... and I missed them! I didn't find Whitesnake until the release of '1987' when rock music collided with my teenage years so my experience of Mr Coverdale and crew was decidedly American in bias. Not necessarily a bad thing, I loved those albums and they certainly presented his 'whisper to a scream' style perfectly.
However, some years later, with money in my pocket and having rediscovered Mr C after a break of some years, I invested in all the early albums. What a treat! A richer, more bluesy sound and an even better showcase for his vocal range with none of the aggressive guitar that so characterised late 80s rock music.
Many of my favourites are here - 'Love Hunter', 'Ready and Willing' (always!), 'Fool for Your Loving' - in a perfect 'best of the early years' blend. I can't take every album with me on my travels, but this is the ideal disk for slot one in the CD player. Anyone who hasn't experienced Whitesnake prior to the 80s US influence should buy this and see what they're missing. I guarantee its money well spent.