We interrupt the regularly scheduled order of albums as I found another bonus LP out during my crate digging. I am little out of order because I can rarely find stuff in chronological order of my reviews. This Promo single is for “Is This Love” off the 1987 album simply called ‘Whitesnake’ to some and ‘1987’ to others. Me, I just call it awesome! The good news about interrupting the series is I get to spend more time absorbing the next album on the list.
There is really nothing special other than it being a Promotional copy. Minimal artwork and what you see on the cover above is all you get. The funny thing is that everyone on the cover, with the exception of Coverdale, did not play on the song. It was actually John Sykes (who co-wrote the song with David), Neil Murray, Ansley Dunbar and Don Airey. They were all fired right after production was finished. The cover has Adrian Vandenberg, Vivian Campbell (damn he looked young), Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge, a pretty stellar line-up too.
The back is solid white. No inserts or any special packaging. A plain and simple promo that says “Not For Sale”…oops, I bought it so somebody broke the rules. Was it me for buying it or Hardy Boy Records for selling it?? I don’t think either of us will get in to trouble, thankfully.
Side A had the LP version of “Is This Love” and the late 80’s were known for their ballads and Whitesnake had one of the best with this track. “Is This Love” which just missed landing at #1 and stalled at #2. David sounded so sexy and sultry and the music was soft yet maintaining a slight edge to it. The song was actually written for Tina Turner, but thankfully, David wisely held on to it and recorded it. In an album that was almost baked to perfection, this was the icing on the cake.
Side 2 is the “Edit Version” which means it’s a little shorter since this isn’t a dance remix which would then be like 15 minutes long or something ridiculous like that. This version cuts out the longer synth intro, the solo is a little shorter and the end run out is not as long and drawn out. It compacts the essence of the song into a shorter and could be a better package.
As far as ballads go, this one is top-notch and easily a 5.0 out of 5.0 Stars. It checks off all the buckets, slow at times, power at others, emotive singing and love in the title. What else could you possibly need? That’s right…Nothing!
For this part of the David Coverdale series, we are throwing in the review of the song David did from the movie ‘Days of Thunder’ starring Tom Cruise. The song came out in 1990. Whitesnake hadn’t called it quits just yet, still a year away for that, but David was exploring solo projects such as this. And honestly, how could he turn down the opportunity to have a song on a Tom Cruise movie back in a time when Tom could do no wrong.
As you can see, the song was produced by Trevor Horn, but the song was actually written by Hans Zimmer who did the music, but what I find is that the lyrics were actually written by Billy Idol…yes, that Billy Idol. I am sure David contributed a little, but mostly he sang. I now have a connection between the last music series I did with Billy Idol and this one with David Coverdale..so cool.
Back in April 2019, the family took a trip to Paris and I found a lot of records while shopping in a few really cool French Record Shops. This particular one, which I am not sure why I didn’t include in the Billy Idol series in the timeline it belongs, was nothing really special. It didn’t have any thing I didn’t already have, but I didn’t have it. That was the only reason I bought it. I guess the really cool thing it has is this French price sticker in the upper right corner of the back cover.
The single is a 12″ Max-Single of the single “To Be A Lover” off the album ‘Whiplash Smile’. Now this also has two other songs. A remix of the single as well as another song off the album called “All Summer Long”. Let us get in to the music.
“To Be A Lover” (Mother of Mercy Mix) opens it up and this should really be called the Sex Mix with the woman practically orgasming with her sultry, seductive voice throughout. Damn!! A total blast. This is the version you can find on the 1987 album ‘Vital Idol’ along with 7 other re-mixes of Idol’s hits up to that point. This was not on the UK version released 2 years earlier as ‘Whiplash Smile’ album was not out yet.
This was the first single of the album ‘Whiplash Smile’ and it was a cover of William Bell’s “To Be A Lover” which was co-written by Booker T. Jones back in 1968. Billy completely modernized the song and turned it in to a dance track. It has some great soulful female backing vocals and fancy piano riffs and an all around fantastic track. The song is actually quite poignant in that with his longtime girlfriend leaving him since he “forgot to be a lover” with his drug use and sexcapades with other women. It felt like he was confessing that he screwed up.
Then comes “All Summer Single” which has too many effects and no substance. It is plain and dull for me and I never connected to this one. It feels lonely like Billy was without his girlfriend Perri…so sad.
And there you have it…a little bonus edition of the Billy Idol Series. We have one more coming up soon on the Deluxe Edition of the Generation X the band’s debut album.
Now, if you want to check out the full reviews and the entire Billy Idol Series, click on any and all of the links below…
Back in April 2019, I was traveling in Paris with my family and I got a few minutes to visit some record stores. While in one, I found a 12″ Single for the song “Give Me More Time” by Whitesnake. And it turns out the version was the UK release. So I had to go to France from the US to get a UK single. Makes sense.
The single was the second single from the album and was released on January 3rd, 1984. It reached #29 on the UK Charts and was never released as a single in the US. And the fact that this is the UK Single it also the UK Mix which sounds different than the US mix.
The UK Mix has a little heavier guitar sound to open the song and all the instruments have a little more punch. The US version, David is more front and center. It is a fun, melodic song and David sounds great. It has that 80’s rock sound and a classic Whitesnake swagger.
When I am out on my record store digging adventures, I always go through the 45’s to see if there is anything I like and occasionally I find something. I am a closet Rick Springfield fan. Yes, I am out of the closet now and will admit openly, I like Rick Springfield!!! There, I said it. I feel so much better that it is out in the open now. Thank you for that!
I found this single in the $1 bin and was happy to grab it. The single of is for the song “Don’t Talk To Strangers” from his 1982 album ‘Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet’. The single was released in March 1982 and went all the way to #2 on the Billboard. It was Rick’s second biggest hit after that little song you might know called Jessie’s Girl.
The song is about Rick’s girlfriend at the time (future wife). When Rick was traveling and touring for his career, he had a lot of insecurities that his girlfriend was out with other guys. This was his way of expressing those feelings. The irony is that Rick was screwing around as he was touring and such. Such a hypocrite.
With Motley Crue back in the news and announcing a return to touring with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, I thought it perfect time to discuss this really cool 12″ Picture Disc I recently found of the band’s cover of the Beatles classic “Helter Skelter”. It is a thing of beauty. It is a promotional copy and it was in mint condition.
How beautiful? Well look at the picture above. And if that isn’t enough, look at the picture on the B-Side…
Stunning pictures on both side. You also get an insert with the lyrics on one side showing a refrigerator with bloody handprints on it…
This is the last in the Billy Idol Series. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have in writing it. There could be one more in the series if I get the Generation X Deluxe Set that was just released, but I have not grabbed a hold of yet. When I get it, I will do a review of it, but for now, we will end the series with this beauty right here. I started with a Generation X release and I will end with one as well.
For Record Store Day 2019, Generation X released a special 7″ Single of the band’s debut song “Your Generation”. The song is not the original version, but the Winstanley Mix which is done in conjunction with the release of a Deluxe Edition of the band’s debut album. This remix is not on the box set, but in addition to and a must grab for Generation X fans.
The original song was released as a single in 1977, however, it did not show up on the debut album. It wasn’t until the 2002 re-issue of the debut that this song saw new light. The B-Side of this single is “Trying for Kicks” which was also on the 2002 re-issue and not used for the original album.
The 7″ Single release was on red vinyl and is absolutely beautiful and a nice add to the collection.
I know what you are thinking, Why am I writing about an Ed Sheeran song? Well, I will tell you, I am not real sure. His new album is nothing but collaborations with mostly hip hop and pop artist and honestly, it isn’t that great. It is pretty stale for me. I would rather hear just Ed as to me that is where he shines. Now, I am an old fart and don’t get today’s music, all that crap, but I do know a good song when I hear it.
Oh yeah, now I remember. There is one song on the album, the very last song, that totally kicks ass. It is his collaboration with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars. The song is called “Blow” and is the heaviest and most rocking song Ed Sheeran has ever done…at least from what I have heard of his work.
The song starts off with a gritty, distorted guitar riff and a scream all reminiscent of Greta Van Fleet and lyrically it is all about sex. With a heavy drum beat and a great rhythm section that funks it up a little, the song blazes through all the hooks and melodies that make a great little rock song. Oh yeah and there is a guitar solo…What!!!!…yep, they threw everything in and then some.
After the lack of success of ‘Cyberpunk’, Billy Idol was pretty quiet for many years with one minor exception. He reunited with Steve Stevens for a song on the 1994 Soundtrack to the movie Speed starring Keanu Reeves. Billy was having some disagreements with his label and having many issues with drugs (still), he needed something to get back in the fans good graces.
Billy and Steve were contacted by the soundtracks music director, Ralph Sall, to come up with the movie’s title song and Billy thought this would be a good opportunity. The song was inspired by the movie and the rest of the soundtrack included songs that were either inspired by the movie or were just songs about Speed such as the Kiss song “Mr. Speed”.
I am not reviewing the whole soundtrack as this is a Billy Idol series so we will focus only on Billy’s song. And what a song it is. It didn’t do well upon its release as this was 1994 and Billy’s style of Rock was no longer in fashion. The movie did way better than the song for sure.
Back in 1985, Mr. Mister were blowing up the Billboard Hot 100. All of it a result of one song…”Kyrie”. “Kyrie” is off the album ‘Welcome to the Real World’ and the song went all the way to #1 in the U.S. Not just the U.S., it was #1 in Canada and Norway as well. Mr. Mister were a four-piece band out of Phoenix, Arizona with lead singer Richard Page.
The song, “Kyrie”, was written by Richard Page, Steve George & John Lang. John wrote the lyrics while Steve and Richard wrote the music. “Kyrie” means Lord, Have Mercy in Greek and the song actually feels like a prayer. It was inspired by John Lang’s time in church as young child. It was believed that the song was written due to a traumatic incident with Richard Page, but thankfully that is not the case and it is only an urban legend.
Richard’s vocals on this uptempo song are so smooth and so powerful. When I said it felt like a prayer that is what it feels like. Richard is screaming out to God to have mercy on him during his travels. It was so impactful, it helped drive this song to the top. However, people didn’t realize at the time that it was religious (even though Mr. Mister are not a Christian band). People thought he was singing about a girl named Kyrie.