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  • Writer's pictureSteven Pluto

Under The Radar: Whitesnake Come An’ Get It (1981)

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

Whitesnake David Coverdale – vocals Micky Moody – guitar, backing vocals Bernie Marsden – guitar, backing vocals Neil Murray – bass guitar Ian Paice – drums Jon Lord – keyboards

Come an' Get It is the fourth studio album by Whitesnake. The Album was released on April 6,1981 with Martin Birch (Fleetwood Mac , Deep Purple) producing the project.

Come an' Get It was the bands highest-charting release in the UK, hitting No. 2 on the charts. While Whitesnake’s fourth studio album did well in the UK ,it didn’t make a huge impact on the charts in North America. Come An’ Get It peaked at No.151 on the US Billboard 200 charts.

In my opinion ,Come An’ Get failed to make impact in North America due to the new emerging musical landscape. While the album is great mix of Whitesnake’s blue-collar brand of organ riffed bluesy rockers, the album recalled the ‘70’s and not the new era of excess and bombast that MTV was ushering in.

Granted, Come An’ Get It is not as accessible as Journey’s Escape, Foreigner’s 4 and REO Speedwagon’s Hi Infidelity, it still has a lot to offer.

First, Whitesnake had arguably one of best line-ups around in rock n' roll history . They had the best rhythm section around in Neil Murray and Ian Paice. The best twin guitar attack in Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden and they had the man who wrote the book on how to play rock keyboards and organ, the one and only Jon Lord.

Second, what the record lacked in accessibility ,it more than made up for it with variety. From the blues rockers; Come An’ Get It , Hit an’ Run, and Hot Stuff, the melodic rock masterpiece; Don't Break My Heart Again; the soulful ;Lonely Days, Lonely Nights, the funky ,Girl,and the epic album center piece Child of Babylon, the record simply had it all.

Come An’ Get It is an entertaining listen and is the beginning of a successful blueprint that David Coverdale would juice up on ‘84’s Slide It In and the blockbuster self titled 1987 album.

So if you like blues- rock, then look no further than Whitesnake’s Come and Get It.

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