Whitesnake is the seventh studio album by British hard rock band of the same name, released in 1987. The album aimed for more of a heavy metal sound than the previous ones. The album was a major crossover hit eventually selling over eight million copies in the United States alone (and thus going eight times platinum). The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Its success even boosted its predecessor, Slide It In, from gold to double platinum status.
Recorded September 1985 – November 1986
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Label: EMI CDP 7 46702 2
Format: CD, Album
Released: 31 Mar 1987
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
1 Still Of The Night 6:37
2 Bad Boys 4:07
3 Give Me All Yor Love 3:32
4 Looking For Love 6:33
5 Crying In The Rain 5:38
6 Is This Love 4:43
7 Straight For The Heart 3:40
8 Don’t Turn Away 5:10
9 Children Of The Night 4:24
10 Here I Go Again 87 4:35
11 You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again 4:11
Bass Neil Murray
Composed By Bernie Marsden (tracks: 10), David Coverdale, John Sykes (tracks: 1 to 4, 6 to 9, 11)
Drums Aynsley Dunbar
Guitar [Special Guest] Adrian Vandenberg
Guitar, Vocals John Sykes
Keyboards [Special Guest] Bill Cuomo, Don Airey
Producer Keith Olsen, Mike Stone
Vocals David Coverdale
Comes with 8-page booklet, including lyrics.
Produced for Mike Stone Enterprises & Pogologo Productions.
(P) 1987 Original sound recordings made by Whitesnake Productions Overseas Ltd. under licence to EMI Records Ltd.
(C) 1987 Whitesnake Productions Overseas Ltd. under licence to EMI Records Ltd.
Made in the UK.
Barcode: 0 77774 67022 7
Other: LC 0542
Matrix / Runout: CDP 7 46702 2 AR @ 2 + +
Personnel changes prior to the writing:
During the supporting tour for the bands previous album, Slide It In, singer David Coverdale and drummer Cozy Powells relationship had started to strain. In 1985, after the bands performance at the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil (the last show of the Slide It In-tour), Powell left the group. Prior to his leaving, Coverdale was actually about to fold the band, but executives at Geffen Records (with whom Whitesnake had recently signed with in the US only, outside the US they remained with EMI) asked Coverdale to continue working with guitarist John Sykes, as they saw potential in the two.
Early writing process:
In the spring of 1985, Coverdale and Sykes decamped to the town of Le Rayol in the south of France, to start writing material for a new album (according to Coverdale, bassist Neil Murray also helped with some of the arrangements). Two songs that would emerge from these sessions would be two of Whitesnakes biggest hits: “Still of the Night” (based on an old demo by Coverdale and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore) and “Is This Love” (originally written for Tina Turner).
Rehearsing, recruiting a new drummer and early album development:
Coverdale, Sykes and Murray moved down to Los Angeles, where they rehearsed and started auditioning for drummers. Legend has it that the band auditioned 60 drummers before they found Aynsley Dunbar. With their lineup complete Whitesnake headed up to Vancouver, Canada, to lay plans for the new record. One of the first issues the band faced was John Sykes’ desire to get a specific guitar sound that he wanted, which he eventually got with the help of Coverdales friend, engineer Bob Rock (who had previously worked with Bon Jovi on the multi-platinum album Slippery When Wet).
Coverdales illness and return to the recording:
The next problem the band faced was a sinus infection with which Coverdale was stricken. This put the albums production behind schedule, especially when Coverdale underwent surgery and a six month long rehabilitation program. Sykes grew impatient and suggested bringing in a new vocalist and carrying on without Coverdale, which eventually led to the end of Coverdales relationship with both John Sykes and producer Mike Stone. After Coverdale recovered, he started work on his vocal tracks with Ron Nevison, before soon switching to Keith Olsen, who also helped mixing the album. Keyboard players Don Airey and Bill Cuomo were brought in to record some keyboard parts, as well as Dutch guitar player Adrian Vandenberg to record the guitar solo for the re-recorded version of the song “Here I Go Again”. Coverdale was also discussing the possibility of Vandenberg soon joining Whitesnake.
Band members fired, the albums release and new members:
By this time (late 1986), with the recording process done and the album slated to be released in early 1987, Coverdale made the decision to let the other members of the band go, due to personal differences. But when the album was finally released (now titled Whitesnake in the US) in April, 1987 it reached number 2 on Billboard Top 200 charts, spawning two hit singles: “Here I Go Again ’87” (which reached number 1 in the US) and “Is This Love” (which reached number 2 in the US).
In Europe the album was called 1987 which featured a different running order and two extra tracks, “Looking for Love” and “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again”
For the new line-up of the band, Coverdale enlisted guitarist Adrian Vandenberg (with whom he had already discussed this), second guitarist Vivian Campbell (ex-Dio) and the rhythm section of the newly defuct M.A.R.S. project, bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (ex-Black Oak Arkansas, Pat Travers, Gary Moore and Ozzy Osbourne). This line-up toured in support of the album, and all appeared in music videos for “Still of the Night” (which was the most requested video on MTV when it was released), ‘”Is This Love”, “Here I Go Again” and “Give Me All Your Love”.