Date: January 16, 2016 08:07PM
> For me, aside from Judgement Day and The Deeper
> The Love, this is the bands (if such a thing
> existed by then) absolute low point. Steve Vai and
> his 'sonic tapestries from hell' (FFS) tore to
> shreds any remaining traces of the brilliant blues
> based hard rock band that the UK and Europe
> The rot started to set in on the 1987/ST album, in
> my opinion, which was patchy and the lure of the
> American riches was too much to resist for
> Coverdale. Good luck to him, and it paid off, but
> it spelt the end of his career effectively. I saw
> them play in London in 1994, I think, with Warren
> DeMartini and it was just dreadful.
> Slip.... is almost unlistenable for me. Apart from
> the 2 good songs it's puerile lowest common
> denominator 'metal'. All flash and no substance
> and doesn't deserve to have the Whitesnake name
> attached to it.
Yeah look, funny thing is no argument! I mean 87 was the second stab at stateside success and it was about this time I caught on and while personally loved it but not to the level many my friends did, this one pretty much gets Joe Majority's vote.
But I kinda look back at it and Slip Of The Tongue in similar ways, and that is fer all their silliness, both albums serve as a staples and (arguably), for better worse, highpoints of the genre for their respective times.
Still remember dropping the needle on Slip back when released and hands down admit to playing the opening title track half a dozen times straight through before getting close to moving to track 2. And while can't argue Vai may as well have stamped his name on its cover, these ears LOVED the record. For all its silliness there was some power to that title track which thankfully was found elsewhere in such tunes as Wings Of The Storm (they almost left this off the record yikes!) Judgement Day, Sailing Ships... Plenty written for radio tunes and some crud to be had but just won these ears over back when. Guess anyone raised on the early Whitesnake likely hated it but those of us otherwise, well, there ya go.
Considering most the blame is put on Vai (and David for bringing him in I guess) what were your thoughts on the DLR records with Vai on board rocknut? Thoughts those were great too but think fair to say Vai is a guilty pleasure :)