've heard with his own back up band. This could be due to the fact that Vandenberg, Sarzo and Aldridge felt that Vai treated them AS a backing band and didn't feel like putting their all into it or they're not used to performing instrumentals or a hundred other reasons but, whatever the reason, the performance on this song falls flat. Other than that, it's a great representation of live 'Snake at that moment in time and would be a worthy addition to any CD collection.
In addition to his tenure with Frank Zappa and his solo works, Steve Vai had become well known for a bit of band hopping: Alcatrazz, Disturbing the Peace (1985), Public Image Limited, Compact Disc (1985), and two albums with the post-Van Halen David Lee Roth.
As work began on the follow-up to their ridiculously popular album Whitesnake, guitarist Vivian Campbell left the band, and second guitarist Adrian "The Flying Dutchman" Vandenberg suffered a wrist injury that took him out of the game. Vai stepped in and played all of the guitars on "Slip," and by the time of the Donnington show, Vandenberg was back.Read more ›
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I was there so it's a nice souvenir of the day. But wow, Steve Vai sucked in this band. He was the beginning of the end for this once mighty band. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BklynStew
I was one year late to see this concert. Donington, England festivals are incredible! This DVD is a must to own. David Coverdale is at his usual finest! Read morePublished 7 months ago by lurvin
Scathing live performance from a group that definitely paid their dues before really hitting it big. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Average Joe 51373.1