Whitesnake ‘Unzipped’ Offers Rare Acoustic Recordings

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Whitesnake will revisit some of their best acoustic performances with Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition. This 5-CD/DVD collection brings together unplugged and acoustic-based performances recorded over the past 20-plus years, including rare and unreleased studio and live recordings, acoustic demos, concert videos, interviews and more. The set will be available on Oct. 19. On the same day, Rhino will also release Unzipped in three other formats: 1-CD, 2-CD and 2-LP. All of the music will be available digitally and via streaming services.

According to a press release, “It was the hard rocking sound of hits like ‘Still of the Night’ and ‘Give Me All Your Love Tonight’ that brought Whitesnake worldwide, multi-platinum success. Even so, the band’s founder and lead singer, David Coverdale, has never been a stranger to the occasional ballad, going back to his early days with Deep Purple on ‘Soldier of Fortune’ and, most famously, with Whitesnake on the 1987 #1 smash hit, ‘Here I Go Again.’”

The first disc from Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition mixes rare and unreleased versions of songs like “Summer Rain” and “Forevermore” from the band’s recent studio albums, Good to Be Bad (2008) and Forevermore (2011). Also included are songs like “Love Is Blind” from Coverdale’s solo album, Into the Light (2000); and a previously unreleased song, “All the Time In the World.” All 11 tracks are available on the single-CD, double-CD and double-LP versions of Unzipped.

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In 1997, Coverdale and guitarist Adrian Vandenberg played an unplugged concert in Tokyo that was recorded and initially released exclusively in Japan as Starkers in Tokyo. That recording has been remixed and will make its North American debut on the second disc of Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition. The acoustic performance touches on the different stages of Coverdale’s career, from his time in Deep Purple (“Soldier of Fortune”), to his solo albums (“Too Many Tears”), and, most famously, with Whitesnake on unplugged versions of hits like “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again.” These 12 tracks, along with all the music on the single-CD version of Unzipped D, will also be available on double-CD, and double-LP.

Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition has even more unreleased, unplugged recordings, including more performances from Coverdale’s 1997 tour with Vandenberg, plus several later shows featuring Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich. Plus, more than two dozen of Coverdale’s unreleased, acoustic demos are also included in the collection.

A DVD completes Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition with live, unplugged performances filmed around the world between 1997 and 2015, including a complete acoustic show recorded at the Cutting Room in New York in 2008. A highlight for U.S. fans will be the North American debut of the 1997 concert video, Starkers In Tokyo, which has been remixed in 5.1 and stereo exclusively for this new collection. Additional bonus features include an interview with Coverdale and Vandenberg, bootleg videos, the “Love Is Blind” music video and a slideshow.

Watch Whitesnake play an acoustic version of “Here I Go Again”


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