Noise-some Notes – 9th May 2013

Taken from the front
Taken from the front

Whitesnake – Slide It In (U.S. Remix Picture Disc Vinyl)

1984’s Slide It In seemed to usher in the age of Cov the Gov endlessly remixing and re-recording old album and songs. In the UK the album’s reception had been a bit mixed, some people feeling it was a bit flat sounding and that the lyrics to songs like Slide It In, Spit It Out and Slow And Easy had gotten a bit too “oo-er missus” for comfort (can’t think why). Keen to crack the US and worried that the album might not cut the mustard, Cov gave the Whitesnake line-up an MTV-friendly reshuffle (the most note-worthy addition being guitarist John Sykes) and the album was remixed with new and re-recorded parts added by the new members. The US Remix of the album was a massive success and the big international breakthrough that Coverdale had been hoping for. No-one thought to re-write any of the lyrics. I guess they were all too busy inserting the new member’s parts.

Taken from behind.
Taken from behind.

This is the UK vinyl release of the US Mix! Although I’m a fan of John Sykes, his (presumably rushed) solos go nowhere fast compared to Micky Moody’s blissful, melodic original leads but the US remix does make the album punchier and more dynamic. For my money, the original UK version is more timeless and cohesive but the US version has a lot to recommend it and does more than enough to earn Slide It In a double-entry in the HMO Hall of Fame.

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50 thoughts on “Noise-some Notes – 9th May 2013”

      1. I love HP! It’s my favourite actually. I just call it “steak sauce”. Good place to locate the Hall of Fame, in case visitors get hungry.

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      2. I’ll bet that’s what you tell all the girls…

        Hey, how do you get your comment to go in directly under the comment to which you’re replying? Mine seem to keep piling up at the bottom?

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      3. Hm, I’ve been clicking reply on the site. Maybe I need to be doing it through the email that brings the comment to which I would like to reply.

        I’ve had black pudding. Wasn’t the biggest fan… a bottle of that HP sauce might cure the problem, though. And several Guiness.

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      4. And get proper Stornoway Black Pudding! I had that for the first time a few months ago and it was immense!

        I mostly use the drop down menu where the wee conversation bubble goes orange at the top.

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      5. When I come visit, we’ll go get us a meal.

        Hm. Maybe it’s different for you, as owner of the site.I’ll try it through the email for future comments, see how that goes.

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      6. I’m lost here.

        What are we really talking about?

        I really do like the good ole Ketchup.

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      7. I’m laughing at the conversation. Mostly started between yourself and Mike, that I can see.

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  1. Very cool disc! I still have a couple old Maiden picture discs… I liked the album but you’re right it was a little sluggish…they took care of that on their next album though. I am a Sykes fan too. Be cool to hear the UK version maybe when the HOF is open to the public!!

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    1. People seem to feel the UK version is a bit dead sounding but I really love it. I’d rate it and 1987 pretty close but Sykes is waaayyyy more at home on 1987. Crying in the Rain: one of the best solos ever!

      The 25th Anniversary release of Slide It In does have both versions of the album now. But it’s mastered extremely loud. I was very disappointed with it. Much prefer my vinyl copies.

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  2. I do like Cov’s oo-err missus stuff, he always seemed to come over a bit more like a pantomime dame than a proper bona fide sex pest. Mrs 1537 bought the T-shirt back in the 80’s solely to annoy her uptight, church-going parents – mission accomplished.

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    1. I love all the double-entendres! Reviewing his stuff is a great excuse to slip one in. As long as it’s fun and playful it never comes across as a problem to me. What’s wrong with being sexy?

      Kudos to Mrs 1537 for the god-botherer-bothering!

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      1. Bwohaha! You know what hell that chaos is if you have OCD? But let’s face it, the chaos makes the installation more mysterious, more alluring…more…um, storish?

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      2. I got bored doing the single of the week so I’ve put it on hold for a while. It was a popular series but I just got fed up writing about B-Sides! I’ll probably bring it back at some point though.

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      3. Ah okay – that’s fair enough. And all the Maiden talk has sent me to storage to ferret out some disks, thanks man! I’m loving at all over again…enjoying Best of the Beast at present.

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  3. Well done Scott….great read! And very well researched! I know ITunes has the U.S./Uk edition together for purchase but I’m ok with what I got! But man once again great article

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