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My Favorite Whitesnake album

And no it is not because of the song Is it Love? While that is a great ballad, STILL OF THE NIGHT is a rock ANTHEM, a legendary song..While Coverdale is great on this album John Sykes is just as excellent..Not to be missed!

My review is for the remastered 'special' edition

...which isn't all that 'special' if you ask me. Unnecessarily re-sequenced (see original 1987 track order, also available on iTunes) and ear-bleedingly harsh remastering make this release a mild disappointment. Yeah, it's loud, but the original had a dark, ominous and epic quality that has been replaced with a grating, crazy loud and brittle remaster that is fatiguing to listen to at even moderate levels.

Having said that, and after re-sequencing to the original release running order, this was a pleaure to revisit twenty-odd years on. Nice songwriting, great performances, and (formerly) slick production. I saw them live on this tour (with Great White) in Charleston, WV and they were great. Incidentally it should be noted that Jon Sykes was the real brains behind this particular version of Whitesnake.

The Best

OK, this isn't really a "Special Edition", it is the import edition of the multi-platinum album. It features two additional songs, later included on the "Best of Whitesnake" album released in the early '90s.

The two additional songs, "Looking For Love" and "You're Gonna Break My Heart Again", illustrate the opposite ends of both Coverdale's songwriting ability and John Sykes' virtuoso guitar style.

"Looking for Love" explores the emotions of always looking for love, always being hopeful, never giving up, which are all good qualities, hopeful sentiments. It is a ballad with few rivals. In contrast is "You're Gonna Break My Heart Again" is more of an in-your-face, rock song. A song about someone who has been done wrong by love. Both are lyrically and musically perfect for these emotions.

And, Sykes... genius. He can make the guitar "cry" with solos as seen in "Looking for Love", or make it scream, as in "You're Gonna Break My Heart Again" like no other musician.

It is too bad these two couldn't work out their personal problems, because the music world has suffered for it.

For Whitesnake fans, these two songs, whether purchased off of this album, or the aforementioned Greatest Hits, are definately worth the investment.

Biography

Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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