Saturday, February 20, 2021

"Give Me All Your Love" by Whitesnake

Song#:  3411
Date:  02/13/1988
Debut:  80
Peak:  48
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Hard Rock

Pop Bits:  Whitesnake's 1987 self-titled album became a #2 blockbuster thanks two a pair of hits including the #2 power ballad "Is This Love." As a follow-up to that song, this track was released as the fourth single from the LP. It ended up doing just okay making it to #22 Rock and just cracking the Pop Top 50. The results didn't necessarily matter because the previous month, the album was certified for sales of over 5 million. Seven years later it would exceed the 8 million mark.

ReduxReview:  After two big hits, Whitesnake needed to issue out another single to keep up the momentum and this track from the album was probably the best bet. It was definitely harder rockin' than the previous hits, but it had a good hook and it jammed along like a lost Sammy Hagar track. It wasn't really hit material, but it ended up doing fairly well.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  After the Whitesnake album was completed in the studio, leader David Coverdale decided to dismiss the entire band. including guitarist John Sykes, who had co-written all but two of the tracks on the album with Coverdale. Stories vary on the circumstances that led to the firings, but in interviews with Sykes, he always states that when he confronted Coverdale about the situation, Coverdale basically blamed it on the label (Geffen). Apparently, Geffen knew they had a hit album on their hands and wanted a more MTV-friendly band and got Coverdale to fire the band members. Sykes never bought that story and put the blame squarely on Coverdale. Regardless of what happened, Coverdale was left to fill positions for the LP's associated tour and videos. Vivian Campbell, who was formerly with Dio, was hired on as one of the guitarists for the band. Since it was already completed, Campbell did not appear on the album. However, for the single release of "Give Me All Your Love," a new mix was done and Campbell then supplied a new guitar solo. The "'88 Mix" of the song would only be available via the single. Campbell's tenure in the band would be short. By the end of '88 he would leave due to creative differences.


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