Whitesnake (Geffen, 1987)
Whitesnake was the self-titled seventh studio album by the British rock band. Whitesnake sold over 8 million copies in the U.S., receiving an 8 times Platinum certification.
Whitesnake was certified 5 times Platinum in Canada, Platinum in its native UK and Gold in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Whitesnake peaked at #2 in the U.S. and New Zealand; #3 in Finland; #5 in Canada; #8 in the UK and Sweden and #10 in Norway and Switzerland. The success of Whitesnake boosted sales of their previous album Slide It In. It boosted sales so much that it went from a Gold U.S. certification to a Double Platinum status. Whitesnake received a 1988 Brit Award nomination for Best British group. In Europe Whitesnake was released as 1987. Whitesnake was re-released in 2007 as a 20th Anniversary Special Edition.
Five singles were released: Still of the Night, Crying in the Rain, Here I Go Again, Is This Love and Give Me All Your Love. Still of the Night hit #16 in the UK and #79 in the U.S. Crying in the Rain was originally recorded for their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners. It was re-recorded for this album and said to be inspired by singer David Cloverdale’s divorce. It was used as a promo single. Here I Go Again was also originally released on Saints & Sinners and re-recorded for Whitesnake. This 1987 version hit #1 in the U.S. in October 1987 and #9 in November 1987 in the UK. Here I Go Again also topped the Canadian chart. Here I Go Again sits at #17 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s” list. The power ballad Is This Love reached #9 in the UK and #2 in the U.S. Is This Love was rumored to have been written by Cloverdale and guitarist John Sykes for Tina Turner. Good thing for Whitesnake that they kept it. Is This Love remains their second-biggest American hit behind Here I Go Again. Give Me All Your Love peaked at #48 in the U.S. and #18 in the UK. It remains a mainstay on the band’s set list to this day.