Slip of the Tongue
|Slip of the Tongue|
|Studio album by Whitesnake|
|Released||18 November 1989|
|Genre||Hard rock, Heavy metal|
|Label||Geffen/Warner Bros. (USA/Canada)
EMI (Rest of World) (USA)
|Producer||Mike Clink & Keith Olsen|
20th Anniversary CD-Release.
|Singles from Slip of the Tongue|
Slip of the Tongue is the eighth album by the British hard rock band Whitesnake, released in 1989. The album peaked at number 10 on both the UK Album Chart and US Billboard 200. Three singles were released from the album: "Fool for Your Loving", "The Deeper the Love" and "Now You're Gone". All the singles hit the Mainstream Rock Tracks top 40, and "The Deeper the Love" and "Fool For Your Loving" were top 5. Slip of the Tongue has sold over one million copies (platinum).
"Fool for Your Loving" originally appeared on the Ready an' Willing album, but it was re-recorded for this album.
Personnel changes and writing process
After the tour for the band's previous multi-platinum self-titled album, guitarist Vivian Campbell left the group due to musical differences. Even with Campbell's leaving, work on a new Whitesnake-album started. Singer David Coverdale started the writing process, with guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, at Lake Tahoe (although some material, including the title track, were written while on tour) with some lyrics being finished by Coverdale in Bora Bora.
Prior to the recording process, Adrian Vandenberg sustained a serious wrist injury, making it impossible for him to play without experiencing great discomfort. After Coverdale waited long enough for Vandenberg to heal, he had no choice but to find a new guitar player to finish the album. Coverdale chose ex-Frank Zappa and David Lee Roth guitarist Steve Vai. Coverdale was unfamiliar with Vai's work with Zappa or Roth, but had seen him in the 1986 film Crossroads, in which Vai had greatly impressed Coverdale. Adrian Vandenberg has revealed in several interviews that he thinks Vai's flamboyant guitar playing was somewhat inappropriate, and that a more bluesy approach would have suited the album better.
With Vai on board the recording process began. Coverdale had asked his old friend and former Deep Purple bandmate Glenn Hughes to fly in and do some of the backing vocals, but unfortunately at this time, due to Hughes's ongoing drug problem, Hughes was in no shape to sing properly. Even though some of Hughes' material was used (Hughes states that his backing vocals appear in three songs) most of the backing vocals are by Tommy Funderburk and Richard Page. Once again, keyboardist Don Airey (along with session musicians Claude Gaudette and David Rosenthal) was brought in to do some keyboard parts, but just like with Hughes, much of his material didn't see the light (some of the material that Airey played on didn't make the final album).
The album was finally released in late 1989. It reached number 10 on the US Billboard Top 200 charts going platinum. Adrian Vandenberg was credited as a major co-songwriter, while Steve Vai was credited with "fulfilling all guitar responsibilities" on the album, and appeared in all the band's music videos.
The album was met with mixed reactions, with many saying the album's sound was too far from the original Whitesnake-sound. David Coverdale himself has also seen the album as one of the weakest in the band's catalogue, but has since found somewhat of an appreciation for it. He summed his feeling up by saying:
"For a long time, I felt the album lacked a certain Whitesnake feel in the music, but, countless people thro' the years have assured me that they enjoyed and enjoy the album, nonetheless. So, now I happily accept it as a significant part of the Whitesnake catalogue and to be honest, I enjoy it more now than I did back then. It was an album plagued with challenges and obstacles for me, personally, from many avenues, but hey...nobody said being successful is supposed to be easy!"
Tour, and Coverdale folds the band
The tour for the album was the biggest the band had undertaken yet, playing all over the world including the famous Monsters of Rock festival (their third time appearing and second headlining). After the tour Coverdale folded the band and took a break from the music business until late 1991 when he started to work with Jimmy Page which resulted in the 1993 album Coverdale and Page.
|1.||"Slip of the Tongue"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||5:20|
|2.||"Cheap an' Nasty"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||3:28|
|3.||"Fool for Your Loving '89"||Coverdale, Marsden, Moody||4:10|
|4.||"Now You're Gone"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||4:11|
|5.||"Kittens Got Claws"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||5:00|
|6.||"Wings of the Storm"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||5:00|
|7.||"The Deeper the Love"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||4:22|
|8.||"Judgement Day"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||5:15|
|9.||"Slow Poke Music"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||3:59|
|10.||"Sailing Ships"||Coverdale, Vandenberg||6:02|
|20th Anniversary Edition Bonus Tracks|
|11.||"Sweet Lady Luck" (Single B-side)||Coverdale, Vandenberg||4:37|
|12.||"Now You're Gone" (US Single Remix)||Coverdale, Vandenberg||4:07|
|13.||"Fool for Your Loving" (Vai Voltage Mix)||Coverdale, Marsden, Moody||4:17|
|14.||"Judgement Day" (Live: In the Shadow of the Blues)||Coverdale, Vandenberg||5:38|
|15.||"Slip of the Tongue" (Live at Donington 1990)||Coverdale, Vandenberg||5:41|
|16.||"Kittens Got Claws" (Live at Donington 1990)||Coverdale, Vandenberg||4:58|
20th Anniversary Edition DVD
|1.||"Fool for Your Loving '89" (Music Video)||4:27|
|2.||"Now You're Gone" (Music Video)||4:09|
|3.||"The Deeper the Love" (Music Video)||4:17|
|4.||"The Deeper the Love" (Live: Starkers in Tokyo)||4:02|
|5.||"Sailing Ships" (Live: Starkers in Tokyo)||4:06|
|6.||"Judgement Day" (Live... In the Still of the Night)||5:22|
|7.||"Slip of the Tongue" (Live at Donington 1990)||5:54|
|8.||"Kittens Got Claws" (Live at Donington 1990)||5:01|
- David Coverdale – vocals
- Steve Vai – guitar
- Adrian Vandenberg – guitar (credited but not recorded)
- Rudy Sarzo – bass
- Tommy Aldridge – drums
- Glenn Hughes – backing vocals
- Tommy Funderburk – backing vocals
- Richard Page – backing vocals (4)
- Don Airey – keyboards
- David Rosenthal – keyboards (1)
- Claude Gaudette – keyboards
- Produced and engineered by Keith Olsen and Mike Clink
- Assisted by Noel Golden, Gordon Fordyce, Shay Baby & Allen Abrahamson
- Mixed at Record Plant Studios by Mike Clink and Keith Olsen
- Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders
- John Kalodner: A&R
Billboard (North America)
|1989||The Billboard 200||10|
|1989||UK Albums Chart||10|
|Name||Billboard Hot 100||Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||UK|
|Fool for Your Loving '89||37||2||43|
|The Deeper the Love||28||4||35|
|Now You're Gone||96||15||31|
- Allmusic review
- Robert Christgau review
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
- "Allmusic (Whitesnake charts and awards) Billboard albums".
- "Interview with Adrian (2005)". To access interview, select Extra tab
- Wagging Tongue promotional version – Interview with David Coverdale