In 2006 the first three WS studio albums were released on remastered CDs. The next albums will follow in early 2007. New editions consist of bonus tracks and many previously unseen photos of the band. Liner notes were written by Geoff Barton of the Classic Rock magazine and they don’t bring anything new to the alredy known story. It’s a pity neither of the band members shared his thoughts. Coverdale elaborated about the early WS period on his website a couple of years back but ayway it would be great if either Lord, Marsden, Moody, Paice or Murray were asked to contribute as well. Still it’s of course worth buying. Peter Mew did a good job remastering the albums and some of the bonus tracks are nice suprises, as well as nicely prepared booklets (of course with the addition of lyrics and original cover artwork).
“Trouble” bonus material consists of the very well known “Snakebite” EP, here for the first time officialy on one CD with “Trouble”. There are many great rare photos of the band in the booklet, including one or two great shots of JL.
“Lovehunter” brings four live songs from the “Trouble” era recorded at the Andy Peebles Radio 1 Session on 29 March 1979 (“Belgium Tom’s Hat Trick”, “Love to Keep You Warm”, “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” and “Trouble”). It’s a nice addition though not as interesting musically as I was expecting and sounding rather flat. More great obscure band shots, some of them true gems. The album was however recorded with David Dowle on drums and on all photos we have Ian Paice. It’s not that I miss Dowle, but the beginners may be confused.
“Ready An’ Willing” finally has some worth bonus tracks. “Love For Sale” – previously unreleased bluesy studio outtake is followed by four live recordings from the Reading Festival ’79 (“Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City”, “Mistreated”, “Lovehunter” and “Breakdown”). So far these are the most interesting bonus tracks, especially WS rendition of the Purple classic – “Mistreated”, the always great “Ain’t No Love…” and a powerful version of “Breakdown” (from DC’s solo album). The booklet includes some really interesting behind the scenes photos.