For this part of the David Coverdale series, we are throwing in the review of the song David did from the movie ‘Days of Thunder’ starring Tom Cruise. The song came out in 1990. Whitesnake hadn’t called it quits just yet, still a year away for that, but David was exploring solo projects such as this. And honestly, how could he turn down the opportunity to have a song on a Tom Cruise movie back in a time when Tom could do no wrong.
As you can see, the song was produced by Trevor Horn, but the song was actually written by Hans Zimmer who did the music, but what I find is that the lyrics were actually written by Billy Idol…yes, that Billy Idol. I am sure David contributed a little, but mostly he sang. I now have a connection between the last music series I did with Billy Idol and this one with David Coverdale..so cool.
This single was only released as a single in Europe which is exactly where I found it. This is another Single I picked up on my Paris trip. I picked up a bunch of singles at that time and another one will be discussing in a couple weeks for the David Coverdale series as well.
The song is wonderful power rock ballad full of synthesizers and very melodic. David sings softly and his voice sounds quite lovely. Like the typical ballad, it builds and then towards the end, it breaks open and picks up tempo as does David. He starts to scream the vocals (in a melodic way) and pours the emotion on to fit the musical stylings. With Whitesnake being as big as they were, I am surprised this wasn’t released in the U.S. as a single. Instead, we got the Guns ‘n’ Roses version of “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” which was no slouch.
The B-Side has a cover of the Spencer Davis Group classic, “Gimme Some Lovin'” performed by Terry Reid. For me this is odd as the movie actually played the Spencer Davis Group’s version. Must have been a licensing issue. The Terry Reid version is very 80’s synth pop style and honestly, kind of sucks. I would rather hear the original…I guess there is no point in doing this song for my The Original vs. The Cover series as you know how I feel about this song.
The second song on the B-Side is a song called “Car Building” by Hans Zimmer. It was from the score to the album and is another synth and drum song building the tempo I am assuming as they are building a car. It is short at just over 2 1/2 minutes and is okay. A little out of place here, but so be it.
Overall, I only wanted this for the David Coverdale song and it is worth it for that part alone. Which means the B-Side won’t ever get played again…most likely. Another great find for my collection and glad to have it.
Up next…Coverdale / Page – ‘Coverdale/Page’
The David Coverdale Series:
- Deep Purple – Burn
- Deep Purple – Stormbringer
- Deep Purple – Come Taste the Band
- Deep Purple – Made in Europe
- David Coverdale – Whitesnake
- Deep Purple – Last Concert in Japan
- David Coverdale – Northwinds
- David Coverdale’s Whitesnake – Snakebite
- Whitesnake – Trouble
- Whitesnake – Lovehunter
- Whitesnake – Ready an’ Willing
- Whitesnake – Live…in the Heart of the City
- Whitesnake – Come An’ Get it
- Deep Purple – Live in London
- Whitesnake – Saints & Sinners
- Whitesnake – Slide It In
- Whitesnake – “Give Me More Time” 12″ Single (Bonus Review)
- Whitesnake – ‘The Best of Whitesnake (Bonus Review – 1982 release)
- Whitesnake – Whitesnake (1987)
- Whitesnake – Slip of the Tongue
- David Coverdale – “The Last Note of Freedom” – Single Review
Other David Coverdale Albums reviewed – (Box Sets and Bootlegs):
- Whitesnake – 1987 (30th Anniversary Edition) – Box Set
- Whitesnake – Slide It In (35th Anniversary Edition) – Box Set
- Whitesnake – Unzipped – Box Set
- Whitesnake – Slip of the Tongue (30th Anniversary Edition) – Box Set
- Whitesnake (Snake) – Still of the Night Live in Battle Creek, Mich. July 26, 1987 (Bootleg)