Slip of the Tongue [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks] [CD/DVD]]

Slip of the Tongue [20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks] [CD/DVD]]

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Any band would have been hard-pressed to follow the success of a multi-platinum album with another one of equal or higher quality both critically and commercially. Needless to say, that's exactly what David Coverdale and Whitesnake were faced with when it came time to record 1989's Slip of the Tongue, the follow-up to their 1987See more details below

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Any band would have been hard-pressed to follow the success of a multi-platinum album with another one of equal or higher quality both critically and commercially. Needless to say, that's exactly what David Coverdale and Whitesnake were faced with when it came time to record 1989's Slip of the Tongue, the follow-up to their 1987 smash self-titled LP. To complicate matters, Coverdale lost Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell during pre-recording sessions due to artistic differences, and his songwriting partner and lead guitarist, Adrian Vandenberg, injured himself to the degree that he couldn't play; he did some early work that made it on to the final album. Coverdale, faced with a quickly approaching deadline and pressure from management and the label finally recruited former Frank Zappa guitarist Steve Vai to fill the chair. Commercially, Slip of the Tongue was an unqualified success. The album ended up being Whitesnake's third platinum recording. Musically, however, the set is so drenched in '80s production -- huge compression, Midi keyboards, a thin bottom end, etc. -- it seems that little of the band's tough blues-based metallic persona remains. The album sounds dated, full of overblown sounds and effects that have little to do with the act's trademark heavy guitar-and-bass approach to hard rock and early Brit metal. Some of the songs have merit, even if their finished productions ruin them -- the tough "Now You're Gone" and "Judgment Day," are great examples, as is "The Deeper the Love," a classic Coverdale power ballad needlessly drenched in keys and synths. The fit between Vai and Whitesnake is also questionable; his busy approach is at odds with the meat and potatoes strut and pound of the band. Fans ate it up at the time, but Slip of the Tongue is, unfortunately, still an album very much of its time and the curious, as well as fans, may want to check out their earlier work before picking this up. [The 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition is a double-disc set (CD/DVD). The first disc contains a remastered version of the original album as well as six bonus cuts. These include "Sweet Lady Luck," the B-side of "Fool for Your Loving," and a couple of remixes, including the American remix of "Now You're Gone." There are three live cuts as well, two taken from a performance at the Castle Donnington festival in 1990, and one from Live...In the Shadow of the Blues. The DVD features three promo videos of album tracks (all made infamous by MTV), and five live tracks taken from various festivals and concerts. The set is packaged in a deluxe slipcase with a 24-page booklet featuring rare photos, album outtake shots, lyrics, and an interview with Coverdale.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527089126
catalogNumber:
001306800
Rank:
30138

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitesnake   Primary Artist
Steve Vai   Guitar,Group Member
Glenn Hughes   Vocals
Don Airey   Keyboards
Tommy Aldridge   Drums,Group Member
Reb Beach   Guitar
David Coverdale   Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Funderburk   Vocals
Claude Gaudette   Keyboards
David Rosenthal   Keyboards
Rudy Sarzo   Bass,Group Member
Rick Seratte   Keyboards,Vocals
Adrian Vandenberg   Guitar,Group Member
Doug Aldrich   Guitar
Timothy Drury   Keyboards
Marco Mendoza   Bass
Uriah Duffy   Bass

Technical Credits

Bernie Marsden   Composer
Mike Clink   Producer,Engineer
David Coverdale   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Reissue Art
Mike Fraser   Engineer
Micky Moody   Composer
Keith Olsen   Producer,Engineer
Hugh Syme   Cover Design
Adrian Vandenberg   Composer
Doug Aldrich   Producer
Hugh Gilmour   Reissue Art
Wayne Isham   Director,Producer
Michael McIntyre   Producer
Marty Callner   Director
Hamish Hamilton   Director
Daniel E. Catullo   Executive Producer
Tilton Gardner   Executive Producer
Robert McClaugherty   Executive Producer
Simon Pizey   Producer
Shelly Singhal   Executive Producer

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