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Slide It in

Whitesnake Audio CD
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1. Gambler
2. Slide It In
3. Standing In The Shadow
4. Give Me More Time
5. Love Ain't No Stranger
6. Slow An' Easy
7. Spit It Out
8. All Or Nothing
9. Hungry For Love
10. Guilty Of Love

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Originally dismissed as a Led Zeppelin knockoff, Whitesnake, fronted by ex-Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, clattered around their hometown of Yorkshire, England for about six years before being discovered in the U.S. Their U.S. debut (fourth album) Slide It In (1984) captured the libidinous, restless spirit of frustrated youth, and climbed to No. 40 on the Billboard album chart. Eventually, it went double platinum on the back of the stealthy, pulsing "Slow An' Easy" and the propulsive title track. Shortly before recording the album, Coverdale recruited former Thin Lizzy guitarist John Sykes, who provided the band with the flair and technical wizardry it needed to become a contender in the big-hair, pop metal sweepstakes. --Jon Wiederhorn

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing tracks, what the heck? Oct. 28 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was very dissapointed with this release of Slide It In. The 2 stars is for this release only, the album itself has been and always will be a 5 star album.

This release baffles me. 3 tracks are missing from the UK mix of Slide It In! (Love Ain't No Stranger, Hungry For Love, and the UK mix of Need Your Love So Bad.) This is very frustrating as a collector. Now I still somehow need to acquire the UK version of Slide It In, even though I have this. And then to top it off, a live acoustic version of Love Ain't No Stranger from 1997 was included. This version has absolutely nothing to do with Slide It In, and is already available on the live album Starkers In Tokyo.

The DVD is fine, all the music videos and a few live tracks from the era are included. However, once again...a live version of Love Ain't No Stranger, this one from one of the Snake tours in the 2000's, and also the Starkers version. Why? I don't know.

Why not just release a 2 CD set with both versions of the album? I don't know.

The remastering is good, the liner notes are great, even though they gloss over the missing tracks. Photos are great as well. Shame about the tracklist.

Two stars. Now I'm off to find the correct UK version.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily The Very Best Whitesnake Album April 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is absolutely one of the best hard-rock albums of all time. Whitesnake might have been a little reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, but they definitely had their own thing going. David Coverdale is an amazing vocalist, right up there with Chris Cornell and....well, Robert Plant LOL:) A lot of heavy music from the 80's has been (and rightfully should be) dismissed as hairspray and fluff, including 'Snake's later albums, in my opinion. But this is just a great rock album, period. Not one song on it stinks. Great vocals, musicianship and heart. If you only buy one Whitesnake CD, make it this one!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their masterpieces!! March 25 2008
By Customer from Quebec TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I cannot say which Whitesnake album is their best, but this one's a favorite for the spot. David Coverdale is an amazing vocalist (for almost 35 years now) and still few singers compare to him. He has an amazing depth of his voice ranging from soft to very heavy. And his band created one of the best metal albums of the 80's. And those who judge Whitesnake based on their brief glam look (between 84 and 87) are plain stupid. It's the music that counts. And it's wonderful. Slow An'Easy, Love is no Stranger... useless to point out the best songs, the whole album is brlliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Dec 11 2009
Format:Audio CD
I would say that Restless Heart is the best Whitesnake album,but this one's a great album as well. David Coverdale is an amazing vocalist, even now. Must listen songs are Slow An'Easy, Love is no Stranger. A must buy.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitesnake's Best Album!!! July 29 2009
By James A. Calabrese - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First let me just say that I think Whitesnake holds the record for most songs about "love". If the word "love" is not already in the song title, then their songs are about love or something in the love-making category (ie: Slide It In, Slow an Easy and Still of the Night). But that's OK, for me it's the music that counts.

Slide It In has always been my favorite WS album. This Deluxe Edition certainly did not change my mind. In fact, this remastered product is of outstanding sound quality and the songs are still great after 25 years. For many years, I never realized their was a UK version of this album. It's kind of cool to hear the UK versions of 8 of these songs. Apparently, they did not have UK versions of the Hungry for Love and Love Ain't No Stranger. If there were, then they are not included in this edition. The booklet includes interview with David Coverdale and I found very interesting. It explains why there were 2 versions.

The UK versions are good, certainly worthy of owning and "nice to have" but the US versions are better. Probably because this is the version I grew up with and am used to. Slide It In is considered WS' "transition" album. But OH BOY! what a transition. SII is more Rock oriented and was a lead-in to what catapulted WS into superstardom in the MTV days. Their 1987 self-titled album wouldn't have been as popular without Slide It In being the predecessor.

I don't mind that they changed the order of the US versions of the songs. In fact, it brings a new fresh feel. From what I understand, this is the order that David Coverdale originally wanted but of course, the record company moved the title track first and put the best 3 songs in front which most record labels do. Although the best songs are still in the first half, the later half are great as well. In fact, there is not one bad song on this 1984 classic.

The other bonus tracks are OK. Need Your Love So Bad is OK but I'm sure this was a song recorded during these 1984 sessions and just never made the cut. Nice to have but not an essential song.

You really get a nice complete edition with Disc 2. It's always cool to have the videos and think of the good-ole MTV days (when they actually played music videos around the clock) when watching them.

This is great addition to any hard-rock lover and certainly worthy of having in your collection.

I find myself buying more music cds of yesteryear than cds of today. Today's bands just don't measure up to the classic rock years of the 70s and 80s. So if you don't have this cd already, go ahead and buy it. It's worth the price. And to all you classic-rock lovers with kids, it'll be nice to introduce this classic to a new generation.

Finally! I have to give credit where credit is due. Cozy Powell you are missed. God Bless Ya!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! First Class British rock! May 22 2003
By Dawn Barela - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of my all time Favorites! If I was stranded on a desert island, and could have only five albums with me this would definitely be one of them!! I had to replace it on vinyl at least three times, I played it that much, before I got it on cd. I saw the band on this tour (in 1984) as a special guest to Quiet Riot. I was Blown Away!!!(So was QR-right off of the stage!) From the title track on, it rocks! Mind you, I am reviewing the AMERICAN version of the album. I am still looking for the UK version on Cd.(The UK version has the songs in a different order.) This is the last really true Whitesnake album (recorded as a six piece band). With the AWESOME rhythm section of the Late GREAT (RIP)Cozy Powell on drums-Check out the way he thunders into Slow An' Easy, and also into the last segment of Guilty Of Love! (My absolutely FAVORITE song!) And the HUGELY underrated Neil Murray on bass (Colin Hodgkinson is the bassist on the UK version.) holding down the backline the rest of the musicians can go all out. With Mel Galley and John Sykes (it's MG and Micky Moody on the UK version) on guitars and Deep Purple's Jon Lord on keyboards to fill out the rest of the sound, David Coverdale can truly sing his best! My favorite songs are Slow An' Easy, Guilty Of Love, Love Ain't No Stranger and Standing In The Shadow. This is an album I can really rock out to! Okay, so maybe some of the lyrics are sexist, but I don't care! (What do you expect from somebody who named their band WHITESNAKE? Think about it folks!) This is truly Classic British Rock. This is in no way a hair band. If you see any band photos or videos from this era you can see this is before DC started to do up the glam/glitzy/bleached hair thing!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rock of highest quality Feb. 27 2003
By L. B. Ivarsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard "Slide it in" back in 1984 I was unfamiliar with Whitesnake, but as the opening song "Gambler" (European release) hit my ears I was hooked! Whitesnake gave me exactly what I had been looking for - great songs with excellent vocals. Many of the bands that were around at the time seemed to be more or less amateurs in comparison to David Coverdale's Whitesnake. The music is melodic and catchy - it's traditional blues based hard rock. "Slide it in" can be seen as the bridge between the earlier rhythm & blues approach to the later heavy metal direction. As a dedicated Whitesnake fan I think "Slide it in" is the best album alongside with "Ready an' willing".
Let yourself be blown away by songs like "Gambler", "Guilty of love", "Love ain't no stranger", "Standing in the shadow"!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitive 80's Hard rock May 15 2002
By Ei - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just listening to this album again after oh...16 years or so, brings me back to the mid 1980's and to the great hard rock that came out of that decade.
Whitesnake's "Slide it in" kicks [rear end]. Even though all the songs, with the exception of the ballads, sound relatively the same, this album is still quite a powerhouse of rock and roll, 80's or not. It is just a good rock album, and I think David Coverdale has a very strong and bold voice reminiencent of Robert Plant. I'm sure Zeppelin was a great inspiration to Coverdale(who later toured with Jimmy Page).
I definitely recommend picking this album up if you appreciate hard rock, so long as you don't mind alot of the songs sounding so much alike.
"Slide it in", and "Slow and Easy" are without a doubt great rock anthems. CRANK THEM UP!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted to Give this 5 Stars! Aug. 3 2009
By ThrEaD NUGENT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love Slide it In and was stoked to see this release.....however a couple problems....why resequence the U.S. Version? What if Machine Head by Deep Purple was resequenced when it got the remaster treatment? Strange..also why leave off 2 songs from the UK version (Love Ain't No Stranger and Hungry for Love)then add a '97 acoustic Love Ain't No Stranger from Starkers...just doesn't fit...subsequently I had a buddy in Sweden send me the 2 missing tracks so I now have both versions complete...The great part is the b-side bonus track and the dvd..again w. Starkers footage but whatever...I'm a completist and this package fell short even though it still is incredible overall...the US Version really smokes and is interesting to hear the UK version and the differences....to me a totally different LP.....grab this cd no doubt but beware of the 'little' drawbacks.
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