Whitesnake – Lovehunter (1979)

Whitesnake_Lovehunter4 out of 5 Stars!

Aside from the eye-catching and wickedly naughty (and, yes, probably considered sexist) cover art (which I still find amusingly delightful, so sue me!), this is Whitesnake in the midst of its glorious (and original) heyday, before the hairspray and stylized clothing and video imagery got too much in the way of the actual music.

Although the occasional duff track popped up on several early Whitesnake albums, the fantastic David Coverdale and company nevertheless went about the business of producing some catchy blues-based Hard Rock, especially once the mighty Jon Lord (RIP) had joined up for keyboard duties and Ian Paice’s recruitment was in the works (3/5 of Deep Purple…how cool is that?).

Anyway, Lovehunter, the third “official” Whitesnake album, is just another fine example of why I loved the band so much in its infancy. Coverdale, and each of his fellow musicians (the guitar team of Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, bassist Neil Murray, and drummer Dave Dowle, along with the aforementioned Jon Lord), performs his heart out on tracks such as “Walking in the Shadow of the Blues,” “Medicine Man,” “Love Hunter,” and “Long Way From Home,” displaying seasoned professionalism at every turn without surrendering his sense of humor, despite the blatant sexism of the lyrics.

Hey, it’s only rock ‘n’ roll, right?

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