WHITESNAKE continues to revisit its multi-platinum career as it remixes some of its biggest hits for a new collection, “Greatest Hits”, which was made available on Friday (May 6) on digital and streaming services.
WHITESNAKE founder and lead singer David Coverdale had 16 tracks remixed and remastered for this collection. He explains: “We’ve definitely expanded on the original ‘Greatest Hits’, took them all out of the sonic time capsule of the ’80s and ’90s, and brought them up to date, sound-wise … as always, we have the original albums for those who consider them holy relics.”
Keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, SONS OF APOLLO),who also appeared on WHITESNAKE‘s recent “Red, White And Blues” trilogy, adds Hammond organ to more than half the songs on the collection. His scorching contributions can be heard on the No. 1 smash “Here I Go Again”, “Fool For Your Loving”, “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again” and more. New performances by former WHITESNAKE guitarist Adrian Vandenberg can also be heard on “The Deeper The Love” and “Judgement Day” from the 1989 album “Slip Of The Tongue”.
Along with those new additions, Coverdale also went back to the vault to unearth vintage performances by guitarist John Sykes that didn’t appear on the original recordings, including a solo on “Slide It In” and rhythm guitar on “Give Me All Your Love”.
“Greatest Hits” focuses extensively on three blockbuster albums the band released during the 1980s: 1984’s “Slide It In” (double platinum),1987’s “Whitesnake” (eight times platinum),and 1989’s “Slip Of The Tongue” (platinum). But the collection goes deeper with songs like “Sweet Lady Luck”, a B-side on the 12-inch single for “The Deeper The Love” and “Forevermore”, the title track from the band’s 2011 album.
WHITESNAKE will embark on a farewell tour this week with special guest EUROPE. The first leg of “Whitesnake: The Farewell Tour” will start on May 10 in Dublin. Coverdale said: “I pray every day we can all make this happen and once again share unforgettable evenings together and celebrate the amazing journey we have been on for almost 50 years.”
“Greatest Hits” CD/Blu-ray track listing:
01. Still Of The Night
02. Here I Go Again
03. Is This Love
04. Give Me All Your Love
05. Love Ain’t No Stranger
06. Slide It In
07. Slow An’ Easy
08. Guilty Of Love
09. Fool For Your Loving
10. Judgment Day
11. The Deeper The Love
12. Now You’re Gone
13. You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again
14. Sweet Lady Luck
15. Crying In The Rain
WHITESNAKE will team up with the SCORPIONS for a North American tour this summer and fall. The two-month-long Live Nation-produced trek will kick off on August 14 in Toronto, with additional concerts in Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, and Denver, among others. Also appearing on the bill will be the Swedish band THUNDERMOTHER.
Last July, WHITESNAKE announced that it had enlisted Croatian singer/multi-instrumentalist Dino Jelusick for its upcoming tour. Jelusick is a member of multi-platinum selling band TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and was previously part of DIRTY SHIRLEY (with George Lynch),ANIMAL DRIVE and recorded with many others. The 29-year-old Dino has been singing, touring and recording since the age of five. Other than being a frontman, his main instrument are keyboards but he also plays bass, guitar and drums. He finished music academy and did theater work.
Coverdale, who turned 70 last September, recently confirmed that he plans to retire from touring after WHITESNAKE‘s next batch of concerts around the world.
Coverdale had both his knees replaced with titanium in 2017 after suffering from degenerative arthritis. He later explained that he was in so much pain with arthritis in his knees that it hampered his ability to perform live.
WHITESNAKE had been touring in support of its latest album, “Flesh & Blood”, which was released in May 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.