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This Snake Bites(In A Good Way)

  • Jul 21, 2003
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After the dust settled from the fallout of hairbands and hard rockers in the early 90's, many of them punched out greatest hits discs in hopes to snag a few more dollars from a sagging genre. Whitesnake wasn't one of those bands. When Whitesnake released "Greatest Hits" in '94, it was a legitimate catalogue of good songs, unlike other bands who cranked out one or two Top 40 songs and slid in some unreleased versions of other songs they had recorded and called it a greatest hits album.

Whitesnake was David Coverdale and whoever he handpicked to be on each album. That's one of the things that make this band unique. Just listening to the selections on this album, you can hear the different stylings that John Sykes, Mel Galley, Steve Vai, Cozy Powell, Tom Aldridge and others brought to each song. Though Whitesnake had one constant, Coverdale, the rest of the band brought it's own influences and melded together to make some of the best rock songs and ballads of the 80's and early 90's.
Start your listening with "Still of the Night," "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love." From there, the songs remain solid. "Fool For Your Loving" is a blues rocker that really stands out. Another good song is "Now You're Gone." The heaviest song on this album is "Judgement Day," which will leave you weak in the knees. Although "Is This Love" is probably the biggest commercial ballad for Whitesnake, "The Deeper the Love" stands on its own as a solid love song that fits well on this album.
Many folks blow off bands like Poison, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard as glitzy hairbands, but it's bands like Whitesnake that give this genre some weight. How many other bands can you name that had as much success as Whitesnake using the "new members on every album concept?" I think you'll find that number quite small.

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Whitesnake were lumped into the "hair metal" explosion of the 1980s, but they were a classier, more classic rock band than most of their peers. So the songs that populate this hits collection hold up better than the work of many of that era's MTV-boosted groups. VocalistDavid Coverdaletook flack for sounding likeRobert Plant, but his booming, confident voice is more temperate than theZepfrontman's caterwaul. From roaring epics such as "Still of the Night" and "Here I Go Again" to the blatant, sexy "Slide It In" to the memorable power ballad "Love Ain't No Stranger," the expected hits from the band's commercial heyday are included in this comprehensive CD, which skips over Whitesnake's several hitless discs of the '70s. Three decent unreleased songs fill out this 14-cut collection, which, much like the band itself, is solid and timeless.--Katherine Turman
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Label: Geffen Records
Artist: Whitesnake
Release Date: July 19, 1994

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