Produced by Deep Purple's Roger Glover, this early Whitesnake album featured guitarists Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden, together with bassist Neil Murray, drummer Dave Dowle and vocalist David Coverdale. Coverdale obviously had some influence as he managed to pull some of the UK's best musicians into Whitesnake over the years. Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Cozy Powell, Pete Solley and others all graced the stage with this famous outfit, who recorded some 15 or so albums. Coverdale recently released a solo album under his own name.
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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 and 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's 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-board 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 issued a greatest hits album in the U.S. and Canada — focusing solely on material from their final three albums (as well as containing a few unreleased tracks).

1997 saw Coverdale resurrect Whitesnake (guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was the only remaining member of the group's latter lineup), issuing Restless Heart the same year. Surprisingly, the album wasn't even issued in the United States. On the ensuing tour, Coverdale and Vandenberg performed an "unplugged" show in Japan, which was recorded and issued the following year under the title Starkers in Tokyo. By the late '90s however, Coverdale once again put Whitesnake on hold, as he concentrated on recording his first solo album in nearly 22 years. Coverdale's Into the Light was issued in September of 2000, featuring journeyman guitarist Earl Slick. 


Jon Lord
Bernie Marsden
John Sykes
Don Airey
David Coverdale
David Dowle
Micky Moody
Neil Murray
Ian Paice
Adrian Vandenberg

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Whitesnake - 1978 - Snakebite - 2/5

Whitesnake - 1978 - Trouble - 3/5

Whitesnake - 1979 - Love Hunter - 3/5

Whitesnake - 1980 - Live at Hammersmith - 2/5

Whitesnake - 1980 - Live in the Heart of the City - 3/5

Whitesnake - 1980 - Ready an' Willing - 3/5

Whitesnake - 1981 - Come an' Get It - 2.5/5

Whitesnake - 1982 - Saints & Sinners - 4/5

Whitesnake - 1984 - Slide It In - 4.5/5

Whitesnake - 1987 - Whitesnake (aka 1987) - 4.5/5

Whitesnake - 1989 - Slip of the Tongue - 3/5

Whitesnake - 1998 - Restless Heart - 3/5

Whitesnake - 1998 - Starkers in Tokyo Live - 3/5

Whitesnake - 2006 - Live, In the Shadow of the Blues - 4.5/5



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