whitesnake1984-640 As previously reported, to celebrate and commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Whitensnake’s multi-platinum Slide It In album, Frontiers Music Srl has released Live In ‘84- Back To The Bone, a complete celebration of the group’s awe inspiring touring lineup during what many feel was the beginning of what Coverdale called his desire to make Whitesnake more “electrifying: on record and on stage.

Released on Deluxe CD/DVD and stand-alone DVD editions, fans can order the release from Amazon.com. Click here to purchase the CD/DVD and here for the DVD.

The Live In 84 CD and DVD release features audio and video recordings, unheard demos and unseen photos from the private collection of Whitesnake leader and vocalist, David Coverdale. This release offers an ultra-rare collection of material, performed by the band’s acclaimed 83-84 line-ups. Featured on the record are the awesome Cozy Powell on drums (ex- Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG and later on Gary Moore and Black Sabbath, among others), unique virtuoso guitarist John Sykes, whom Coverdale credits with inspiring a whole generation of six stringers after his breathtaking work on the Whitesnake ’87 album, and Bassist extraordinaire Neil Murray.

Also includes heart-stopping bonus content featuring legendary keyboardist Jon Lord (Deep Purple) performing his very last show with Whitesnake on video and also on the bonus CD.

“It’s still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half of the incredible band who originally recorded the Slide It In album with me have passed away,” says Coverdale. “It’s incredibly difficult to articulate: Cozy Powell…Mel Galley…Jon Lord…All amazing people and exceptional musicians performing at their best. Their memories live on in our hearts & in the music they made. I miss them beyond words… Wait until you see and hear them playing as only they can and add in the fiery guitar assault of the incredibly gifted John Sykes, plus the relentless melodic bass pounding of Neil Murray…”

To put this together, Coverdale and Co-Producer Michael McIntyre launched a worldwide search for the best quality video footage and audio tracks from the 1984 tour. Among the gems found was a set from: Super-Rock, recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo and an invaluable video of Jon Lord’s final appearance with Whitesnake recorded live in Sweden. “All of the features on this package have been treated lovingly & respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound & picture quality,” says Coverdale, who personally oversaw all elements of this release.

Concludes Coverdale, “These are memories I treasure and delight in sharing with you as we continue our celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Whitesnake’s multi-platinum album Slide It In.”

Live In ‘84 – Back To The Bone:

CD (only available in combo edition):

1. Gambler
2. Guilty Of Love
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Slow An’ Easy
5. Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues
6. Ready An’ Willing
7. Guitar Solo
8. Crying In The Rain
9. Soldier Of Fortune
10. Love Ain’t No Stranger
11. Ready An’ Willing
12. Slow An’ Easy

Bonus Tracks – Jon Lord’s Final Performance with Whitesnake (Medley)

13. Gambler (featuring Jon Lord)
14. Guilty of Love (featuring Jon Lord)
15. Love Ain’t No Stranger (featuring Jon Lord)
16. Ready an’ Willing (featuring Jon Lord)


1. Gambler
2. Guilty of Love
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. Ready an’ Willing
5. Slow an’ Easy
6. Crying in the Rain
7. Guitar Solo
8. Soldier of Fortune
9. Drum Solo
10. Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City
11. Don’t Break My Heart Again

Bonus Tracks – Jon Lord’s Final Performance with Whitesnake (Medley)

12. Gambler (featuring Jon Lord)
13. Guilty of Love (featuring Jon Lord)
14. Love Ain’t No Stranger (featuring Jon Lord)
15. Ready an’ Willing (featuring Jon Lord)

DVD Bonus Gallery – Slide It In Slide Show with Rare Unseen Photos – The music bed contains snippets of private demos from David’s personal archives.

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22 Responses

  1. I have the slide it in album and I also have the 1980 ready an’ willing album with Ian Paice on drums, Coverdale/ Lord / Moody / Murray & Paice . Great album! Deep Purple, almost.

    1. Was a Snake fan since the first Coverdale solo record. For me “Ready and QWilling” was their best record. Coverdale,Lord,Paice and Moody and Marsden. Not metal, really more of what Whitesnake really were. An English Bluesy rock band. Loved the record with Sykes too. When i first heard it i knew America had been conquered!

    2. Steve, you and I are on the same page. That lineup doesn’t get near the credit that they deserve.

      I do enjoy the John Sykes version as well.

      And as we all know, Dana is absolutely gaga over Sykes.

    3. Delighted to see some of the classic Whitesnake tracks getting put out there again… had the Saints & Sinners album in the car for the past month to give the wife a hint for holiday gifts…. :D… if I can hold out that long. Anyways, for me, Come An’ Get It stuck with me the most… something about “Wine Women An’ Song” & “Hot Stuff”. Maybe it’s my British smutty sense of humor. Anyway, also enjoyed seeing the Bernie Marsden “Trouble” remake, and if there’s any hope of Live In The Heart of the City being done up on a DVD, i’ll be there with credit card in hand…

    4. Coverdale could come up with some lyrics. I remember a song from “Saints and Sinners” There a line that goes “Your Momma always knew you were born to Suc Ceed” If you get his drift. For me those early records from “Snakebit” to “Slide it in” the original version. Are Classics!

    5. I have the import version of the “Live in the heart of the City” on cd. A great version of “Mistreated” and the best version ever of “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”! Needed to throw that in.

    6. As a Brit now living in the US… I imported all the old Whitesnake albums with me when I emigrated, since they didn’t seem to be available here… must have listening! One of those bands where there’s always something of interest & surprise in their entire back catalogue.

    7. Mark. I had the whole WS back catalog on vinyl. I used to buy the imports. I had the original vinyl of the “Come and Get it” record. If you looked inside of the snakes mouth, it looked a lot like a certain female body part. The US version it was removed.

  2. Can’t wait to get this! I’m glad there’s audio and video of Jon Lord’s last performance with Whitesnake. Any older Whitesnake material David can come up with would really be great. I’m glad I saw them back in the day. What a great band!

    1. I saw them open for Tull at the Spectrum in Philly light years ago as well as the made for USA version that opened for the Crue on the Slip of the Tongue tour. Great shows!

  3. Can’t wait to get this…living out here in Northern Cal only about an hour or so from Lake Tahoe I (and other folks that I know) have often seen David Coverdale out and about. He does value his privacy but he is always friendly to everyone and he does understand how fans love the band. Glad he’s made this material available.

    1. It’s funny you mention that. I work near the studio that Slip of the Tongue was made and we recently met David there and he was the friendliest guy you could ever meet.

  4. Um, this set is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the slide it in record and the track slide it in is not included? I know everyone’s heard it countless times but it woulda been nice to see it on the dvd with that lineup. Or did I miss something?

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