Whitesnake - The Purple Album [2LP]
Featuring Snaked Up Versions of the 3 Deep Purple Mark 3 & 4 Studio Albums featuring David Coverdale: Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band
What many promise, but few can guarantee is what the loud and proud Whitesnake have always delivered and with their 12th studio opus The Purple Album once again their hard core fans are about to be surprised again by the Snake. Recorded and mixed by legendary frontman and Whitesnake founder David Coverdale with co-producers Michael McIntyre and Snake guitarist Reb Beach and at Hook City Studios in Reno Nevada, The Purple Album draws on the songs from the three Deep Purple Mark 3 and 4 studio albums featuring Coverdale: Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band. All the songs on the new album are presented as a respectful tribute to his former colleagues and pay homage to the band who started him on an amazing musical journey over 40 years ago that continues today.
“Even though we’re playing songs I recorded with Purple over 40 years ago, it has all the classic Whitesnake elements people who support us have come to expect,” says Coverdale, “I thought it would be cool to go out, as it were, the way I came in to this music business.” From the opening track, the incendiary classic "Burn" through to the sonic insanity of "Stormbringer," Yorkshire born David Coverdale brings his career full circle from when a 21-year-old singer/songwriter bravely answered a music press ad to become the new lead singer for Deep Purple in 1973. After leaving Deep Purple in 1976 Coverdale formed the original Whitesnake in 1977, and began a journey that has taken him from the early heavy blues rock of the late ‘70s with albums like Trouble, Lovehunter, Ready And Willing and Come An Get It through to the explosive hard rock of the revamped Snake sound with the multi-platinum Slide It In and 1987’s self-titled mega-million-selling smash-hit album Whitesnake.
“People have been asking me for many years to revisit Purple songs like 'Mistreated and 'Soldier of Fortune' with Whitesnake, but I always felt like I should be writing new, fresh Whitesnake songs for the fans,” adds Coverdale. “In 2012 I was told by a representative of the old Purple management that keyboard maestro Jon Lord, who had worked with me in Whitesnake, too, had been diagnosed in with cancer and that Jon’s wish on his recovery would be that we put together a Purple reunion of sorts. I agreed to be there for him. As we all know, sadly he didn’t recover. After Jon passed away, I felt it necessary to reach out to Ritchie Blackmore to express the grief at Jon’s loss and to hopefully bury any unpleasant hatchets we’d been throwing at other for decades. It was during our reconnect that we discussed the possibility of some kind of a Purple reunion or a Blackmore/Coverdale project. During the time we were talking, I started listening to our old albums and began working on ideas & new approaches to suggest, rearranging some of our original works. Unfortunately, our ideas on the reunion aspect didn’t quite gel, so I respectfully withdrew from further discussions, though I am happy to say we did bury old animosities and we have thankfully stayed in touch."
Whitesnake now brings you The Purple Album, featuring Snaked up versions of those beloved Deep Purple classics many will be introduced to for the first time and with a seriously kick-ass chapter of the band that can reinterpret these classics with the passion they deserve. “There was absolutely no intention to compete, or compare with the original recordings. We just wanted to play these songs the best we could and this is how we wanted to play them," expressed Coverdale. And so Whitesnake is preparing to set sail with The Purple Album loaded with priceless treasures from the three Deep Purple studio albums Coverdale helped write and produce over 40 years ago.
Whitesnake The Purple Album Track Listing:
2. You Fool No One (Interpolating Itchy Fingers)
3. Love Child
4. Sail Away
5. The Gypsy
6. Lady Double Dealer
8. Holy Man
9. Might Just Take Your Life
10. You Keep On Moving
11. Soldier Of Fortune
12. Lay Down Stay Down