Record Collector (magazine) - p.994 stars out of 5
-- "[A] sumptuous feast of melodic hard rock, with the ex-Deep Purple frontman on impressive form throughout, backed by his crack band."
Personnel: Mel Galley (vocals, guitar); David Coverdale (vocals, piano, percussion); John Sykes, Micky Moody (guitar); Jon Lord (keyboards); Cozy Powell (drums); Fabulosa Brothers (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Keith Olsen .
Photographer: Jurgen Reisch.
1984's SLIDE IT IN was the first album that showed that Whitesnake was truly attempting to make it big in the U.S. Its sound was becoming more radio-friendly, but still retained the biting hard rock edge present on its earlier albums--new guitarist John Sykes also proved to be the perfect foil for ex-Deep Purple frontman David Coverdale.
The set features such boisterous rockers as the album-opening title track, the grinding "Slow an' Easy," and the melodic "Love Ain't No Stranger." Although there was a 3-year break after SLIDE IT IN (during which Sykes would leave the band), the album set the stage perfectly for Whitesnake's eponymous 1987 worldwide mega-hit.