Before David Coverdale achieved world wide fame as a major component of Whitesnake, he was a wunderkind in Deep Purple. Asked to join the band in 1973 at the age of 22, Coverdale made a great argument for replacing departed Ian Gillan. Sadly, after just three albums (Burn – 1974, Stormbringer – 1974, Come Taste The Band – 1975), Coverdale reluctantly left the band. Afterwards, he formed Whitesnake, and the rest is simple history.
On December 15, Rhino Records will revisit what is known as The Purple Tour with Whitesnake as the band. In 2015, Whitesnake released The Purple Album with selected Coverdale-era Deep Purple re-recorded tracks (six from Burn, five from Stormbringer, and two from Come Taste The Band). After the album was issued, the band went on their The Purple Tour to celebrate the Deep Purple years with Coverdale at the mic!
The Purple Tour will be released on CD, 2LP, and video combo packs, CD/DVD, and CD/BD sets. With the DVD and Blu-ray sets, there will be the concert video (in 5.1 Surround as well as Stereo), a promo video of “Burn”, an interview: On The Hot Seat with Michel Devin, and four hi-resolution tracks presented in 5.1 Surround audio.
It was the self-titled seventh studio album, Whitesnake, that gave the band it’s greatest years. It sold upwards of eight million copies in the US alone. It was Whitesnake that generated several hits that included “Still of the Night”, “Here I Go Again”, “Is This Love”, and “Give Me All Your Love”. This gave Whitesnake lasting power in the charts and great accessibility via concert shows.
On October 6, Rhino Records will provide several iterations of a 30th Anniversary Edition. The new reissue will feature brand new remastering. In the versions being released, there are a single CD with just the newly remastered album, a 2CD Deluxe edition featuring extra tracks, a 2LP vinyl set, and a massive 4CD/1DVD Super Deluxe Box.
The Super Deluxe Box will provide the original album, a CD of unreleased live tracks that had Vandenberg, Campbell, and Aldridge at the helm, alongside David Coverdale. The performance tracks were recorded from the band’s 1987-1988 support tour. Another CD adds in eleven unreleased demo and rehearsal recordinngs that include early versions of songs from the album. The final CD provides newly remixed versions of the four previously mentioned hit singles along with rare radio mixes and songs from 87 Versions, an exclusive EP issued in Japan.
The DVD features the four singles videos, restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround. There is a 30-minite documentaru of the making of Whitesnake. Plus, there is a newly filmed video of “Here I Go Again”, and unreleased live footage from the 1987-1988 tour.
The Book inside the Box will be a 60-page hardbound book with photos, essay, song lyrics, and more.
Snakecharmer is a current supergroup of recognizable names from bands that were ascendant during the Golden years of Rock. Those include Micky Moody, and Neil Murray (bass), both from Whitesnake and the David Coverdale band (with Murray having logged time with Black Sabbath). There’s also Harry James (drums) from Magnum, and Thunder, Adam Wakeman (keyboards), who played with Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Ousey (vocals), previously with Heartland, and Laurie Wisefield, who played guitar for Home, and Wishbone Ash. Micky Moody is no longer with the band was replaced Simon McBride (guitar).
Their first release was their self-titled set, originally issued in 2013. The music is easily reminiscent of the early periods that these musicians played in so there’s a bonus for the older audiences looking for some authenticity. Snakecharmer earned a strong showing in the charts and in the live settings that they’ve played in. They have a strong Foreigner sound. Laurie Wisefield has also introduced his twin lead guitars effect learned from his years with Wishbone Ash to great effect.
On May 12, Frontiers Music will release the band’s second album, Second Skin. The new album contains eleven new tracks. Snakecharmer will be supporting the new album with a series of live shows in the UK beginning in May. Some shows are already near sell-out.