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Coverdale/Page may get a revamp

Blabbermouth reports that David Coverdale was on the Eddie Trunk show on February 18th, and spoke about a possible reissue of the Coverdale/Page album. He said that he obtained the rights to the album from the record company (Geffen, now owned by the Universal Music Group behemoth) and is in discussions with his co-conspirator about what to do with it.

Among the ideas being kicked around is a luxurious box set for the 30th anniversary of the album in 2023, including a remaster of the original album, two complete album remixes — one done by DC and one by Page, some unreleased tracks from the original sessions, and possibly some new material “if we can write courtesy of FaceTime or Zoom”. It is unlikely, however, that the work will begin in earnest before the end of the pandemic:

At this moment in time, at his country estate, I don’t think [Jimmy] has a studio. And he certainly doesn’t wanna drive into London. He and I are target ages for this dreadful virus. So I completely support him in that scenario, ’cause there isn’t any rush. Nothing is gonna be going on this year. Even if we have the opportunity of recording, I can record stuff over here, send him the drive for him to do his part, and we can mix it through the technology now, which is something you couldn’t do before. But I have a studio at home, and Jimmy doesn’t. So I’m hoping we can get some new bits and pieces and ideas and put that into play next year when it will be safer to get around.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.



12 Comments to “Coverdale/Page may get a revamp”:

  1. 1
    Dave says:

    PA$$

  2. 2
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    I’d love to hear some more songs from this dynamic duo. I played their album to death when it first came out in the 1990s.
    Maybe if they do a few new tracks, they could get RB to come in & sing some backup vocals…. 🤔 😁 😂

    Here’s a nice acoustic tree to shake:
    https://youtu.be/sPxyFXIERlA

  3. 3
    Kim Peters says:

    God no.

  4. 4
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Much of Coverdale’s work in his “American phase” (which continues to this day) left me cold and I’m not the world’s greatest Jimmy Page, much less Led Zep fan either. All that said: When this album came out (und I was wary what I would get to hear), it floored me. It deserved to have done much better. Page took all the cheesiness out of Coverdale’s songwriting and Coverdale gave Page melodic accessibility. The result was majestic without being – like much of Whitesnake’s later output – overblown.

    So if this should come out in a lavish box with remixes, outtakes etc. I’m already wetting myself!!!

    In the Purple split projects pantheon of odd collaborations (that shouldn’t have worked, but did), Coverdale Page ranks with IGB’s CAT, Sabbath’s Born Again and Gillan & Glover’s Accidentally on Purpose among my favourite works.

  5. 5
    DeeperPurps says:

    Uwe @4, totally agree! I really like that album. Ditto for me, a lot of Coverdale’s Whitesnake output leaves me cold, and Page/ Zeppelin have always being highly over-the-top over-rated….I never could understand why they occupy the pantheon of the Gods when Purple is rightly in the same league, if not superior in many many ways. But I digress…..Coverdale / Page on its own, worked! It is an excellent album. I am all in for a box set.

  6. 6
    Rob says:

    I have to say I enjoyed this album. I’d be happy with a box set with new or unreleased material. Better still make a follow up.

  7. 7
    Buttockss says:

    30’s years on, Don’t think Mr. Coverdale’s vocals can stand up to the old material anymore.

  8. 8
    Uwe Hornung says:

    As we know from the Led Zep O2 Reunion gig, Herr Page is no stranger to tuning down to accommodate aging singers.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that – that is what different keys are for.

  9. 9
    MacGregor says:

    Call me a cynic but me thinks Coverdale,. aka the ‘marketing queen’ is after a bit of publicity, again!
    That album was a dud, I didn’t buy it because I was suss on the collaboration back then & I am still dubious to this day! Coverdale just couldn’t step up to the plate could he? A bit like Glenn Hughes working with Tony Iommi. I really like Iommi’s first solo album Seventh Star with Hughes on lead vocals & I purchased the Fused album thinking this should be good. How wrong I was & it was Hughes woeful vocals that ruined a potentially good album. The fact is that certain musicians just don’t work well with other musicians at times, it happens! Take BBM for another example, Gary Moore an aggressive rock blues player working with two laid back jazz rock elders. I didn’t buy that album because I was suspect on the collaboration. Not forgetting the fact that history has shown Bruce & Baker do not get along most of the time anyway! It was a disaster. However there are some decent live in the studio clips online, or there was a few years ago, of them playing some classics together, a shame it didn’t work out.
    There are plenty of other ‘collaborations, just don’t mention that pathetic ‘super group’ saying that the tabloids crave so much or I will puke. Too late, I just vomited all over my keyboard. Cheers

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Herr MacGregor, I would gladly give my life for you to speak freely here, but describing Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker as “laid back jazz rock elders” … (roll eyes emoticon here). If anything, Bruce’s and Baker’s playing styles even as old men were frenzied and cutting edge, non-conformist in every way. They weren’t so much a traditional rhythm section as they held an animated discourse with the music via their instruments!!!

    Now go back to your room and listen to some Frank Zappa (or Vernon Reid) with Jack Bruce or Hawkwind (or Baker Gurvitz Army) with Ginger Baker and then tell me what’s “laid back” about it. If they are “laid back”, then so was Ritchie as a young man.

    The reason why Eric Clapton left Cream was inter alia because he wanted a more restrained rhythm section for the more rootsy music he envisaged for himself going forward. He was the only guy in Cream who ever had a penchant for “laid back” playing.

  11. 11
    MacGregor says:

    Uwe, yes back in the day Bruce & Baker were more cutting edge, although BBM was in the early 90’s, Bruce was still cutting it in some ways, however Baker was slowing down indeed. I own the Bruce & Trower albums BLT & Truce, wonderful they both are & Bruce fitted nicely into that trio, early 80’s & also the Seven Moons 2009 era. With Gary Moore who is not as old school as Robin Trower is, there were problems with the volume apparently & also attitude from what I have read over that time. Moore isn’t a great blues player to my ears, he sounded to cliched for me. He is a wonderful rock & ballad player who sings really well & writes good songs. My favourite Moore era is late 70’s until mid 80’s. Rory Gallagher & Trower are the real deal for me in regards to British slash Irish rock blues players. With the Bruce & Trower albums & also live gigs 2009, Trower wound it back to fit in, so to speak. In regards to Baker, Hawkwind’s Levitation is wonderful, fantastic drumming. Just don’t mention Hawkwind to him, even if he is now on the other side he could still come back & get you, he he! Baker held a severe disdain for rock music after that period.. That is 1980 though, Baker really pulled away from rock music from what I have heard, which isn’t a lot. Admittedly I am not as familiar with both their other collaborations since the 80’s, so I may be out of touch a little. Gary Moore was obviously not prepared to wind it back for BBM to fit in, it seems. There may have been other issues also, who can tell. Cheers.

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I’m no great fan of Moore’s playing myself, he’s over-intense. His solos always sounded like every note is shouted out in CAPITAL LETTERS in that ultra-sustain tone. There was also nothing humorous or playful in his playing, he always sounded achingly dead-serious. He lacks all those things I like about Ritchie’s playing, light and shade, humour, a percussive attack, dynamics, the ability to wander off and even having a bad day once in a while.

    I think Cream did fine on those RAH reunion gigs thought it was clear that it would not last or lead to anything further. Clearly, Bruce and Baker are a combustible combination.

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