WHITESNAKE's 'Is This Love' was originally written for TINA TURNER
WHITESNAKE has revisited its multi-platinum career by remixing some of its biggest hits for a new collection, “Greatest Hits”, which was made available on May 6 on digital and streaming services. Coverdale now reveals that the hit song “Is This Love” was initially meant for singer Tina Turner (real name Anna Mae Bullock), as the successor of her hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It”.
WHITESNAKE founder and lead singer David Coverdale had 16 tracks remixed and remastered for this collection, including “Is This Love”, which was a hit, reaching No. 9 on the U.K. singles chart and No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. “Is This Love” was WHITESNAKE‘s second-biggest U.S. hit after “Here I Go Again”, which topped the charts.
“Whenever we play really big heavy metal festivals around the world, I’m going, ‘Should we do it?’ Man, everybody’s hugging, ’cause usually by that time of the day, people need a good sonic hug. So we’re only too happy to oblige with that.
Coverdale previously stated about the new “Greatest Hits” collection: “We’ve definitely expanded on the original ‘Greatest Hits’, took them all out of the sonic time capsule of the ’80s and ’90s, and brought them up to date, sound-wise … as always, we have the original albums for those who consider them holy relics.”
Keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, SONS OF APOLLO),who also appeared on WHITESNAKE‘s recent “Red, White And Blues” trilogy, adds Hammond organ to more than half the songs on the collection. His scorching contributions can be heard on the No. 1 smash “Here I Go Again”, “Fool For Your Loving”, “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again” and more. New performances by former WHITESNAKE guitarist Adrian Vandenberg can also be heard on “The Deeper The Love” and “Judgement Day” from the 1989 album “Slip Of The Tongue”.
“Greatest Hits” focuses extensively on three blockbuster albums the band released during the 1980s: 1984’s “Slide It In” (double platinum),1987’s “Whitesnake” (eight times platinum),and 1989’s “Slip Of The Tongue” (platinum). But the collection goes deeper with songs like “Sweet Lady Luck”, a B-side on the 12-inch single for “The Deeper The Love” and “Forevermore”, the title track from the band’s 2011 album.
WHITESNAKE has just embarked on a farewell tour with special guest EUROPE. The first leg of “Whitesnake: The Farewell Tour” kicked off on May 10 in Dublin.
01. Still Of The Night
02. Here I Go Again
03. Is This Love
04. Give Me All Your Love
05. Love Ain’t No Stranger
06. Slide It In
07. Slow An’ Easy
08. Guilty Of Love
09. Fool For Your Loving
10. Judgment Day
11. The Deeper The Love
12. Now You’re Gone
13. You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again
14. Sweet Lady Luck
15. Crying In The Rain