Saints & sinners...
Whitesnake is an English group formed in 1978 in Cleveland by David Coverdale. Singer coming directly from another band and not least namely Deep Purple. A Coverdale who will be joined by Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray and David Dowle.
The group released a first album called "Trouble" the same year. And for a first try, it is quite a success even if the latter does not produce any ranked hits.
A year later in 1979 released the album "Lovehunter", album which will do better than its predecessor in terms of sales, create controversy with a tendentious album cover (a naked woman astride a coiled snake) but also , and above all, to offer the group its first hit classified with the title "Lon way from home".
The 1980s saw them move up a gear when the album "Ready an’ willing "was released. An album that this time is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to the single "Fool for your loving", a title originally written for B.B. King.
Further acceleration the following year in 1981 with the release of the album "Come an’ get it". And another big hit thanks to the single "Don’t break my heart again".
The first global hit "Here I go again" arrived in 1982 with the album "Saints & sinners" and paradoxical as it may seem, the album "Slide it in" which was released in 1984 produced only minor hits. While it will sell even better than its predecessor.
The real consecration came three years later with the release in 1987 of the album that bears the name of the group. The album is a huge planetary success, carried at arm's length by the remix of "Here I go again" as well as by "Is this love", and to a lesser extent "Give me all your love". And also by the makes the clips of the songs loop on MTV. The group is then at the height of its art.
The album "Slip of the tongue" was released in 1989. A new global hit, notably thanks to the flagship single "The deeper the love" as well as the remix of "Fool for your loving". Notorious success but which will unfortunately be the last.
Because all that will be released thereafter will in no way know the success of the previously released opuses.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Lie down (A modern love song) 1978
The time is right for love 1978
Long way from home 1979
Fool for your loving 1980
Ready an' willing 1980
Ain't no love in the heart of the city 1980
Don’t break my heart again 1981
Here I go again 1982
Guilty of love 1983
Give me more time 1984
Standing in the shadow 1984
Love ain’t no stranger 1984
Still of the night 1987
Is this love ? 1987
Give me all your love 1988
The deeper the love 1990
Now you're gone 1990
Judgement day 1990
Too many tears 1997
Don't fade away 1997
1978 ... a first title to break in and especially to set the trend : it will be rock, rock, rock ! The little guys aren't there to laugh ...
1978 ... what is certain is that this group has talent, it's obvious. Even if the style is particularly punchy, the melodic quality does not suffer at all
1979 ... the first classified title. Admittedly, the success is limited mainly to England but the potential of the group is real and one suspects that they will not stop there ...
1980 ... a transition to the 1980s which rhymes with the first global success. This time they did it ! The rise in power is linear and the group begins to unfold impressively. HU-GE !
1980 ... always difficult for the suites to compete when the previous track has shattered everything in its path. But this title is not devoid of quality, far from it ...
1980 ... a HUGE 1980 with a plethora of titles and quality on every level. The group is now at cruising speed and it's going to last !
1981 ... paradoxically, despite obvious talent and know-how, the group still struggled to break into the international market. The success remains - and will remain - limited almost until the end to England ...
1982 ... the exception that makes the rule. This title offers them a new, well-deserved global mega hit, all on a particularly punchy Intimist title. HU-GE !
1983 ... a title which spins at the speed of light but which will not have the same level of success as its predecessor, far from it. Like what, we must not confuse speed and haste ...
1984 ... anyway, the adventure continues and the group manages to stay among the elite without too much difficulty. Especially since the future years promise to be grandiose ...
1984 ... another BIG year with several big caliber titles. But the level of success remains average. It is clear that the group is between two waters and still can not pass the level that will allow him to touch the stars for good ...
1984 ... despite real success on both sides of the Atlantic, 1984 will not necessarily remain as the best vintage of the group ...
1987 ... little air hole of 3 years old and here they are again in Olympic form with a sound that has grown even heavier, if at all possible. And my faith, it pays !
1987 ... then THIS title comes ! It took them almost 10 years to reach Nirvana, but this time, it is well and truly done. And as very often for the Hard groups of this time, it is a sumptuous Intimist title which will make them return definitively in the legend. MAS-TER-FUL !
1988 ... a sweet parenthesis that closes immediately to give way once again to regular beating. Sensible soul to withhold...
1990 ... they will have gone through the 70s, then the 80s and here they are in the 90s. A great longevity, reserved as always for the greatest, and which proves once again that this group really has talent. A talent that gives the best of itself on this kind of song !
1990 ... a particularly successful transition to the next decade, which suggests that we will still have to count on them for the years to come ...
1990 ... unfortunately, the rest will be more complicated to manage than expected. 1990 will have been a Grand Cru but it will indeed be the last ...
1997 ... then almost nothing for 7 years, except a cover of 'Is this love'. The phoenix is reborn from its ashes in this year 1997 but this return is an impossible bet to win, it is clear
1997 ... this does not prevent them from continuing to deliver titles of certain quality, the proof with this sumptuous Intimist title. An exit through the front door for a group that will undoubtedly remain as one of the best in its category !
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