1989 Whitesnake – Slip Of The Tongue

Slip Of The Tongue is the eighth studio album by the British band Whitesnake, released in 1989. The album peaked at number 10 on both the UK Album Chart and US Billboard 200. Three singles were released from the album: “Fool for Your Loving ’89”, “The Deeper the Love” and “Now You’re Gone”. All the singles hit the US Mainstream Rock Tracks Top 40, two of which, “The Deeper the Love” and “Fool for Your Loving” cracked the Top 5. Slip of the Tongue has sold over one million copies in the US, reaching platinum status.
After the tour for the band’s previous multi-platinum self-titled album, guitarist Vivian Campbell left the group due to musical differences. Even with Campbell’s leaving, the writing process for a new Whitesnake album started at Lake Tahoe with singer David Coverdale and guitarist Adrian Vandenberg. Some material, including the title track, had already been written while on tour and some lyrics were finished by Coverdale in Bora Bora.
Adrian Vandenberg had planned to record for the album, but the worsening of an existing injury made it painful for him to play, requiring surgery.[9] For the recording, Coverdale chose ex-Frank Zappa and David Lee Roth guitarist Steve Vai. Coverdale was unfamiliar with Vai’s work with Zappa or Roth, but had seen him in the 1986 film Crossroads, in which Vai had greatly impressed him. Adrian Vandenberg revealed in several interviews that he thinks Vai’s flamboyant guitar playing was somewhat inappropriate, and that a more bluesy approach would have suited the album better.
Most of the backing vocals are by Tommy Funderburk and Mr. Mister lead singer Richard Page; Coverdale’s friend and former Deep Purple bandmate Glenn Hughes contributed backing vocals to three songs.  Once again, keyboardist Don Airey, along with session musicians Claude Gaudette and David Rosenthal, was brought in to do some keyboard parts, but just like with Hughes, much of his material didn’t make the final cut of the album.


1  Slip Of The Tongue (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 05:23
2  Cheap An’ Nasty (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 03:31
3  Fool For Your Loving (David Coverdale; Bernie Marsden; Micky Moody) 04:08
Now You’re Gone (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 04:06
5  Kittens Got Claws (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 05:03
6  Wings Of The Storm (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 05:06
7  The Deeper The Love (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 04:20
8  Judgment Day (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 05:11
9  Slow Poke Music (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 04:02
10  Sailing Ships (David Coverdale; Adrian Vandenberg) 06:06


BassRudy Sarzo
DrumsTommy Aldridge
GuitarAdrian Vandenberg
GuitarSteve Vai
VocalsDavid Coverdale

Other Musicians

KeyboardsDon Airey
KeyboardsDavid Rosenthal
KeyboardsClaude Gaudette
Background VocalsGlenn Hughes
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk
Background VocalsRichard Page

Liner Notes

Producer – Keith Olsen, Mike Clink
Engineer – Keith Olsen, Mike Clink
Engineer (Assistant) – Allen Abrahamson, Gordon Fordyce, Noel Golden, Shay Baby
Mastered By – Greg Fulginiti
Mixed By – Keith Olsen, Mike Clink

Cover – Hugh Syme

Mixed At Record Plant, LA
Phonographic Copyright The David Geffen Company
Copyright The David Geffen Company
Copyright David Coverdale
Copyright Wb Music Corp
Copyright Seabreeze Music Ltd
Copyright C.C. Songs Ltd
Copyright Dump-Eaton Music