David Coverdale was a relatively unknown 21-year-old singer-songwriter when he joined Deep Purple in 1973. He went on to record three classic albums alongside the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers before embarking on his musical journey a few years later with his band, Whitesnake

Coverdale is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his Deep Purple debut this year with a special version of The Purple Album, Whitesnake’s tribute to his three-year tenure with the legendary group. This newly remixed, remastered, and expanded edition of the 2015 album features previously unreleased recordings, including the very demo that secured Coverdale’s spot with Deep Purple.

The Purple Album: Special Gold Edition arrives on October 13th as a 2-CD/Blu-ray set for $29.98 and a 2-LP set on resplendent gold vinyl for $36.98. Pre-order both versions here. The new remix of Burn is available today digitally, listen below.

Coverdale recorded The Purple Album with guitarist Reb Beach, bassist Michael Devin, guitarist Joel Hoekstra (on his first Whitesnake album), and drummer Tommy Aldridge, reappearing on a Whitesnake studio album for the first time since 1989’s Slip Of The Tongue. The band cherry-picked gems from Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1974), and Come Taste The Band (1975), delivering inspired takes on fan favorites like Lay Down Stay Down, Lady Double Dealer, and You Keep On Moving.

The 2-CD/Blu-ray version of The Purple Album: Special Gold Edition goes beyond the original with the addition of live recordings and concert videos from The Purple Tour (The Gypsy, Mistreated), official music videos (Sail Away, You Fool No One), and an assortment of previously unreleased material, including six alternate mixes of album tracks. The Blu-ray also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the album’s making and a song-by-song commentary by Coverdale.

An exciting addition to the upcoming collection is the four-song demo Coverdale submitted to Deep Purple, hoping to become the band’s next singer. Recorded in 1972 with his former band, The Fabulosa Brothers, the reel-to-reel tape was extensively restored after Coverdale stumbled upon it among his late mother’s belongings. In the album’s liner notes, Coverdale says: “I had no idea my Mam had the tape…For me, to open my Mam’s trunk of personal items, 30 years after her passing, was a gift from Heaven.” The collection also features several demos Coverdale recorded while working on songs for Deep Purple’s 1974 album Stormbringer.

The Purple Album: Special Gold Edition:

2-CD/Blu-ray Track Listing

CD One: 2023 Remix

1.  Burn

2.  Lay Down, Stay Down

3.  Love Child

4.  Holy Man

5.  The Gypsy

6.  Lady Double Dealer

7.  Might Just Take Your Life

8.  Mistreated

9.  Stormbringer

10. Sail Away (Interpolating Elegy For Jon)

11. You Keep On Moving – featuring the Hook City Strings

12. Lady Luck

13. Coming Home

14. You Fool No One (Interpolating Itchy Fingers) Dedicated in loving memory to Jeff Beck

15. Soldier Of Fortune

CD Two: The Purple Tour Five Live

1.  Burn

2.  The Gypsy

3.  Mistreated

4.  You Fool No One

5.  Soldier Of Fortune

Alternative Mixes:

6. Holy Man (Unzipped) *

7. Stormbringer (Punch In The Nuts Mix) *

8. Love Child (Alternate Mix) *

9. Soldier Of Fortune – featuring Joel Hoekstra & The Hook City Strings *

10. Soldier Of Fortune – featuring The Hook City Strings *

11. Soldier Of Fortune (Instrumental) – featuring The Hook City Strings *

The 1972 DC Purple Audition Tape Featuring The Fabulosa Brothers

12. “Everybody’s Talkin’” *

13. “Get Ready” *

14. “Lonely Town, Lonely Street” *

15. “Dancing In The Street” *

16. 1974 DC Demo Ideas For The Stormbringer Album *


Purple Music Videos:

1.  Lady Double Dealer

2.  Stormbringer

3.  Sail Away

4.  Soldier Of Fortune

5.  The Gypsy

6.  Soldier Of Fortune – featuring Joel Hoekstra & The Hook City Strings*

7.  Soldier Of Fortune – featuring The Hook City Strings*

Purplesnake Videos:

8. Lay Down, Stay Down*

9.  Holy Man*

10. You Keep On Moving*

11. You Fool No One*

Live Clips:

12. Burn – Live Atlantis Video

13. Burn/Stormbringer – Live In The Still Of The Night

14. Soldier Of Fortune – Starkers In Tokyo

The Purple Tour Five Live:

15. Burn

16. The Gypsy

17. Mistreated

18. You Fool No One

19. Soldier Of Fortune

20. The Purple Album: Behind The Scenes*

21. The Purple Album: Song-By-Song*

* Previously Unreleased

The Purple Album: Special Gold Edition:

2-LP Track Listing

LP One

Side One:

1.  Burn

2.  Lay Down, Stay Down

3.  Love Child

4.  Holy Man

Side Two:

1.  The Gypsy

2.  Lady Double Dealer

3.  Might Just Take Your Life

4.  Coming Home

LP Two:

Side One:

1.  Stormbringer

2.  Sail Away (Interpolating Elegy For Jon)

3.  You Keep On Moving

4.  Lady Luck

Side Two:

1.  Mistreated

2.  You Fool No One (Interpolating Itchy Fingers) Dedicated in loving memory to Jeff Beck

3.  Soldier Of Fortune

One Response

  1. Alot of people hate on david coverdale but if you listen to those purple albums , and then dive into his total body of work , at least for me he is the best to ever sling a microphone ~

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