Whitesnake - 'The Purple Album'

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THE BAND:
David Coverdale – lead vocals
Tommy Aldridge – drums, percussion
Reb Beach – guitar, backing vocals
Michael Devin – bass, harmonica, backing vocals
Joel Hoekstra – guitar, backing vocals
Michele Luppi – keyboards, backing vocals


TRACK LIST:

1.) "Burn" (Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice) - Taken off of 'Burn' the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals.
2.) "You Fool No One (interpolating "Itchy Fingers")" (Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice / Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Burn' the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals.
3.) "Love Child" (Bolin, Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Come Taste the Band' the tenth studio album by Deep Purple originally released in October 1975.
4.) "Sail Away (featuring "Elegy For Jon")" (Blackmore, Coverdale / Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Burn' the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals.
5.) "The Gypsy" (Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice) - Taken off of 'Stormbringer' the ninth studio album by Deep Purple, released in November 1974.
6.) "Lady Double Dealer" (Blackmore, Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Burn' the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals.
7.) "Mistreated" (Blackmore, Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Burn' the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals.
8.) "Holy Man" (Coverdale, Hughes, Lord) - Taken off of 'Stormbringer' the ninth studio album by Deep Purple, released in November 1974.
9.) "Might Just Take Your Life" (Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice) -
10.) "You Keep On Moving" (Coverdale, Hughes) - Taken off of 'Burn' the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals.
11.) "Soldier Of Fortune" (Blackmore, Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Stormbringer' the ninth studio album by Deep Purple, released in November 1974.
12.) "Lay Down Stay Down" (Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice) - Taken off of 'Burn' the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals.
13.) "Stormbringer" (Blackmore, Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Stormbringer' the ninth studio album by Deep Purple, released in November 1974.
14.) "Lady Luck" (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)(Cook, Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Come Taste the Band' the tenth studio album by Deep Purple originally released in October 1975.
15.) "Comin Home" (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)(Bolin, Coverdale, Paice) - Taken from 'Come Taste the Band' the tenth studio album by Deep Purple originally released in October 1975.
16.) "Soldier Of Fortune (Alternate Mix)" (Japanese Edition Bonus Track)(Blackmore, Coverdale) - Taken off of 'Stormbringer' the ninth studio album by Deep Purple, released in November 1974.
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      When Gillan and Glover left the Mk 2 line-up in June 1973 the rest of the band wasted little time in putting Ritchie Blackmore's plans for a new Deep Purple into effect.
       Blackmore and Paice had already checked out Trapeze bassist Glenn Hughes and offered him a position. Paul Rodgers was offered the vacant vocalist slot but decided against joining. This lead to auditions and the eventual recruitment of the unknown David Coverdale, who had a bluesy quality to his voice and the physical presence to front the new band. Worries about whether fans would accept a new line-up had to be put to one side and the band immediately got to work on a new album.
      'Burn' appeared in February 1974, maintaining Deep Purple's rock standing, as well as taking their music in a new direction. Tracks such as 'Mistreated' and 'Burn' quickly became classics, especially when their true power came through on stage. Even before the album had been released the band were on the road, their stage show uncompromisingly kicking off with four new tracks. Only two Mk 2 songs were included in the main body of the set, and both of those were heavily reworked. In truth neither new vocalist sounded comfortable with them, but recreating Mk 2 was not a prime requirement of the new members.
The band's lengthy 1974 US tours were undertaken on an almost military scale which, along with the limos and private jet, were a big step up from previous visits. The first Mk 3 US tour climaxed in April 1974 at the California Jam festival, with the band's biggest ever crowd, estimated at over 200,000.
On tour, the music soon began to slip from Blackmore's control. Hughes' funk leanings were pushing to the fore, and that process carried over into the recording of the 'Stormbringer' album in the late summer of 1974. All the band wanted to do their own thing to some degree and it began to look as if a White Album style double would be required to accomodate everyone's input. However, when Ritchie Blackmore's (admittedly odd) request to cover an old Quatermass track 'Black Sheep Of The Family' fell on stony ground he ended up taking a relative back seat in the studio. 'Stormbringer' took shape blending rock, soul and funk in a way that was quite ahead of its time. It was released in double quick time in December 1974. Blackmore then followed his own muse by recording the 'Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow' solo album in early 1975, backed by members of Deep Purple's regular support act Elf.
      By the start of a short European tour in March 1975 Purple's management knew that Blackmore was intending to leave. The last three shows of the tour were recorded for posterity and appeared in 1976 after the band's ultimate demise as 'Made In Europe'.
To the surprise of many, including some of the band, Coverdale and Hughes were determined to carry on despite Blackmore's departure and they were all soon searching out a new guitarist. In Tommy Bolin they seemed to have found a player with a natural feel for all the musical directions which were now spilling over into Deep Purple's music. Reinvigorated, the band joyfully plunged themselves into rehearsals for a new album in June 1975.


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When most music fans hear the name Deep Purple they think of three songs, "Smoke On The Water", Hush" and "My Woman From Tokyo".  For whatever reason not many remember that it was Deep Purple where Whitesnake leader David Coverdale got his start.  In fact, if there had not been a Deep Purple there would not been a very chance of a Whitesnake.        
The original plan was for Coverdale and Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple's original guitarist, of reuniting a version of the group but couldn't agree on members or musical direction. While Coverdale says, "I couldn't share the vision he had, so I respectfully withdrew," he adds that the conversations helped renew a friendship, which had been on the outs since a physical confrontation some 30 years before.
   'The Purple Album' is the twelve album Whitesnake has release. The inspiration for re-recording songs he wrote and recorded while with Deep Purple came from the passing of original Deep Purple keyboardist Jon 'Lordy' Lord. The immediate difference in the original versions and Whitesnake's arrangement is the absence of Lord's distinctive organ style. "Lord's sound was so unique and insanely powerful, I didn't want to even attempt to recreate it," Coverdale says. "My whole vibe was to focus on the twin-guitar attack of Whitesnake and have keyboards more as a layer."  Along with the twin guitar attack of Reb and Joel.
Since original Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore did not want to be involved in the project David chose instead of recording a CD with all new Whitesnake songs he would re-record the songs he recorded with Deep Purple under the moniker of Whitesnake as Whitesnake.
Over the years Whitesnake has performed his old Deep Purple songs during their live sets.  However, not quite like this.  Of the three releases David played with when he was with Deep Purple he picked the best of the best to re-record and fit with the Whitesnake sound.  Now some of the Deep Purple enthusiasts out there are asking themselves what about that signature classic Ritchie Blackmore sound?  I can a sure you both Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra studied Ritchie growing up.  Or you may also be asking what about the vocal god himself Glenn Hughes?  Reb and Joel do an amazing job on backing vocals.  So much that even though I never thought I would say this however I really do not miss Hughes backing vocals.  As a fan of this era of Deep Purple I thought Whitesnake done an admirable job converting song to fit their style.  This release is amazing and everyone deservers a copy!!!!!
I want to dedicate this review to David's wife for if it had not been for her pushing David to do this project 'The Purple Album' would not have ever seen the light of day!