The Whitesnake Fan Pack includes Forevermore, the band’s brand spanking new studio album, plus a 132-page magazine.
Fans who buy the Whitesnake Fan Pack will be able to hear Forevermore three weeks before it goes on sale in the record stores. What’s more, the Fan Pack version of Forevermore comes with two bonus tracks – ‘Slide It In’ and ‘Cheap An’ Nasty‘ – recorded live at Whitesnake’s headline set at the Castle Donington Monsters Of Rock festival in 1990. That’s 13 brand new studio tracks plus two bonus ones – a lot of Whitesnake music to sink your fangs into. These bonus tracks will not be on the record store version of Forevermore and the CD cover for the Fan Pack album will feature exclusive artwork that will NOT be used on the record store version. Theres also an official Whitesnake pin badge and a giant-size poster.
The Fan Pack magazine contains a major, all-new interview with Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale, conducted at his home in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA. Forevermore was recorded at Coverdale’s home studio and Classic Rock were there while it was being recorded. Coverdale also talks us through the new album, track by track.
It also has new interviews with the other Whitesnake band members: guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, bassist Michael Devin and drummer Brian Tichy. There’s a wealth of exclusive, never-before-seen pictures of Coverdale and his band, taken by top US photographer Travis Shinn while Forevermore was being made.
Elsewhere in the Fan Pack magazine, Classic Rock talk to the musicians who knew Coverdale when he started out as a club singer in north-east England in the 1970s. It analyses the multi-platinum success of the band’s legendary 1987 album and also review Whitesnakes’ entire back catalogue of albums. All this and it lists Coverdale’s Top 20 Friskiest Lyrics. Slide it in, indeed!
Epic Records and Legacy Recordings will celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary with the release of newly restored and expanded editions of Vs. and Vitalogy, the second and third albums from Pearl Jam which broke all initial Soundscan records and secured the band’s reputation as a preeminent force in American rock music.
Vs. and Vitalogy will be available in new Expanded Editions (featured three bonus tracks on each) or together in a three-disc Deluxe Edition (featuring Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994) and Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set, on March 29th. Each album will also be released in new commemorative re-mastered vinyl editions on April 12th to coincide with Record Store Day 2011.
Pre-order your copy of the Limited Edition Collector’s Boxed Set here: www.pearljam.com
Details on the new reissue formats are as follows:
The Collector’s Edition (1993-1995)
Packaging: The box will be the same size, shape and linen as the previous box (1990-1992).
Both VS. (originally released in 1993) & Vitalogy (originally released in 1994) will be in this Collector’s Edition.
3 gatefold vinyl jackets – 2 with single LPs and one with 2 LPs
3 gatefold CD mini LP replicas with booklets
Merch envelope (same as last time w/lithographs, ticket reproduction, posters, etc.)
An epic performance recorded at the tail end of mythic Vs. tour, Live at the Orpheum Theater showcases a dream setlist created especially by the Pearl Jam crew and has for years been one of the most sought-after recordings among serious aficionados. The ultra deluxe boxed set of Vs./Vitalogy will also include an exclusive collector’s cassette featuring live tribute and studio performances from a number of Pearl Jam’s fellow artist friends. Broadcast on January 8, 1995, this recording is part of the legendary Monkeywrench/Self-Pollution Radio series produced by the band.
• VS. – 1CD
Original album + bonus tracks
Packaging: 5″ Gatefold Jacket [like TEN reissue], 16 pages saddle stitched, one pocket on right
• VITALOGY – 1 CD
Original album + bonus tracks
Both albums will be available on vinyl with bonus tracks
Amazon Deluxe Edition pre-order URL: http://myplay.me/4fd
Ralf Scheepers has had a long career in hard rock & metal. With over 25 years of service in the bands Tyran Pace, Gamma Ray and Primal Fear, I found it surprising that Ralf finally chose to do a solo album. One might think that with this being a solo disc, that Ralf might try some different things, or slow it down somewhat. Ralf did exactly the opposite by putting out a quality solo effort, that is a full fledged metal disc, that is absolutely essential to every fan of the genre.
The metal music on Scheepers reminds me a lot of Nightcrawler era Judas Priest. Dare I say that this is even better than the last Primal Fear album? This is really good stuff!! Scheepers is packed with metal guest stars including Tim “Ripper” Owens, “Metal” Mike Chlasciak (Halford), Snowy Shaw (Therion), Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) Sander Gommans (After Forever), and Victor Smolski (Rage) as well as Ralf’s Primal Fear band mates, Alex Beyrodt, Magnus Karlsson, and Mat Sinner. Each of these musicians help to create an incredible solo effort with Ralf Scheepers.
Some of the highlights include the awesome opening track “Locked in The Dungeon” which features Metal “Mike” Chlasciak’s blazing guitar work. “Remission of Sin” features Tim “Ripper” Owens singing a duet with Ralf Scheepers. It is amazing how similiar their voices are, and how well their voices blend together. “Before the Dawn” is a really cool cover of the classic Judas Priest tune from their classic disc, Hell Bent for Leather. On this cover, Ralf played all of the instruments, and Victor Smolski from Rage added the excellent guitar solos.
One of my absolute favorites on this CD, is the song “Doomsday”. The guitars, the double bass drumming and Ralf Scheeper’s soaring voice make this songs one of the best on the CD.
While most solo efforts tend to fall short of the bands the artists came from, Ralf Scheepers solo effort simply does not. This CD is an impressive metal offering that will appeal to fans of Primal Fear, Judas Priest, Halford, and heavy metal music. If you haven’t checked out any of the bands Ralf Scheepers has sang with, I highly recommend check out Scheepers. This CD will make you a new fan without question!
1. Locked In The Dungeon
2. Remission Of Sin
4. The Fall
6. Saints Of The Rock
7. Before The Dawn
8. Back On Track
10. The Pain Of The Accused
11. Play With The Fire
Ralf Scheepers band is:
Ralf Scheepers – Lead & Backing Vocals; Acoustic Guitar; Keyboards; FX Sounds
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Lead Vocals on “Remission of Sin”
Magnus Karlsson – Lead Guitars, Guitars, Banjo, Accordion, Keyboards
Sander Gommans – Lead Guitar, Guitars
Mike Chlasciak -Lead Guitar
Alex Beyrodt – Lead Guitar
Kai Hansen – Lead Guitar
Victor Smolski- Lead Guitar
Mat Sinner: Bass, Keyboards
Snowy Shaw: Drums