The Purple Album CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
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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 & 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 & 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' & 1987's self-titled mega-million-selling smash-hit album. 'Whitesnake'. "People have been asking me for many years to revisit Purple songs…but I always felt like I should be writing new, fresh Whitesnake songs for the fans." "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. It was Coverdale's wife, Cindy who suggested that he take his ideas & make a new Whitesnake studio album celebrating his legacy from his time with Deep Purple. "And that's how it all happened. I discussed the idea with my musicians & our record company & everyone was very positive. So it was all systems go for 'The Purple Album'. Coverdale and the band picked their favourite Purple songs from Mark 3 and 4 and set to work at Whitesnake's new recording studio, Hook City in Reno, Nevada. "It was a shared vision," Coverdale says "Every member of the band came to the sessions fully loaded with ideas & talent & helped make this a memorable project for me." "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," says Coverdale. And so Whitesnake prepares to set sail with "The Purple Album" loaded with priceless treasures from the three Deep Purple studio albums Coverdale helped write & produce over 40 years ago.
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I enjoyed this album though. I do like hearing different interpretations of tracks I know so well, some work better than others here. Many have the tracks in a lower key to help DC on the vocals side. Nothing wrong with that though - Plant, Gillan etc all do it these days. The production is a bit over the top as per normal for latter day Whitesnake. I actually find Reb Beech's playing not as widdley as some have suggested. It sounds like he's trying to keep it within the context of the material rather than firing off 200bpm appregios constantly. If anyone has that album A Tribute Album To Deep Purple from 1994 they'll know what I'm talking about. Incidentally Reb's on that album too.
Although I don't mind cover versions, a full album of it maybe is a bit much. I realise this was a tribute to Jon but one or two tracks as bonus items tagged on to a proper original Whitesnake studio album might have been more poignant than a full album. Perhaps even having this whole album as a bonus disc to a studio album? Either way the band would have kept their credibility and still did the tribute bit on the side.Read more ›
How I enjoyed very much is that I lined up all the original version of Purple songs featuring in this album and the Snake versions from this album in my iPod and played all day yesterday many many times. First Purple's and second Snake's, one after another. Wow! You can hear the difference. Heavier and pure Snake. 40 years different in David's voice but still good. Let's be honest. Original is always original. Nothing can top it. This album only sounds different. A different shade of Purple.
Safe in the knowledge that the originals would always be superior,i was intrigued as to how D.C. would tackle them,he hasnt disappointed,listen to the ferocity of 'Burn' & 'Stormbringer',enjoy the beauty of the new arrangement of 'Sail Away' and enjoy the new version of 'Mistreated'.
The current band are a decent bunch of musicians with only Aldridge coming anywhere near the pedigree of Blackmore,Lord,Paice & Hughes but they have pulled this of,there are some excellent performances from both Beach & Hoekstra and Coverdale hasnt sounded this good for some time,one wonders if there's sonic trickery at work here.
It would certainly have added some weight to the tribute aura had there been some guest appearances,sadly it wasnt to be,packaging is decent,liner notes are worth reading,i enjoyed the production,sounds great on my system,
The deluxe edition is worth having for the bonus tracks,the dvd is fine but will not be watched on regular basis but its nice to have.
So,for me, a worthwhile release,if you like Purple/Whitesnake its unlikely you'll be disappointed
DC's stated his regret of not having Ritchie involved with the project but i can think of one ex-purple member that's missing that would have put the icing on the cake - Glenn Hughes. Thought many times and even sent the guys an odd msg here and there asking if there will ever be a Coverdale - Hughes album, and this could have been it.
Over all solid performances from all within on this album but the originals will always remain on my playlist whereas I may play this album from only time to time.
Must admit tho im looking forward to hearing these songs played live and that was the big pull for me to fork out serious cash for the gigs in December (come on Glenn Manchester is calling).
And if Messer's Coverdale and Hughes are reading these reviews - Come on guys - A Coverdale Hughes album next please !!.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whitesnake does Purple, very well! A great tribute to the smoke on the water boys.Published 16 hours ago by Mr. G. J. Sivill
A good album, but still awaiting the MP3 download even though I have requested it twicePublished 18 days ago by garza
I have nothing but love for this album. When I read the reviews I nearly didn't buy it! So glad I did though. It's not purple it's whitesnake, and after reading the notes by D. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
When George Martin was asked about the let it be album he said it should read produced by George Martin, over produced by Phil Spector , this album feels the same over produced. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kevin