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.
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.