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Slip Of The Tongue
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've never understood the love for '1987' and the outright contempt for its follow up 'Slip Of The Tongue',its the same album!!!

Look at the evidence ,as before we get the big Zeppelin number 'Judgement Day',an absolute corker,two Sachrin coated pop moments 'Now your Gone' & 'The Deeper The Love',the former with biting lyrics which twist your heart if you have ever separted from a loved one,i have ,the lyrics kill me,the latter duly remixed for radio and hence the version heard on radio not that on the actual album,sound familiar?,again we have a reworking of an old classic 'Fool For Your Lovin' again the definitive version is the original,as with '1987' there is a fair amount of average tracks and down right dross,namely 'Cheap n Nasty'/'Kittens Got Claws'- the dross with 'Slow Poke Music/Wings Of The Storm' the average which just leaves the title track and the rather excellent 'Sailing Ships' to hold the fort.

Its a moot point as to wether Vandenberg actually playing on the disc would have made it better,we'll never know,its an average album which doesnt deserve the reputation it has whilst 1987 is lauded as a classic
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2007
Bestriding this album like a behemoth is the guitar of one Steve Vai. Or rather the three hundred and eighty-seven guitars you can hear all at once whilst listening to it. In the same way that DLR's first two albums were pretty much Steve Vai albums with the lyrics sung by somebody famous, this is Vai's triumph more than anyone's, and his guitar playing is fantastic throughout.

Know primarily for his soloing, Vai is in my opinion criminally underrated as a rhythm player, and he underpins these songs with great riffs and chops. Of course he wouldn't be Stevie if he didn't let fly after every middle eight, and the fretwork doesn't disappoint either (the track 'Wings Of The Storm immediately springs to mind).

The songs and lyrics themselves now seem very dated, and listening to it now the album appears to occasionaly slip unknowingly into Spinal Tap style self parody. But these songs were written and recorded before we knew who Kurt Cobain was, and songs like Cheap 'N' Nasty and Kittens Got Claws were accepted by listeners without any thought of a wry smile.

Anyway, If you love Little Stevie, (and who doesn't?) you should own this album.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2010
Many view this as one of their weaker efforts, and it may be from the point of view of a hardcore fan or on an academic level, but this album is not about musical integrity and trying to push the envelope. Slip of the Tongue exists in a particular era of the 80s that revelled in hair-metal madness. It will never happen again (ok there was The Darkness and now there are bands like Airborne et al - but they are retrospectively copying or imitating the era which is not really the point of that music) but for a while bands like Bon Jovi, Europe, Heart, Motley Crue, Magnum, Poison, Aerosmith and Kiss ruled the charts with their own very cheesy brand of working-man's singalong rock pomp. It was awesome. Now everything's awesome; back then the things that were awesome occurred one at a time. In the mid to late 80's heavy/glam/party/stadium/whatever rock was it. And Slip of the Tongue was a part of it.

The title track is a classic - heavy, tuneful and raw with a special chunky guitar crunch, softened as if by a pillow; indubitably a production of its time. 'Cheap and Nasty' is just that. It's not great but it does rock and the ever effective Steve Vai does what he does best and raises an ok song to a much higher level. 'Fool for Your Loving' is another classic. It's one of those songs that even if people can't recall the name of the band will be able to hum the tune. The same can be said for 'Now Your Gone'. Great stuff. 'Kitten's Got Claws' is as 'Cheap and Nasty' was. It's a rocker but not a great song. 'Wings of the Storm' is a phenomenally epic track that almost feels like a prog song. One of the highlights without ever becoming particularly well known. 'The Deeper the Love' is another classic ballad that they do so well. All the way through the guitar sounds as if it's alive, the music almost evolves under Vai's expertise. 'Judgement Day' is of the ilk of 'Wings...' and is another belter. 'Slow Poke Music' is ok but no cigar. 'Sailing Ships' is a great, subdued way to end a very fine album indeed.

Maybe not a classic in the eyes of the music industry or fanbase but it's one of my favourite albums and one that I have very fond memories of.
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on 20 July 2015
excellent service from the customer and great product and very pleased with this item would recommend them to friends and family.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This was the follow-up to '1987' - the mega selling, stadium filling album which spawned hit singles and MTV meltdown. It was never going to be easy to satisfy the people who bought the previous album, but with 1989's 'Slip of the Tounge' we have a very polished and melodic release. Steve Vai's guitar work is white-hot, especially on 'Wings of the Storm' and the Led-like 'Judgement Day' - the latter song helping to inspire Gary Moore's track 'Led Clones'. It takes over where '1987' left off. It is very radio friendly thanks to the ballads 'The Deeper the Love' and 'Now You're Gone' before finishing with an attempt at an epic - namely 'Sailing Ships' - which manages to keep afloat very thank you. There were a few tracks which I didn't like - such as 'Kittens Got Claws' - mainly because sexual innuendo in rock songs has never impressed me due to it being so badly done. But all in all, 7 of the 10 tracks are very good indeed. The album is a snapshot of an era in hard rock music which started in the early 80s and ended when grunge became massive. The picture this album provides is clear as day, whilst some of their contemporaries albums tended to be rather grainy. In that respect, it could be argued this album - and '1987' - are both genre classics.
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on 9 February 2012
Very good rhythm group and Steve Vai on guitar - Heavy Metal Power! Coverdale vocal is to strong! But 1987 is bit better!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2000
Whitesnake's follow up to the multi-million selling 1987 album was somewhat of a more metal affair. Gone were the bluesy tracks of the early releases and the fans were given a somewhat more heavy approach. Adrian Vandenberg was originally intended to play on the album but he damaged his hands prior to the recording, hence guitar whizz Steve Vai being hired to play all the guitar parts. However, all the tracks were co-written by Coverdale and Vandenberg and one can only wonder how the album would have sounded had 'The Flying Dutchman' played on it. Vai's guitar runs rampant throughout and times is amazing while at others down right overindulgent. The rhythm section of Aldridge and Sarzo are as tight as ever and overall the album sounds HUGE. Coverdale voice is great for the majority and all in all it is a solid album.
Generally this album is very good and only let down by some pointless tracks, 'Kittens Got Claws' especially. The whole band is generally very impressive and the energy level is high throughout. David Coverdale again proves that he has one of the all time great voices and is a brilliant songwriter when he puts his mind to it. Generally the album has dated well, the latter tracks are the highlight of the album and worth the price of the album alone, most of the others also beckon further listens. Again I would of liked to have heard this album with Adrian Vandenberg playing, but Vai does a stellar job on most of the tracks. A solid release.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2012
It was always going to be impossible to follow 1987 & the brilliance of John Sykes with a worthy follow-up,& Dorothy & this version of the 'snake failed miserably.Historically Steve Vai gets blamed for this awful record with his ridiculous & totally out of place ,widdly,diddly over-playing,but that's only half the tale.Vai did'nt pick himself for the band,Dorothy did,& surely Dorothy had heard of Vai's style of playing on the David Lee Roth albums ,so he must've known what he was getting & surely Dorothy would have told Vai what exactly he wanted & where to reign it in a bit & show a bit of restraint.Officially the other guitarist Adrian Vandenburg was injured so Vai had to play all the guitars,yet all the songs are written by Coverdale/Vandenburg,yet Vai plays all the guitars on the album,mmm,how does that work???By the way Vandenburg didnt miss a single gig on the tour!mmm ??To the actual songs then;In fairness to Vai,a great deal of the songs are at best garbage ;the title track,Cheap n Nasty,Slow Poke Music,Kittens got Claws,hopeless,hopeless,stuff which might be why Vai overdid it,to liven the rubbish up.The best songs on here are Now your Gone,Judgement Day & Sailing Ships.The Deeper the love is ok,but the solo on it is plain WRONG no matter how technically skillful it is.Again, as with 1987 there are re-workings of an old song for the american market ,alas,sadly this ploy fails & Fool for your Loving is destroyed,so stick with the original.Unless you are a completist,avoid this album,& download the better tracks.Coverdale & Vai are 2 legendary artists in heavy rock,no question about it.But NOT together!If you like Coverdale then get any of the Whitesnake albums before this,his Deep Purple stuff, or get the recent Forevermore.If Vai's your bees knees,then get Dave Lee Roth's Eat em & Smile,or Vai's own Passion & Warfare.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2008
From the product description: "While the album wasn't on par with such past releases as 1984's SLIDE IT IN and 1987's smash self-titled release..."

What an utter load of you know what. Vai destroys all those who went before him and Coverdale delivers a Leviathan vocal effort that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Combine that with wonderful songs and fantastic production and you've got the best album Whitesnake ever made. I simply do not fathom the old stalwarts' objections to this album. Let them enjoy early Whitesnake and let this album be in a class of it's own.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2007
In my opinion, this is the best Whitesnake album! It has my fav ever whitesnake song 'The Deeper the love' on it and the ever so catchy 'Kittens got claws'! Not to mention the 2nd time round for 'Fool for your loving' Its just a well put together album full of great songs!
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