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Few groups have had an impact on the international rock scene as Whitesnake. Inspired by the blues, singer David Coverdale's rock vision has become a standard that many acts have tried to live up to yet pale in comparison. An MTV staple throughout the '80s, Whitesnake is embedded in today's pop culture with the latest blatant shout-out in the movie 40 Year-Old Virgin and in Bowling For Soup's smash hit single '1985'. Includes the hits 'Fool For Your Loving', 'Here I Go Again', 'Still Of The Night', 'Is This Love', and 'Now You're Gone. Geffen. 2006.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000CQQHGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ho Chi Minh on February 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Whitesnake has Released several Best of Compilations over the Years, and untill now None of them were right...The First Release, 1994's Greatest Hits was Ok, yet it contained a poor Remix version of "Here I go Again" that marred the CD (Much like Billy Idol's Hits CD containing the Studio "Mony Mony" and Bowie's ChangesBowie having a Remixed "Fame"; The above mentioned 3 Songs ALL reached #1 on the Billboard Singles Chart); That CD also concentrated on 1984-94 Whitesnake, ignoring their early Period when they were successful in Europe but not America. Then came the Double Best of, which was too much, many ordinary Cuts, followed by the Skimpy Milleneum Best of that lacked, among other Songs, "Slide it in"; This release Shines, ALL the important Songs are here on One stellar-Sounding Disc, the first 4 Songs are European Hits, followed by the 3 best Cuts from the 1984 CD Slide it In, and all the Hits that followed, including the Radio Hit "Pride and Joy" by Coverdale/Page, which Rocks HARD...The sequencing is a bit Odd, it is Chronological for the first Half, then Jumps to 1990 for 4 Songs, followed by 4 tunes from the '87 CD before ending with '93's "pride" and a Cut from 1979...But it all Plays well, and the Songs Are NOT Remixed, despite What the Previous "Kid's Review" Says (Who obviously Reviewed This CD Twice).....
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on May 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: David Coverdale and an assortment of players from the late 1970's through the late 90's. Most notably playing on one or more Whitesnake albums: John Sykes (guitar), Steve Vai (guitar), Adrian Vandenberg (guitar), Micky Moody (guitar), Tommy Aldridge (drums), Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Ian Paice (drums), Cozy Powell (drums), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Neil Murray (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards/organ).

THE DISC: (2006) 18 songs clocking in at approximately 79 minutes. Included with the disc is a 14-page booklet containing plenty of band photos, a 5-page history (mainly showcasing Coverdale), song titles/credits, what songs came from which albums, and Billboard chart success. Oddly, there is no mention of the musicians/players in any shape, manner or form. Label - Geffen.

ALBUM REPRESENTATION: Come An' Get It (1), Love Hunter (2), Snakebite (1), Ready An' Willing (1), Slide It In (3), Whitesnake (4), Slip Of The Tongue (4), Greatest Hits (1), Coverdale-Page (1).

COMMENTS: I grew up with Deep Purple and Whitesnake in the 1970's. Coverdale had smoking bluesy vocals that absolutely rocked... especially in those early (1974-75) Deep Purple days of "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste The Band". He continued to rock with Whitesnake in the late 70's and early 80's despite the music industry bashing his sexist lyrics that were full of innuendos. Coverdale had a way with surrounding himself with very accomplished rock musicians - providing slightly different flavors on each album. On Whitesnake's self titled release in 1987, things changed and the Coverdale power ballad was born. The slower tunes were good, but this wasn't the Whitesnake I had grown to love. It took some time to get used to it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Sarnecky on February 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First off, I am as of this writing a CASUAL Whitesnake fan who remembers the late 80's hits when I was a pre-teen and knows some of David Coverdale's work with Deep Purple. Therefore, this review is geared towards similar types of Whitesnake fans, not the harcore fan who has all the albums. I bought this CD because I simply wanted the hits yet also wanted a sample of Whitesnake's deeper history. THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, more than any other Whitesnake compilation, seems to deliver. Unlike most compilations, we get five tracks worth of material from the pre-SLIDE IT IN/American fame period, which adds a bit of depth to the compilation in addition to ALL the hits that appeal to compilation buyers. This CD leaves me satisfied with what is on it and also makes me want to explore more Whitesnake later on, which is exactly what I want out of a compilation. Whitesnake may have been a "hair band" image wise, but their talent, professionalism, and 70's hard rock pedigree transcends such an empty genre. Well worth checking out for the beginner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lucifer Sam on May 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you are planning to buy this cd please don't! Buy the "Gold" cd better. Now the sound of this cd is very good. That's not my issue here the problem is the Slow n Easy version that was included here. So what if it is from the European version of "Slide it In" this version is totally lame. The version from the American "Slide it In" featuring John Sykes, and Neal Murray is much much better! It rocks harder with killer guitar riffs. The American version of Slow n Easy was the first Whitesnake song I ever heard and it blew me away. I was completly p!@#off when I bought this and found out that they had the lame Euro version. The "Gold" cd has the killer version that we all know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quinn Miller on February 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Whitesnake's "Definitive Collection" is basically a retread of a couple other previously released greatest hits collections. Four tracks at the beginning and one short epilouge are added to an otherwise familiar collection. As the kid reviewer has noted below, songs from the Slide It In disc are not in their familiar stateside format. However, I believe that these stripped down versions are the originals from the UK version of Slide It In, released in January '84 whereas the US version was not released until April of that year with added production from Martin Birch. And correct my young metal fan, the liner notes add very little that hasn't been mentioned in some Snake hits collection scribble somewhere.

The only other worthy addition to this is the Coverdale/Page hit "Pride and Joy" from '93 (which isn't Whitesnake at all, so this is a questionable addition). I was very pleased to see "Walking in the Shadow of the Blues" from the import-only Lovehunter make the grade as well. This one and "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" can be found in super-gized states on the Snakes '80 Live Hammersmith offering. Not bad, but at the end of the day, unneccessary.
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