Whitesnake Releases 35th Anniversary Special Edition of Classic LP, ‘Slide It In’
The classic album turns 35 this year and Rhino/Parlophone is celebrating with several new versions, including an enormous seven-disc boxed set titled Slide It In: The Ultimate Special Edition, which releases today. You can pick up your copy here, and listen to the remixed version of album track “All or Nothing” above
Whitesnake scored its first platinum-selling album in 1984 with Slide It In, a release that has sold more than six million copies worldwide thanks to hard rocking songs like “Love Ain’t No Stranger,” “Slow An’ Easy” and the title track.
The six-CD/DVD collection includes newly-remastered versions of both the U.K. and U.S. mixes of the album as well as the 35th Anniversary Remixes from 2019, plus unreleased live and studio recordings, music videos, concert footage, and a new interview with Whitesnake founder and lead singer, David Coverdale.
Three other versions of Slide It In are also available today; a double-CD Deluxe Edition with the newly-remastered U.K. and U.S. mixes expanded with a selection of bonus tracks, as well as the double-LP Deluxe Edition featuring the newly-remastered U.K. and U.S. mixes. Finally, a single-disc version is out as well, which includes the newly-remastered mix of the complete album. The music is also available digitally.
“Slide It In was always meant to be a structured, more electric modern take on the classic blues-based hard rock that Whitesnake were famous for, but our new Hook City Hooligan, mixer extraordinaire Christopher Collier, has hand-tooled this classic record for the 21st century,” says Coverdale. “Hearing all the performances so fresh and so clear after 35 years is amazing. Mel, Cozy and Jon’s playing on the record is as vital now as it was all those years ago. All the featured players shine. Not only did Christopher get the best out of the recording, but he gives the album a fresh coat of sonic paint bringing it right up to date. I’m personally thrilled with it.”
After releasing Saints & Sinners in 1982, Whitesnake reconvened the following year in Germany to begin recording songs for what would become the band’s sixth studio album, Slide It In. At the time, band members included Coverdale, guitarists Micky Moody and Mel Galley, bassist Colin Hodgkinson and keyboardist Jon Lord. The album was initially released in 1984 in the U.K., where it climbed into the Top 10.
The band’s lineup changed soon after. Jon Lord left to rejoin Deep Purple and Moody and Hodgkinson were replaced by guitarist John Sykes, and Neil Murray, who was Whitesnake’s original bassist. Prior to its U.S. release in 1985, Slide It In was remixed while newly-recorded parts by Sykes, Murray and keyboardist Bill Cuomo were added, resulting in two distinct versions of the album, both of which are included in this set.
Slide It In: The Ultimate Special Edition features unreleased versions of every album track, including 35th anniversary remixes made this year, as well as monitor mixes recorded in 1983. The set boasts more than a dozen unreleased live recordings from 1984 that feature an entire concert from Glasgow, Scotland, plus several songs from Jon Lord’s final show with Whitesnake in Sweden. The collection’s final disc unearths 30 tracks that cover original demos and early mixes for album tracks, as well as unfinished song ideas.