The purple album
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?