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WHITESNAKE deliver a major surprise to their fans with 12th studio album, The Purple Album. Comprised of songs from the three Deep Purple studio albums that David Coverdale appeared on, Burn, Stormbringer and Come Taste The Band, the album is a respectful tribute to Coverdale s former colleagues who started him on his musical journey over 40 years ago.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Burn
  2. You Fool No One (Interpolating Itchy Fingers)
  3. Love Child
  4. Sail Away
  5. The Gypsy
  6. Lady Double Dealer
  7. Mistreated
  8. Holy Man
  9. Might Just Take Your Life
  10. You Keep On Moving
  11. Soldier Of Fortune
  12. Lay Down Stay Down
  13. Stormbringer


Product Details

  • Vinyl (June 30, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Frontiers Music Srl
  • ASIN: B00TXZM5TM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I love the album and David Coverdale is the man but Frontiers Records insists on compressing the sound to totally ruin the integrity of the music. Frontiers also destroyed the sound quality of the new Toto XIV CD. The record companies need to stop this annoying trend and master the music to sound good and NOT loud as hell. There is even clipping and distortion that is indicted in the image that accompanies the review. Great album, but another casualty of the loudness wars!
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This album rocks. Period. What did you expect? It features fifteen classic tracks from one of the founding bands of hard rock, Deep Purple. They are tracks performed by the original writer/singer, David Coverdale, with his equally legendary band Whitesnake. What could possibly go wrong?

Now to the details. When the teaser videos first started to appear, I was excited and then...apprehensive. Did this really sound as good as I wanted it to? Was it the dream album I envisioned? The moment I popped the actual disc into my player, I knew my apprehensions were wrong and I knew why. I had been listening to the music over my iPhone. Sorry, guys. This needs to be played full tilt on a good system. When it is, you will see what I mean.

I could not possibly do a track-by-track analysis, comparing this and contrasting that. Suffice it to say, it is what David Coverdale wanted it to be, a fresh take on 15 Purple classics that are, in his words, "Snaked up a bit." This is not the acoustic version of "Layla," a great song, but completely different from the original, also a great song. These are the songs just as they were written on the classic albums "Burn," "Stormbringer," and "Come Taste the Band." That is, they are just as they were written, but Snaked up. For example, there is a SWEET harmonica solo to intro "You Fool No One" not on the 1973 original. The guitar solo is Joel Hoekstra's own. The drums, forgive me, Ian Paice, are thundering. "Love Child," one of my absolute favorites from the 1976 "Come Taste the Band" opens heavier and more threatening. Thank you, Michael Devin! "Sail Away" is an exquisite, beautiful, moody acoustic masterpiece.
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I have no problem with DC doing this album, though how I wish the original plan to involve some of the other DP folks, and especially Ritchie Blackmore had transpired. Let's face it, these guys are great talents who made rock history, and it would have been wonderful to hear them revisit the music in an appropriately celebratory and respectful manner. Well that was not to be and David Coverdale decided to press on. I cannot imagine what this sounds like to a latter-day Whitesnake fan who does not know Purple, but as a fan from the 70s, I can only comment on what it sounds like to me.

Yes, these are great songs with killer riffs which the new versions respect. It's interesting to hear the more contemporary metal edge on You Fool No One or to give DC a chance to convert Sail Away into an around the camp-fire singalong, but the initial interest has faded after a few plays. Sadly, the production to me is overkill. The wall of sound, constant widdley-guitar freneticism and lack of dynamic range in the final versions just tires over time and kills some of the magic. It sounds like it was made for compressed radio play- a sort of flat, loud sonic signature - typical of late 20th century metal albums that traded digital control for authenticity.

In comparison, the originals flow a bit more and remind us all that as a band, Purple had swing. These versions never swing - they thrust themselves full-on into your face, they rock out in typical late 80s/90s WS style but they somehow don't quite connect. There's no space for the music to breath here, every gap is filled, distortion over rides tone, and DC is himself buried too deeply that his wonderful vocals, so obvious on the originals, are too often strained.
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Same deal here as the new Van Halen live album - if you don't go in expecting the vocals to sound like they did 30 years ago then you'll be fine. Get over that little bit about your singers aging and you can enjoy this album.
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Ok....Ready Boys and Girls? I am ready to give my review of The Purple Album by Whitesnake.

To prepare for this review I set of a playlist in my iPod, pairing all the original songs from Deep Purple with the new stuff. I listen to Deep Purple first, then each track of Whitesnake CD as it followed its Purple counterpart.

A little history for those not familiar with this project. from 74-76, David Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple, a duty he shared with Glenn Hughes....but lets face it.....Coverdale's voice made that era what it became. Later he would move on to form Whitesnake. I became aware of David when I watched a broadcast of The California Jam in 1974, just as he belted ...and I mean belted out MISTREATED.
So...we are talking about 15 tracks......originally performed some 40 years ago, by a master vocalist...who in my opinion as far as the USA is concerned, never got the recognition he deserved. Truly...I can't think of any singer in the mid 60's that could tackle a project like this. But tackle it he did.

David Coverdale...in The Purple Album.....is surrounded by top notch musicians that bring a new intensity to songs that were already legendary and took them to a new place in the present. David doesn't just rehash the classics.....he reinvents their sound, While his version in Deep Purple were bluesier and funky...the Whitesnake version are a mixture of explosive treats for the ear to beautiful acoustic versions like Sail Away. For me, I got my wish as I have always wondered how David would sound singing Holy Man, originally sung by Glenn Highes. In a word...majestic with a great arrangement. We hear different instumentations though all the while the basic integrity of the songs remains intact. So in the end...
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