Album................: Greates Hits
Genre................: Hard Rock
Comment..............: Slide It In
Number of Songs......: 14
Whitesnake is an English hard rock band, founded by David Coverdale (formerly of Deep Purple). The band's early material has been compared by critics to Deep Purple and by the mid eighties Whitesnake were writing in a melodic hard rock style. David Coverdale founded Whitesnake in 1978. The core line-up had been working as his backing band The White Snake Band on the White Snake album tour and they retained the title before officially being known as Whitesnake. They toured with Coverdale as his support band and for both of the solo albums he released, White Snake and Northwinds, between exiting Deep Purple and founding Whitesnake. During the band's early years their music was primarily blues rock (although Coverdale described Whitesnake's early style as "progressive R&B"). At this time, the band was made up of David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray and drummer David "Duck" Dowle with keyboardist Brian Johnstone. Johnston would soon be replaced by Procol Harum organ player and keyboardist Pete Solley. Because of Solley's producing commitments he was replaced by the former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord, during sessions for the first LP.
Whitesnake's recorded the EP Snakebite which was released in 1978 and included a cover of a Bobby "Blue" Bland song Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City, which became the first hit from the band. The EP had some success in the UK and subsequent re-issues of this EP included four bonus tracks from Coverdale's second solo album Northwinds produced by Roger Glover. A blues rock/R&B debut album Trouble, was released in the autumn of 1978 and peaked at #50 in the UK album charts. Whitesnake toured Europe to promote the album and released their first live album Live at Hammersmith was recorded on this tour and released in Japan in 1979. Whitesnake released Lovehunter in 1979, which courted controversy due to its risque album cover by artist Chris Achilleos, which featured an illustration of a naked woman straddling a coiled snake. The album made the UK Top 30 and contained the minor hit Long Way From Home which reached #55 in the single charts. Tracks from the EP Snakebite were included in a re-issue of the album Trouble in 2006. Shortly after that Ian Paice replaced David Dowle giving Whitesnake three ex-Deep Purple members. The new line-up recorded the 1980 release Ready an' Willing which became a breakthrough hit for the band reaching the UK Top 10 and achieved a ranking in the US Billboard 100. The single Fool For Your Loving, which the band originally wrote for B.B. King, made #13 in the UK single charts and #53 in the US, and the title track also hit #43 in the UK charts. The Ready an' Willing tour included a headline appearance at the 1980 Reading Festival, highlights of which were broadcast by BBC Radio One in UK. The band released Live...In The Heart Of The City, which contained recordings made in 1978 and 1980 and achieved a #5 ranking in the UK album charts.
In 1981 the band recorded the album Come an' Get It which climbed to #2 in the UK album charts and produced the Top 20 hit "Don't Break My Heart Again" and the Top 40 hit "Would I Lie To You". The album flopped in the US. During 1982 Coverdale took time off to look after his sick daughter. and decided to put Whitesnake on hold. When David Coverdale returned to music he reformed the band and after the recording of the album Saints & Sinners replaced Bernie Marsden,Ian Paice and bass player Neil Murray) with Mel Galley from Trapeze, bassist Colin Hodgkinson and Cozy Powell became the new drummer. "Saints An' Sinners" was another Top 10 UK album and contained the hit "Here I Go Again". The new lineup toured in 1982–83, headlined the Monsters Of Rock Festival at Castle Donnington UK in August of 1983 and the single "Guilty Of Love" reached #31 in the UK singles chart.
After another personnel change replacing Moody with John Sykes and bringing back Neil Murray in place of Hodgekinson , they secured a major record deal with the Geffen label. A remixed version of Slide It In using guitar and bass by Sykes and Murray was released in US in April 1984. Despite Coverdale's misgivings, regarding the lack of edge in these new tracks, Slide It In went double platinum in the US on the back of 1987. Slide It In album led to the album-oriented rock hits in US Slow an' Easy, "Love Ain't No Stranger" as well as the album's title track. In Europe the band had sucess with other songs, Guilty of Love and Give Me More Time. While touring Mel Galley was forced to leave in the spring of 1984 due to an accident involving a broken arm, leaving John Sykes as the sole guitarist for the remaning dates. A few weeks after Galley's departureJon Lord, left to reform Deep Purple MKII and keybpard player Richard Bailey was brought in. The tour ended with a perfomance infront of a crowd of over 100,000 people, at the Rock in Rio festival held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
Cozy Powell left to join Emerson, Lake & Powell. Drummer Aynsley Dunbar of Journey ] and Keyboardist Don Airey from the Ozzy Osborne band and Rainbow were brought in for the recording of the Whitesnake album in 1987. The album was entitled 1987 in Europe and Serpens Albus in Japan and marked the band's first mainstream success in the US and with the guidance of A&R guru John Kalodner, sold over eight million cop[[ies in the US . The success of Whitesnake also pushed sales of Slide It In from its RIAA certified gold status to paltinum status. The album continued to sell throughout 1987 and 1988 and peaked at #2 in the US album charts. The album's biggest hits were the power ballad Is This Love" and the #1 hit single Here I Go Again, a re-recording of the song originally on Saints & Sinners released in 1982. Other hit singles from the album were "Still of the Night" (#79) and "Give Me All Your Love" (#48 in 1988). The album's exposure was boosted by heavy airplay of its videos on MTV, which featured actress Tawny Kitaen, whom Coverdale later married. None of the band members who played on the album appeared in these videos with the exception of Adrian Vandenberg, who had been hired to complete the album after the others had left. Vandenberg's only work on the album was the solo on Here I Go Again though he became a full time member of the band shortly afterwards. The resulting music videos from Whitesnake also featured new band members Rudy Sarzo, Tommy Aldridge, and Vivian Campbell.
Vivian Campbell left Whitesnake in late 1988 and band's line-up changed yet again for the 1989 album Slip of the Tongue . While preparing for the recording of the album, guitarist Adrian Vandenberg suffered a debilitating hand injury and Steve Vai was called in to record all the guitar parts. Slip of the Tongue sold three million copies and hit #10 in US and UK album charts. Succesfull singles included a re-working of "Fool For Your Loving" (#37 U.S., #43 UK) the melodic The Deeper The Love, reaching #28 in US and #35 in UK during 1990 and Now You're Gone which reached #96 US and #31 in UK during 1991.
After a period of inactivity Whitesnake officially went on hiatus in 1991. Coverdale rcorded the album Coverdale-Page, with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in 1992, which was released by EMI in UK and Geffen in USA during March 1993 and immediatly became a platinum seller. The Coverdale-Page tour which folloed failed to attract ticket sales outside of Japan and was cancelled. immediatly Robert Plant's management announced a solo USA tour utilising the existing Coverdale and Page dates already booked but this plan was scrapped. Plant eventually toured as Page and Plant with Robert Plantand Coverdale revived Whitesnake.
A new line-up of the band was assembled and Whitesnake's Greatest Hits was released by Geffen in 1994. They embarked on a short tour in Europe, with former Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini playing lead guitar, drummer Denny Carmassi, bassist Rudy Sarzo guitarist Adrian Vandenberg and keyboard player Paul Mirkovich before their recording contract with Geffen expired. Following thsi Whitsnake was in hiatus for three years.