After recording two solo albums, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale formed Whitesnake around 1977. In the glut of hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late '70s, their first albums got somewhat lost in the shuffle, although they were fairly popular in Europe in Japan. During 1982, Coverdale took some time off, so he could take care of his sick daughter. When he re-emerged with a new version of Whitesnake in 1984, the band sounded revitalized and energetic.
Slide It In may have relied on Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple's old tricks, but the band had a knack for writing hooks; the record became their first platinum album. Three years later, Whitesnake released an eponymous album which was even better. Portions of the album were blatantly derivative — "Still of the Night" was a dead ringer for early Zeppelin — but the group could write powerful, heavy rockers like "Here I Go Again" that were driven as much by melody as riffs, as well as hit power ballads like "Is This Love." Whitesnake was an enormous international success, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone.
Before they recorded their follow-up, 1989's Slip of the Tongue, Coverdale again assembled a completely new version of the band, featuring guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Although the record went platinum, it was a considerable disappointment after the across-the-boards success of Whitesnake. Coverdale put Whitesnake on hiatus after that album. In 1993, he released a collaboration with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page that was surprisingly lackluster. The following year, Whitesnake released a greatest hits album and it seemed likely that Coverdale was going to form a new version of the band. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Sykes rules!!! | Reviewer: tweaker | 11/23/2007
Whitesnake is a true blues hardrock collabaration with wizard like talents of John Sykes doing the writing. He never recieved the much deserved credit for his work on their biggest cuts from 1987 Whitesnake alblum, a true guitar hero!
White Snake better than Led | Reviewer: Evilstalkerhorne | 11/6/2007
White Snake sounds nothing like Led Zepplin. The lyrics are better, the songs are better and the sound is more produced. Although Coverdale can do an excellant job of covering Robert Plant (as he notes by referring to him as David "CoverPlant") he sounds nothing like him on the Whitesnake albums..... ANY OF THEM. That is a good thing let me tell ya! If I hear some shit sing Stairway to Heaven one more time at Karokie I think I may kill myself or the other dude singing. One way or another they leave Whitesnake alone (except for people who can sing it like myself) and that is because it not only takes talent and range to sing it...... it also requires skill. If you have not got the technique down it may well be your last song of the night. That is the difference plain and simple, but hey don't take my word for it..... next time you are out listen for any WS songs at a Karokie bar. Unless I am there or Coverdale himself you will probably be out of luck. - By the way, I get REALLY good response from covering these tunes! Thank you oh so much where ever you are D. Coverdale! (Dude you should get back with Vivian Campbell and write more killer tunes!
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