David Coverdale has really outdone himself with these Super Deluxe Editions Box Sets. First was the ‘1987’ album, then an UnZipped Box Set, then ‘Slide It In’ and now we get the royal treatment on the 1989 album ‘Slip of the Tongue’.
This special edition consists of 6 CDs, 1 DVD, 1 Book, 1 Tour Program replica and 1 Album Cover Poster. And it has over 100 tracks amongst all the discs. Here is everything you get.
Now of course that 100+ tracks is misleading and this set is truly for the ultimate fan. Why? Because the set repeats the songs a lot. Because the set repeats the songs a lot. Yes, I wrote that twice on purpose and yes, I did the same joke on ‘Slide It In’…because its true.
Alright, let us jump right in and go through the discs…
Disc 1 – Original Album (2019 Remaster)
The bonus tracks are pretty good. The best being “Sweet Lady Luck” which was the B-Side to the single, “The Deeper the Love”, I believe. The other songs are remixes of songs on the album. The biggest disappointment on this disc is the Vai opening on “Kittens Got Claws” which sounds like cats in heat, but seems to have disappeared from this version of the album. Not sure why that would be removed.
Disc 2 – The Wagging Tongue Edition (Promo Album):
Disc 3 – Evolutions: Demos/Remixes/Re-Records:
Another bonus on this disc is we get the first taste of some talked about songs but never released such as “Kill For the Cut”, “Parking Ticket” and an instrumental of “Sweet Lady Luck”. Another cool feature is that here we get some taste of Adrian Vandenberg on guitar as he was hurt during the recording so is not on the final album. Is there a difference between his versions and Steve Vai’s? Uhhh…YES!! Steve takes it to a different level and Adrian’s actually reminds me of old Whitesnake with a little more bluesy feel. Nothing wrong with either version in my book.
Disc 4 – Monitor Mixes, April 1989:
Disc 5 – A Trip to Granny’s House: Session Tapes, Wheezy Interludes & Jams:
This disc gives you the rather offensive take of “Sweet Lady Luck” called “Liquor and Poker” that tells you to “Lick Her in the Front and Poke Her in the Rear”. Not very subtle is he. It are treats like that that keep you listening to this disc over and over…at least I did.
Disc 6 – Live at Donington 1990:
Disc 7 – DVD/Video:
With the DVD, you also get a 20 minute + behind the scenes look at making the album with David hilariously commenting as the video plays. And if that wasn’t enough, you get about a 40 minute new interview with David and Adrian Vandenberg talking about the album. Two old friends enjoying themselves reminiscing about good times. And if that wasn’t even enough for you, you get 4 music videos from the album and I believe the “Sweet Lady Luck” one had not been released.
And that is all the Discs. Quite a lot…
You also get a 60-page book full of pictures, lyrics, credits and bits from interviews in the magazines. It is nice little hard back book and done very nicely. David expects nothing less than the best and he delivers again. Here a couple pictures…
Also thrown in is a miniature replica tour book from the Slip of the Tongue Tour. It is small at about the size of a CD case, but it is done well and full of pictures used in the original.
And last, but certainly not least, you get a poster of the album cover. Now, I opened it once and photographed it, but that will probably be the last time it is ever opened as the wife won’t let me put posters on the wall anymore. That was supposed to stop the minutes I left high school apparently.
And that is everything you get. I know, it is a lot. David has done it again with another fantastic Super Deluxe Edition Box Set. He gives me the things I want…Unreleased material, demos and a live show from the era. Other bands need to take note!!! There are a few flaws with it as I mentioned a few things I didn’t like, but that doesn’t ding it much. I would still give this a 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars. If you have the three other sets, this is a no-brainer. If you don’t…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? You need these!! Thanks David Coverdale for doing it again! I can’t wait to see what is next.
Thanks for hanging around to the end. If you want to check out my reviews of other Whitesnake Box Sets, click below:
- Whitesnake – 1987 (30th Anniversary Edition) – Box Set
- Whitesnake – Slide It In (35th Anniversary Edition) – Box Set
- Whitesnake – Unzipped – Box Set
And if that isn’t enough, check out the series we are currently doing on David Coverdale…
The David Coverdale Series:
- Deep Purple – Burn
- Deep Purple – Stormbringer
- Deep Purple – Come Taste the Band
- Deep Purple – Made in Europe
- David Coverdale – Whitesnake
- Deep Purple – Last Concert in Japan
- David Coverdale – Northwinds
- David Coverdale’s Whitesnake – Snakebite
- Whitesnake – Trouble
- Whitesnake – Lovehunter
- Whitesnake – Ready an’ Willing
- Whitesnake – Live…in the Heart of the City