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Purple Album EPK

The record company has posted an electronic press kit for the upcoming Whitesnake’s Purple Album (Purple Whitesnake? Purplesnake? never mind…)

Anyway, here it is:

Here endeth the fact and starteth the opinion.

Don’t care much for the “new” overdriven guitar sound. But acoustic Sail Away sounds promising.

28 Comments to “Purple Album EPK”:

  1. 1
    LRT says:

    As I have reported, this is by no means a bad record, it’s actually 90% killer, which is hard to come by with their original stuff. Just wait till you hear the fury behind You Fool no one, it takes the cake here for me. Just spoilin’ for Frontiers.

  2. 2
    John Madric says:

    We all want to be able to relive or get more from those brief few years of Mark III, just as we wanted to get more from Mark II pre 1984. But no one can recapture what lived between 1969 and 1974.

    This is whitesnake doing purple. David’s great – one of the best voices we’ve had, but this is far from what it was ever meant to be

  3. 3
    maya says:

    ok work was predone so why waste it in a way, but again will this be a long listen vs original, prob no spec for those who know and love the dp of that time. sorry but long standing fans cant help comparing. wont nitpick. as long as this endeavour glues the band to make some mo good new stuff, not necessarily heavy punchy and sorts, but soulful, intelligent and creative, im happy. sail away stands out coz its totally different from the original and tuned to what david is best at – soulful singing. band plays good, maybe ta is a bit too much on drums, but …. me endeth

  4. 4
    Mike says:

    Why do this project under the whitesnake banner is beyond me. He should have made it with Glenn Hughes as a solo project instead. It’s really confusing! What’s next, deep purple does rainbow? Whiteesnake? Gary Moore? Dixie dregs?:)

  5. 5
    henrik says:

    I am positive “the ideas that weren’t appealing” to David from Blackmore’s representatives also included Candice Night sharing the vocals a la Glenn Hughes.

    I can only assume how awful that would have sounded.

    I am glad David put his foot down and did it himself. Aldridge is fantastic!
    But who plays the keyboards?

  6. 6
    maya says:

    derek hilland is on keys or synth

  7. 7
    al says:

    @ 4 why not? should not be under Whitesnake banner ?

    you have all this bands playing covers of Rainbow and Purple under their own band name,why this is beyond you ?!This is Whitesnake interpretation.Whether we like or not,that s a different story.Glenn Hughes has different ideas and versions about it,he is done in his solos,so why you having such hard time wrapping your mind around it? e used to be cornerestone during a very important time and success,so he is entitled to do it,an artist does whatever their heart tells him to do.What ? this the ultimate sin to you ? Big names covering other big names ,it is been done.All DC is doing is covering in own Whitesnake style some great tunes from the good old times.

  8. 8
    Uwe says:

    I’m happy to see Reb Beach take a more prominent role in this project, always preferred his style to Doug Aldrich’s too bombastic, over-processed, “larger-than-life rock guitar”, I found Beach painfully sidelined in former WS line-ups and DA over-represented.

    I don’t have issues with DC tributing himself almost 40 years after he sang his last note with DP in Liverpool. Together with Blackmore he was the spit and vinegar of the Mark III era. And if Glenn is allowed to sing Mistreated, then DC may certainly tackle Holy Man (which always sounded a little Whitesnakish to my ears anyway, it’s not a typical Hughes composition at all, Coverdale co-wrote it in any case).

  9. 9
    Ivan says:

    I am buying this album the day it comes out.

    Mark III is exceptional, “Burn” and “Stormbringer” are spectacular albums, I listen to them, A to Z, in my car, about once/month.

    Not a fan of the over-produced, screeching guitar sound of “Stormbringer” in the new album, but Sail Away and SOF sound terrific.

  10. 10
    LRT says:

    I love how people sum up a release by a glimpse of it at best. You’ll see, mark my word. This is a monster piece of work.

  11. 11
    Michael says:

    Blackmore’s Night will soon make their tribute to Rainbow. I’m waiting eagerly… not. But WS Purple tribute sounds really interesting.

  12. 12
    MacGregor says:

    Mike@ 4 – Leave Hughes well out of it, the last thing we need is his wailing & screeching soul rubbish all over it! Wasn’t that the problem all those decades ago, Hughes ‘wanting’ to sing more than he did? Purple were never a dual (duel) vocal band, always a lead vocalist only, the same as the other riff bands, Sabbath, Zeppelin etc!
    They both performed a few nice vocal songs together back then, Gypsy, You Fool No One etc, & the Hughes song Holy Man is wonderful, but leave the vocals to Coverdale, he is the lead singer! It is Whitesnake today, I don’t go for any of these modern day ‘metal’ guitarists, they all sound the same to me, but this is Coverdale’s band at this point in time! The songs are always set in stone, the melodies are the same, great that they always will be!
    The Rainbow, Gary Moore & Dixie Dregs comment is totally irrelevant indeed! What are you on about? Coverdale was heavily involved in Purple back then, why not do it?
    Henrik @ 5 – I never thought of her attempting to sing sections of the songs, you may be correct in that assumption, or maybe not who can tell. I have NEVER EVER listened to Night ‘singing’ any of the Purple or Rainbow songs & NEVER will. So I know what you fear!
    In regards to the keyboards missing in action, being a 2 guitar ‘metal’ riffing band, i would summise there will not be any keyboards at all! Cheers.

  13. 13
    Mike says:

    At al: why does Mac Donald’s make Big Macs? Because it’s their brand. Why does ford make ford cars? Because it’s their brand. Why does deep purple do deep purple songs? Because it’s their songs. I think it’s an opportunity wasted not to do it as a kind of solo project with the option of inviting various other interesting musicians instead of doing it as Whitesnake. Also, I can never understand why DC didn’t participate in the celebrating Jon lord concert, that would have been the perfect opportunity to kickstart a project such as this.

  14. 14
    Jeff Summers says:

    Sounds great!! Can’t wait 🙂

  15. 15
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Check out the latest episode of That Metal Show on VH-1C. The new Whitesnake Guitarist, Joel Hoekstrai (who does some incredible guitar playing by the way)
    is the guest player and Coverdale himself guests on the Metal Modem Screen interview where he actually states that Blackmore approached him regarding doing some sort of reunion and Coverdale declined after his further discussion with TMIB management and how the vision wasn’t shared. Check out the link below:


    Another Purple related issue that was included on the show was in the TOP 5 survey, Deep Purple- Space Truckin’ was voted 2nd place as Best Album Closer Tune.

    Ch-BeerZ 😉

  16. 16
    KlausVonScribe says:

    What a summer, indeed!! Whitesnake doing the Purple album at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire on July 22, then two nights later for ears to recover, Deep Purple in my hometown, Lynn, Massachusetts at the auditorium (small 2,000 seat venue), on July 24…now if only Ritchie would put Rainbow back together and appear on the 26th, we could truly say we’ve achieved Heaven on Earth!!

  17. 17
    George Hyland says:

    I agree with a lot of the negative comments toward some of DC’s antics. I mean…. he just looks odd trying to keep that ’80s look alive. And, there is always the risk of dragging the Purple legacy through the mud when you do an album like this….. BUT: DC has always assembled top notch bands, whether we like their sound or not. And, he has written so much great stuff! I think it is his right to do this album and it looks like it will be fun to listen to. My guess is that it will have some good stuff. I always liked the way that Sykes updated the sound of the old stuff on the ’84 tour, and this band DC has now sounds pretty good too. I do like Doug Aldrich a lot…. he seems like he can play anything so I wish he was on it! As much as we all love Ritchie, he just was not “into it” after Rainbow. Compare Ritchie to Sykes, Aldrich, Vandenberg, etc… and they just all seem to outplay Ritchie from ’84-’90. Ritchie was OK on the ’93 tour, but listen to the energy that Satriani injected into the band on those shows. I just think it was Ritchie’s eccentric attitude. So I am trusting DC with this one. We need to not compare Ritchie’s ’74 Purple tour to anything today. I want to just enjoy today.

  18. 18
    Les Hedger says:

    This stuff sounds great! There will never be a MKIII reunion. This is as close as we’ll ever get. Good job David!!

  19. 19
    Ron. says:

    @4, Coverdale co-wrote most if not all the songs. I can’t see how that’s confusing.

    Let’s face it, hughes is a talent for sure but he’s a cancer to any project he touches. Hughes and Bolin dissected Purple in one year. Hughes is also a media hound and a windbag. I’m sure we’ll here negative comments from him. Hughes gives interview after interview saying he was not a MKII fan yet plays their songs at his shows. I’ve heard him even do smoke on the water. Hughes acts like he reluctantly joined purple– I’m sure it was a big decision to go from trapeze to the biggest band in the world. Sure! Hughes acts like MKIII was a totally different band and totally ignores that the huge global success of MKII made life a lot easier for MKIII. I think a cameo at a show would be ok but I’m glad Hughes is not involved.

  20. 20
    MacGregor says:

    Well finally old Cov’s has confirmed a keyboard player is involved on certain tracks! And here I was assuming (or fearing), the 2 guitar band would riff their way through every song! Not that that is what I wanted of course, there has to be keys involved on most Purple related music. Cheers.

  21. 21
    Scott W. says:

    My god some of these comments…! Ritchie outplayed.. Hughes is a cancer.. I think these people need to find a new band. If you do not like these new projects, play the old albums or go post on your ‘better than Blackmore guitarists’ websites. I for one look forward to seeing one of my fave vocalists do his absolute best to pay homage to the band that gave him his start in the business. If the ‘That metal Show’s” appearance of Joel Hoekstra (WS’s new guitarist) is anything to go by, it’s gonna be a hell of a show when I see them in Santa Rosa, CA in June! Where and when does anyone expect to see these MK III songs EVER played live again? I suspect that THIS will be the last time…

  22. 22
    Darryl says:

    @19 Ron, you got it bang on there. I have never understood the fuss about Glenn Hughes. That shrieking of his is just not Deep Purple.

  23. 23
    LRT says:

    There is an audio track from Frontiers now up at Youtube. Go there https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7UxOrBb0Is and altho it has nothing much more going for it than Stormbringer, you can tell how well the band is playing on the album. I’m telling you it suffers from two or three songs at best, the rest works pretty well and they play out of sight.

  24. 24
    Rock Voorne says:

    Ron :
    ” Hughes gives interview after interview saying he was not a MKII fan yet plays their songs at his shows. I’ve heard him even do smoke on the water” .

    I think you are confusing him with JLT.

    GH rarely plays MK 2 material.

  25. 25
    Jeff Summers says:

    @ 24 Rock Vorne… Have you never heard Re-machined?

  26. 26
    Rock Voorne says:

    He does Highway Star on that one, doesnt he?

    He played that tracks with Hughes-Thrall and solo in Germany when gigging in Germany.

    He did SOTW in Rotterdam/AHOY when playing for a sold out crowd in 2007 being part of Classics In Rock festival.
    I think he also did it way back with Thrall somewhere in the 80’s.

    I probably forget other moments.

    But on the whole you cant say he is doing them often.




  27. 27
    Jeff Summers says:

    @ 26, Rock Vorne He also did “Maybe I’m a Leo” on Re-machined.

    I’ve seen him live a few times and he has always played DP songs live. Mostly MIII but often HS or Smoke.

    @ 19 Ron: Love him or hate him he IS a towering talent, but I’ve often been piqued by his apparent lack of respect for Ian Gillan. I heard in a recent interview he saud that IG was a great looking guy with an incredible scream, but if that is all he hears/sees in IG, he is not listening properly.

  28. 28
    Rock Voorne says:

    I never witnesses Glenn doing an MK 2 song.
    And I saw several shows over the years.

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