New Whitesnake album with Purple covers!

  • Chuck, I'm a true DP fan myself but: Do I have to like/buy a cover album just because DC's missus suggested the making of it? :rolleyes:

    I think I'll stick happily to the original recordings, thank you very much :)

    Somehow it reminds me of this promo album which EMI released in 1997...…eate/extension/

  • @ chuck: I can understand that you don't like it, but, in my opinion,the original is better and this new version is kinda fun. The purple album will not come close to the originals either I guess. But it will be kinda fun. And maybe for a lot of Whitesnake fans after 1987, these are new songs, because they don't know the legendary original versions. I will go to the Purple tour, just for fun, no more, no less :)

    you're totally right my friend !! :thumbup: :thumbup:

  • Is anyone else curious about why Glenn wouldn't have been asked to at least guest on a couple of tracks on this record?

    I thought he and David were "brothers"?

    Was DC afraid to be outdone?

  • Not curious, because Glenn already said on facebook that he wasn't asked and that he doesn't have time for it either, because too busy with his own plans. David doesn't have to ask Glenn, because Glenn also didn't ask David as he did Purple songs on his solo albums. They both great singers on their own. Listen to the EPK of the Purple album on youtube and you will hear great songs like Lady Double Dealer, Sail Away (acoustic), Soldier of Fortune and of course the 2015 version of Stormbringer. Not bad at all ;)

    | Burn | Stormbringer | Come Taste The Band

  • Awesome:
    “You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)”
    “Love Child”
    “Sail Away”
    “The Gypsy”
    “Lady Double Dealer”
    “Holy Man”
    “Might Just Take Your Life”
    “You Keep on Moving”
    “Soldier of Fortune”
    “Lay Down Stay Down”

  • Lay Down Stay Down is by far the worst track i've had the misfortune to hear so far.

    His voice is absolutely terrible, never mind the the rest of the ruination of the song.

    I'd rather go see a purple tribute band than watch this lot

    :ghcp: "It's in my blood"

  • Giving the Purple Album two points out of ten, what Classic Rock did, is so absurd. You may like it or not but two points is ridiculous. Lot's of other magazines gave Whitesnake The Purple Album great reviews. Personally I prefer the originals but I also like the different, heavier guitar orientated new versions. The double bass drum monster Tommy Aldridge is great and the voice of David has become older, but he is still a great blues rock singer. Like Glenn, David is a hero for ever :thumbup:…eate/extension/

    | Burn | Stormbringer | Come Taste The Band

  • the new Classic Rock July 2015 edition has a 2 page reply by DC in response to their article and general criticism of the album. He doesn't hold back in telling everyone who doesn't like it to F**K OFF!!

    :ghcp: "It's in my blood"

  • I have listened to the album a few times now, and I am trying to keep an open mind, but I have to admit that I cringed through most of the first listen or two…

    To be fair, though, I have listened to the original material for over thirty years now so I have to recognize the bias I bring to the table when listening to this new album.

    [FONT=Calibri]In most instances Tommy Aldridge is a perfectly capable hard rock / heavy metal style drummer, but his work on this album does the material a real disservice in my opinion.

    [B][U][FONT=Calibri]THE SOUND:

    [FONT=Calibri]As with the last several releases from Whitesnake, The Purple Album is a brick-walled mess from a sound engineering standpoint.

    [B][U][FONT=Calibri]THE KEYBOARDS:

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]Where are they?

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]Where the album seems to work best is in its acoustic numbers. In general these songs enjoy a more natural, organic sound than the rocked up material as the instrumentation is sparser. Coverdale’s voice fares better on these songs as well, as they allow him to use the lower registers where his vocals still shine at their brightest. It’s not that he can’t handle the more aggressive material vocally, (he’s a seasoned veteran, and he knows exactly what he can and can’t do with his vocals at this point), but the higher-octane songs do take him to the very edge of his vocal limitations.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]It’s ok that Coverdale’s voice isn’t what it used to be, but there’s a line that he cannot cross vocally, and the slightest stress on his voice these days brings out the rasp that both age and abuse has cultivated. To balance this, he has smartly included a cadre of musicians who are also good singers in Whitesnake these days, and a special nod has to go to Reb Beach for his contributions in the vocals department on this album; he’s no Glenn Hughes, but he ably fills the need the vocal harmonies in Coverdale/Hughes era Deep Purple songs call for.

    [FONT=Calibri][size=12]In the end, I think that [size=12]The Purple Album[size=12] is something of a mixed bag, succeeding in some areas, and falling far short in others.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]That said, I think it remains a brave and interesting choice on Coverdale’s part overall. It may not be the album that all of the band’s fans might have wanted, but then that really isn’t anything new for Whitesnake either; their fan base has been split into two camps for a long time now, with some yearning for a return to the old R&B, rocked-up boogie woogie days epitomized by the band’s earlier releases, with others preferring the “Sykes and Beyond” era of more cyclonic heavy metal-styled output instead.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]This album is more of the latter and less of the former for sure, and the slick commercial metal approach taken to some of these songs doesn’t always work so well to my ears but, at the end of the day the album remains both well intentioned and technically well executed for the most part, so it is sure to have its fans.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]For me the album’s high points are in the following songs:

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]“Sail Away” – an interesting acoustic take on the original. It’s different, for sure, but pretty and well done.

    [FONT=Calibri][size=12]“Holy Man” – another really interesting version of a classic song. I had a hard time imaging Coverdale singing this Glenn Hughes solo piece from [size=12]Stormbringer[size=12], but he found a way and it works, even if I still prefer the original.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]“The Gypsy” – a fairly faithful cover of the original, and not what I would have considered an obvious choice for Coverdale to tackle given the harmonies it calls for. Kudos to Reb Beach, job well done!

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]“Mistreated” – Coverdale’s voice skates the edge on this one, but the guitar work on display is suitably appropriate and impressive without being overly excessive either.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]“Might Just Take Your Life” – This would have been better with more Jon Lord-inspired organ work, but this bluesed-up reinterpretation is actually a lot of fun.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]As for its low points:

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]“Burn” – how can such a great song sound so tired and boring - especially when WS plays it so well live?

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]“Stormbringer” – this version is pure drivel; a once proud song that has now been reduced to a bad heavy metal cover - enough said.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]“Lady Luck” – far too slick for my tastes, completely missing the swagger of the original.

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]“Comin’ Home” - words fail me, a lifeless reinterpretation without any of the original’s drive or energy. Blech!

    [size=12][FONT=Calibri]The rest of the songs on the album rise and fall somewhere in the middle in my opinion. Some are better than others, and only time will tell whether I warm up to them or not…

    [FONT=Calibri][size=12]In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how this album does for Coverdale & Company. I don’t think it’s the album WS fans were demanding, but it might go over well with many of them just the same and, if it spurs any of the band’s younger fans to go on and check out the magic of the originals than that can only be a good thing in the end.

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