Whitesnake - Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Geffen Records
Catalog Number: 493402
Format: CD
Total Time: 155:27:00

Your search for the ultimate Whitesnake collection can now end. Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection just may satisfy that longing you have had for all those great rock songs that you heard from this offshoot group of Deep Purple. Originally, David Coverdale took band mates Jon Lord and Ian Paice with him to kick off what would be a successful sojourn down the rock 'n' roll path to stardom. What would happen after their departure changed the group's fortunes, literally. Coverdale would go it alone with an influx of new and younger talent after the exit of his longtime partners. The group had a new sleek mainstream sound that perpetuated a consistent pumping out of hit after hit. Despite several lineup changes, accidents, and then Coverdale losing his voice, forcing him to miss a year of performing, they weathered the storm and were one of the most successful rock acts of the 80's.

There is no question that elements of Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin prevail throughout their music ... a Page like guitar riff here and a Plantesque wail there, then a dash of the rock blues to give it all a tougher edge. It made it more acceptable to their fans without it all sounding overtly commercial and too mainstream. Regardless, you cannot argue with their formula of success. Coverdale was pulling all the right strings and keeping himself on top of his game. He left one of the greatest bands in the world to create his own legacy, and he had one of the most distinctive soulful and bluesy vocal styles in rock music, which he used to bring his sex appeal to another altitude, winning an uncharacteristic female fan base.

This is quite a package; you get 35 smokin' rock tracks that cover 1984-90, which is the meat of the group's work. Every track from "Slide It In," "Whitesnake," and "Slip Of The Tongue" is included plus a few non-album tracks to tickle your fancy. The best part about it is you get it all in glorious 96k/24-Bit High Resolution remastered sound. Informative liner notes are part of the parcel as well; one can never underestimate the importance of a good write up before the expectant audience gives the music a spin for the first time. I think fans of the group will be very pleased with this tribute. Who knows? Some new fans may be gained along the way, too. After all, you cannot beat great rock music. The good stuff may go away for a fashion but it always resurfaces to rekindle the eternal musical flame. It is time once again to let Whitesnake light your fire.

Disc One: Here I Go Again (Radio Version) (3:54) / Slide It In (3:20) / Slow An' Easy (6:10) / Love Ain't No Stranger (4:19) / All Or Nothing (3:44) / Gambler (3:58) / Guilty Of Love (3:26) / Hungry For Love (3:29) / Give Me More Time (3:44) / Spit It Out (4:26) / Standing In The Shadow (3:42) / Crying In The Rain (5:38) / Bad Boys (4:09) / Still Of The Night (6:40) / Here I Go Again (4:34) / Give Me All Your Love (3:30) / Is This Love (4:44) / Children Of The Night (4:23)

Disc Two: Straight For The Heart (3:39) / Don't Turn Away (5:11) / You're Gonna Break My Heart Again (4:11) / Looking For Love (6:32) / Give Me All Your Love (3:15) / Need Your Love So Bad (3:18) / Slip Of The Tongue (5:20) / Cheap An' Nasty (3:29) / Fool For Your Loving (4:10) / Now You're Gone (4:13) / Kittens Got Claws (5:02) / Wings Of The Storm (5:02) / The Deeper The Love (4:22) / Judgement Day (5:16) / Slow Poke Music (3:59) / Sailing Ships (6:04) / Sweet Lady Luck (4:34)

over the years:
David Coverdale - percussion, piano, vocals
Jon Lord - keyboards
Bernie Marsden - guitars, vocals
John Sykes - guitar
Don Airey - keyboards
Bill Cuomo - keyboards
David Dowle - drums
Aynsley Dunbar - drums
Mel Galley - guitar, vocals
Colin Hodgkinson - bass
Micky Moody - guitar, vocals
Neil Murray - bass
Ian Paice - drums
Cozy Powell - drums
Steve Vai - guitars, guitar effects, sitar
Adrian Vandenberg - guitar
Glenn Hughes - vocals
Tommy Aldridge - percussion, cymbals, drums, Stick
Tommy Funderburk - vocals
Claude Gaudette - keyboards
David Rosenthal - keyboards
Rudy Sarzo - bass

Snakebite (1978)
Trouble (1978)
Northwinds (1978)
Love Hunter (1979)
Live In The Heart Of The City (1980)
Live At Hammersmith (1980)
Ready An' Willing (1980)
Come An' Get It (1981)
The Best Of Whitesnake (1981)
Saints & Sinners (1982)
Greatest Whitesnake (1983)
Slide It In (1984)
1987 (1987)
Whitesnake (1987)
Slip Of The Tongue (1989)
Box Set (1992)
Whitesnake's Greatest Hits (1994)
Restless Heart (1998)
Starkers In Tokyo (1998)
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Edition (2000)
Winning Combinations: Whitesnake & Scorpions (2002)
Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection (2002)
Best Of Whitesnake (2003)
Best (2003)
The Silver Anniversary Collection (2003)
1987/Live? In The Heart Of City (2003)
The Early Years (2003)
Chronicles (2005)
Rock Breakout Years: 1987 (2005)
The Definitive Collection (2006)
Gold (2006)
Live? In The Shadow Of The Blues (2006)
Good To Be Bad (ltd ed. 2CD) (2008)
30th Anniversary Collection (2008)

Genre: Melodic Metal

Origin UK

Added: November 5th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website: www.davidcoverdale.com
Hits: 437
Language: english


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