The Saturday Metal Review

Whitesnake

Whitesnake

Geffen/Warner Brothers

Released April 7 1987

In 1987, Whitesnake released its most successful album selling 8 million copies in the US, thus going platinum eight times over. The album also landed at No.2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 8 on the UK charts; spawning the hit “Is This Love” and an even bigger hit in “Still of the Night”. Joining David Coverdale for the album was guitarist John Sykes (Blue Murder and Thin Lizzy), bassist Neil Murray and drummer Aynsley Dunbar. The album also spotlighted another major hit in “Here I Go Again” – which also featured additional guitar duties from Dutch player Adrian Vandenberg. Keyboard players Don Airey and Bill Cuomo were also brought in for additional duties to help bolster the overall sound of the album.

Unfortunately due to personal differences that Coverdale had with his band mates, he let them all go just after the completion of recording. For the new line-up, Coverdale reached out to guitarists Adrian Vandenberg and Vivian Campbell (from Dio), then enlisting Rudy Sarzo on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums. The new line-up toured in support of the album and also all appeared in the videos for several of the songs featured from the album.

The album features several great tracks. Songs like: “Crying in the Rain”, “Still of the Night”, “Here I Go Again”, “Is This Love” and “Children of the Night” are all pure rock classics. I am giving this album a solid 8 out of 10.

 

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