Whitesnake - The Originals (1995)
EAC | FLAC-IMG+CUE+LOG | 140:09 min | Scans | 995 MB
Rock/Hard Rock/Blues Rock | EMI Records # 835361-2
Box Set Contains Three Compact Discs of Original (Non Remastered) Whitesnake albums in miniature LP Sleeves!
Include albums: "Slide It In" , "1987" (Selftitled) , and "Slip Of The Tongue" - all the original U.K. versions.
Slide It In
Following up the splendid Saints & Sinners album was no easy task, but 1984's Slide It In turned out to be an even greater triumph for David Coverdale's Whitesnake. From the boisterous machismo of "Spit It Out" and "All or Nothing" to the resigned despair of "Gambler" and "Standing in the Shadow," and the embarrassingly silly title track, everything seems to click. For hit singles, look no further than the twin guitar attack of "Guilty of Love" and the sheer poetry and emotion of "Love Ain't No Stranger," one of the decade's greatest power ballads, bar none. Not to be outdone, "Slow an' Easy" is a masterpiece of sexual tension and the kind of power-blues which no one does as well as Whitesnake. On a quirky historical note, Coverdale fired most of the band soon after the album's release, replacing them with younger, prettier faces with which to better conquer America. For that purpose, Geffen Records even released a re-recorded version of Slide It In with flashy soloing from new guitarist John Sykes, sparking an ongoing debate as to which version is better.
The European release of Whitesnake's commercial breakthrough is actually their eponymous American release retitled 1987. The differences are small, but they are enough to make it interesting. The first difference is the track order, which is very different. The album seems to flow a little better the way it is presented here, especially when utilizing "Still of the Night" as the opening track. This has always been one of their best songs, and by far one of the best Led Zeppelin rip-offs to ever be written. There are also two more songs than on the American release, making it that much more essential to fans. Of the two, "Looking for Love" is the standout; a nice slow build to a blustery chorus makes this a classic David Coverdale ballad. "You're Gonna Break My Heart Again" is the hard rocker, and though it isn't exactly the holy grail of hard rock, it is a decent song that fits nicely with the other material here. If the option is presented, this is the superior edition and should be purchased above the edited American version. Fans will need the two extra songs, while anyone looking to hear their best album should hunt this down for the superior track order.
Slip Of The Tongue
Any band would have been hard-pressed to follow the success of a multi-platinum album with another one of equal or higher quality both critically and commercially. Needless to say, that's exactly what David Coverdale and Whitesnake were faced with when it came time to record 1989's Slip of the Tongue, the follow-up to their 1987 smash self-titled LP. To complicate matters, Coverdale lost Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell during pre-recording sessions due to artistic differences, and his songwriting partner and lead guitarist, Adrian Vandenberg, injured himself to the degree that he couldn't play; he did some early work that made it on to the final album. Coverdale, faced with a quickly approaching deadline and pressure from management and the label finally recruited former Frank Zappa guitarist Steve Vai to fill the chair. Commercially, Slip of the Tongue was an unqualified success. The album ended up being Whitesnake's third platinum recording. Musically, however, the set is so drenched in '80s production -- huge compression, Midi keyboards, a thin bottom end, etc. -- it seems that little of the band's tough blues-based metallic persona remains. The album sounds dated, full of overblown sounds and effects that have little to do with the act's trademark heavy guitar-and-bass approach to hard rock and early Brit metal. Some of the songs have merit, even if their finished productions ruin them -- the tough "Now You're Gone" and "Judgment Day," are great examples, as is "The Deeper the Love," a classic Coverdale power ballad needlessly drenched in keys and synths. The fit between Vai and Whitesnake is also questionable; his busy approach is at odds with the meat and potatoes strut and pound of the band. Fans ate it up at the time, but Slip of the Tongue is, unfortunately, still an album very much of its time and the curious, as well as fans, may want to check out their earlier work before picking this up.
-- Reviews by Eduardo Rivadavia, Bradley Torreano, Thom Jurek, allmusic com
Disc One - Slide It In (1984)
02. Slide It In
03. Standing In The Shadow
04. Give Me More Time
05. Love Ain't No Stranger
06. Slow An' Easy
07. Spit It Out
08. All Or Nothing
09. Hungry For Love
10. Guilty Of Love
David Coverdale – lead vocals, percussion, piano
Micky Moody – guitars
Mel Galley – guitars, backing vocals
Colin Hodgkinson – bass
Jon Lord – keyboards
Cozy Powell – drums
Produced by Martin Birch.
Disc Two - 1987 (1987)
01. Still Of The Night
02. Bad Boys
03. Give Me All Your Love
04. Looking For Love
05. Crying In The Rain
06. Is This Love
07. Straight For The Heart
08. Don't Turn Away
09. Children Of The Night
10. Here I Go Again (Radio Mix '87)
11. You're Gonna Break My Heart Again
David Coverdale – lead vocals
John Sykes – guitars, backing vocals
Neil Murray – bass
Aynsley Dunbar – drums, percussion
Don Airey – keyboards
Bill Cuomo – keyboards
Adrian Vandenberg – guitar solo on "Here I Go Again '87"
Dann Huff - guitar on "Here I Go Again '87 (Radio Mix)"
Denny Carmassi - drums on "Here I Go Again '87 (Radio Mix)"
Vivian Campbell - guitar solo on "Give Me All Your Love
Produced by Mike Stone & Keith Olsen.
Disc Three - Slip Of The Tongue (1989)
01. Slip Of The Tongue
02. Cheap An' Nasty
03. Fool For Your Loving
04. Now You're Gone
05. Kittens Got Claws
06. Wings Of The Storm
07. The Deeper The Love
08. Judgment Day
09. Slow Poke Music
10. Sailing Ships
David Coverdale – vocals
Steve Vai – Guitars
Adrian Vandenberg - Guitars (credited, but does not appear on album)
Rudy Sarzo – bass
Tommy Aldridge – drums
Glenn Hughes - backing vocals
Tommy Funderburk - backing vocals
Richard Page - backing vocals on "Now You're Gone"
Don Airey - keyboards
David Rosenthal - keyboards
Produced by Mike Clink & Keith Olsen.
All recordings are non-remastered originals.
Box Set has been manufactured in 1995, in the U.K.
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