Whitesnake: David Coverdale (vocals); John Sykes (guitar); Neil Murray (bass); Aynsley Dunbar (drums).
Additional personnel: Bill Cuomo (keyboards).
Personnel: John Sykes (vocals, guitar); David Coverdale (vocals, piano, percussion); Helen Chappelle, Liza Strike, Barry St. John (vocals); Adrian Vandenberg, Micky Moody (guitar); Ron Aspery (saxophone); Roger Glover (keyboards, percussion); Don Airey, Bill Cuomo, Tim Hinkley (keyboards); Simon Phillips , Aynsley Dunbar (drums).
David Coverdale built Whitesnake's commercial breakthrough on a collection of loud, polished hard rockers, plus the band's best set of pop hooks. The Led Zeppelin-ish "Still of the Night" offered headbanger appeal, but it was the big chorus of "Here I Go Again" -- one of the very small number of non-power ballad '80s hard rock singles to actually top the pop charts -- and the quiet ballad "Is This Love" that really sold the album in spades. The rest of the album generally holds interest as well, and it's easily the band's best. [The 2010 double disc Deluxe Edition has been completely remastered. Disc one provides American fans with the album's original track order for the first time. (The European edition of the album, entitled 1987, contained this one, while Geffen resequenced the set and changed the title for American audiences.) In addition, disc one boasts four live tracks taken from Live...In the Shadow of the Blues -- all four cuts are performance versions of the album tracks. Disc two contains a DVD featuring all four of the album's video singles, and four more from a filmed live gig called Live...In the Still of the Night by a later edition of Whitesnake.] ~ Steve Huey & Thom Jurek