Whitesnake Mixtape

I’m listening to Whitesnake albums but there are a few standout tracks I’ve had to hit the “repeat” button for so here’s a quick mixtape of some of my favorite Whitesnake songs…..

‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’ (1984) – Best song off SLIDE IT IN and one of my all-time favorite Whitesnake songs. Should have been a huge single way back in ’84 but I do remember it getting decent airplay during the last half of the ’80s when the band was topping the charts.

‘The Deeper The Love’ (1989) – I always liked this ballad better than ‘Is This Love’. The chicks used to love it back in the day so it was a must play at our parking lot parties.

‘Lay Down Your Love’ (2008) – Probably the best song on the new album. A nice mix of late ’80s Whitesnake with a slight nod to the bluesier ’70s, mostly because Coverdale’s voice is a little grittier. I can hear this one being a crowd favorite in many arenas during this tour.

‘Spit It Out’ (1984) – “Spit it out…..if you don’t like it!” What’s not to love about a song with that line in the chorus! Another gem off of SLIDE IT IN that no one remembers. I remember hearing this once on the radio back in the day when they would play full albums late at night. I was 12 yrs old and I remember laughing my ass off that they played it on the radio!

‘Shake My Tree’ (1993) – This tune was off the Coverdale/Page album and only counts during Whitesnake week because it was a big time single. Remember the controversy that surrounded Jimmy Page collaborating with Coverdale after Robert Plant kept calling him “Cover-version”?

‘Straight For The Heart’ (1987) – I cheated! I played part of the self-titled ’87 album! This one was single #5 and it was toward the end of that album’s run. When I do play the actual record, I usually play this twice to make up for skipping the first four singles.

‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’ (1978) – I know it’s a cover and it breaks my long standing rules against cover songs on albums but this is a solid version.

‘Here I Go Again’ (1982) – Only played it to hear the original version and the fact that SAINTS & SINNERS will be reviewed this week. 

‘Don’t Break My Heart Again’ (1981) – Top 20 single in Europe from COME AN’ GET IT and I remember the band played it live when I saw them a few years ago with the Scorpions.

‘Fool For Your Loving’ (1980) – Had to hear the original from READY AN’ WILLING to compare it to the ’89 version.

‘Fool For Your Loving’ (1989) – Comparison with the original from ’80. Coverdale a master of recycling his own material and making it work better the second time around. Got all the way to the Top 5 in the U.S.

Current Playlist – Whitesnake

I figured I’d kick off Whitesnake week with what I’ve been listening to this week. I don’t have every Whitesnake album, nor do I have all the David Coverdale/Northwinds stuff, but I have most. The one album that is NOT on my playlist is the self-titled album from ’87 (titled 1987 in the U.K.). I am so sick of hearing ‘Still Of The Night’, ‘Here I Go Again’, and ‘Is This Love’ on the local Rock stations and VH-1 Classic. These are great songs but they were overplayed back in ’87 and it seems like they are overplayed now! So here’s what’s been spinning…..

Good To Be Bad (2008) – I’ve been spinning this album a few times a day and I have to admit, I like it. There are some mixed reviews online but overall they are mostly positive. I’ve had the advance 3 track single for a month and ‘Lay Down Your Love’ is a really great song. I thought the pairing of Doug Aldrich with Dio was good, putting him with Coverdale is even better.

Slip Of The Tongue (1989) – I always liked this record. It’s similar to it’s counterpart from ’87 (three hit singles & massive MTV rotation) but it seems to be forgotten by many. My only complaint is the continued recycling of older Whitesnake material…..

Slide It In (1984) – My favorite Whitesnake record! The first three songs alone are Hard Rock classics and should be recognized as such. Everyone forgets the power of ‘Slide It In’, ‘Slow An’ Easy’, and my favorite ‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’. I’m still seeking out the U.K. version that has the original mix with the keyboards and bass higher in the sound for a more ’70s feel.

Saints & Sinners (1982) – I love pulling this album and playing it for people who don’t realize that ‘Here I Go Again’ was originally released on this record. Same for ‘Crying In The Rain’. A few years ago, I won tickets to a concert (not Whitesnake) for correctly answering a trivia question. Obviously the question was “What year did Whitesnake release ‘Here I Go Again’? I called and said ’82 and I was told I was wrong! I told the DJ to look it up and I was right, the DJ had nothing to say but give me the prize…..on live radio!

Lovehunter (1979) – One of my favorite album covers of all time! I started listening to this record, got to ‘Medicine Man’ (track #4) and the CD started skipping like crazy. Turns out there’s a big scratch on the disc I didn’t notice before.

Snakebite (1978) – First proper record from the band with Coverdale, Moody, Marsden, and Murray all together. ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’, great tune!

David Coverdale – Into The Light (2000) – Yeah, I picked this up when it first came out figuring this was as close to a proper Whitesnake record we would get. It’s decent but nothing groundbreaking.

Whitesnake Week

This week is all about Whitesnake!

This past week, after 10 long years, David Coverdale and his band have finally released their brand new album, GOOD TO BE BAD. To celebrate the new record, this whole week will be about Whitesnake…..

SundayWhitesnake Mixtape and Current Playlist

MondaySaints & Sinners (1982) album review

TuesdaySlide It In (1984) album review and Videos from the album

WednesdayWhitesnake WANTED! and Whitesnake Website Spotlight

ThursdaySlip Of The Tongue (1989) album review and Videos from the album

FridayGood To Be Bad (2008) album review and ‘Lay Down Your Love’ video

SaturdayMy thoughts on Whitesnake

(NOTE — For even more Whitesnake, please check out the review I wrote back in the beginning of March ’07 for the WHITESNAKE (1987) album.)