With the latest shout-outs in the movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin
and Bowling For Soup
's hit single "1985" ("She was gonna be an actress/She was gonna be a star/She was gonna shake her ass/On the hood of Whitesnake's car"), Whitesnake
continues to prove that one of the bands that defined an era remains embedded in today's pop culture.
Now the first single-disc retrospective of the band led by David Coverdale
and Whitesnake's first official DVD live set both debut in early 2006. The CD, The Definitive Collection, produced with the full participation of Coverdale, and the DVD, Live.In The Still Of The Night (Special Collector's Edition), recorded in the U.K. in Fall 2004 and including a bonus 10-song CD, will be simultaneously released February 7, 2006 by Hip-O/Geffen/UMe.
The Definitive Collection spans nearly every studio album issued by Whitesnake, including its pre-U.S. fame LPs Snakebite (1978, with the band's first hit, "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City"), Lovehunter
(1979, with "Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues" and "We Wish You Well"), Ready An' Willing
(1980, with the title track) and Come An' Get It (1981, with "Don't Break My Heart Again"). Also heard are hit tracks from Slide It In
(1984, double platinum), Whitesnake
(1987, eight times platinum) and Slip Of The Tongue (1989, platinum).
From Slide It In are the rockin' blues "Slow An' Easy" and the title track, and the modern slickness of "Love Ain't No Stranger." Whitesnake provided a timeless rock anthem in the #1 "Here I Go Again" and a classic power ballad in the #2 "Is This Love" as well as the majestic "Still Of The Night" and "Give Me All Your Love." Slip Of The Tongue spun off the Top 40 pop hits "Fool For Your Loving" and the ballad "The Deeper The Love" plus "Judgment Day" and "Now You're Gone." "Looking For Love" was first heard on 1994's platinum Greatest Hits album
The two-hour-plus DVD Live.In The Still Of The Night (Special Collector's Edition) can be heard in either stereo or 5.1 Surround Sound. Along with performances of many of the hits heard on The Definitive Collection, including "Here I Go Again, "Fool For Your Loving," "Still Of The Night," "Is This Love" and "Give Me All Your Love," the concert features "Crying In The Rain" (1982's Saints & Sinners), "Take Me With You" (1978's Trouble), "Bad Boys" (Whitesnake), "Don't Break My Heart Again" (the 1987 European version of the Whitesnake disc) and a medley of "Burn" and "Stormbringer," which Coverdale wrote and sang while in his former band, Deep Purple
Helmed by celebrated concert director Hamish Hamilton (U2
, Red Hot Chili Peppers
), Live In The Still Of The Night (Special Collector's Edition) also boasts a behind-the-scenes documentary, a photo gallery and a 59-minute bonus CD of 10 of the live performances.