Episode #131 – Whitesnake – Live… in the Heart of the City

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Lead up to the Album:

  • Live In The Heart Of The City (June 23-24, 1980)
  • Live At Hammersmith (November 23, 1978)
  • All songs recorded at The Hammersmith Odeon, London.
  • Sides 1 and 2 were done with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio at the Hammersmith Odeon. 
  • Sides 3 and 4 are the previously-issued, Japan only, “Live At Hammersmith” which was not released in the UK.



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  • Art Direction – John Pasche
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  • Artwork By [Cover Painting] – Jeff Cummins
  • Design – Shoot That Tiger!
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  • Photography [Back Cover] – Hiro Ohno
    • Work for early Whitesnake, Iron Maiden (Maiden Japan)
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Album Tracks:

Side One:

  1. Come On
  2. Sweet Talker
  3. Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
  4. Love Hunter

Side Two:

  1. Fool For Your Loving
  2. Ain’t Conna Cry No More
  3. Ready An’ Willing
  4. Take Me With You

Side Three:

  1. Come On
  2. Might Just Take Your Life
  3. Lie Down
  4. Ain’t No Love In The HEart Of The City

Side Four:

  1. Trouble
  2. Mistreated

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Reception and Review

  • Charted at number 5 on the UK charts and number 146 on the Billboard 200.
  • From Jorg: “There is a clipping that says “release on Oct 20”. I’m not sure if that happened, I think it was postponed to November 3.”
  • Jorg: “Japanese release was Dec 5th, I don’t have a date for the US.”
  • Jorg: “The release caused some negative reactions from people who bought the Japanese “Live At Hammersmith” as import some monthes earlier and now they had to buy that 1978 part again. The Japanese release only had the 1980 part as single album, I think the North American releases were the same.”

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