After ‘Whitesnake’, David went in a recorded his follow-up solo release, ‘Northwinds’. This was around March / April of 1977; however, the album wouldn’t be released until a year later in March of 1978. I am not sure why the long delay in release, but the bad news for the release was by the time it did come out, Coverdale was done as a solo artist. He had already pieced a band together that would go on to become WHITESNAKE! I will save that for the next release which came out in June of 1978 just 3 months later.
The album did a little better than the debut and sound wise is more of the same. Okay, maybe the production is a little better and the sound starts to get some of the Whitesnake sounds, but not entirely. David is still finding himself with this record which doesn’t mean its bad, it is far from that. It is an interesting look at early David, pre-Whitesnake, and a glimpse into his musical tastes.
I have this on vinyl and it is part of a 2LP set including both David’s early solo albums, ‘Whitesnake’ and ‘Northwinds’. It is a sweet set released in 1988 at the height of the band Whitesnake and they were trying to capitalize on Coverdale’s popularity. I like having this set as these two albums really should be played together to get the full impact of his early songs and to see a young Coverdale growing into a fantastic songwriter.