Live...in the Heart of the City

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Live...in the Heart of the City
Cover art by Jeff Cummins
Live album by Whitesnake
Released 1 November 1980
Recorded 23 November 1978
23 June 1980
Genre Hard rock, blues-rock
Length 78:14
42:27
Label Mirage/Atlantic (USA/Canada)
Polydor (Japan)
United Artists (Rest of World)
Producer Martin Birch
Whitesnake chronology
Ready an' Willing
(1980)
Live...in the Heart of the City
(1980)
Come an' Get It
(1981)
Live at Hammersmith cover
1978 live EP.
Singles from Live...in the Heart of the City
  1. "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Live...in the Heart of the City is a 1980 live album by British rock band Whitesnake. Originally released as a double-vinyl album, and double-play cassette, it utilises recordings made in 1978 and 1980. The album charted at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart,[2] and number 146 on the Billboard 200[3]

Sides 1 & 2 of the vinyl are from recordings made with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio at the Hammersmith Odeon, during the band's 1980 World Tour, whilst sides 3 & 4 are from a 1978 recording, previously issued and released in Japan only as Live at Hammersmith.

The first UK CD version (EMI CZD 94) was a 2-CD set, issued in 1988, in what is now known as a 'fat-boy' double-CD case. Sides 1 and 2 of the 2-LP set were CD1; sides 3 and 4 were CD2.

The later 1994 release was a single CD version, the 1978 recording of "Come On" being dropped to match the restrictive running-time of the single CD.

Live...In the Heart of the City has since been remastered and was released in March 2007 as a 2-CD set (in a slimline double-CD case), once again featuring all the tracks of the original album, together with a 1980 recording of "Ain't No Love..." as a bonus track.

The sleeve-art is by British artist Jeff Cummins.

Track listing[edit]

Live in the Heart of the City (23/24 June 1980):

  1. "Come On" (David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden) – 3:38 (from Snakebite)
  2. "Sweet Talker" (Coverdale, Marsden) – 4:16 (from Ready an' Willing)
  3. "Walking in the Shadow of the Blues" (Coverdale, Marsden) – 5:00 (from Lovehunter)
  4. "Love Hunter" (Coverdale, Micky Moody, Marsden) – 10:41 (from Lovehunter)
  5. "Fool for Your Loving" (Coverdale, Moody, Marsden) – 4:58 (from Ready an' Willing)
  6. "Ain't Gonna Cry No More" (Coverdale, Moody) – 6:21 (from Ready an' Willing)
  7. "Ready an' Willing" (Coverdale, Moody, Neil Murray, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) – 4:46 (from Ready an' Willing)
  8. "Take Me with You" (Coverdale, Moody) – 6:28 (from Trouble)

Live at Hammersmith (23 November 1978):

  1. "Come On" (David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden) – vinyl only 3:22 (from Snakebite)
  2. "Might Just Take Your Life" (Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore, Lord, Paice) – 5:35 (Deep Purple cover, from Burn)
  3. "Lie Down" (Coverdale, Moody) – 4:41 (from Trouble)
  4. "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" (Michael Price, Dan Walsh) – 6:03 (from Snakebite, Bobby Bland cover)
  5. "Trouble" (Coverdale, Marsden) – 4:51 (from Trouble)
  6. "Mistreated" (Coverdale, Blackmore) – 10:49 (Deep Purple cover, from Burn)

Track Listing of the Remastered and Reissued Edition, 2007[edit]

Disc 1: Live in the Heart of the City (23/24 June 1980):

  1. "Come On" (David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden) – 3:38 (from Snakebite)
  2. "Sweet Talker" (Coverdale, Marsden) – 4:16 (from Ready an' Willing)
  3. "Walking in the Shadow of the Blues" (Coverdale, Marsden) – 5:00 (from Lovehunter)
  4. "Love Hunter" (Coverdale, Micky Moody, Marsden) – 10:41 (from Lovehunter)
  5. "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" (Michael Price, Dan Walsh) – 7:21 (from Snakebite, Bobby Bland cover) [BONUS]
  6. "Fool for Your Loving" (Coverdale, Moody, Marsden) – 4:58 (from Ready an' Willing)
  7. "Ain't Gonna Cry No More" (Coverdale, Moody) – 6:21 (from Ready an' Willing)
  8. "Ready an' Willing" (Coverdale, Moody, Neil Murray, Jon Lord, Ian Paice) – 4:46 (from Ready an' Willing)
  9. "Take Me with You" (Coverdale, Moody) – 6:28 (from Trouble)

Disc 2: Live at Hammersmith (23 November 1978):

  1. "Come On" (David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden) – 3:22 (from Snakebite)
  2. "Might Just Take Your Life" (Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore, Lord, Paice) – 5:35 (Deep Purple cover, from Burn)
  3. "Lie Down" (Coverdale, Moody) – 4:41 (from Trouble)
  4. "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" (Michael Price, Dan Walsh) – 6:03 (from Snakebite, Bobby Bland cover)
  5. "Trouble" (Coverdale, Marsden) – 4:51 (from Trouble)
  6. "Mistreated" (Coverdale, Blackmore) – 10:49 (Deep Purple cover, from Burn)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Billboard (North America)[3]

Year Chart Position
1981 Pop Albums 146

References[edit]