Slip of the Tongue [30th Anniversary Edition]

Slip of the Tongue [30th Anniversary Edition]

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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. The curious, as well as fans, may want to check out their earlier work before picking this up.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2019
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0190295409791
catalogNumber: 607233
Rank: 168990


Disc 1

  1. Slip of the Tongue
  2. Kittens Got Claws
  3. Cheap An' Nasty
  4. Now You're Gone
  5. The Deeper the Love
  6. Judgment Day
  7. Sailing Ships
  8. Wings of the Storm
  9. Slow Poke Music
  10. Fool For Your Loving
  11. Sweet Lady Luck
  12. Now You're Gone
  13. Fool for Your Loving
  14. Slip of the Tongue
  15. Cheap An' Nasty
  16. Judgment Day
  17. Fool For Your Loving

Disc 2

  1. Kittens Got Claws
  2. Cheap An' Nasty
  3. The Deeper the Love
  4. Judgment Day
  5. Slow Poke Music
  6. Now You're Gone
  7. Slip of the Tongue
  8. Fool For Your Loving
  9. Wings of the Storm
  10. Sailing Ships
  11. Sweet Lady Luck
  12. Parking Ticket
  13. Kill for the Cut (In Desperate Search Of A Melody) [Monitor Mixes, Apri
  14. Burning Heart
  15. Ain't Gonna Cry No More [Ins
  16. We Wish You Well

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitesnake   Primary Artist
Steve Vai   Guitar,Group Member
Glenn Hughes   Vocals
Don Airey   Keyboards
Tommy Aldridge   Drums,Group Member
David Coverdale   Vocals,Group Member
Tommy Funderburk   Vocals
Claude Gaudette   Keyboards
Richard Page   Vocals
David Rosenthal   Keyboards
Rudy Sarzo   Bass,Group Member
Adrian Vandenberg   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bernie Marsden   Composer
Mike Clink   Engineer,Original Album Producer
David Coverdale   Composer,Executive Producer
Tom Gordon   Producer
Keith Olsen   Engineer,Original Album Producer
Adrian Vandenberg   Composer
Hugh Gilmour   Reissue Design
Michael McIntyre   Producer
Mickey Moody   Composer
Jeremiah Wynn   Engineer
Ellys Airey   Packaging Manager
Josh Bernhard   Engineer

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