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This album by Whitesnake always sticks out in my mind and the production is fantastic and of course of the 80s big rock sound.
I am a big fan of the 'heavy metal' guitar sound and on this album John Sykes plays some amazing guitar all throughout the album. If you are into good old fashioned shredding guitar solos, you will love this album, but Sykes plays with great feeling too and I personally love technical ability intertwined with felt passion and sustained notes. The guitar solo on 'Crying in the Rain' is a phenomenal masterpiece. Of course, I am being a bit single-minded on the guitar playing on this album and mustn't forget David Coverdale's amazing vocal presence and he sings in his classic trademark voice throughout.
The songs are well written and kicks off with 'Still of the Night' - a great riff oriented song, which sounds to me to be influenced by Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song'. 'Crying in the Rain' is another powerful riff-rocker and like I have said features an amazing guitar solo. This album also features the remake of 'Here I go again', which is popular amongst, not only rock fans, but mainstream listeners also. There are two power ballads which were top 40 chart entries, including 'Is this Love' which was and is still a very popular song, played on the radio very frequently and has that classic power ballad sound.
All in all a very accomplished piece of work and I will be listening to this album for many times to come.
As well as bringing Whitesnake mega global success and fame, I have always credited the 1987 self titled record as being the bands finest hour, and their entry into the 80's heavy metal scene couldn't have come at a better time for the group.
The opening anthem Still Of The Night stated the albums intentions from the get go and gave the head bangers something right from the top, as did Looking For Love which is well placed to cover the entire rock spectrum from melodic and delicate keyboards to some insane guitar solos towards the back end of the track.
The first of the two hit singles, Is This Love is nestled into the heart of the album and is a stand out piece every time, and as well as Crying In The Rain the re-recording of Here I Go Again is too an obvious highlight and unsurprisingly it became a huge global hit.
The overall combination of tracks work together incredibly well and while some may have considered Coverdale to have sold out somewhat, I consider it the peak of his career.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Still Of The Night
2 Bad Boys
3 Give Me All Your Love
4 Looking For Love
5 Crying In The Rain
6 Is This Love
7 Straight For The Heart
8 Don't Turn Away
9 Children Of The Night
10 Here I Go Again
11 You're Gonna Break My Heart Again