Whitesnake-1987 : Must Own Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums

Must Own Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums : 
Artist : Whitesnake 

Album : Whitesnake (Self Titled 1987) 

Released : April 7, 1987

Metal Mofo Album Rating : 4.5/5 (One Of The Most Successful Hard Rock Records Of The MTV Generation.) 

When Whitesnake’s 1987 self titled record was released in America it was almost like they came basically out of nowhere, and became one of the biggest bands in the country. Even though their previous album “Slide It In” had become semi-successful, most people would tell you it was the 1987 album they first remember hearing. The album became so big, so fast that many people thought they were a new band. Their lead singer David Coverdale was called a “Robert Plant” clone, which seemed to upset Plant more than Coverdale. Especially with the Zeppelin Black Dog soundalike “Still Of The Night”, which was the first song many heard to introduce them to the band.
What most people didn’t know was that David Coverdale had been paying his dues for years, replacing legendary singer Ian Gillan in Deep Purple, but also making a name for himself in the “Mark 4” lineup. Many also didn’t know that Whitesnake had already been around for many years, but were never really ever to break in America. As a matter of fact, by around 1985 Coverdale was thinking of disbanding Whitesnake and going solo. Members had left (notably Jon Lord to go back to the reformed “Mark 2” lineup of Deep Purple) and also wasn’t happy with the musical direction the band had taken, which completely changed their trademark sound. 
Finally Coverdale was talked into continuing the band by David Geffen who had heard the songs that he had written with guitar player John Sykes. But then Coverdale got sick with a sinus infection, and Sykes tried to get a new lead singer, which left David feeling betrayed so he was fired. At that point guitar player Adrian Vandenberg was hired along with Vivian Campbell. By the time the record came out, Sykes was gone even though he had written and played in most of the material. He wouldn’t get to share in the success of the album, which annoys many musicians and fans to this day. (Listen to Dee Snyder’s recent interview with Eddie Trunk)
The last two songs added were old songs from the 1982 Saints And Sinners album that record company president David Geffen really liked, and thought with a more 1980s glossy production would become hits. Both “Crying In The Rain”,  and the huge smash “Here I Go Again” were re-recorded and added to the album. Along with the ballad (originally written for Tina Turner) “Is This Love” would make this one of the most successful albums of the 1980s. Whitesnake would become so big that many felt Motley Crüe who they were opening for at the time should’ve been opening for them. They would become headliners soon after.   
As the years have passed this album hasn’t aged as well as some of the other classic albums released during the same time. It sounds much more dated, but that doesn’t really matter. It will always be a decent seller due to this iconic videos featuring Coverdale’s girlfriend at the time Tawny Kitaen, the perfect example of how important MTV was to this type of music back then. It would be a peak the band would never reach again, no matter who they brought in to play guitar. 
One more point, if you can get the European version. The song sequencing is better, and two extra songs. 
–JV
TRACKS:
All songs written by David Coverdale and John Sykes except where noted.
North American version 

Side one

1. “Crying in the Rain” (Coverdale) – 5:37

2. “Bad Boys” – 4:09

3. “Still of the Night” – 6:38

4. “Here I Go Again” (Coverdale, Bernie Marsden) – 4:33
Side two

1. “Give Me All Your Love” – 3:30

2. “Is This Love” – 4:43

3. “Children of the Night” – 4:24

4. “Straight for the Heart” – 3:40

5. “Don’t Turn Away” – 5:11
European version

Side one

1. “Still of the Night” – 6:38

2. “Bad Boys” – 4:09

3. “Give Me All Your Love” – 3:30

4. “Looking for Love” – 6:33
Side two

1. “Crying in the Rain” (Coverdale) – 5:37

2. “Is This Love” – 4:43

3. “Straight for the Heart” – 3:40

4. “Don’t Turn Away” – 5:11

5. “Children of the Night” – 4:24

Jesse Vejar

Jesse Vejar

Executive Editor - From Tucson, Arizona. Electrical Engineer/Music Historian. Lover of all genres of music. Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers. Fav Metal Bands, Priest, Maiden.
Jesse Vejar

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