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Buy Online Whitesnake - The Blues Album Limited Edition Ocean Blue Double Vinyl + CD

Whitesnake celebrates the blues sound that helped inspire its multi-platinum career on a new collection that features remixed and remastered versions of the group’s best blues-rock songs. “The Blues Album” is the third and final release in the band’s “Red, White and Blues Trilogy”, a series of compilations organised by musical themes that began earlier in 2020 with Love Songs (red) and The Rock Album (white). The new compilation delivers a potent mix of hits and deep tracks that originally appeared between 1984 and 2011 on six Whitesnake studio albums and Coverdale’s solo album, “Into the Light“. 

Whitesnake’s singer-songwriter David Coverdale says, the music reflects how blues artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and the three Kings (Albert, B.B. and Freddie) continue to inspire him. In the album’s liner notes, he writes: “It’s hard to find the words to show how profoundly they connected with my soul. But ‘blues’ to me is a beautiful word that describes emotional expression… feelings, be it feelings of sadness, loneliness, emptiness… but, also those that express great joy, celebration and dance, sexiness and love!!!” 

In the liner notes, Coverdale described how hearing blues legends like Muddy Waters, Albert King and Howlin’ Wolf affected him throughout his life. “It’s hard to find the words to show how profoundly they connected with my soul,” he writes. “But ‘blues’ to me is a beautiful word that describes emotional expression … feelings, be it feelings of sadness, loneliness, emptiness … but, also those that express great joy, celebration and dance, sexiness and love.”

The Blues Album includes two hits, “Slow an’ Easy” and “Give Me All Your Love,” which has been remixed to focus on the track’s guitars. You can check out the set’s opening track, “Steal Your Heart Away,” below.

The Blues Album” showcases two of the band’s biggest songs: “Slow An’ Easy,” a big hit in 1984 from Whitesnake’s massive album “Slide It In”, and the smash “Give Me All Your Love” from the band’s 1987 self-titled globally successful album. Other choice tracks from Whitesnake are also featured: “Looking For Love” and “Crying In The Rain,” and “Steal Your Heart Away.” The collection also includes “If You Want Me,” a studio recording released in 2006 as a bonus track on the live album, “Live…in the Shadows of the Blues“. Coverdale also taps his 2000 solo album, “Into the Light”, for “The River Song.”

Whitesnake will issue a new collection of remixed and remastered songs as The Rock Album, the first in a series of planned compilations around specific themes.

The songs on The Rock Album were originally issued between 1984 and 2011 and are pulled from six Whitesnake studio albums. The 16-track selection includes ‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’, ‘Judgement Day’, ‘Still of the Night’, ‘Give Me All Your Love’ and ‘Here I Go Again.’ This new collection also plays loose with the definition of ‘Whitesnake’ by including ‘She Give Me’, from David Coverdale’s 2000 solo album, Into the Light.

According to Coverdale, “all the songs have been revisited, remixed and remastered. Some have been musically embellished where my co-producer Michael McIntyre, my new mixer Christopher Collier and I felt it appropriate or necessary to bring out the best in these songs.” An example of this is that The Rock Album includes a remixed version of ‘All Or Nothing’ (from Slide It In) that features additional guitars pulled from the original multi-track tapes, plus an alternate arrangement of ‘Tell Me How’ from Forevermore.

The collection features the debut of ‘Always The Same’, a previously unreleased song that was recorded during the 2019 sessions for Flesh & Blood. A previously unreleased song recorded during the 2019 sessions for Flesh & Blood.  Available on The Rock Album, a new collection that features revisited, remixed and remastered versions of the group’s best rock songs!

The Rock Album is the first release in the ‘Red, White and Blues Trilogy’. Forthcoming collections will be Love Songs (red) and The Blues Album (blue, obviously!). The Rock Album is pressed on double white vinyl, so clearly the other compilations will follow suit with their respective colours.

The Rock Album will be released on 19th June 2020.

David Coverdale’s successful run with Whitesnake produced a legitimate string of twelve studio albums. Of those, Slide It In (1984), its 8-million units followup, the self-titled Whitesnake(1987), and Slip Of The Tongue (1989) were the most fan-explored classics.

Following up the splendid Saints & Sinners album was no easy task, but 1984’s Slide It In turned out to be an even greater triumph for David Coverdale’s Whitesnake. From the boisterous machismo of “Spit It Out” and “All or Nothing” to the resigned despair of “Gambler” and “Standing in the Shadow,” and the embarrassingly silly title track, everything seems to click. For hit singles, look no further than the twin guitar attack of “Guilty of Love” and the sheer poetry and emotion of “Love Ain’t No Stranger,” one of the decade’s greatest power ballads, bar none. Not to be outdone, “Slow an’ Easy” is a masterpiece of sexual tension and the kind of power-blues which no one does as well as Whitesnake. On a quirky historical note, Coverdale fired most of the band soon after the album’s release, replacing them with younger, prettier faces with which to better conquer America. For that purpose, Geffen Records even released a re-recorded version of Slide It In with flashy soloing from new guitarist John Sykes, sparking an ongoing debate as to which version is better.

On March 22nd, Rhino Records will reissue “Slide It In” as a 35th Anniversary Edition complete with a brand new 2019 remaster represented in an expansive 6CD/DVD Ultimate Edition, as well as a 2CD Deluxe Edition with both US and UK mixes, with a selection of bonus tracks, and a single CD (US Mix) for the album only, along with a 2LP vinyl edition.

The 6CD/DVD Ultimate Edition will provide both the US and UK mixes of the album along with unreleased live and studio recordings. The DVD will include promo videos, concert footage, and an interview with David Coverdale. The bonus CDs will include unreleased versions of every song on the original album, monitor mixes, and brand new 35th anniversary remixes. One of the six CDs will include 30 bonus tracks of demos and early mixes of Slide It In. One of the CDs will include an entire 1984 Glasgow concert performance and will include a few live Sweden performance tracks with Jon Lord’s final show with the band. This 6CD/DVD Box will include a 60-page hardbound book filled with photos, essays, notes, and credits.