5CD/DVD Set Highlights Rare And Unreleased Acoustic Performances Recorded Over The Past 20 Years, And Includes The North American-Debut Of Starkers In Tokyo
Single-CD, Double-CD, And Double-LP Versions Also Available On October 19
LOS ANGELES – 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.”
Unboxing by David Coverdale
The UNZIPPED: SUPER DELUXE EDITION 5 CD/DVD collection brings together unplugged and acoustic-based performances recorded over the past 20+years, including rare and unreleased studio and live recordings, acoustic demos, concert videos, interviews and more. The extensive set is now available. Rhino has also released UNZIPPED in three other formats: single-CD, double-CD, and double-LP. All of the music is available digitally and via streaming services.
The first disc from UNZIPPED: 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.
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 remixedand will make its North American-debut on the second disc of UNZIPPED: 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, will also be available on double-CD, and double-LP.
“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, and then Doug Aldrich in 2006, 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.”
UNZIPPED: SUPER DELUXE EDITION has even more of 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 UNZIPPED: 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.
Coverdale continues, “These songs are some of the most personal I’ve been involved with through my almost five decades as a professional musician, singer and composer…This is me at my most unguarded… innocent… writing, as I still do, for the fun… the expression… the poetry… all LOVE songs.”
This box set contains 5 great CD’s and 1 fabulous DVD. Also a 60 page book, lyric booklet,and a poster.
Great value for this price. Highly recommended for Whitesnake fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars Set the mood with the Mrs
November 11, 2018
I’m biased & will buy any record this band releases. OK, it’s not your head banging, thrash, boogie woogie Whitesnake, but it delivers the ballads, acoustically. A great collectors piece, for the discerning fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitesnake in its purest form
October 20, 2018
If you are connected to those songs as much as I’m, you’ll truly enjoy them differently. Easier Said Than Done is by far the best song to appear of this record. The voice track is exactly like the Forevermore, but they added lots of acoustic work and some more strings here and there. It is nice to also hear David’s voice progressing from his older work in 1997 – 2008 – 2013.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good 🎶!
November 4, 2018
I love hearing how these songs were sung before the recorded versions came too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The softer sound of Whitesnake
20 October 2018
As a huge fan of Whitesnake, both the old and the new, this was a must have. Of course, the days of Marsden and Moody, Lord and Paice et al have been replaced over the years, but the band still retains that wonderful deep baritone voice of Coverdale. The latest iteration of Whitesnake, with Hoekstra and Beach at the forefront, is a true powerhouse unit but when they take it down several notches, they can be remarkably subtle and sophisticated. This album of “Unzipped … Love Songs” strips away the bombast and replaces it with “Acoustic Adventures”. What is does show is what good songs they are and what a lovely voice Coverdale has when he’s not being forced upwards by waves of power and energy from the Whitesnake we know. If you’ve listened to the first Coverdale album, “Into the Light” you’ll really enjoy this trip back to the start; if you’ve never heard that album or the “Starkers in Tokyo” album then you’re in for a delight. Great value, with both CD and the Amazon rip version at bargain prices.
mr a j wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars David Coverdale on his more sentimental side
20 October 2018
this is a great set of cds
David Coverdale on his more sentimental side.
A set of cd (5cd +1dvd) just the thing for romantic nights in with a lady.
when Whitesnake heavy side will not do.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Box Set
31 October 2018
This is an amazing collection.. great set of cds. a must for any Whitesnake fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars None
10 November 2018
Perfect love songs
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic/Amazing and Superb…
19 October 2018
This is an amazing collection of work from David Coverdale and a must for any Coverdale/Whitesnake fan. I will say though that when I purchased this through Amazon UK they initially didn’t include the Autorip download even though it clearly stated it when purchasing. It took 30 minutes using their ‘chat’ help, and a screenshot of the sales page, after which they credited me with £8.99 to purchase the digital download… buyer beware
5.0 out of 5 stars A really beautiful album
30 October 2018
First and foremost, it is a brilliant album with some of the most beautiful songs from David Coverdale’s long career. I know that even DC says it is a ‘kind of Whitesnake Best Of The Love Songs’ and I would agree about this to a certain extent because it is a really wonderful collection of the nicest ballads sung by perhaps one of the best bluesy hard rock singers ever. However, I still think that it is a bit more than just another best of Whitesnake CD.
Secondly, it is a beautiful album with the acoustic versions of great songs from the albums Into The Light, Good To Be Bad and Forevermore. This version of the album also has a second CD with a new remastered Starkers In Tokyo, which contains ten gems of DC’s career performed only by DC and Adrian Vandenberg and a previously unreleased Starkers in New York, which has some more acoustic Whitesnake numbers performed by DC and Doug Aldrich.
Last but not least, this album is a beautiful confession of loving the legendary Whitesnake Choir aka the faithful audience of DC and each and every reincarnation of Whitesnake, so this album was really made to celebrate this special relationship between Whitesnake and their fans who have always been there to make some noise for DC and the boys any time since the mid-and late 70s when D C went solo.
Crank it up or listen to it softly, but get it and enjoy because it is a special present from DC and Whitesnake for all of us!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
26 October 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coverdale at his best raw and emotional.
31 October 2018
So many versions,a fairly expensive box set,a 2 cd set which disc 2 i’ve already got (Starkers In Tokyo) so i was pleased to see that disc 1 of each set is available as a stand alone release.
11 fantastic glimpses of Coverdale in the raw,some previously released,the majority unreleased or new versions (unzipped)
this is a really excellent release,highlights well.. all of it but if pushed the previously unreleased ‘All The Time In The World’ and the ‘unzipped’ version of ‘Forevermore’ are hitting the spot at the moment. The instrumental versions of ‘Love is Blind’ and ‘Wherever you may go’ are pretty cool as well
If you are unsure this may be the one to buy,i may go back for the box set if/when the price drops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
November 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic redo’s of many Snake and solo songs
October 31, 2018
Great to hear Coverdale sing unplugged. He has so many vocal tools to use. He used them well. I’m the rehearsals vs it is interesting at times to hear Coverdale come at a line differently.
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitesnake rocks.
October 22, 2018
I am a big Whitesnake fan. This set is excellent. Well packaged and worth the money for any fan.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! Jam packed with Coverdale acoustic goodness!
October 25, 2018
Yes, there is some rehash on this set. However, the amount of previously unreleased stuff you get makes up that. Its just a ton of stuff! Its worth it simply for Starkers in New York, both audio and video! Its great! Disc 5 is filled with Coverdale demos. Most are super short and nothing more than song ideas. HOWEVER, there are a handful of piano based demos, that are full songs, and are really good. Very Northwinds-esque. I was pleasantly surprised. Given the source of some of the live stuff the quality on some tracks isn’t exactly A+, however, the vast majority are good quality, and the ones that aren’t are still listenable, I’d give them a B rating. I will says this though…They remixed Starkers in Tokyo for the CD and I am not a fan of it. I prefer the original. If you’ve never heard the original then you wont notice any difference and it wont matter. No big deal. Just a personal preference for me. If you’re a fan you gotta get it!! Jam packed with Coverdale acoustic goodness!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars It’s defiantly Unzipped…
October 27, 2018
This disc is incredible, not what I expected man. Hearing it acoustical just one singer and one guitarist. Three different versions made I got the deluxe that’s all you need… DC sounds great ADV guitar work is solid and so is Aldrich’s if you want something different this is it.