Saints & Sinners (Whitesnake album)

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Saints & Sinners
Studio album by Whitesnake
Released 20 November 1982
Recorded 1981–1982
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 39:16
Label Geffen/Warner Bros. (USA/Canada)
Polydor (Japan)
Liberty Records (Rest of World)
Producer Martin Birch
Whitesnake chronology
Come an' Get It
(1981)
Saints & Sinners
(1982)
Slide It In
(1984)
Singles from Saints & Sinners
  1. "Here I Go Again"
    Released: 1982
  2. "Bloody Luxury"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Saints & Sinners is the fifth studio album by English hard rock band Whitesnake, released in 1982. It peaked at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Two of the tracks, "Crying in the Rain" and "Here I Go Again", were later re-recorded on their 1987 album Whitesnake.

Problems during the album's recording[edit]

The recording process began in 1981, just after the end of the Come an' Get It tour. However, tension within the band was beginning to appear. Micky Moody stated in a 1997 interview[3] that "By '81 people were becoming tired. We had too many late nights, too much partying. We weren't making nowhere near the kind of money we should have been making. Whitesnake always seemed to be in debt, and I thought 'what is this?, we're playing in some of the biggest places and we're still being told we're in debt, where is all the money going?'. We hadn't got much money out of it and to be told you're 200,000 pounds in debt, when you just had six golden albums. It wasn't just me, cause everybody was getting tired, pissed off and losing their sense of identity. It was over by then, we couldn't get any further. It's difficult for a band to go more than three or four years without getting tired of each other and losing ideas. Nothing lasts forever. Everybody wanted to do something different after a few years, a solo album or write with someone else."

Band on hiatus[edit]

Micky Moody quit the band in December 1981, and soon afterwards David Coverdale called a meeting with all Whitesnake members[4] and put the band on hold. Coverdale was also worried about the lack of financial reward the band were having, and decided to put the band on hold to dissociate Whitesnake from their manager John Coletta[5] (who had also been Deep Purple's manager from 1968 to 1976). After this parting of ways, Coverdale temporarily took over Whitesnake's business side.

Other members leave Whitesnake[edit]

During 1982, the news began to filter through the music newspapers and magazines: guitarist Bernie Marsden also quit Whitesnake, as well as bassist Neil Murray and drummer Ian Paice.[6] Only Jon Lord stuck with David Coverdale.

The return of Micky Moody and the new members[edit]

In August 1982 David Coverdale called Micky Moody and asked him to return to the band. According to Micky Moody,[3] "Towards the end of 82, David rang me up and said 'we wanna finish the Saints & Sinners album and we need to do some backing vocals etc'." There were also three new members in the band, namely former Trapeze guitarist Mel Galley, former Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell and Colin Hodgkinson on bass guitar.

As the album was almost finished, the only contribution of the new line-up to Saints & Sinners were the backing vocals recorded by Mel Galley along with Micky Moody; Ian Paice's drum parts and Neil Murray's bass-work were left untouched.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Young Blood"   David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden 3:30
2. "Rough an' Ready"   Coverdale, Micky Moody 2:52
3. "Bloody Luxury"   Coverdale 3:23
4. "Victim of Love"   Coverdale 3:33
5. "Crying in the Rain"   Coverdale 6:00
6. "Here I Go Again"   Coverdale, Marsden 5:08
7. "Love an' Affection"   Coverdale, Moody 3:09
8. "Rock an' Roll Angels"   Coverdale, Moody 4:07
9. "Dancing Girls"   Coverdale 3:10
10. "Saints an' Sinners"   Coverdale, Moody, Marsden, Neil Murray, Jon Lord, Ian Paice 4:25
2007 remastered bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Young Blood" (monitor mix/early vocals) Coverdale, Marsden 3:30
12. "Saints an' Sinners" (monitor mix/early vocals) Coverdale, Moody, Marsden, Murray, Lord, Paice 4:24
13. "Soul Survivor" (unfinished, unreleased song) Coverdale, Moody, Marsden 3:08

Personnel[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • The backing trax recorded at Rock City, Shepperton, The Truck Mobile at Clearwell Castle, Gloucestershire and Britannia Row, London by Guy Bidmead
  • The vocal trax recorded at Battery Studios, London by Martin Birch assisted by Bryan New
  • Mixed at Battery Studios by Martin Birch, September/October 1982
  • Remastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London, 2007

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Austria 14
Sweden 45
New Zealand 41
UK 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Whitesnake chart stats". 
  3. ^ a b Micky Moody Interview', David Coverdale & Whitesnake Web Site, 1997 
  4. ^ Deep Purple Appreciation Society Magazine, Issue 25', The Deep Purple Appreciation Society, July 1982 
  5. ^ Mel Galley feature on David Coverdale & Whitesnake Web Site', David Coverdale & Whitesnake Web Site, 2008 
  6. ^ Deep Purple Appreciation Society Magazine, Issue 26', The Deep Purple Appreciation Society, November 1982 

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