Forevermore (Whitesnake album)

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Forevermore
Whitesnake Forevermore.jpg
Studio album by Whitesnake
Released 9 March 2011 (2011-03-09)
Recorded 2010
Studio Snakebyte Studios and Grumblenott Studios & Villas, Lake Tahoe, Nevada,
Casa Dala, Sherman Oaks,
Entourage Studios, North Hollywood, California
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 63:31
Label Frontiers
WEA (Japan)
Producer Los Bros Brutalos (David Coverdale, Doug Aldrich, Michael McIntyre)
Whitesnake chronology
30th Anniversary Collection
(2008)
Forevermore
(2011)
Live at Donington 1990
(2011)
Singles from Forevermore
  1. "Love Will Set You Free"
    Released: 2011
  2. "One of These Days"
    Released: 2011

Forevermore is the eleventh studio album by British hard rock band Whitesnake, which was released on 9 March 2011 in Japan through WEA, 25 March 2011 in Europe, 29 March 2011 in the US, and 18 April 2011 in the UK and Ireland through Frontiers Records. The album was released on vinyl, in addition to the regular CD and digital editions.[1]

A special edition of the album, called 'Snake Pack' was released in the UK only, and contains two bonus live tracks, a 132-page magazine, a pin as well as special album artwork.[1] The two live bonus tracks are a teaser for the upcoming live album, recorded in 1990 at Donington Park (Live at Donington 1990) and released in the summer of 2011.[1] On iTunes the album also contains two different bonus tracks, an alternative mix of "Love Will Set You Free" and an acoustic version of "Forevermore". In addition, Amazon.com offered the album with the bonus track "My Evil Ways" on its digital store.[2]

A digital single for the song "Love Will Set You Free" was released on 21 February 2011,[3] while the video was released on 14 February. A free download of the song was made available on Whitesnake's Facebook page on 15 February.[4]

Background[edit]

In 2008, Whitesnake released their first studio album in more than a decade, Good to Be Bad. The album was well-received, and charted in several countries. Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich revealed that he had started coming up with song ideas for a followup in 2009, a year after Good to be Bad was released. Aldrich also noted that "David [Coverdale, Whitesnake frontman] had said that he might wanted [sic] to make a record and maybe it could be more acoustic-based."[5]

David Coverdale has stated that he believes Forevermore is "still embracing all those elements that drew [the band's fans] to Whitesnake in the first place."[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Blabbermouth.net 8.5/10 stars[8]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[9]

Critical[edit]

Forevermore was met with generally positive reviews upon release. Thom Jurek of AllMusic rated the album 3.5/5 and stated that "the album's first single, Love Will Set You Free, is top-notch Whitesnake that nods back to the early years while grounding itself in the present." He also stated that the tracks "All Out of Luck" and "Tell Me How" "measure up in the same way".[7]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted at No. 49 on Billboard 200, selling 12,000 copies in its first week.[10] It has sold 44,000 copies in the US as of May 2015.[11]

Tour[edit]

A world tour to promote the album was announced,[3] and American dates listed for May and August 2011,[12][13] and European dates are listed for June and July 2011.[14] Following the release of the album, a worldwide tour began on 11 May 2011 in Westbury, New York. The North American concerts were followed by concerts in Europe, South America and Asia. The tour went to thirty-five countries. It ended on 8 December 2011 in Wolverhampton, England. Six songs from the album were performed live, namely "Steal Your Heart Away", "Love Will Set You Free", "One of These Days", "Fare Thee Well", "My Evil Ways" and "Forevermore". Two former Whitesnake band members, Adrian Vandenberg and Bernie Marsden, played as guests on four concerts.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Coverdale and Doug Aldrich, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Steal Your Heart Away" 5:18
2. "All Out of Luck" 5:28
3. "Love Will Set You Free" 3:52
4. "Easier Said Than Done" 5:13
5. "Tell Me How" 4:41
6. "I Need You (Shine a Light)" 3:49
7. "One of These Days" 4:53
8. "Love and Treat Me Right" 4:14
9. "Dogs in the Street" 3:48
10. "Fare Thee Well" 5:18
11. "Whipping Boy Blues" 5:02
12. "My Evil Ways" 4:33
13. "Forevermore" 7:22
Total length: 63:31

Personnel[edit]

Whitesnake[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Timothy Drury – keyboards
  • Jasper Coverdale - backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos (David Coverdale, Doug Aldrich, Michael McIntyre)
  • Mike Tacci - drums recording engineer
  • Eric Astor - assistant engineer
  • Dave Donnelly - mastering

Release and chart history[edit]

Region Date Chart entry
Japan 9 March 2011[15] 18[16]
Austria 25 March 2011 27[17]
Belgium 37
Germany 16[17]
Luxembourg
Netherlands 42[17]
Switzerland 17[17]
Denmark 28 March 2011
Finland 11[17]
Norway 39
Sweden 6[17]
Canada 29 March 2011[3] 61
Italy 41[17]
United States 49[17][18]
France 31 March 2011 124
Czech Republic 15[17]
Hungary 23[19]
Poland 42[17]
Ireland 18 April 2011[20]
UK 33[21]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Whitesnake Guitarist Doug Aldrich Talks 'Forevermore' (Video) – Mar. 8, 2011". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Whitesnake – Forevermore Tracklisting, Release Dates Revealed; New Song Streaming". Bravewords.com. Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Whitesnake/David Coverdale Facebook". Retrieved 15 February 2011. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Whitesnake Guitarist Discusses Making Of 'Forevermore' In New Interview – Feb. 20, 2011". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Coverdale Says 'Forevermore' Embraces Elements That Drew Fans To Whitesnake in First Place – Apr. 1, 2011". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Jurek, Tom. "Forevermore - Whitesnake (Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards)". AllMusic. 
  8. ^ Alisoglu, Scott. "Whitesnake: "Forevermore"". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
  9. ^ Hann, Michael (21 April 2011). "Whitesnake: Forevermore - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
  10. ^ "Whitesnake Frontman: 'I Don't Accept That People Don't Buy Records Anymore'". Blabbermouth.net. May 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on 15 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Whitesnake 15 upcoming concerts and festivals". songkick.com. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "Whitesnake's "Forevermore" To Be Released On March 29th". Eddie Trunk.com. 18 January 2011. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
  14. ^ "Whitesnake Tour Schedule 2011". Whitesnake.com. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Amazon.co.jp". Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  16. ^ "Forevermore - Whitesnake" (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Whitesnake: More 'Forevermore' First-Week Chart Positions Revealed – Apr. 11, 2011". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Whitesnake's 'Forevermore' Cracks U.S. Top 50 – Apr. 6, 2011". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  19. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége". mahasz.hu. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  20. ^ "Amazon.co.uk". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  21. ^ "Whitesnake - Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 April 2015.