Live... in the Heart of the City

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Cover art by Jeff Cummins
Live album by Whitesnake
Released 3 November 1980
Recorded 23 November 1978, 23 and 24 June 1980 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 80:22
Label Liberty/EMI (UK and Germany)
Mirage/Atlantic (North America)
Polydor (Japan)
United Artists (Rest of the world)
Producer Martin Birch
Whitesnake chronology
Ready an' Willing
(1980)Ready an' Willing1980 the Heart of the City
Come an' Get It
(1981)Come an' Get It1981
Live at Hammersmith cover
1978 live EP.
1978 live EP.
Singles from the Heart of the City
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 5/10[2] 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,[3] and number 146 on the Billboard 200.[4]

Sides 1 and 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 and 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. 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 in the Heart of the City" 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)[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) From the album Length
1. "Come On" David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden Snakebite (1978) 3:38
2. "Sweet Talker" Coverdale, Marsden Ready an' Willing (1980) 4:16
3. "Walking in the Shadow of the Blues" Coverdale, Marsden Lovehunter (1979) 5:00
4. "Love Hunter" Coverdale, Micky Moody, Marsden Lovehunter 10:41
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) From the album Length
5. "Fool for Your Loving" Coverdale, Moody, Marsden Ready an' Willing 4:58
6. "Ain't Gonna Cry No More" Coverdale, Moody Ready an' Willing 6:21
7. "Ready an' Willing" Coverdale, Moody, Neil Murray, Jon Lord, Ian Paice Ready an' Willing 4:46
8. "Take Me with You" Coverdale, Moody Trouble (1978) 6:28

Live at Hammersmith (23 November 1978)[edit]

Side three
No. Title Writer(s) From the album Length
1. "Come On" Coverdale, Marsden Snakebite 3:32
2. "Might Just Take Your Life" (Deep Purple cover) Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore, Lord, Paice Burn (1974) 4:55
3. "Lie Down" Coverdale, Moody Trouble 3:33
4. "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" (Bobby Bland cover) Michael Price, Dan Walsh Snakebite 6:38
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) From the album Length
5. "Trouble" Coverdale, Marsden Trouble 4:56
6. "Mistreated" (Deep Purple cover) Coverdale, Blackmore Burn 10:40






Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1987 Platinum (+ 300,000)[6]


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Whitesnake – Live in the Heart of the City review". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 411. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  3. ^ a b c "Whitesnake – Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Live ... In The Heart Of The City Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Album – Whitesnake, Live ... In The Heart Of The City". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Search for Artist Whitenake". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 26 April 2015.