Whitesnake [30th Anniversary Edition]

by: Whitesnake

Frontman David Coverdale built Whitesnake's commercial breakthrough on Whitesnake (aka 1987 and Serpens Albus), a collection of loud, polished hard rockers that featured some of the band's best set of pop hooks to date. The Led Zeppelin-ish "Still of the Night" offered headbanger appeal, but it was the big chorus of "Here I Go Again" -- one of the very small number of non-power ballad, hard rock singles to actually top the pop charts in the '80s -- and the quiet ballad "Is This Love" that really sold the album in spades. The rest of the album generally holds interest as well, and it's easily the band's best. [The 30th anniversary reissue arrived in late 2017. In addition to a remaster of the original album, the set also included a previously unreleased live concert recording from their 1987-1988 tour, a collection of demos and rehearsals from the Whitesnake sessions (which the band called the "87 Evolutions Versions"), and a fourth disc with remixes and tracks from a Japanese EP exclusive, 87 Versions.] ~ Steve Huey

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