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Whitesnake - The Purple Album

4.67
Reviewer :
Arie van der Graaf Format: Album
Release date: 2015-05-15 Year: 2015
Label: Frontiers
Genre: Rock
Producer: David Coverdale
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What many promise, but few can guarantee is what the loud and proud WHITESNAKE have always delivered and with their 12th studio opus The PURPLE Album once again their hard core fans are about to be surprised again by the ‘SNAKE. 
 
Recorded & mixed by legendary frontman and Whitesnake founder David Coverdale with Co-Producers Michael McIntyre and Snake guitarist Reb Beach and at Hook City Studios in Reno Nevada, ‘The PURPLE Album’ draws on the songs from the three DEEP PURPLE Mark 3 and 4 studio albums featuring Coverdale. “BURN”, ”STORMBRINGER” and “COME TASTE THE BAND” . 
 
All the songs on the new album are presented as a respectful tribute to his former colleagues & pay homage to the band who started him on an amazing musical journey over 40 years ago that continues today.
 
Now don't think that this sounds like Deep Purple, Coverdale manages to create the old songs in a 100% fresh Whitesnake sound. it has all the classic WHITESNAKE elements people who support us have come to expect...” says Coverdale, “I thought it would be cool to go out, as it were, the way I came in into this music business.”
 
From the opening track, the incendiary classic ‘BURN’ through to the sonic insanity of ‘STORMBRINGER’  Yorkshire born David Coverdale brings his career full circle from when a 21-year-old singer/songwriter bravely answered a music press ad to become the new lead singer for DEEP PURPLE in 1973. 
 
So If you like classic Purple, this is just a bit different, but is this case i think for the good.
Bands should always stick to what their sound is. it would not have been Whitesnake if they'd tried to copy Deep Purple.
 
Coverdale and the band picked their favorite PURPLE songs from Mark 3 and 4 and set to work at WHITESNAKE’S new recording studio, Hook City in Reno, Nevada.
 
“It was a shared vision,” according to Coverdale  “Every member of the band came to the sessions fully loaded with ideas & talent & helped make this a memorable project for me.”
 
WHITESNAKE brings “The PURPLE Album”, featuring ‘SNAKED up versions of those beloved PURPLE classics many younger fans will be introduced to for the first time and with a seriously kick-ass chapter of the band that can reinterpret these classics with the passion they deserve. 
 
Also worth to mention, the newly recruited guitarplayer Joel Hoekstra (Night Rander / Trans Siberian Orchestra) really kicks ass alongside Reb Beach.
 

Tracklisting 1. Burn
2. You Fool No One
3. Love Child
4. Sail Away
5. The Gypsy
6. Lady Double Dealer
7. Mistreated
8. Holy Man
9. Might Just Take Your Life
10. You Keep on Moving
11. Soldier of Fortune
12. Lay Down Stay Down
13. Stormbringer


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