The pur­ple al­bum

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This is such a bril­liant idea that you have to won­der why it’s taken David Coverdale so long to put it into ac­tion. The premise here is to take the best of the mu­sic that he made dur­ing his ten­ure in Deep Pur­ple and record brand new ver­sions of the songs. He would have been for­given for stick­ing to the orig­i­nal ar­range­ments as he no doubt had a hand in those, but some of these fa­mil­iar tracks have been to­tally rein­vented (check out Sail Away) while oth­ers have grown in stature. Even when the ar­range­ments are fa­mil­iar there’s more energy and ex­pres­sion here. The open­ing track Burn is a case in point: fa­mil­iar yet brought to­tally up to date with great vo­cals and stun­ning guitar work from both Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra. Coverdale says: “It’s a huge thank you to Deep Pur­ple for the op­por­tu­nity I was given over 40 years ago’’. It’s an op­por­tu­nity he’s made the most of; this al­bum has it all and, to make the most of it, the band is tour­ing again, so what bet­ter time to catch them?

Fron­tiers Records

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