Even though I haven't heard David Coverdale's work with Deep Purple, he always seems to have been born to lead a group of his own. He tried too much to mold Deep Purple into his image, causing them to lose their identity. So I'm not surprised when Deep Purple reformed, they rehired Ian Gillan while Coverdale was busy with his band Whitesnake. Not many people had heard of Whitesnake before 1987, and that's a shame because most of their best material is on albums like READY AN' WILLING (1980), SLIDE IT IN (1984), and SAINTS & SINNERS (1982). Most of the songs on here recall early Led Zeppelin, no surprise since David Coverdale looks a tad like Robert Plant. Songs like "Young Blood", "Bloody Luxury", and "Love An' Affection" are delightfully revved-up rockers that will certainly have you up and dancing. The two songs people will recognize first are "Crying In The Rain" and "Here I Go Again". But these aren't the hit versions which I think are much better. They sound a little too slow and bluesy, which even though this was Whitesnake's forte at this time, the two songs sound like mainstream pop metal tunes dying to get out. The lyrics to both are great, but the music is substandard. Those wanting to hear those two songs are better suited with WHITESNAKE (1987) and SLIP OF THE TONGUE (1989). SAINTS & SINNERS is one of the jewels of Whitesnake's pre-pop metal period. It would be a flawless one if not for those two early versions of songs that would get their due much later.