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Whitesnake -The Purple Album

Published May 09 2015

=Staff's pick

You Fool No One
Love Child
Sail Away
The Gypsy*
Lady Double Dealer
Holy Man
Might Just Take Your Life
You Keep On Moving
Soldier Of Fortune
Lay Down, Stay Down

Genre Hard Rock
David Coverdale
Tracks 13
Reb Beach
Running time 66 Min.
Joel Hoekstra
Label Frontiers Records
Michael Devin
Release May 15, 2015
Tommy Aldridge
Country England/USA
Producer David C., M. McIntyre, R. Beach
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David Coverdale has decided to remake a number of songs off his rather short period in Deep Purple in the mid 70's. Music, technique and engineering have changed immensely in the 40 years that have passed since that age and to have the songs come out with exactly the same feeling and flow as the original versions had is undoubtedly an unreachable task, which I think we are all able to understand and I know that David does too.

The songs hail from the 3 albums Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band and unsurprisingly this edition puts emphasis on the 2 first mentioned. The guys in the band absolutely don't make themselves look like complete fools, since I believe that this version of Whitesnake has tried to adapt to what was originally put out and I think that they have managed to recreate a pretty persistent groove to the songs in general and with their unfaltering determination the songs definitely don't end up being vacuous and bland.

To be honest, this album doesn't contain awesome songs all the way from start to finish, because even though the original songs are old enough to derive from the earlier stages of hard rock, it doesn't necessarily mean that every single note on the albums was something extraordinary and mind-blowing. Just like most of today's records, the old ones did also include a couple of fillers, although it perhaps wasn't so obvious since the albums often contained fewer tracks than what they do at this present point.

Most of this classic material basically come out all right on these new recordings though and even if Coverdale's voice has slowly deteriorated during the last 4 decades, it still works rather well on studio recordings. I believe that this album is primarily made to have the qualification to take these songs out on tour one last time and it would have been somewhat odd to play all these songs live without first showing them to the audience again. Hopefully the aging vocalist has carefully rested his vocal cords to be able to give these songs well-deserved justice on stage.

The Purple Album is a rather pleasant effort at the end of the day, but before I listened to it, I certainly had my doubts and I believe that many people will too. If you're a fan of the short-lived Deep Purple Mark III and Mark IV eras, you should at least check out this piece of music to see what it has to offer.

See also review of: Forevermore








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