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 No. 1 smash, "Here I Go Again." The band revisits some of its best acoustic performances with Unzipped, a 2LP collection which brings together unplugged and acoustic-based performances recorded over the past 20+ years.
The first LP 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." 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 LP of Unzipped. 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."
"Some of my favourite love songs are on disc one of this collection...and I LOVE, love songs," says Coverdale. "Though reluctant at first to go "unzipped" in public, the shows I did with Adrian Vandenberg in 1997...were incredibly memorable...primarily because it gave me an opportunity to be 'at one' with the crowd...some songs ask for a softer touch...and those are the songs we have here in this collection."