Slide It In

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Slide It In
Studio album by Whitesnake
Released January 1984 (1984-01) (UK)
Recorded 1983
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Length 40:40
Label Geffen/Warner Bros. (USA/Canada)
CBS/Sony (Japan)
Liberty Records (Rest of World)
Producer Martin Birch
Whitesnake chronology
Saints & Sinners
(1982)
Slide It In
(1984)
Whitesnake
(1987)
Alternative cover
25th Anniversary CD-Release.
Singles from Slide It In
  1. "Guilty of Love"
    Released: 17 November 1983
  2. "Standing in the Shadow"
    Released: 1 January 1984
  3. "Give Me More Time"
    Released: 26 March 1984
  4. "Love Ain't No Stranger"
    Released: 1984
  5. "Slow An' Easy"
    Released: 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Slide It In is the sixth studio album by British hard rock band Whitesnake, released in 1984. It was the first Whitesnake album to be released by Geffen Records in the US, but was remixed for the release there. Because of this, two different editions of the album exist, each with its own unique qualities. It was their fourth top 10 album in the UK, peaking at number 9.[2] In 1988 the album re-entered the US charts due to the success of the self-titled Whitesnake album (1987 in Europe), and is certified double platinum.[3] It was the final Whitesnake recording to use the band's original "snake" logo.

Recording process and personnel changes[edit]

Recordings of Slide It In began in 1983, but things within the band were not the same as they were before, as stated by Micky Moody in a 1997 interview.[4] "(…) I realised that as soon as we started rehearsing and playing that it wasn't the same band, it never felt right. Mel Galley is very talented, a good singer, a great guitar player, but that band just didn't work out. Cozy was a great drummer, I always had a lot of respect for him, but he just didn't have any feel for the old Whitesnake sound. Cozy Powell brought with him a bass player called Colin Hodgkinson. Me and David knew Colin in the North East back in the sixties. He was a great legendary bass player, worked with the jazz/blues styles, but he never struck me as the bass player for Whitesnake. It was more the heavy metal attitude, probably because of Cozy's influence. He was a more heavy drummer than Ian Paice. There were flames and explosions going on, not really my cup of tea. It seems to me now that maybe Cozy wanted the band to be much more heavier and flasher."

Moody's departure[edit]

Moody recorded all of the album, as well as co-writing the song "Slow An' Easy", but things came to a head in late 1983. According to Moody,[4] David Coverdale's personality had changed, compared to what he was when they got to know each other in 1976. "Me and David weren't friends and co-writers anymore. David never said anything to me. He just didn't socialise with me anymore. David was a guy who five, six years earlier was my best friend."

Moody decided for once to leave Whitesnake when Coverdale embarrassed him in front of John Sykes, who was then in Thin Lizzy, who were touring alongside Whitesnake.[4] "Then one night we were in Germany and we did kind of a mini festival with Thin Lizzy and John Sykes was on guitar. Back at the hotel we were all sitting around and David was really talking a lot to John Sykes. I was sitting there quietly and David just turned around to me, pointing his fingers and said, 'Don't you ever turn your back on the audience again'. I went, 'Pardon?' He said, 'That's really unprofessional', in front of John Sykes to make me look small and I thought to myself, 'That's it'. I nearly said to him, 'Get him in the band', cause even I knew by then he wanted somebody like John Sykes, cause he looked good and he was a good guitar player. I decided to leave after finishing the end of the tour. The last gig was in Brussels in Belgium in October 83."

Apparently, this seemed like no major problem to Coverdale, as, according to Moody, "After the gig, I said to the tour manager, 'I want to have a meeting in my room with all the band: I have something to say'. The other band members arrived and I said, 'Where is David?'. The tour manager came and told me, 'David is entertaining people in his suite, and he won't come down.'"

John Sykes joins, Colin Hodgkinson leaves, Neil Murray rejoins[edit]

Soon after Micky Moody's departure, John Sykes was announced to the press as the new Whitesnake guitarist.[5] At the same time it was in the news that Colin Hodgkinson had been fired, as David Coverdale felt that his style did not suit Whitesnake's new sound. As a result of Hodgkinson's departure, Neil Murray was asked to rejoin Whitesnake.

UK release: mixed reactions[edit]

When the UK release of Slide It In came out, it was a chart success, although most people who listened to it complained about the album mix, which was deemed "resoundingly flat".[6] "‘Slide It In’ was a chart success in the UK, but came in for hostile press reaction aimed at the double-entendre drenched lyrics and titles for which Whitesnake were already infamous (but which were considered increasingly un PC)."

This was soon to change, as Whitesnake's new US label, Geffen Records, insisted that the album should be remixed. With the help of famous producer Keith Olsen, "Slide it In" had its sound revamped, making it sound crisper and more dynamic, as well as giving John Sykes and Neil Murray the opportunity to replace Micky Moody's guitar parts and Colin Hodgkinson's bass parts, respectively.

European tour: Mel Galley gets injured and leaves[edit]

Whitesnake engaged in a European tour with the Coverdale / Sykes / Galley / Murray / Lord / Powell line-up, but the band ran into trouble when Mel Galley got involved in an accident which damaged some nerves in his arm, making him unable to play the guitar. He kept being a Whitesnake member for some time, but was fired not long after. The five-piece continued touring until April 1984, until another line-up change followed.

Jon Lord leaves[edit]

In April 1984 the Deep Purple reunion was imminent, and Jon Lord played his last Whitesnake concert on 16 April on the "Måndagsbörsen" Swedish TV show. This now left Whitesnake as a four-piece (not counting the off-stage keyboard player Richard Bailey, who was brought into the band).

US release: big break[edit]

The US edition of Slide It In rapidly gained airplay in the United States, suddenly increasing the demand for Whitesnake. The more streamlined, four-piece version of the band started touring the United States supporting Quiet Riot and then Dio. The extensive touring, along with the MTV-ready promotional videos for the songs "Slow An' Easy" and "Love Ain't No Stranger", helped the American market to open itself for Whitesnake, something which would lead to the band breaking big on the United States with their 1987 album three years later.

Album versions[edit]

The European edition of the album contains the original mix. This mix features a stronger presence of keyboards by Jon Lord, and the bass is more noticeable. The track order is also different from the US mix.

The US mix lowers the keyboards and bass in the mix, and is more orientated around the guitars and drums. The US version features some different guitar solos to the European edition, with the addition of John Sykes as a third guitarist layered on top of the original guitar parts recorded by Mel Galley and Micky Moody. The bass guitar parts which were originally recorded by Colin Hodgkinson were replaced by returning member Neil Murray's bass guitar parts. The US version also included some new keyboard parts by Bill Cuomo.

There are also other, more subtle differences in the mix. For instance, on the track "Gambler" on the UK version, Coverdale's voice echoes after every line he sings – this does not happen in the US mix. On the track "Slow An' Easy", the US version has more echo.

In 2009, the album was re-issued as a 2-disc digipack to commemorate its 25th anniversary. On the first disc, the CD contains the entire US mix of the album and 8 of the original UK mixes digitally remastered, although the 1987 remixed version of "Need Your Love So Bad" is used on this release instead of the original version. The UK mixes of "Hungry for Love" or "Love Ain't No Stranger" are not included, but the acoustic version of "Love Ain't No Stranger" is featured (taken from Starkers in Tokyo). A DVD containing promo videos and live performances is also included.

Notable is that the two songs on the Guilty of Love single (Guilty of Love and the B-side Gambler) are the only released material from the first sessions for the Slide It in album with producer Eddie Kramer. Kramer was dismissed and the album re-recorded with Martin Birch as producer.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Coverdale and Mel Galley, except where noted.

UK Release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gambler"     3:57
2. "Slide It In"   Coverdale 3:20
3. "Standing in the Shadow"   Coverdale 3:32
4. "Give Me More Time"     3:41
5. "Love Ain't No Stranger"     4:13
6. "Slow An' Easy"   Coverdale, Micky Moody 6:09
7. "Spit It Out"     4:11
8. "All or Nothing"     3:34
9. "Hungry for Love"   Coverdale 3:57
10. "Guilty of Love"   Coverdale 3:18
11. "Need Your Love So Bad" (Japanese Bonus Track) Mertis John Jr.[7] 3:14
US Release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Slide It In"   Coverdale 3:20
2. "Slow an' Easy"   Coverdale, Moody 6:08
3. "Love Ain't No Stranger"     4:18
4. "All or Nothing"     3:40
5. "Gambler"     3:58
6. "Guilty of Love"   Coverdale 3:24
7. "Hungry for Love"   Coverdale 3:28
8. "Give Me More Time"     3:42
9. "Spit It Out"     4:26
10. "Standing in the Shadow"   Coverdale 3:42

25th Anniversary Edition DVD[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Guilty of Love" (Music Video) 3:17
2. "Slow an' Easy" (Music Video) 4:16
3. "Love Ain't No Stranger" (Music Video) 4:33
4. "Guilty of Love" (Live at Donnington 1983) 4:18
5. "Love Ain't No Stranger" (Live: Starkers In Tokyo) 3:17
6. "Give Me More Time" (BBC TV's Top of the Pops 19/1/84) 3:37
7. "Love Ain't No Stranger" (Live... In The Still of the Night) 4:28

Singles[edit]

Personnel[edit]

UK release[edit]

US release[edit]

  • David Coverdale – lead vocals
  • John Sykes – guitars
  • Mel Galley – guitars, backing vocals
  • Neil Murray – bass
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Cozy Powell – drums
  • Bill Cuomo – keyboards

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1984 Billboard 200 40
UK Albums Chart 9[8]

Certifications

Year Album Certification
1992 Slide It In 2X Platinum (RIAA)

Singles[edit]

UK

Name Chart Position
Guilty of Love UK Singles Chart 31
Standing in the Shadow UK Singles Chart 62
Give Me More Time UK Singles Chart 29
Love Ain't No Stranger UK Singles Chart 44

US

Name Chart Position
Love Ain't No Stranger Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 34
Slow An' Easy Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 17

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Whitesnake – Chart Archive. Chart Stats. Retrieved 15 June 2012
  3. ^ "Whitesnake: RIAA Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 15 June 2012
  4. ^ a b c Micky Moody Interview', David Coverdale & Whitesnake Web Site, 1997 
  5. ^ Deep Purple Appreciation Society Magazine, Issue 29', The Deep Purple Appreciation Society, July 1984 
  6. ^ Deep Purple Appreciation Society – Whitesnake History', The Deep Purple Appreciation Society, 1984 
  7. ^ Widely credited to Little Willie John, but in fact written by his brother Mertis.
  8. ^ "Whitesnake – Slide It In". Chart Stats. 24 March 1984. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-09.