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Whitesnake is the self-titled seventh studio album by British rock band of the same namereleased in The album was a major crossover hit eventually selling over eight million copies in the US and thus going eight times platinum. The album remained at or near its peak position over the course of six months, from June Playha Mobbin - S.T.N. - Game Stress November, This album was released in Europe and Australia as with a different track listing — see below and as Serpens Albus in Japan.
A remastered reissue, featuring a DVD with video clips and live performances, was released in as the 20th anniversary special edition. During the supporting tour for the band's previous album Slide It Insinger David Coverdale and drummer Cozy Powell 's relationship had started to strain. Inafter the band's performance at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazilthe last show of the Slide It In tour, Powell left the group.
Prior to his leaving, Coverdale was actually about to fold the band, but executives at Geffen Records with whom Bad Boys - Whitesnake - The Originals had recently signed in the US and Canada only, while outside North America they remained with EMI asked Coverdale to continue working with guitarist John Sykesas they saw potential in the two.
In the spring ofCoverdale and Sykes decamped to the town of Le Rayol in the south of France to start writing material for a new album; according to Coverdale, bassist Neil Murray also helped with some of the arrangements. Two songs that would emerge from these sessions would be Reverie - Chick Corea - The Leprechaun of Whitesnake's biggest hits: " Still of the Night ", based on an old demo by Coverdale and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore ; and " Is This Love ", originally written for Tina Bad Boys - Whitesnake - The Originals.
Coverdale, Sykes and Murray then moved to Los Angeles, where they rehearsed and started auditioning for drummers, and hired Aynsley Sail Away Home - John Denver - Whose Garden Was This. With their line-up complete, Whitesnake headed up to VancouverBritish ColumbiaCanada, to lay plans for the new record.
One of the first issues the band faced was John Sykes' desire to achieve a specific guitar sound that he wanted, which he eventually found with the help of Coverdale's friend and engineer Bob Rockwho had previously worked with Bon Jovi on the multi-platinum album Slippery When Wet.
The next problem the band faced was a sinus infection with which Coverdale was stricken. This put the album's production behind schedule, especially when Coverdale underwent surgery and a six-month-long rehabilitation program.
Sykes grew impatient and suggested bringing in a new vocalist and carrying on without Coverdale, which eventually led to the end of Coverdale's relationship with both John Sykes and producer Mike Stone. After Coverdale recovered, he started work on his vocal tracks with Ron Nevisonbefore soon switching to Keith Olsenwho also helped mixing the album.
Keyboard players Don Airey and Bill Cuomo were brought in to record some keyboard parts, as well as Dutch guitar player Adrian Vandenberg to record the guitar solo for the re-recorded version of the song " Here I Go Again ". Coverdale was also discussing the possibility of Vandenberg soon joining Whitesnake.
By this time latewith the recording process done and the album slated to be released in earlyCoverdale made the Another Year - Charlie Simpson - Long Road Home to let the other members of the band go, due Bad Boys - Whitesnake - The Originals personal differences. In Europe the album was calledfeaturing a different running order and two extra tracks, "Looking for Love" and "You're Gonna Break My Heart Again"; in Japan the album was titled Serpens Albus in reference to the illustrated text on the album's artwork which, in Latinmeans "Whitesnake".
In Australia, the album was released as but had the North American track order on the original vinyl and the European order on CD.
For the new line-up of the band, Coverdale enlisted guitarist Adrian Vandenberg with whom he had already discussed planssecond guitarist Vivian Campbell ex- Dio and the rhythm section of the newly defunct M. All tracks are written by David Coverdale and John Sykesexcept where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the David Coverdale solo album with a similar name, see White Snake album.
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