|Snakecharmer - self-titled|
Micky Moody - guitar, slide guitar, vocals
Neil Murray - bass
Laurie Wisefield - guitar, vocals
Harry James - drums, vocals
Adam Wakeman - keyboards, vocals
Chris Ousey - lead vocal
1.) "My Angel" -This track opened with Micky playing an acoustic guitar arrangement. The sound Micky was able to get out of his acoustic guitar was very similar to the sound Jimmy Page captured on Coverdale/Page released on march 15, 1993 (side note-Coverdale/Page is an absolute must have For your CD collection). After four measures there is a short musical rest. When the song kicks back-in Micky used the same acoustic rhythm arrangement for the pre-verse. I'm not gonna dare say Chris sounds like Robert Plant , If I did the Gods of Rock would probably strike me dead! What I will say is Chris arranged the lyric lines very similar to Plant in Plant's heyday. Chris lets the last note of the last lyric line carry through the pause connecting the pre-verse with the verse. The musical kick-in is after this musical rest. Harry kicks the musical verse in with a drum fill. Micky and Lauie's electric rhythm guitar arrangement of the musical verse are very close to the arrangement Jimmy Page wrote for "Whole Lotta Love" featured as the single off of Led Zeppelin's II L.P. released on October 2, 1969. After two and 1/2 measures Harry along with Micky & Laurie play a small fill to connect the opening musical verse with the opening lyric line. For the musical verse there are two independent rhythm guitar arrangements one is electric one over the top of an acoustic rhythm. The chorus was a cross between Bad Company vocal lines and Led Zeppelin guitar riffs. Which when you think about it, t doesn't really work however the Snakecharmer's do. After the second chorus there is a small musical rest that leads to a musical change consisting of an acoustic guitar. The firt half of the lead guitar solo was played by Micky using slide. The second half was a standard rock solo and more intense than the first. It's been a long time since I've heard a solo arrangement such as this!
2.) "Accident Prone" - The intro opens with a keyboard note over the top of a snare fill. There is a small vocal accent over the top of the main musical intro. Chris's vocal accent was very reminiscent of a Paul Rogers (Bad Company) vocal accent. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. Too me what made the musical verse was Harry's drum line along with Neil's bass line. The rhythm guitar riff of the verse was written lets the drum & bass line bleed through. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical pre-chorus. The vocal lines along with Neil's bass line gives the pre-chorus a huge hook. There is a small musical rest consisting of a snare crack and vocal line connecting the musical pre-chorus with the chorus. After the third chorus there is a small rhythm change that leads to the lead guitar solo section. The lead guitar solo for this track was either done by both guitarists or it was double-tracked either way it had a twin lead guitar feel to it. The second half of the solo was two different lead guitar solos one atop of the other. The coda consisted of a Paul Rogers (Bad Company) vocal accent.
3.) "To The Rescue" - This track opens with a Black Crowes sounding rhythm guitar riff. The drum & bass line in between the intro and opening lyric line gives the song a huge Bad Company sound. There is a small snare fill connecting the opening musical pre-verse with the first lyric line. The musical pre-verse consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements. Neil's bass line gave the musical arrangement a stinking groove!!! There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical pre-verse with the verse. For the last lyric line of the chorus the guitar arrangements, bass line and vocals play the same notes. The lead guitar solo connects the second chorus with the third. The notes of the solo were very reminiscent to some of the solos Eric Clapton has written. There is a keyboard along with a second lead solo after the third chorus. There are several backing harmonies over the top of these two solos. The second guitar solo runs over the top of the coda.
4.) "Falling Leaves" - This track opens with an electric guitar picking arrangement over the top of Adam playing fill-in chords on his keyboard. Underneath the keyboard Harry plays what sounds to be a cabasa. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the intro with the musical verse. In many ways the way the guys arranged the lyric lines was very reminiscent to the lyric line arrangement of UFO's "Love To Love" from their album titled, 'Lights Out' released in May of 1977. The band used the same musical arrangement for the verse as the one for the intro. After the first verse a second rhythm guitar kicks-in. This second rhythm was mainly just playing fill-in chords. Underneath Chris's vocals lines of the chorus there is a female backing harmony. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. The major lead guitar solo is after the second chorus. The first lyric line of the third chorus consisted of a musical rest. After the third chorus there is a second minor lead guitar solo that runs over the top of the coda.
5.) "A Little Rock 'n' Roll" -This track opens with a snare crack to kick the intro in. The rhythm guitars of the intro have a very simple feel to them. Without a doubt it was Neil's bass groove that made this intro. I say groove instead of bass line because that is exactly what it is, a groove! after four measures Chris begins singing the verse. At the end of each lyric line Chris carries out the last note. The guys used the same the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro. This is such a nasty groove who could blame them. An when I say nasty I mean nasty the kind of groove that is just dripping! The only thing that connects the intro with the verse is a small snare fill. Chris hold's the last note of the first lyric line showing you right off his vocal ability! Chris's vocals give the verse an early Paul Rogers sound. The bass line and the guitar riffs of the intro and verse are the same notes. After the second chorus there is an arrangement change that consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement. The lead guitar solo was done using a wah-wah effect. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda. There are short lead vocal lines in between the notes of the minor lead guitar solo. If I did not know any better I would have swore these lead vocal lines were sung by Eric Clapton. Over the top of the drum & bass line it sounded like there was a guitar rhythm being played with a violin bow.
6.) "Turn Of The Screw" - This intro consisted of a rhythm guitar riff. There is a vocal accent connecting the opening guitar rhythm with the main musical intro. If there was any doubt in Chris's vocal ability the vocal accent between the into and musical verse will end all those doubts! After the vocal accent there is a rhythm guitar change. Over the top of the rhythm guitar Harry plays a hi-hat pattern. The song kicks-in for the musical verse. There also is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The chorus had a very sweet hook to it and was very reminiscent to the stuff Phil Mogg has written over the years for UFO. There is a small snare fill connecting the musical chorus with the second verse. There was a musical breakdown after the third chorus. This breakdown section lead to a short yet amazing lead guitar solo. There is a huge drum fill leading into the coda. The coda consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.
7.) "Smoking Gun" - This intro consisted of Adam playing a very simple keyboard scale with his left hand. Over the top of this scale there is a minor lead guitar solo. Underneath the minor solo Adam begins to play a heavily influenced Dennis DeYoung of Styx keyboard arrangement with his left hand. For the musical verse The band continues with the same keyboard arrangement. The rhythm guitar of the musical verse is the same rhythm scale as the one Adam was playing with his left hand of the intro. There was a rhythm guitar change underneath the first lyric line of the first verse. There was a minor lead guitar solo rhythm underneath the lyric lines of the chorus. There was a small drum fill connecting the second verse with the second chorus. The minor solo underneath the second chorus leads to the major lead guitar solo. The last few notes of the solo was played by both Micky and Laurie making the last few notes a twin lead guitar solo.
8.) "Stand up" - This intro consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements. The intro has a classic early eighties rock sound. The musical intro consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangement. There was a short snare drum fill connecting the intro with the musical verse. There was a rhythm guitar arrangement change for the musical verse. The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical chorus as the one for the intro. after the first chorus there is a short breakdown that consisted of a bass line, hi-hat and cymbal crashes. For the second verse Harry added a cowbell to the drum line. After the second chorus there is a bass line breakdown section with the addition of a cowbell. After this breakdown section there is a lead guitar solo. There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda. The minor lead guitar solo over top of the coda was amazing!!!!
9.) "Guilty As Charged" - This intro consisted of a stinking musical groove! There is a complete rhythm change for the musical pre-verse. The band reverted back to the musical rhythm o the intro to connect the pre-verse with the verse. The way the rhythm guitar of the pre-verse and verse was arranged lets the bass & drum line become the main musical focus. The musical change and lyric arrangements of the chorus gave the song an early Bad Company feel. After the third chorus Harry plays a drum fill that leads into the solo section. Both Micky and Laurie have a lead guitar solo. This track is just pure magic and really expresses the guys musical talent!!!!
10.) "Nothing To Lose" - This track opens with a blues rhythm. The band used the same rhythm for the musical verse as the one for the intro. The chorus was kept fairly basic. There is a minor solo in between the first and second lyric line of the verse. The lead guitar solo of this tack was amazing! All in all this song was very simple yet great!!!
11.) "Cover Me In You" - This was just one hell of a song!!!!
Like a lot of U.S. fans my age I first heard of Whitesnake when they released their 'Slide It In' album released April 1984. Sometime between 'Slide It In' and their release of 'Whitesnake' my brother came home from Ohio and gave me a 60 cassette case. He said I took out what I wanted the rest is yours. Within the case consisted of Whitesnake's 'Trouble' (1978), 'Lovehunter' (1979), 'Ready an' Willing' (1981), 'Come an' Get It' (1981), 'Saints & Sinners' (1982). This was where I cut my teeth on Micky Moody and Neil Murray. Then you have one of the lead guitarist from Wishbrorn Ash Laurie Wisefield, drummer Harry James of Thunder, Adam Wakeman son of the legendary Rick Wakeman (YES) on keyboards and vocalist Chris Ousey. Too me, of all the supergroups This supergroup is called Snakecharmer and is the first supergroup!!!!
In the thirty plus years this is the first release I have ever listened to where I have loved every track all the way through the first time through! Even though this is just January this is already in the running for CD of the year! Please buy this!!!!!