Whitesnake – Love Ain´t No Stranger (American Mix)
Catalog#: BP 424
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM. No picture sleeve. FREE £0 for vinyl orders of £15+
Released: Jan 1985
A Love Ain’t No Stranger (American Mix)
B Slow An’ Easy (American Mix)
Bass – Neil Murray
Drums – Cozy Powell
Guitar – John Sykes
Guitar, Vocals – Mel Galley
Keyboards – Jon Lord
Mixed By – Keith Olsen
Producer – Martin Birch
Vocals – David Coverdale
Written-By – Coverdale*
“Love Ain’t No Stranger” is a single by the English hard rock band Whitesnake, and is taken from the bands US-breakthrough album Slide It In. The song charted at number 44 on the UK Singles Chart and 34 on the US Mainstream rock charts.
The song starts with keyboardist Jon Lords keyboards with emotional vocal delivery from singer David Coverdale. The song keeps a slow tempo until the guitars and drums kick in when the song tempo drastically changes and becomes a hard driving rock song. The slow tempo “ballady” section doesn’t emerge again until the very middle and very end of the song. According to the 25th Anniversary Edition booklet of Slide It In, the keyboard intro was originally written for guitars, but was eventually switched to keyboards. Also, Coverdale tells in the editions booklet that drummer Cozy Powell once told Coverdale that “Love Ain’t No Stranger” was the best track he’d ever played drums on.
The song was very well received and has been a Whitesnake live staple for many years. Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic.com described the song as “one of the decades greatest power ballads, bar none.”
A music video was also made for the song, which depicts the band performing the song at a mock concert, with scenes of Coverdale running after a unknown woman. At the end of the video, Coverdale climbs on to a truck and hugs the woman, but as he turns around he sees that the woman has switched and that the woman he was after is standing on the ground. As the truck, along with Coverdale on it, stars to drive away Coverdale stares at the woman as she disappears into the mist.