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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 (titled 1987 in Europe) that 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). In 1997, Coverdale resurrected Whitesnake (guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was the only remaining member of the group's latter-day 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 that 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. Into the Light was issued in September 2000, featuring journeyman guitarist Earl Slick. After a lengthy hiatus that saw the release of countless "greatest-hits" and "live" collections, the band returned in 2008 with the impressive Good to Be Bad. Coverdale and Whitesnake toured the album throughout Europe and Japan. The band returned to the recording studio in 2010 with new members bassist Michael Devin (formerly of Lynch Mob) and drummer Brian Tichy, who appeared alongside guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, and guest keyboardist Timothy Drury (as well as Coverdale's son Jasper on backing vocals on various tracks). The band's 11th album, Forevermore, was preceded by the issue of the single "Love Will Set You Free," and released in the spring of 2011. 2015 saw the release of The Purple Album, which featured remakes of cuts from Deep Purple lineups Mark III and Mark IV. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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Albums by
Whitesnake

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    The Purple Album

    25 songs

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    Made in Britain / World Record (Live)

    12 songs

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    Made in Japan

    19 songs

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    Made in Japan (Deluxe Version)

    13 songs

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    Forevermore

    20 songs

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    Slide It In [25th Anniversary Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

    16 songs

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    Slip of the Tongue [20th Anniversary Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

    14 songs

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    Lovehunter

    14 songs

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    Trouble [Bonus Track]

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    Winning Combinations: Whitesnake & Scorpions

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    Slide It In

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    Slip of the Tongue

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    Saints & Sinners

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    Snakebite

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    Whitesnake [20th Anniversary Remaster]

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    The Definitive Collection

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    Here I Go Again: The Whitesnake Collection

    12 songs

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Whitesnake

    14 songs

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    Whitesnake's Greatest Hits

    16 songs

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    Come an' Get It [Bonus Tracks]

    13 songs

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    Live in the Heart of the City

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    Slip of the Tongue [2009 Remaster Anniversary Edition]

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    Slide It In

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Top Songs by
Whitesnake

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  2.   Here I Go Again
  3.   Is This Love
  4.   Slide It In
  5.   Give Me All Your Love
  6.   Slow an' Easy
  7.   Still of the Night
  8.   Fool for Your Loving
  9.   The Deeper the Love
  10.   Now You're Gone
  11.   Crying in the Rain
  12.   Love Ain't No Stranger
  13.   Would I Lie to You
  14.   Judgment Day
  15.   Bad Boys
  16.   All or Nothing
  17.   Guilty of Love
  18.   Looking for Love
  19.   Judgement Day
  20.   All for Love
  21.   Here I Go Again '87
  22.   Keep on Giving Me Love
  23.   All Out of Luck
  24.   Sail Away
  25.   Love Child
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