Whitesnake - Slide It In 1984 Geffen Records - Reviewed by Nailer
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
Before they hit it really big with the Tawny Kitean-slithering videos on MTV, Whitesnake's 1984 album "Slide It In" was getting some decent attention from classic rock stations, y'know, the ones with Led Zeppelin, the Who and Pink Floyd as their backbone. Most of the album is good stuff because the musicians did stints in other well-known bands from the 70's. Vocalist David Coverdale, keyboardist John Lord, drummer Cozy Powell and John Sykes were capable members of bands like Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and Rainbow. Coverdale used to get quite a bit of flak for his blues-rock delivery and image, but his barritone vocals are rich and supurb and shouldn't be discounted by those who simply called him a Robert Plant clone.
I think you can pretty much group each song into three sets:
Top-shelf classic rock: --Slow An' Easy, Love Ain't Know Stranger
Solid Hook-leaden rockers: --Slide it In, All or Nothing, Gambler, Guilty of Love, Give Me More Time, Standing In The Shadows
Throwaway trash --Hungry for Love, Spit it Out
The title track opens it up, setting the tone for most of the entire album lyrically and musically. Straight-forward rock riffs dominate of all the guitar work offering little innovation, but then again this has got to be the only album I know where EVERY song is about love or is filled with sexual innuendo. Hell, look at the titles: Slide it In, Slow An' Easy, Spit it Out. Of course you have to remember, that this was in the era just before the hormone-fueled hair metal period and those bands were only expanding on what had just came before.
You gotta have some guilty pleasures in your music collection--a CD or two that makes people and even yourself wonder what it is that you see in it. "Slide It In" is lyrically set in Junior High, but nontheless great, British, chick-fueled rock and roll.
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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