I loved this band when they first got going in the 1970's.  WAY different from the quasi hair metal Coverdale and company churned out during the 1980's.  The early stuff was real.  Blues rock baby.  If you were an early fan too, be aware of the new Box 'O' Snakes 1978-1982 at your favorite on-line retailer tomorrow, (11/15).  Also be aware of the price - you need to be a BIG BIG fan.  $234.  Wow.

Here is Amazon's write up:

Limited box set that contains nine CDs, a DVD, a seven inch white vinyl EP, a color poster and a 90-page hardcover book. Overseen by David Coverdale, this box includes remasters of the five studio and two live albums that Whitesnake released from 1978-82 plus two previously unreleased live albums recorded for the BBC at the 1979 and 1980 UK Reading Rock Festivals. The DVD features 10 promo clips, four rare BBC TV performances and a previously unreleased U.S. live show filmed in 1980 on the Ready An' Willing tour. The coffee table-style book includes a new 10,000 word interview with Coverdale and Bernie Marsden discussing Whitesnake (1978-1982) plus many unpublished photos and rare memorabilia. The seven inch vinyl is a replica of the Snakebite EP, the very first release from Whitesnake, faithfully reproduced on white vinyl. EMI.