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When Whitesnake broke into the spotlight with Slide It In (1984), a battalion of cynical critics predicted the band's success couldn't last, but Coverdale and company silenced all the naysayers with 1987's self-titled album, which rocketed to No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. The record was driven by the pumping rocker "Here I Go Again" and the tender power ballad "Is This Love," but the band's mainstream appeal might have had as much to do with their unabashedly sexual videos as with their bubblegum metal. The clips, which seemed to splash across MTV every 20 minutes, starred Coverdale's girlfriend and B-movie actress Tawny Kitaen, and highlighted her busty, scantily clad body in various provocative poses. Volume and T&A--a metalhead's wet dream. --Jon Wiederhorn

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000000OPZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Augustus Caesar, Ph.D. on May 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Can vintage pop metal from the 1980s be taken seriously by adults? Sometimes, yes. Case in point: Whitesnake's eponymous 1987 album, which catapulted them to international success and made them one of the top bands of the late eighties.
This album is the result of the songwriting collaboration between singer David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes, and it has everything one could ask of good pop music: melody, wit, energy, and immaculate production. Coverdale is in very fine voice, and Sykes' guitar playing--well, it simply must be heard to be believed. This man is a virtuoso's virtuoso; his fingerwork alone is worth most guitarists' tapping. One scintillating solo follows another, but the fireworks are always in the service of the songwriting, which is largely first-rate.
Unfortunately, David Coverdale's personality is not one that cultivates collaborative bliss. By the time this album was released, Sykes had been fired and the Whitesnake lineup was completely transformed. Indeed, the big hit off this album, "Here I Go Again," was a recycled 'Snake song from the 1982, and featured a solo from Sykes' replacement, Dutch guitarist Adrian Vandenberg (and a fine solo it is). That said, this is still very much Sykes' album, and an enormous accomplishment at that.
Who knows what heights Whitesnake would have reached had Sykes stayed and continued to write with Coverdale. The band's follow-up, "Slip of the Tongue" (1990), was relatively lackluster, despite some good tracks, and they never again reached the level of this album. Oh, well--at least this still makes good listening. Even for people who are now older and wiser.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brad on January 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album was among "the best of the best" of all the great hard rock albums that came out in 1987. The combination of classic and melodic hard rock make this an all time mainstream rock masterpiece.
"Still Of The Night" is, beyond a doubt, one of the best hard rocking tracks of all time. Clocking in at just over 6:30, this song just doesn't let up! Begins and ends heavy with a slight slowdown in the middle for dramatic effect. Obviously the two huge radio hits "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love" are fantastic--the epitome of a time when pop radio was listenable. "Give Me All Your Love" is an underrated track--I particularly love the exploding drums at the end of the track. "Cryin' In The Rain" and "Children Of The Night" both are great heavy rockers, and "Don't Turn Away" is an excellent anthem to end the album.
Quite simply, there is not a bad track here. Nearly 15 years after its release, this album is just as rocking and enjoyable to me today as it was when it came out. Absolutely an essential purchase for fans of '80s melodic hard rock.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 4, 2006
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You must hear this record. John Sykes is one of the greatest guitarists of all time - I am not joking. He writes killer songs and the solos are outstanding. He has created a musical masterpiece with this release. His songwriting skills shine and in particular his arrangements of the songs are brilliant. These songs are destined to be played forever. You will not be musically complete until you hear this stuff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "metalbeast" on November 27, 1999
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If you love rock music you should buy this album.
The songs on it are musically superb and John Sykes really shines on this album. Some of the songs are a little bit cheesy at times but not to the extent that would spoil the album. 'Children of the night', 'Heat of the night' and 'bad boys' are all great rock songs. Although I'm very fussy when it comes to ballads (I always either really like them or totally ignore them) I think that 'Cryin' in the rain' is one of the best ballads ever written, having said that I don't like 'is this love' at all.
This album is a favourite of mine and I would reccomend it to anyone.
Oh yeah, while I've possibly got the attention of a few Whitesnake fans. Is it me or is David Coverdale's speaking (Not singing) voice very similar to Roger Moore's (a past James Bond)?. David Coverdale, the next James Bond? Far fetched and somewhat surreal but it would be cool!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis F. Towle on November 19, 2001
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If you're looking for an album, from the 80's, that drives full throttle on all cylinders and in your face, look no further....you've found that album here....Whitesnake's self titled album! It opens with Crying In The Rain....a guitar blazing rocker which became a modest hit for Whitesnake. Song #3, Still Of The Night....an operatic rock song which charted well, and received round-the-clock air play on MTV in 1987! Song #4, a Whitesnake classic....Here I Go Again, displays David Coverdale's unique gritty vocals and great songwriting skills backed by smooth keyboards/synthesizers, driving bass and drum playing....Ansley Dunbar is one hell of a drummer....his skills are featured well on this album! Song #6, Is This Love, their power-ballad hit....it's played daily over KOIT 96.5 FM's airwaves, here in the Bay Area! I never grow tired of hearing this monster of a love song! The other songs on this album wouldn't be considered filler, to me. They are all unique in their own way....Children Of The Night would definitely have to be their most hardest rock song....crank up your stereo for this one!!!! Most remembered about Whitesnake's videos, from this album, is the heavenly body of Tawny Kitaen shown doing a summersault over Coverdale's car in a very thin, white silk dress(in Here I Go Again)....yeah baby!!!! Do yourself a favor by breaking out the plastic and ordering this CD, today! You'll thank yourself, soon after!
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