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Purple album and Purple tour… from Whitesnake

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After some vague hinting and some more vague hinting, Whitesnake revealed today that their next album will consist just from remakes of Purple Mark 3 and 4 material. It will be called The Purple Album and is slated for release on May 18 in the UK (May 15 in Europe, May 19 in North America) via Frontiers Records.

Track list:

  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

The deluxe edition will also include two bonus tracks:

  1. Lady Luck
  2. Comin’ Home

and bonus videos:

  • Lady Double Dealer
  • Sail Away
  • Stormbringer
  • Soldier Of Fortune
  • Behind The Scenes
  • EPK

The news are accompanied by a couple of quotes from Coverdale:

It’s a tribute – a homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago.

I said to Richie Blackmore, ‘You guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers.’ The university of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert.

After this release the band will embark on an extensive US tour (with a couple of Canadian dates tucked in) that will start on May 28 in Spokane, WA, and finish on July 25 in Atlantic City, NJ. The tour is also branded as Purple. See our calendar for the complete listing. Tickets for many shows are going on sale in within the next couple of days. Whenever there is a “fan club” presale, the password is PURPLE.

VIP packages are available for some shows. These will include (at least for the Santa Rosa show on June 2):

  • One premium reserved ticket located in the first 12 rows
  • Specially designed Whitesnake tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only)
  • Collectible tour lithograph autographed by David Coverdale (numbered, limited print)
  • Official Whitesnake tour program
  • Exclusive Whitesnake merchandise item
  • Commemorative tour laminate

Thanks to Classic Rock for the info.

88 Comments to “Purple album and Purple tour… from Whitesnake”:

  1. 1
    Adam says:

    I wonder who’s gonna do all the Glenn Hughes parts… 😉

  2. 2
    MacGregor says:

    Adam@ -1- hopefully no one! Cheers.

  3. 3
    Joe in VT says:

    Someone’s gotta carry the mark3/4 banner!
    I’d go see the tour!

  4. 4
    Lajos says:

    ….and the winner is RITCHIE !!!
    There will be some more royality money to cash in.

  5. 5
    albertz says:

    Sounds like an easy retirement cheque, Dave.

    Hoping for some imaginitive re-interpretations of Mk3/4 songbook, similar to Gillan’s “Child” remake all those years back, but Stormbringer preview suggests bludgeoning HM reworking. And how do you redo Purple without the Hammond? This could be painful live! No way Cov’s voice is gonna hold up, sounds highly processed in studio.

    Hope I’m wrong

  6. 6
    Child of Babylon says:

    Just listened to the (cheesy) Stormbringer vid. Damn, I love DC, but this sounds awful. Over compressed, like the previous Aldrich albums, bad mix and uninspired arrangements… David should get a good producer and stop recording with those 80s kinda mix for the radio. Anyway, this will not be played on commercial radio, so, come on, get us something that we can listen to with pleasure… Give us some real sounds that does justice to his great voice. What a waste of talent!

  7. 7
    Les Hedger says:

    This sounds great!! A big thumbs up to DC!!!

  8. 8
    mike whiteley says:

    Is this really necessary ??
    Don’t most of us already own Burn,Stormbringer,and Come Taste The Band ??
    Seems like a contractual obligation album to me at best and a chance to see how the new guitar player fits in at least..

  9. 9
    indra kusuma says:

    a tribute ? so….what the diference with other tribute bands/musicians ? have no idea composing new tunes ? or … have no selfconfidence to deliver new tunes ?

  10. 10
    stoffer says:

    I want to hear more before I commit to driving at least 5hrs. to see a show. Its not Ritchie, the old DC or Jon but a new look at old songs, that are not currently being played (some by GH) live. I would love to hear the rest of the album and hope like hell its great, but we have to wait and listen (hope its worth it). Might want to catch this tour early before the voice goes?? @5 albertz?? very good possibility………………..stay tuned

  11. 11
    Adrian says:

    Of course I’ll listen, and prob will enjoy a tune or two, but NOTHING will surpass the originals. Cool selection of songs though. Glad Glenn Hughes is not a part of this HM fest.

  12. 12
    al says:

    @ 6 agreed

    sounds like every other band,neo metal and neo progressive shit we hear around,they all sound the same,compressed sound,bad mix, I don’t hear the any keyboards,nothing original,exactly the kind of sound i hate in his Doug Aldrich produced album! not really enthusiastic about this release,maybe he should have had Blackmore throw a couple of solos in there….

  13. 13
    Mike says:

    Glenn Hughes proudly caried the Mark 3 banner.
    It will be a nice gift to the Deep Purple fans if WS invited Glenn as guest star to do at least one song with them and if Ian P possibly to. Maybe Ricardo can jin for a song. Well I’m asking alot.
    I’m surprised pleasantly and will take what they offer.


  14. 14
    Mike says:

    No Key Board on the Stormbringer vid??????

    Is there KB on the other songs?

    Mike the Mikkey

  15. 15
    Purple Tickler says:

    Hmm, I am a big fan of particlularly the early WS, and I have alot of respect for DC. Having listened to the Stormbringer track, have to agree with #6 – dont like the sound at all. Sounds like it was recorded in a phone booth using Toys R us drums.

  16. 16
    Rob says:

    as DC sung before “Here we go again…” Would be a strategic marketing masterplan if he could find a certain guitarplayer involved at these 1974 recordings getting on stage with him.

  17. 17
    ManInBlackFan says:

    Do remakes ever live up to the original? Ever even come close?

    After seeing the WS Stormbringer YT, it struck me that despite:

    – Hair metal is soooooo 8ties;
    – The overly (OVERLY) produced and compressed audio;
    – The voice not being the voice as I like it from DC;
    – NO STEAMING HAMMOND!!!! (Who can live without?);
    – Did DC not say many times he disliked these wizards & demons lyrics?

    It is still a great song!!! And I immediately had to play the original.


  18. 18
    George Martin says:

    It’s almost impossible to me to make better versions than the originals but I do think this is a cool idea. It’s nice to see David embrace his past rather than ignore it. When he tours with this album I hope a lot of it is played and not just 2 or 3 tracks. If he only does a few than what’s the point?

  19. 19
    petemin123 says:

    Us old farts love classic rock. I’m a huge Purple fan in Australia after seeing them back in Melbourne in the 70″s with Free for the first time . Seen them many times with different members. I am still a huge fan. Why not crank it up. Take on a period of Purple history. Rejuvenate it and make Modern Classic Rock with steroids in an album, with Mk3/M4 classics with the original singer. Much better than having a compilation of dozen artists trying to emulate songs and doing an average job. Coverdale great choice of music for a new album. As a matter fact better than a greatest hits album. Fuckn awesome David great move

    Long live Purple fans / long live Whitesnake fans

  20. 20
    MacGregor says:

    Curiosity gets the better of me, had a listen to Stormbringer. At least the melody is retained as I thought it would be! It is the predictable ‘cliched’ guitar technique & sound that I don’t like! It could be any modern day metal guitarist, if you know what I mean! I don’t have a problem with old Cov’s doing a ‘Purple’ album, at least it is something that he was a big part of! Not my cup of tea though & I am certainly glad the so called ‘reunion’ that is mentioned at the Classic Rock site in regards to Blackmore & Coverdale talking, didn’t happen!! Cheers.

  21. 21
    Chris Mallinson says:

    Judging the album by this track alone cant be fair.
    Stormbringer the song in its original guise had little in the way of distinguishable classic Hammond organ sound and what would be the point of doing just a doppleganger re work of the original anyway, that really would be a retirement cheque.
    I will judge it when it comes out and if Dave is singing in a fashion that suits his voice as it is now then so be it.
    I welcome the heavier sound to this version, i always felt that Burn/Stormbringer sounded too quiet and on occasions a bit watery when compared to the live versions.

  22. 22
    rik_uk says:

    I like it although everyone seems to be turned up to max.

    Not a bad year….Whitesnake doing Purple, Purple doing Purple, anyone else I wonder??

  23. 23
    North Winds says:

    I thought April Fools Day came way early! Pretty strange release. I have to agree with the guys criticizing the mix and production – over processed cheese metal. What ever happened to ‘leave well enough alone’? Enough with the covers

  24. 24
    wellwell says:

    Unfortunately the last show i’ve seen Whitesnake was so… well, let’s put it straight, BAD; i won’t even think about buying other tickets. His vocal talent is fading out, in my humble opinion, he was only doing half the set, and i was really disappointed. There is a lot you can do when you are in the studio (fix it in the mix) but live is a different story. I’ve seen a show some 10 years ago, which was AMAZING, but now, i feel it is waste of time and money. I will check out the CD, but surely not attending the tour. …

  25. 25
    Ket says:

    many thoughts over here…. gotta agree w Child of Babylon on production bit. disagree on cheesy remark, its a ‘harder version’ thats all. honestly how far more in brilliance can one go w stormbringer or burn or mistreated? as mush as i sighed reading it is a tribute of one of the best singers in the world to his beginnings/to the legacy of such an epic band he was part of (will always pine they disbanded that lineup), i dont understand why do this now (spec when i think of all his views on raping dp catalogue with so many reissues/retakes over the past 2 decades, that i can cosign). prob the wish was there for some time but couldnt materialize coz of tours and technical bits. love the man’s work to level of craze so would be sad to see comaprisons qs where glenn, organ…hope we’ll be blown off when the whole thing comes out, as some tunes are done in a totally different arr. too early to embrace it properly now. i think all looked fwd to hear really new ws sound itself. so on that note i was bummed. on the other hand, knowing david’s passion, have to congrat the man on having balls to tackle such complex songs composition & vocally wise at this time of day. hope we will still hear new whitesnake in the years to come. or a solo work for that matter. cheers

  26. 26
    Heepfan says:

    I strongly disagree this is a waste of talent. I liked what David did. Of course I prefer the original versions, but I think David wanted to play these songs again and he needed a reason for it, so releasing the album with new versions is a great idea.

    The fact that no one was playing the MK3 and MK4 songs anymore, except for Glenn Hughes, was a sin. These are classic songs that need to be played live by David.

  27. 27
    Barfly Gypsys says:

    Sounds great heavy.
    Looking forward to hear the album.
    For those who is disappointed that it doesn’t sound like the old Purple! play the old albums.
    This is Whitesnake and David co-write all the songs with the other members of mark 3/4.
    Its a win for all of the living members co-writers, for some more than others.
    Like that should be a bad thing Lajos if there is any comfort for you there is 5 songs without the mark of Ritchies penn.
    The only song that I didn’t like the original version of is Holy man but maybe it turns out good here on this album

  28. 28
    kraatzy says:

    Yes Yes Yes – what an idea … what a chance … to close the endparts of the open ring …

    Hey Ritchie / hey Ian / hey Rog / hey Glenn / hey Paicey … wake up … now …

    and make the dreams of all us fans come true and COME all TOGETHER – RIGHT NOW !!!!!



  29. 29
    Mr Fender says:

    I’m looking forward to this!!
    Those song’s are dam good!
    Keep the old Hard rock school alive Mr Coverdale.

  30. 30
    IKEN says:

    Hmmmm,His voice is in a bad shape ……… Sad. But,then again,Big Ians voice isn’t much better these days,but he would’nt dream of a remake on Child In Time……

  31. 31
    nupsi59 says:

    …hangin’ on the promises in songs of yesterday (‘Here I go again’)

    No hammond-organ, no tasteful guitar playing?

    That’s like ‘Two and a half men’ without Charlie Harper!

    I would like to hear some blues/bluesrock standards from DC.
    (Listen to the last studio-album from Paul Rodgers)

    Have a nice Day!

  32. 32
    George Martin says:

    Rod Evans if you read this now it’s your turn.
    Just kidding, however hmmmm

  33. 33
    RB says:

    From what I’ve read it seems as if Ritchie’s mother-in-law was her usual difficult self, which cocked-up the chance of David and him working together. Such a shame, would’ve great to hear Ritchie playing rock again and David singing something that isn’t based on the 1987 heavy metal formula. Tommy Aldridge is a bit of a one trick pony, banging the hell of his kit – his live playing on ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City’ is terrible, no light and shade, I dread to think what he’s done to something like ‘Holy Man’ and ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ (really hope the latter hasn’t been given the ‘Is This Love?’ treatment)!

  34. 34
    JohnL says:

    Soundtrack of my youth and of my friends at the time will bring back good memories and I can’t fault the tunes. looking forward to hearing them all….. nice one DC

  35. 35
    MacGregor says:

    RB@ -33- Blackmore has a manager, that is what managers do. He says what he will or will not do, the manager represents that & should simply convey the same! Why blame someone else, Blackmore does what he wants to do in regards to music. His ‘mother in law’ simply represents him. Cheers.

  36. 36
    doren says:

    Stormchaser says “meh”,…

  37. 37
    al says:

    maybe he would invite Ritchie and Glenn for couple of numbers,I hope.

  38. 38
    al says:

    you answered your own questions mate.From that video sound and horrible mix cheesy guitar formula you expect anything else ?! don’t think so.Cheesy !!

  39. 39
    Svante Axbacke says:

    People can’t have much faith in Ritchie’s integrity when they think his life is run by someone else.

  40. 40
    maya says:

    trying to like it just cant. all i did is go back to real one and cry. i mean its not so bad but its weak comaring to an eponymous song. maybe newbies like it…even if its a diff take on the song it lacks sth profound there. way much hermetic. dont dig overdone guitars to cover for lack of organ, dont like the sound of drums either. vocal mix might be best of all bits here really. maybe its a qs of taste/preference but so far im not bought. hope they really did better on other tunes. just cant imagine what comin home or lady double dealer or you fool no one might sound judging by storm, god i really hope they did well. for the sake of both DP (and WS) legacy & sheer brill

  41. 41
    Christof says:

    This is plain awful! I didn’t manage to listen to the whole track as this wall of noise (rather than wall of sound) combined with the sad ruins of DC’s voice and an absolutely non-fitting guitar solo made me cringe. I can’t feel any soul in it. Purple always managed – even in their hardest songs – to bring in touching subtlety. But this is just assembly line metal killing a great song.

  42. 42
    Robert says:

    agree with #41
    When I first read the article I thought that this is a great idea. But the production of Stormbringer ist so horrible, I can’t believe it. Maybe there will be a vinyl that is not as compressed as this mess. But I fear for the worst. –
    And to be honest: I have no idea how good DCs voice will work live but on this take (Stormbringer) one get’s the impression that nearly every tone is enhanced by hall and echoes. Sounds very sterile and artifical to me.

  43. 43
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    I haven’t a clue as to all the vitriol that is being spewed towards this Out of the Box offering from Sir David. Just look at the song list here. Everybody has been begging for this era songs to be played and he comes through with a huge array of great tunes here on an album. Not just the usual tunes but some that haven’t been played since the original releases and he is going to tour it as well. “Here’s a Word for ya”….. SMELL THE COFFEE”. He hasn’t been spinning his wheels constantly living off of his Deep Purple Tributes as has Glenn Hughes and JLT over the past 20 years. He has been doing HIS own thing with Whitesnake. Now he decides to give homage to where he was given his birth to his success and the “FANS?” here throw him under the bus? Folks here complaining about whether these songs are better or not than the original are making a fuss over nothing. It isn’t an album that he is trying to improve on Purple tracks. He just wants to Play the friggin’ music and offer his present take with his present band on the music. As always, can’t handle change? Then just pull out the same old versions, put in your player and push play. Ranting about something that this stalwart individual and totally important figure from the Deep Purple family is going out of his way to produce and perform for the FANS? is preposterous. He tried to do something with TMIB. He wasn’t interested. All you ‘nay sayers’ here would be salivating for this same exact package had TMIB been on board. Guess what, HE ISN’T. But these other guys are and I welcome it.

    Just the fact that they will be doing ‘Comin Home’ makes it incredible. My favorite song from CTTB that has never been done LIVE. Their take on it has me in total anticipation and impatiently waiting. Ritchie wouldn’t touch any of the MK4 stuff and you all know it. Just as Gillan won’t do anything from MK3,4 or5. Here we get to hear some tunes otherwise all but erased from time except for in the ancient archives of the past. Not only are they putting them on a CD but apparently LIVE on tour as well. I congratulate Coverdale for taking this on. His versions of the Glenn Hughes fronted tunes “Holy Man’ and ‘You Keep on Moving’ is also a fantastic offering.

    Yeah, these tunes won’t sound anything like the original. If they do then in that case “What’s the Point”? The fact that they won’t is what makes it relevant and I give the idea and offering a whopping THUMBS UP! Hell Yeah!


  44. 44
    John says:

    I am surprised to see Holy Man in the tracklist. Cov had nothing to do with it – Hughes wrote and sang that one by himself!

  45. 45
    JohninNJ4you says:

    For all of you people complaining about a lack of Hammond organ, how much Hammond was actually heard on the original version of Stormbringer? Isn’t the original effects mostly Ritchie on a guitar synthesizer? There isn’t much of a Hammond sound to Stormbringer to begin with. Too much Hammond on Stormbringer would make it sound weak anyway, in my opinion.

  46. 46
    JohninNJ4you says:

    I think DC’s revamp of Mark III and IV songs is a great idea. It will give all of those fans who have wanted to hear him perform these songs the ability to hear them live within the context of Whitesnake. Lets face it, it’s not like the surviving members of DP mark III and IV are getting back together to do them. While I would prefer if Glenn Hughes was at least involved in this project, I am very happy that this is taking place as I want to hear these particular Purple tunes performed by David in concert. I never had the chance to see DP Mark III and IV perform because I was a toddler at the time. Although this will not be DP Mark III and IV, this will be a nice substitute. I’m sure many fans will agree. David is back to his rock and roll self and if you notice he is wearing the large gem stone bracelet from his DP Mark III days. This album and tour will probably be very successful. Not only that, these songs are now permanently a part of the Whitesnake catalogue. He will be exposing new fans to these DP songs. He is keeping these songs alive. We should celebrate while David is in his Purple mood.

  47. 47
    Andy says:

    I think it’s a good move for DC. I’m glad he’s going back to respect Purple and most recently show his respect for the Sykes/Powell lineup of Whitesnake with the last archive live release. He ignored what made him great for too long and to me that only diminished his music in the past decade. I would like to dream that it’s the start of a trend, maybe Blackmore might return to rock or even remake some of his old Purple/Rainbow recordings. Still keeping my fingers crossed for some new rock/metal from him.

  48. 48
    al says:

    could not put it any better,Assembly line wall of noise,absolutely killed the song and maybe the rest of Purple MK3 with that horrible mix,sound contemporary production.The solo is absolutely awful,I say if you don’t have anything original and bring anything to the song just let it go.what kind of a tribute is this ?! I am so not into Whitesnake recent albums aka Doug Aldrich period and I will pass on this one as well! Cannot wait for the real Purple band to make the finish the album.

  49. 49
    Scoot says:

    Well, this has me curious. Nice gesture to pay tribute to the group that set him on his lifes path.

  50. 50
    Coronarias says:

    Oh dear. Oh dear. Covernote can’t sing with Glenn any more, because of the 40 year inferiority complex made worse by Glenn’s inexplicable vocal longevity, and DC’s shredded throat. And it’s not as if Glenn has the sort of personality that could smooth that one over – great singer and bass player, but an irritating twonk who gets through band members like, ummm, Oh yes! – DC!!
    Meanwhile Blackers never was one for nostalgia, but could be persuaded by money (you’ll notice he didn’t fall over himself for a Lord Sutch reunion, but DP Mk 2 at a financially advantageous point was tolerated, for a while).
    And sadly, Jon is dead, and even the very talented Don can’t quite capture that subtly powerful Hammond sound, even with the same rig.
    Listen to Made in Europe instead.

  51. 51
    RB says:

    Hi MacGregor,

    I understand what you’re saying but Carol is known for her intransigence and generally unpleasant behaviour (check out this link, http://www.thehighwaystar.com/thsblog/2006/06/04/an-evening-with-ritchie-blackmore/) – bit like Ritchie really, hehe – and David did say that it was after several discussion’s with her that he had to respectfully decline. It was him after all that reached out to Ritchie and with that spirit in mind I’m sure he was willing to compromise and meet them half-way. It’s such a shame when the business side of things gets in the way of friendship and the music, managers seem to be a necessary evil at times. I do feel that Carol is more concerned with both herself and her daughter’s interests rather than Ritchie’s, he is a cash cow for her and it’s not in her best interests to help him work away from this environment with other people, where she has less control.

  52. 52
    Scott W. says:

    I have been reading up on WS lately as any new book (and re-reading the older ones) on our heroes always rekindle’s interest. That said, I prefer the older bluesy stuff. DC’s range/material nowdays is more metal sounding obviously as it also suits his voice. This video does nothing for me but that doesn’t mean I will not go see him on this new tour. Thinking about going to the San Fran or Santa Rosa show… should be a great night out!

  53. 53
    Scott W. says:

    Watched it again and I like the re-arrangement when they ended the song by replaying the beginning of the song again! I wish Reb Beach would have used the wah wah pedal for maybe a bar or two instead of thru the entire solo/song.

  54. 54
    Svante Axbacke says:

    It’s Jon’s synthesizer sounds. But I thought the same. There is no “screaming Hammond” in the original recording…

  55. 55
    MacGregor says:

    RB @ 51 – Blackmore has a history of getting someone else to do the ‘negotiating’, so the ‘manager’ is perfectly suited for him no doubt, so he can concentrate on the music. In regards to Coverdale reaching out to Blackmore, it would have been more for a respect thing & to get rid of any possible negativity from decades ago! I am glad that happened, I wouldn’t say they are friends so to speak & I think Cov’s is getting a little excited & there is no harm in that! I just cannot see Blackmore interested in some half baked ‘reunion’ or whatever. I might be wrong though. I can just imagine Blackmore saying something along the lines of ‘we should do something one day’ & maybe it all went from there! At least with Coverdale doing this album he gets to sing all the songs! Wasn’t there conflict way back then as Hughes wanted to sing on more tracks etc? Anyway, Cov’s is doing something that he wants from that time in his life, good luck to him! For someone who was thrown in at the Deep end, he did remarkably well. Cheers.

  56. 56
    KIDD PURPLE says:

    Go for it !Anything Purple is better than most !

  57. 57
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    I confess. My response @43 was premature. I jumped to a conclusion based on what I read before actually listening to and watching the video. My apologies.

    Now that I have actually taken the time to do so, I REITERATE MY POSITION. If the rest of the album comes close to this ‘STORMBRINGER’ of an offering, anybody bitching to the negative side is on a path to OZ. Hey, we ain’t in Kansas anymore. That was long ago and this is Hard, Heavy and NEW. What did you all expect? SOS? This version RIPS ASS! Forget the mix. It’s a YOUTUBE crunch version. Obviously the actual CD version will be a better quality. David my boy, you nailed a great version of the song and I expect the rest of the tracks to follow suit. As for the PMS whiners….. Just dig up the old originals, push play and weep…. 😉


  58. 58
    Ron says:

    I agree with @43,46 &47! I am completely happy to see this band and I will buy tickets for the Atlantic City show as soon as they go on sale. This is the compromise for the Mark III tour everyone wanted. Blackmore obviously declined and without Ritchie why would Coverdale need the aggravation and failure that comes from hughes when he could banner this as a Whitesnake tribute album. Blackmore is essentially retired and his current project is all about his wife. I saw them last year and ritchie is the attraction to fill the room but not the focus of the show. This is the last chance of anything Mark III. The bonus is we won’t read about hughes trying to take all the credit or mucking up the tunes with his Stevie wonder inspired grunts.

    DC is great at promotion so expect him on radio all over the USA and even TV.

    Sure DC’s voice is fading but at this stage in life…my life…I’m stoked to see these great songs redone and played live.

  59. 59
    maya says:

    note: they are ws and need to stay ws. so id rather hear old WS songs bluesy rock with grit soul in the tour. now as fot the new take, some of us just dont like raping an iconic song for no clear reason. thats all. s/b in its essence is classic hr, this version is not making it heavier, its making it overnoisy 2 part spec & lacking profoundness. im sure dc would agree. we all have diff tastes, thank god, but not all have good ear 🙂 so thats that, we await the album. in the end whatever we think, artists do what they want/what record label wants them to do, so relax. and enjoy life

  60. 60
    Jeff Summers says:

    Can’t believe some of the negativity on here…this IS a great version of Stormbringer: Powerful and emotive. It shows what a great song it is despite the appalling production from the original. Ok, so there are no keys…this is DC’s current vision for the song and bearing in mind he wrote the melody and the lyrics, he can do what he wants with it! I’m looking forward to this album more than any other recent release from the DP family (except Now What?) I think those that show such negativity for a project which has obviously been produced with true affection for a band that he loves and is very proud of, should stop bleating and keep buying the re-issues!!

  61. 61
    Scott W. says:

    I generally do not get into fantasizing about proposed DP line ups including Ritchie but if it would EVER happen, it would have to be (no Gillan of course) RB, DC, Glenn, Paice, (and since he was in Rainbow with RB and IS in DP now) Don Airey. This may actually have been the lineup David put forward to RB’s ‘management’ though I am just speculating. Since the 2 party’s could not come to an agreement, I doubt we will ever see a DP reunion of any sort anytime soon. Hope to see DC and Co. on this tour pay tribute to the band that made him a name!

  62. 62
    ManInBlackFan says:

    Absolutely correct no “screaming Hammond” in the studio recording, my bad.

    To my defense, I favor the live versions because of Jon´s incredible Hammond solo.

    And I must say the new interpretation is growing on me, it´s simply such a great song.

    Depending on the other interpretations I may decide to go see them life, after all how often do we get the chance to hear these numbers (not Burn or Soldier…) life with one of the original performers?


  63. 63
    Wojak says:

    I think @58 is absolutely correct. This should be enjoyed for what it is, a chance to listen and see these great songs performed in concert one last time (probably) by the original singer and writer. The welcome twist, for me, is that these are “new’ versions (as demonstrated by Stormbringer) and not just straight covers. The criticism of David’s performance in this video is daft. It is one song, it is deliberately treated for a particular effect. David can still deliver in the studio, as demonstrated by his recent version of Trouble for Bernie Marsden. No lack of power there. Step back and view it in context. He is on his way to 65. He’s been screaming and bellowing for years. But he can still sing. It is a changed voice, there is less depth and power but so what, he’s still one of the last great rock stars. We should cherish this while we can.

    I believe that this could be one of David’s most successful records, outside of 1987 and I think, as it unfolds, all the antagonism and ill-will that seems to have exploded across various forums will met away.

    Can’t wait to hear the whole thing and get to a show to be honest.

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    Ron says:

    I have not heard his newest twist of soldier of fortune yet, but it think that song is a sleeper just like here i go again was. I remember the first time I heard the original version of here I go again. I was maybe 15 living on Long Island, NY, and I said to myself this song is going to be huge. I listened to it probably 100 times in a row. I was off by a decade. I think soldier of fortune, though loved in Purple circles is really a great song and could easily be a hit single…. You know….it’s so old it’s new.

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    Solitair says:

    What a fine idea … but the result? Horrible! The sound, the voice, the standard noodling on guitar. Where did they get the drum sound? From a toy tin-drum-monkey? If they have nothing better to offer they should leave the past (a glorious past!) alone!

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    Sal says:

    Look forward to it. Hope that WhiteSnake includes some of the lesser played Purple songs in their setlist.

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    IAN DOUGLAS says:

    I’m pleased DC is going to some new interpretations on what was outstanding work for Deep Purple across Burn, Stormbringer and CTTB. Love Mk’s III and IV! they sound fresher today than much else of Purple with other line-ups. Everyone should find and listen to the Acoustic Whitesnake album great performances of classic Whitesnake. Live on!!!

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    gustavo says:

    The voice of Mr. Coverdale is not the voice of Mr. Coverdale of the great years. I prefer to remember hearing him singing Burn or Stormbringer twenty or thirty years ago. Nether David nor Ian Gillian really sing like those years. Years pass for anybody…..for me and all of you too. Greetings for all from Argentina

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    Loonie says:

    If Ian is not fond of singing Mark 3/4 songs, someone must do it!

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    Hadely says:

    I m curious and excited.

    At the same time I m sceptical because DC appearantly does not want to distantiate from the 87 sound and Doug on Guitar does not help.

    It should be bursting with Hammond.
    Maybe live a bit more?
    Even the studioversion of Perfect Strangers lacked the great organ work which Jon delivered live and made that song what it is , not as much the studioversion.Problem is that I never really encounterd a live version in which Gillan cuts the mustard,

    Glenn and JLT doing 20 years or so old stuff?
    Coverdale has been doing 84-87 sinds,,well…1987.

    I hoped big a big fat production and Glenn included.

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    Coronarias says:

    Here’s an example of how to do one of these old songs with energy, verve and affection.

    Glenn Hughes, High Ball Shooter, from Building the Machine


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    LRT says:

    I must be the only journalist in here. Hey everyone, I did not have time to get into this dialog by reading and responding to anyone. But get ready to be happy. The album is awesome! After the Stormbringer video I was ready to mutilate this thing with zeal. It’s the last track and should be. This is a killer updating of most of the songs. His voice holds up very well on most of them. He sounds more relaxed than on Stormbringer. And just give this thing a chance because I wasn’t going to. I wasn’t convinced after hearing Burn, I even missed there were keyboards because I walked out of the room. Then after hearing quite a lack of keyboard proceeding I thought this is going to be bad. Well, the keyboard parts are in a lot of different places. Love Child find guitars in its place, weird as it sounds. It rocks pretty hard though. I thought the lower register numbers would be the best but only Soldier Of Fortune cuts it for me, leaving Holy Man and Sail Away to be just okay, where I thought they’d rule this. Sail Away does not exactly update but I think the people might like that one. All checks out pretty good, probably calling this an 85% effort. Stormbringer and a couple of others on the weak side. However, wait until you hear the new you Fool No One. It’s different altogether and it rocks massively. So don’t expect mere covers on most of these, they’re now owned by Whitesnake and you might just like it. Killer if you ask me. And we all know I don’t liken mkIII&IV to even the same planet as the rest Purple. I didn’t want to believe these tracks could convey beyond that of 1974-75, two years I think bit the big one as it is. They were misguided times and recordings done under extreme pressure. This gives them a little breathing room and it somehow works, all I’m saying to my complete surprise. It happens to convey from this lot. Believe me, a non liker of this era.

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    LRT says:

    Btw, I also wrote Tacoma, WA off before I even heard it. I’m not missing the opportunity to see this.

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    MacGregor says:

    Coronarias – there is a dead link there, youtube copyright issue me thinks! Cheers.

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    maya says:

    @LRT #73 was there a pre-listening event?? when where? i was particularly interested in the new takes on u fool no one, comin home and lady double dealer. i dont like the sound of stormbringer so feared they might have ruined u fool too, but i hope even stormb will sound better on vinyl. ytube can damage the subtlety. huge fan of that dp era and tho i agree that back then albums might have been under pressure band not yet fully glued together etc, still being a bit apprehensive as to 80s snake type of sound on them. i assume u liked it coz u say you r not a fan of that period. i am thats why im still mixed… its 21st century sneak a snippet or sth cmon 🙂

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    Svante Axbacke says:

    @76: Links to streams have been sent out to journalists for review.

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    maya says:

    thanx @77 we need more info, lrt covered just half and obviously no one heard comin home yet 🙂

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    LRT says:

    Coming Home isn’t on it. Only You Keep On Moving, and overall it’s in the album’s top three. Best vocal on it as far as I can tell. I just have to say it’s no epic fail. It give them a chance to go chops wild. Good band here, really.

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    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:


    The above posting shows the Deluxe Edition to have 2 bonus songs and one of which is “Comin’ Home” along with “Lady Luck”. You obviously were only given the standard disc to preview. Plus there are bonus videos according to this posting. Did you see those?

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    Jeff Summers says:

    @72 Coronaris – This is an example of “how to do one of these old songs with energy, verve and affection”?!! That’s a completely over stated vocal from Glenn and the band are trying to play HBS as a funk song in a completely non relaxed way. (rule no1 with funk, you have to relax on the gaps in the rhythm or it sounds clumsy and clunky (like this) The band sound like a pub band on a low budget!! Not GH’s finest hour here. The WS/Purple stuff that I’ve heard so far is by far superior…

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    Coronarias says:

    @81 – Jeff, you are completely entitled to your opinion, but I don’t share it.

    If understated vocals are your thing, listening to just about anything by Glenn Hughes wouldn’t be advised!

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    peter chrisp says:

    Blast from the past revisiting old grounds well what can i say is it worth exploring ? Who really hasn’t enjoyed their music over the years especially during the late 70’s up until the early 90’s.
    Is it worth spots and giving it a fresh coat of paint, the brush strokes may not be as good as the
    originals and i guess they will never be but in the end why not give it a try, to my surprise i have
    already read 2 reviews i’ll send you the details and if you can Tracey your comments are always
    amazing and positive, the 2 reviews are great stuff let me know too what you think and anyone else
    that is interested it’s a great review @ “metal talk net” & the second one is “Sea Of Tranquility”

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    Ian Douglas says:

    I really recommend the 2 cd live release by Mk IV called Live at Long Beach this has had several re-issues and I think several titles (eg On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat) you can’t miss the cover it has North Korean soldiers looking fierce – not sure what the link or idea was but it’s effective! Everyone gave their all here and the best chance to hear Tommy on form. The trifecta on disc 2 of This Time Around; TB solo; and yes STORMBRINGER is absolutely ACE!!! This is the best possible version they really rip into this and DC is on Top form! Incidentally the SOURCE THEME of STORMBRINGER comes from the Jon Lord solo Project WINDOWS I recommend this be tracked down as again it has had several re-issues but well worth finding it includes David and Glenn and also Ray Fenwick who (paradoxically) ended up as guitarist with Ian Gillan Band and I also recommend their great Live release At the Budokan – love Ray’s version of Child in Time!!!

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    manu says:

    Autant j’ai adoré les 3 albums de David Coverdale avec DEEP PURPLE ces “remoutures” ne me touchent pas beaucoup. J’en suis désolé et triste.
    En réalité pour ma part DEEP PURPLE c’est Ian Gillan!

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    ratbat says:

    Just got my vinyl of whitesnakes purple album.All I can say is WOW!!!!!
    This seriously is a must buy !Sail away nearly brought tears to my eyes and nearly every song has you slowly nodding your head in awe.
    Nice and heavy and
    just frikken awesome and I am so proud of Dc to return to his roots and give us this amazing,amazing album .10 out of 10

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    cindy johnson says:

    Hi Ian Douglas – just wondering if you are the same Ian Douglas that I went to school with and attended some Deep Purple concerts with back in the mid 70s at the Hordern Pavillion? If you are, I’m just letting you know that there will be a school reunion in October 2015. If you would like to catch up with some old buddies, please email me at rcmann@bigpond.net.au or look for our school reunion site on facebook. We would love to see you again. Cheers mate.

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    Rob Hebenaar says:

    I have heard the album many times by now: I love it! I know David’s music since 1974.
    Can’t wait to see the band performing in Utrecht later this year.
    This album should become platinum!

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