I’m delving into the world of the single! I’ll buy a 7”, 12” or CD single every week and post my findings here. Who knows what musical discoveries will be made?
Back to Missing Records in Glasgow again and this week I’ve chosen Whitesnake’s Give Me More Time on 7” single. This track came from their Slide it In album which is one of my all-time favourite records. I would normally have flicked past this single as I have the song already but then I remembered that these things have B-Sides. So I pulled it out. The single! Behave…
It turned out that the B-Side was the UK Mix of the band’s cover of Little Willie John’s Need Your Love So Bad (itself covered most famously by Fleetwood Mac). I had this song as a bonus track on my cassette of Slide It In back in… well, it was a cassette so let’s just say waayyy back. I was never that fussed about it. To my young ears it just sounded like a depressing dirge with some heavy breathing thrown over the top.
Despite my unfavourable recollection of it, this song has been on my mind since talking to completist-extraordinaire LeBrain about rare Coverdale tracks. He informed me that the UK Mix is hard to find on official releases now. It was not included on the CD version of the album and the recent anniversary reissue of Slide it In only included the US Mix. The opportunity to add a lesser-heard track to my collection for just 50p seemed too good to pass up. The sleeve is a bit grotty but, apart from a couple of crackles and pops during the first verse, the single plays well.
Need Your Love So Bad (UK Mix) is actually better than I remember and certainly better than the US version which replaces the emotive church organ with some cheesy 80s keys. I’m much more impressed by Whitesnake’s take on the song than I was back in the cassette days. The stark backdrop works better than Fleetwood Mac’s dated string section (even the Mac’s Peter Green hated that) and Coverdale soulful vocals build climatically. This was a nostalgic treat and another successful purchase. My Single of the Week project is already paying off. You can always rely on David Coverdale to give you a good 7 incher.
Amount spent on purchases: £1 (rounding up the 50ps)
Amount spent in total so far: £435