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Whitesnake’s dual-guitar attack

Premier Guitar has a tutorial on a subject rarely covered in such publications — Marsden/Moody era Whitesnake.

Whitesnake’s self-titled album is a pinnacle of ’80s hard rock, instantly making them one of the biggest rock bands of the era. It was a departure from their previous six albums due to significant lineup changes. Both original guitarists, Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden, had left the band and opened the doors for former Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes to join. Sykes’ influence, which began on the 1984 release, Slide It In, moved the band away from its British blues-rock sound towards the more popular American glam-rock vibe. Let’s take a look at the band’s style during the Moody/Marsden era which is often overshadowed by 1987’s incredible success.

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2 Comments to “Whitesnake’s dual-guitar attack”:

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    MacGregor says:

    The ONLY version of the Snake s far as I am concerned. Marsden & Moody were wonderful guitarists & co songwriters also for that band. I was also a touch bias of course as Jon Lord & Ian Paice eventually ended up in Coverdale’s ‘new’ band. The three ex Purple members were what initially drew me to that band, as I knew nothing about what Coverdale was up to after DP imploded years earlier. Cheers.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    That 78-82 line up not only had the jointly best and most complementary two guitarists David ever paid for, but also

    – the best WS rhythm section (Murray and Paice were so underrated as a team, they gelled incredibly well in a comparatively short time, in their best moments they even put the Glover/Paice and Hughes/Paice tandems to shame, they were THAT good) &

    – (as DC himself put it) the “guv’nor keyboard player” for rock.

    I’ve been listening to a lot of classic Whitesnake in the last few days – their inter-band musical communication was telepathic, no less. Those albums are a groove-fest.

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