A Sneak Peek...
And This Time... "Whitesnake's" fourth album "Come an 'Get It" was released on April 6, 1981.
Remarkably it is the band's album that reached the highest place in the British charts, even surpassing the album "1987". Apparently, these Englishmen prefer the rooted blues-rock, rather than hair metal hits.
This is the band's second album in its classic lineup that includes 3/5 of "Deep Purple" MKIII Lineup, with David Coverdale, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, and Neil Murray. The person in charge of the production is the "super producer" Martin Birch, which ensures a high production level.
(Photo: Fin Costello)
The tracks on the album include a combination of high-octane rhythmic blues-rock songs, classic hard rock tracks, and melting blues ballads.
Coverdale puts up his gear and is solely responsible for writing and composing 4 of the 10 songs on the album, but don’t get it wrong, he has also co-written the other 6 songs.
The song "Don't Break My Heart Again" was written by Coverdale following the breakup of his marriage. It's amazing to think that Bernie Mercedes' guitar solo here was recorded on the first take. Guitarist Doug Aldrich (who played with the band from 2003 to 2014) noted that it is one of his favorite "Whitesnake" songs. The song was released as a lead single in March 1981, before the album was released.
The album features some memorable songs, including the theme song, "Come an 'Get It" which opens up with the powerful and precise drumming of Ian Paice that actually holds the song together, "Would I Lie to You" which is a kind of direct continuation of "Come an 'Get It" both in terms of lyrics and music, The fast-paced, "Hot Stuff", "Girl" - the little sister of Deep Purple's "Sail Away", "Till the Day I Die" that starts with the guitar tune that we are sure Mark Knopfler was influenced by on "The Man's Too Strong" from the album "Brothers In Arms" and of course "Hit an 'Run" and "Child of Babylon" which for us is one of the highlights of the album.
So let's listen to David Coverdale and his friends in their classic era. To the amazing and deep voice of David Coverdale before it became hoarse after his surgery, to the delightful Hammond sound of Jon Lord, to the precise and powerful drumming of Ian Paice, and to the double guitar of Mickey Moody and Bernie Marsden.