16 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes


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4.5 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Damcontrlmn ,

David Coverdale is the man!

Long time Coverdale, Whitesnake and Deep Purple fans are going to love this. DC redoing his DP songs with Whitesnake is brilliant! This a no brainer of a purchase. Lokking forward to the entire album and seeing the Snake on tour!

Shakkar ,

Fantastic trip back in time...with a touch of the present

Ok....Ready Boys and Girls? I am ready to give my review of The Purple Album by Whitesnake.

To prepare for this review I set of a playlist in my iPod, pairing all the original songs from Deep Purple with the new stuff. I listen to Deep Purple first, then each track of Whitesnake CD as it followed its Purple counterpart.

A little history for those not familiar with this project. from 74-76, David Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple, a duty he shared with Glenn Hughes....but lets face it.....Coverdale's voice made that era what it became. Later he would move on to form Whitesnake. I became aware of David when I watched a broadcast of The California Jam in 1974, just as he belted ...and I mean belted out MISTREATED.
So...we are talking about 15 tracks......originally performed some 40 years ago, by a master vocalist...who in my opinion as far as the USA is concerned, never got the recognition he deserved. Truly...I can't think of any singer in the mid 60's that could tackle a project like this. But tackle it he did.

David Coverdale...in The Purple Album.....is surrounded by top notch musicians that bring a new intensity to songs that were already legendary and took them to a new place in the present. David doesn't just rehash the classics.....he reinvents their sound, While his version in Deep Purple were bluesier and funky...the Whitesnake version are a mixture of explosive treats for the ear to beautiful acoustic versions like Sail Away. For me, I got my wish as I have always wondered how David would sound singing Holy Man, originally sung by Glenn Highes. In a word...majestic with a great arrangement. We hear different instumentations though all the while the basic integrity of the songs remains intact. So in the end...what you have is a well thought out, perfectly executed homage to a period of Deep Purple's legacy, by the very man who helped create that legacy. David does a truly magnificent job paying his respect to the iconic band that helped start his musical journey.

I could not be more pleased with the tracks that David chose to do in this project, the deluxe set features two of my favorite song from Come taste The Band. What is further exciting and a sad fact at the same time.....it has taken 40 years to hear most of these songs. None of the Deep Purple versions that followed these 3 amazing albums ever performed these songs live in concert, except David when starting Whitesnake...he would reach back and do Mistreated...and Might Just Take Your Life. That being said...it is a gift to have David...again in his 60's....take charge of this project and see it through. Amazing effort by an amazing man who is a a vocalist beyond compare.

Thank you David.



Awesome Tunes!

Nice to see David Coverdale re-do his Deep Purple songs with Whitesnake. Some people don't seem to know David Coverdale was the lead singer for Deep Purple from 1973 - 1976 and make "Bobby ding dong" comments that shows they are musically illiterate. Looking forward to seeing them on tour performing these old but still awesome songs.

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