On May 19, 2015, Whitesnake, led by singer David Coverdale, released its new CD, “The Purple Album.” As many rock fans know, Whitesnake is famous for its 80s anthems, such as “Here I Go Again,” “Still of the Night,” etc., and the ballad, “Is This Love.” The band is also famous for classic songs like “Fool For Your Loving,” “Slow ‘N’ Easy, etc. Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale initially made his mark on the music industry when he became the lead singer of Deep Purple in 1974, replacing Ian Gillan.
[adinserter block=”1″]As David has said in several interviews, he is very grateful for his time in Deep Purple. After reaching out to former Deep Purple band mate Ritchie Blackmore, and patching things up, as the two men had not spoken to one another for 30 years, Coverdale had an idea to do a Deep Purple related project. However, due to Blackmore’s representatives’ demands, it didn’t happen. David Coverdale decided to take the Deep Purple era songs that he was a part of, and re-create them as a Whitesnake project. These songs are from the Mark III and Mark IV eras of Deep Purple.
In this blog, I am going to review “The Purple Album,” by Whitesnake. I have gone through the various ways that I could have gone about it. I could have tried to compare the songs to the old versions, etc. I have decided to review the CD on its own merit. So, here’s my review of Whitesnake’s “The Purple Album.”
I highly recommend my readers going out and getting “The Purple Album,” by Whitesnake. This CD is amazing. From the great guitar work by Reb Beach and new Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, to David Coverdale’s incredible vocals, “The Purple Album,” rocks from beginning to end. Starting with “Burn,” and ending with “Stormbringer,” listeners will be blown away by the band’s interpretations of these Deep Purple songs. The deluxe version, which I have, contains “Lady Luck” and “Comin’ Home” as well.
What I really like about this CD is that these songs sound fresh and updated. The entire band is outstanding. Tommy Aldridge is pounding the living daylight out of those drums. He is still so good after all these years. Joel Hoekstra and Reb Beach are awesome. The two did great job interpreting Ritchie Blackmore’s and Tommy Bolin’s material. Keyboardist Michele Luppi does a great job.
“Burn” kicks off the CD. It is a killer tune. It would have been cool if fellow former Whitesnake member Glenn Hughes sang on the song, but I had no problem with David Coverdale singing the entire song. The second song, “You Fool No One (Interpolating “Itchy Fingers”) is one of my favorite tracks on the entire CD. I love how Coverdale gets up to his upper range at certain points in the song. I play this song a couple of times a day.
“Love Child” is the next track. I like this track. It has a very heavy riff. I love the guitar solo. “Sail Away” follows, and that song is outstanding. The track is dedicated to the late, great Jon Lord. The song features terrific musicianship by the band. David Coverdale’s voice is outstanding.
“The Gypsy” and “Lady Double Dealer” follow. Both are well done. I liked “Lady Double Dealer” the better of the two. The next song, “Mistreated,” is out of this world. The heavy riff is terrific. I love that heavy blues sound. I really enjoy the passion that David Coverdale shows in the singing of this song. Coverdale’s voice, again, sounds fantastic. The band is top-notch.
“Holy Man,” “Might Just Take Your Life” and”You Keep On Moving” were a trio of very good songs. I thought they were just enjoyable rockers. David Coverdale’s voice shines through on the following track, “Soldier of Fortune.” Again, Coverdale sounds fantastic. The acoustic guitars are terrific on “Soldier of Fortune” too.
[adinserter block=”1″]The album ends with “Lay Down, Stay Down” and “Stormbringer.” “Lay Down” is a fast, upbeat rocker, that I thought was awesome . I really enjoyed the song. “Stormbringer” is a powerhouse of a song. Coverdale sounds great, as does the entire band. This was a great way to end a great album.
There are two bonus tracks. “Lady Luck” and “Comin’ Home.” “Lady Luck” is a fun, moderately paced song. I liked the song. The band is awesome on this song. “Comin’ Home” is a fun, upbeat tune. Both of these songs are worth getting the Deluxe edition for the musicianship alone.
Star Rating (out of 5): ****1/2 stars (4.5 stars)
Overall, “The Purple Album” is an excellent CD. David Coverdale sings his butt off on this CD, and the rest of the band is outstanding I highly recommend you buy it on Amazon, download it on iTunes, or download it on Spotify like I do. You’ll be glad you did, and please try to catch them on tour, which starts May 28, 2015. Information can be found at http://www.whitesnake.com