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Sound of a windmill going ’round

Since the possibility of the current lineup doing Soldier of Fortune for all practical purposes is nil, here’s a take on the track from the good ol’ Cov. It’s a string ensemble version that was a bonus track on various editions of his Purple Album.

Hook City Strings are:
Ruth Lenz
Olga Archdekin
Luciana Gallo
Virginia Evans

Arrangement: Jeff DePaoli

10 Comments to “Sound of a windmill going ’round”:

  1. 1
    mike whiteley says:

    Not my cuppa tea.
    It does make me want to hear the original song,though.

  2. 2
    Gregster says:

    @1…Yes, the original was a nice way to close-off the shoe-shine album for sure.

    Peace !

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I think its rather purdy. Perhaps a bit too purdy, but hey, it’s Christmas!

    The Stormbringer original had its own sparseness to it, but this is a worthy version too.

  4. 4
    Bernhard Huebl says:

    Whenever a song can be played, can be performed both in the context of a rock band and in the context of a classical music ensemble, it just means one thing:
    It’s a ingenious composition !

  5. 5
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Now what if David Coverdale had been a saxophone?


    Ok, ok, it sometimes verges on Kenny G territory or George Michael’s careless guilty feet that ain’t got no rhythm (hey, I like that song!) …

    Another string arrangement for SoF here:


  6. 6
    MacGregor says:

    It is always difficult hearing a different version of a song after so many years of only knowing the original. Almost 5 decades does take it’s toll especially on rock vocalists & here I find Ole Cov’s as flat as a tack. Also the the melody is missing in the instrumentation, it just sounds like they are all over the place to my ears. Not to worry. Cheers.

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    True, DC relies more on atmosphere and gravitas than actual notes, but that is what you are allowed to do as a senior citizen singer, Herr MacGregor!

    I do like the chamber music string arrangement, reminds me of that 80ies hit that came from that little island to the right of you.


  8. 8
    MacGregor says:

    Thanks for the ‘Glad I’m Not A Kennedy’ song, it has been a long long time since I have heard that. Back in the 1980’s, an era where so many quality vocalist still existed & also good songwriting. Regarding Coverdale back when so young, he had that naivety to his voice, plus the richness, he was really great then. I do cut lead vocalists a fair bit of slack, they are up against it more than anyone else in a band in that regard. Same with a young Ian Gillan pre In Rock. His vocal on the Concerto concert is sublime. See what hard rock music does to people! Cheers.

  9. 9
    Kalle says:

    I’m not a friend of the american glamour ‘Snakes, but I loved the bluesy Whitesnake with Marsden/Moody/Murray/Lord/Dowle (Paice)…

    David lost his special bluesy voice with “Still Of The Night”.
    But obviously he still can sing ballads and blues wonderfully.
    So he should retire from the rock biz and return to Blues and Ballads.

    Very nice version of the classic. Well Done.

    Whitesnake’s early keyboardist Pete Solley, who played on the Snakebite-EP, died a vew weeks ago.

  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    @ 9 – yes I noticed Pete’s passing here in Australia a few weeks ago. Joe Camilleri from Jo Jo Zep & The Black Sorrows paid a wonderful tribute to him. Solley was a successful producer as well as a rather good musician. He was connected to a few Australian bands. That British band Fox who had a female Australian vocalist in the 1970’s had Solley in the band for a while. He was a busy chap & it looks like he had a successful life. RIP

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