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WHITESNAKE Members Reunite to Form MANIC EDEN: Debut Album Reissued in Vinyl for the First Time in 30 Years

Manic Eden, the band, released a hidden gem of an album back in 1994, and today, Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group is thrilled to announce the reissue of the self-titled album on April 12th. This album will be released on CD and will be available digitally and on vinyl for the first time. Check out the visualizer for “Can You Feel It” HERE.

If you’re interested, you can pre-order the album HERE: Vandenberg & Manic Eden | Mascot Label Group Store

The year was 1993, and Whitesnake was taking a break. David Coverdale was working on an album with Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page. During this time, Adrian Vandenberg (guitar/keyboards), Rudy Sarzo (bass), and Tommy Aldridge (drums) decided to come together and form a band.

Reflecting on that period, Vandenberg recalls: “Rudy, Tommy, and I had just come out of the glamorous 80s, having surfed the biggest stages in the world on the waves of Whitesnake’s multi-million selling albums ‘1987’ and ‘Slip Of The Tongue’. Whitesnake’s expensive and polished videos were constantly on MTV. Then the grunge scene arrived.”

Vandenberg desired a more “organic” sound, one that harkened back to the bands he listened to as a child – Cream, Free, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Mountain. “They still sound timeless and exciting and a little ‘rough around the edges’,” he adds. “They are usually recorded in a very short period of time, so the spontaneity, dynamics, and emotion in the musicians’ performances are right in your face. Mixed in a way that the listener feels like they are right there in the room while the band is playing.”

The time had come to reconnect with their roots; bluesy, honest, direct, and “organic” music. After a week or two of rehearsal in Palm Springs, they started working at a small, funky, authentic 70s-era recording studio in Los Angeles. Ron Young, the lead singer of American rock band Little Caesar, was recruited to take over vocal duties on the recording. Young had come off two critically acclaimed albums with Little Caesar and a cameo in the hit Hollywood movie Terminator 2.

The band had already laid down the instrumental tracks, and Young tailored his vocal lines to fit the tracks. His instantly recognizable, signature style blended perfectly with the songs and their approach. The recordings were done in about a two-week span, in true 70s fashion.

Looking back, Vandenberg reminisces: “When the album was released worldwide, it was challenging to get radio stations to play it due to the drastic shift in the ‘musical fashion of the week’. Of course, we were eager to tour and play shows worldwide, but ultimately, we only did an acoustic tour in France, which was a lot of fun. While we were in Paris, we shot a very low-budget video for the song ‘Do Angels Die’, filmed by two film school students from Amsterdam.

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