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Whitesnake - Slide It In 1984 Geffen Records - Reviewed by Nailer

Track Listing
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.

--Nailer 02.17.04
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.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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REVIEWER DATE
Slide It InWhitesnake
1984
Frank Hill2/16/2004


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