Whitesnake: Slip of the Tongue:( Super Deluxe Edition-2019)

You got to hand it to David Coverdale as he knows the deal in how to reissue a previous release by going all out and delivering the goods in a box set!

Like the two previous box sets that David had released before this latest reissue (30th Anniversary of the John Sykes guitar-driven reissue of the 1987 album in 2017 followed by the 35th Anniversary of Slide It In released earlier this year) Whitesnake, this year alone has delivered two box sets and a new studio album as well!

That’s a pretty impressive amount of product released in 10 months!

About 2-3 months ago the one and only Mikey Ladano set social media afire from the safe confines of Ladano HQ when he sent us all the prerelease info on Slip of the Tongue. Fellow pals HMO and John Snow were onboard quicker than you could say ‘Tawney’.  I commented with ‘Meh!’

It took a millisecond for Mikey to fire back a response going “What!?’ My response was I’m not interested in hearing all that wacky guitar shit Steve Vai did on Slip of the Tongue. ( Love Vai with Roth on the Eat Em and Skyscraper releases) Mikey commented on the previous box sets on how well they were done than a moment of clarity entered the back regions of my noggin.

I thought about all the Unreleased Tracks/Demos and man how much I would miss not hearing Kittens Got Claws again after 30 years.

30 years is a long time man. 3 decades worth of days/weeks and months as time waits for no one. Maybe after all this time perhaps maybe I could go back down into that rabbit hole known as Whitesnake 89 and give it another go as I had reviewed the Slip album a long way back and filed it as 3/4’s Filler!

Time can change the listening habits of judging for that matter of what your mind was thinking about at that time and in this case, it was 30 years ago that Slip had been recorded and I liked some of this album but not all.

Would time change that?

Once I clicked preorder I thought it would be cool to hear the songs in the early stages of demo form with Adrian Vandenberg who co-wrote the album with Dave and as fate would have it Adrian mangled up his hand and enter in Steve Vai.

Now about that for a second. How about a conspiracy theory comment open for debate.

1989 John Sykes releases the excellent Blue Murder album and it supposedly got buried by Geffen records as both Sykes and Coverdale were on Geffen and supposedly David would not release the master tapes of ‘Slip’ if Geffen supported Sykes. Who knows if this was true or not but considering there was a ton of bad blood between John and David and with ego and money on the line I could see it happening.

Vandenberg being a pretty decent six-stringer himself is no John Sykes so do you think someone at Geffen (maybe John Kalodner) approached Vai thinking the Slip album needed some star guitar firepower to push the album forward in sales and the deal was Vai could self promote himself as well as Steve had  released Passion and Warfare during his time in Whitesnake!

I could be way off track here but it was fun to toss it out there.

Now back to the Box Set!

Look at all those tracks folks! 6 CD’s worth of songs which Dave as he always does leaves no stone unturned in regards to this album

Discs 3,4 and 5 are the deal for me. Songs in an earlier incarnation. Demos/Jams and the sound is excellent.  Coverdale even tackles Burning Heart which was the biggie single from the self-titled Vandenberg album(1982).

The Granny House stuff on Disc 5 is brilliant in their demo form. Now I’m Gone is the best version I heard before it got all polished up for public consumption.

I read in the accompanying book that Slip of the Tongue was originally going to be called Liquor And Poker! They even had a song written as Liquor and Poker as well. Parking Ticket/Kill For the Cut as well as a bunch more outtakes as you really get to hear how the sound of Whitesnake was before Vai came aboard. To be honest I prefer the Vandenberg approach to these songs as he’s no razzle and dazzle on the fretboard. Keeps it simple yet catchy.

Like David has done on his other two previous reissues. Make it your money’s worth. Included is a 60-page hardcover book documenting this era of Whitesnake( 88-90) as well.

The ? has to be asked.

Has my mind changed on the actual studio album that we all heard?

Jury is still out! I haven’t even relistened to it yet. I’m too busy getting through the other discs but I will make it back to Disc 1 eventually!

To be honest I’ve been digging into the tracks on the previously mentioned discs which have given me a new sonic perspective on this album as a whole!

So well done. Bravo, David and the real treat for me was my daughter Lauren gave this mega Box Set to me as an early Birthday Gift!

How could I not like this album now?




26 thoughts on “Whitesnake: Slip of the Tongue:( Super Deluxe Edition-2019)”

      1. I’m a vai fan it’s hard for me to wrap my head around all that wang bar at times. But maybe after ignoring it for a long time and thanks to this mega set ,it’s time for a serious relisten!


  1. That was fast man! I didn’t expect your review that quick, but glad you did as I am really excited to get my copy on Tuesday (I hope). It is those bonus discs that I care about as well. The outtakes, demos and the live show are the way to deliver a box set and David never fails as I have bought each and every one. Can’t wait to dive in to this! Great write-up.

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  2. I just listened to it all so here is my take.

    When SOTT came out, I was a fan from the get go. I loved the sound and the fretboard frenzy that Vai brought. It was a perfect evolution from the 87 album. I still am a fan of the album.
    And Vandenberg showed the labels that he can cowrite as he wrote all the Vandenberg songs himself and the jury was out if he would be a good songwriting partner.

    You know me Deke, I am a fan to hear all of the early demo stuff but you can tell on these cuts there was no acoustic demo session first like how Coverdale and Sykes did for 87 and how Coverdale did for Slide It In. So something feels amiss. In saying that, i did enjoy hearing em all, the evolutions, the monitor mixes and the granny’s session.

    But my favorite on this one is the pre song Wagging Tongue interviews. I enjoyed those and man Coverdale went to town on his old band mates saying those previous recordings are shit and there is no way those old musos could be happy with their parts.

    Great early write up and great early birthday present from your daughter.

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    1. Cov pulls no punches on those interviews. I think they toured so much on the 87 album that the suits wanted product sooner than later.
      See I’m the opposite Thanks to this box set I’m getting back into it again albeit 30 years down the road. Vai just went a little too overboard on this stuff than again maybe I’m the problem! haha
      A real cool gift from Lauren. She knows what the old man likes! haha

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    1. You bet Joe! Lauren has Amazon prime so I order through her and give her the money but when she saw the release date of this she said keep your money and Happy Birthday!
      Have to time it again next year as well.. haha

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  3. Again, another post that I liked more than the subject – LOL. I’ll always think of him as David Cover-lover, which was what the radio DJs called him when making fun of him in Florida. But, having something like this as a gift from your daughter makes it special. I have a vinyl copy of John Lennon’s “Imagine” that my daughter gave me. Will treasure that forever. Happy belated birthday! Rock on.

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    1. Thanks for the B-day wishes Brother! I appreciate the fact you still read my stuff even though W.S is not your thing! I recall Robert Plant calling David ‘David Coverversion” and stuff like that which was funny man.
      But a really nice box set from my daughter so much appreciated it from her!
      Have a good day Fella!

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      1. Yeah, there was definitely some tension between him and Plant. But as far as the gift goes, there is something that warms the heart when your child gives you something that thoughtful. Treasure that!

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  4. I don’t think I realised that Vai was on this. Or maybe I just forgot. Anyhoo, Coverdale is having a productive year, eh? Must have a nice wee retirement pot going on!

    Glad you’re digging the sketches and stuff. A great birthday gift right there! Hopefully you dig the album when you revisit it (no pressure!).

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      1. I do like hearing demo stuff. I’ve grabbed Deluxe versions of some of my favourite albums when they’ve come with demo stuff… I think I prefer it more to having a bunch of live tracks or a live show!

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      2. Demos and live stuff is better than just live stuff. Coverdale is definitely knows how to treat his fans when it comes to deluxe sets.


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