Joel Hoekstra's 13 - 'Dying to Live'
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman/Yngwie Malmsteen/solo) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Russell Allen (Allen/Lande, Adrenaline Mob) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio) - Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm/Blue Murder)- Bass
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater/Black Country Communion) - Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) - Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) - Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) - Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee/Coldplay) - Cello
1.) "Say Goodbye To The Sun" - Featuring Russell Allen on lead vocals. This intro opened with Joel playing a lead guitar pick slide. Underneath the pick slide Vinny plays a tom-tom fill. There also is a bass line. After the pick slide Joel switches to a rhythm guitar arrangement. Over the top of the rhythm guitar arrangement there was what sounded like a backing vocal harmony. In between the send and third measures of the intro Vinny plays a short snare drum fill. Over the top of the musical intro Russell sings two vocal accents. The musical verse consisted of an arrangement change. The rhythm guitar arrangement of the musical verse consisted of several musical rests this aloud Vinny's drum line and Tony's bass line to become the main instrumentation. In between the second and third and underneath the fifth lyric lines Joel changed the rhythm guitar riff of the rhythm guitar arrangement. For the last lyric line of the first verse the audio engineer added a studio effect to Russell's vocals. Underneath this lyric line there was a signature Vinny Appice tom-tom fill. There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus. There was a tom-tom fill in between the second & third, fourth & fifth and then the seventh and eighth lyric lines. A tom-tom fill after the first chorus. To connect the first chorus with the second verse the band used the same musical arrangement as the one they used for the musical intro. In between the second and third lyric line of the second verse Joel changed the rhythm riff. This rhythm riff change was just done once. Underneath the fifth lyric line there was a lead guitar effect. Vinny played a tom-tom fill to connect the fifth and sixth lyric lines together. After the second chorus there was a short musical rest that lead to a breakdown section. For the breakdown section Vinny switched from a standard hi-hat drum rhythm to a tom-tom pattern. The breakdown section lead to a blistering lead guitar solo.
2.) "Anymore" - Featuring Russell Allen on Lead vocals. This intro opens with a huge snare drum/tom-tom fill underneath Joel's rhythm guitar arrangement. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the musical intro. I am not sure however it sounded as if Joel overdubbed two rhythm guitar arrangements underneath his minor lead guitar solo. The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change. I do not have the linear notes so I don't know if Joel or Russell wrote the lyrics for this song. However what I can tell you is the lyric arrangement and the rhythm guitar arrangement complimented each other perfectly. This showed perfect songwriting between the two musicians. Vinny played a drum fill underneath the second, third and fourth lyric lines of the verse. After the fourth lyric line there was a rhythm arrangement change for the pre-chorus. The chorus also consisted of a rhythm arrangement change. The lyrical and musical change of the chorus consisted of a sweet hook. There was a huge drum fill connecting the first chorus with the second verse. In between the second & third and fourth and fifth lyric lines there was a small lead guitar lick. The sixth lyric line was double-tracked. After the second chorus there was a breakdown. For this breakdown section the band slowed the beats per minutes down. As the breakdown progressed Joel begins playing the major lead guitar solo. The breakdown section turns completely into the major lead guitar solo. The solo Joel wrote for this song was completely amazing!!!! Underneath the lyric lines of the coda there as a minor lead guitar solo.
3.) "Until I Left You" - Featuring Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals. Before going into the main musical intro section Vinny opens he intro with a snare drum/tom-tom fill. The rhythm guitar arrangement of this intro as more along the lines of a lead guitar than actually a rhythm guitar. Two measures into the musical intro and Jeff sings a few vocal accents. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. The drum line of the musical verse consisted of a hi-hat opening and closing pattern. Vinny also added a short musical rest on the hi-hat pattern. In doing this Vinny gave the drum line an almost syncopated sound. Underneath the lyric lines of the musical verse there was an acoustic guitar arrangement. Underneath the fourth lyric line there as a small electric guitar riff over the top of the acoustic guitar rhythm. Underneath the next lyric line there was a couple lead guitar licks. There was a complete rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus. The first and second choruses where back to back. The second chorus was arranged just a little different. The difference between the first and second choruses are the second chorus consisted of a backing harmony connecting the first and second lead vocal line along with a few lead guitar licks underneath the third lyric line. After the second chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. Te minor lead guitar solo lead to a breakdown section. Te musical arrangement consisted of an acoustic guitar rhythm underneath a few Jeff Scott Soto vocal lines. The bass line Tony wrote for this breakdown section as very reminiscent to some of the bass lines he wrote while he was with Blue Murder. Underneath the first couple of lyric lines of the third chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. These minor solos run underneath the last chorus of the coda.
4.) "Long For The Days" - Featuring Russell Allen on lead vocals. This track opened with a keyboard effect before going into the musical intro section. The main musical intro opened with a couple lead guitar licks. After a couple of these lead guitar licks Joel switches to a more standard rhythm guitar arrangement. Over the top of the end of the musical intro leading into the musical verse Joel plays a minor lead guitar solo. There was an arrangement change for the musical verse. Joel turned his guitar down allowing the keyboards to be the main instrumentation of the musical verse. There was vocal accent in between the third and forth lyric line of the first verse. I am not sure however it sounded like Russell double-tracked the sixth lyric line of the second lyrical verse. There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus. The way the musical chorus was arranged it sounded like Joel had Jeff Scott Soto in mind when he wrote it. There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. There was a vocal accent connecting the third and fourth lyric lines of the verse. Also for the second verse most if not all of the lyric lines was either double-tracked by Russell or done as a duet with Jeff Scott Soto. Because the verses are so melodic it is very hard to distinguish between the two vocalists. After the second chorus here was a very laidback breakdown section. This breakdown section lead to a major lead guitar solo. There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the third and fourth choruses. After the fourth chorus there was a musical rest that consisted of a tom-tom pattern. There as a second minor lad guitar solo underneath the codahe coda ended with a lyric line.
5.) "Scream - Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals. This track consisted of a fairly standard intro arrangement. Over the top of the musical intro Jeff and Joel sing several vocal accents. The drum line Vinny wrote for this intro is one of the many reasons Vinny is one of the two reasons I started playing drums. There was a rhythm change for the musical verse. There was a tom-tom fill underneath the second lyric line of the fiJrst verse. For the musical verse Vinny switched to a sixteenth-note hi-hat rhythm underneath the even lyric lines. There was a vocal scream connecting the first verse with the first chorus. The musical and lyrical chor s consisted of a huge Jeff Scott Soto hook. After the third chorus there was a breakdown section. The breakdown section opened with two lyric lines before the arrangement kicked-in. After the breakdown section Joel's major lead guitar solo was played using Arabic scales. The guitar solo lead to a short minor lead guitar solo. There was a minor lead guitar solo that was underneath the lyric lines of the last two choruses of the coda.
6.) "Never Say Never" - Featuring Russell on lead vocals. This track opened with Joel playing a classical acoustic lead guitar solo. Over the top of the main pla intro Joel played a minor electric guitar solo. I am a drummer not a guitarist however it sounded like Joel used a lot of the same notes for the minor electric solo as the one he used for the acoustic solo that opened the song. Russell opens the musical verse with two vocal accents, There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. Underneath the third lyric line Joel change the rhythm guitar arrangement. This second rhythm guitar arrangement was used for the rest of the verse. There was a complete arrangement change for the musical chorus. For the second verse Joel used the same guitar arrangement throughout the entire verse. There was a musical rest that consisted of a tom-tom fill to connect the second verse with the second chorus. There was a lead guitar solo that connect the second chorus with the third verse. After the second verse there was a short breakdown. This breakdown consisted of one measure where Joel played an acoustic classical guitar rhythm.
7.) "Changes" - Featuring Russell Allen on lead vocals. This was an amazing ballad!
8.) "The Only Way To Go" - Featuring Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals. This track opened with Joel playing four rhythm guitar riffs. The first and third came out of one speaker and the second and fourth came out of the other. After the four riffs the main intro kicks-in. The main intro used the same rhythm guitar riffs that opened the song. There was a rhythm change for the musical verse. The way the rhythm guitar was arranged it consisted of several musical rests letting Jeff' vocals become the main focus. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical pre-chorus. The lyric lines of the verse sounded more like Russell than Jeff. However, there is no doubt that Jeff Scott Soto is singing the pre-chorus and chorus. The chorus had a huge hook attached to it. After the third chorus there was a double-tracked classical acoustic solo. There was a couple minor lead guitar licks underneath the lyric lines of the coda. The way Joel wrote the end of the coda was amazing!!!
9.) "Dying To Live" - Featuring Russell Allen on lead vocals. This track opened with a vocal effect. The musical intro consisted of lead vocal lines over the top of an acoustic guitar. There was a audio engineering effect added to some of Russell's lead vocal lines. The musical arrangement of this song went through several different dramatic musical changes. Songs that are done this way and done right really get me off as a musician. I just immediately fell in love with it!
10.) "Start Again" - Featuring Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals. Though Jeff is just a guest on this CD if one did not know it they would swear this was one of his solo songs.
11.) "What We Believe" - A duet by Jeff Scott Soto & Chloe Lowery. This was an amazing duet and Joel make the best choice by getting Chloe Lowery of Trans-Siberian Orchestra to sing it with Jeff.
Over the years no one band has gone through so many line-up changes as much as Whitsnake has. This time around when Doug Aldridge said his schedule was too full to give Whitsnake one-hundred percent of his attention and made the decision to leave the band it took a total of about thirty seconds for David to announce Doug's replacement would be former Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoeskstra. Most Whitesnake fans had two questions, 1.) Who the Hell is Joel Hoeskstra? 2.) And how the hell is he gonna fit in Whitesnake? Joel as played with Night Ranger and Tran Siberian Orchastra. Has for how will he fit in Whitesnake Joel's playing style covers every type of music from classical to heavy metal that boys and girls is how he will fit in with Whitesnake. I have ollowed Wite snake since '76 the oly formr guitaris t that holds a candle to Joel was John Sykes. As for his Whitesnake gig don't worry, Hoekstra said he has David Coverdale‘s seal of approval: “David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won’t be an issue.”
'Dying to Live' has a rhythm section that consists of the legendary rhythm section of Vinny Appice on drums and Tony Franklin on bass. As for vocals Joel enlisted two of the heaviest hitters in heavy metal in Jeff Scott Solo and Russell Allen. This chemistry made for one hell of super group. 'Dying To Live' is an amazing CD in fact it is one of the greatest CDs I have heard all years! This is a must own in fact when you buy it you might as well pick one up for you hime and one up for your car!!