It has been almost two years since I’ve done a Turntables & Vinyl post. And since today is the 2,000th Post on the site, why not do another. 2,000 Posts!! That is insane. I can’t believe I have bored you for that long now and yet you still come back. Thank you for that.
These Turntable & Vinyl post are basically about my collection or interesting things about collecting and this one is about collecting. As far as collecting goes, I haven’t gone down the rabbit hole of getting every variant of an album, but I have found myself, a little unknowingly, picking up duplicate albums with the big difference being they have a completely different album cover. I don’t have a lot, but I am noticing more and more that if I know there is a different album cover, I am now actively looking for it. However, most of the time it has been by utter accident that I found a different cover and didn’t know it existed.
This post is going to show you the handful that I have and then show the ones that I am actively hunting down. But first, why do artist have different album covers in the first place? Most of the time it is simply down to controversy. Some album covers have a little nudity or something offensive that pisses off the wrong people so in order to sell those albums in certain stores a new cover is done. In other parts, it is simply different tastes in different parts of the world. And then it might be a reissue so they change up the cover a little, either way, I think it is cool and so I am now collecting alternate covers.
This is my most recent acquisition and it is from Joe Satriani. The one on the left was the album cover I originally had and all I knew about and it turns out it is the European release cover and the one used in the 1988 reissue. But apparently there was alternate cover because I found the one on the right in a record store in St. Augustine Florida. It really isn’t the alternate cover because I believe it is the original release cover from 1986 and the one i had first was actually the alternate cover. Both are awesome.
Here is another one where I had the alternate cover first, the one on the left, before i had the original cover, the one on the right. The original cover was the UK only release of the original album. The giant snake on the left is the alternate cover for the releases outside of the UK. Not sure why the difference, but both are equally cool.
Starting back on August 1st, 2019, we started the David Coverdale Series of reviews. It was a long process and after 36 reviews, we are capping off the series with not one, but two album rankings. The first one covered only the Whitesnake albums. The second one, this one, will cover ALL albums that David Coverdale has done. The list are only studio albums. No E.P.’s, no live albums and no greatest hits.
David started his career back in 1974 with Deep Purple’s Mark III lineup on the album Burn. Through 20 studio albums that cover Deep Purple, David Coverdale solo albums, Coverdale/Page and of course, Whitesnake, there is so much music to cover in his 46 years of music. It was so much fun tackling this David Coverdale series that part of me hates to see it end, but all good things come to end.
Why don’t we get started and let’s see how David Coverdale albums rank from the Worst to the First.
THE WORST – WHITESNAKE: ‘THE PURPLE ALBUM” (2015):
For My Sunday Song #205, we are going after the opening track to the 1978 debut album, ‘Trouble’, with the song “Take Me With You”. The song was written by David Coverdale and then guitarist, Micky Moody. It opens the album with a bang and gives you a taste of what the new Coverdale project has to offer. The album had moderate success reaching #50 in the UK, but at this point in time had no US presence. That would change in the next decade.
Lyrically the song has a lot to be desired. Back in the early days of Whitesnake, they had a notorious reputation of having overly sexualized lyrics that became known as “cock rock” and this is pretty good example of that. With lyrics like “Gonna spread her pretty legs so I can see, Sweet lip honey be the death of me” and “Sorry little girl, If you can’t stay, Your red light mama gonna show the way” and you get the gist of what I’m saying. And you throw in a lot of sexual moaning at the end of the song by David and it is “cock rock” no doubt!! David is unapologetic about it and rightfully so, this is who they are and no one is going to make them change.
Starting back on August 1st, 2019, we started the David Coverdale Series of reviews. It was a long process and after 36 reviews, we are capping off the series with not one, but two album rankings. The first one, this one, is going to cover only the Whitesnake albums. The second one, next week, will cover ALL albums that David Coverdale has done. The list are only studio albums. No E.P.’s, no live albums and no greatest hits.
Whitesnake started back in 1978 and was a result of David going solo after his stint in Deep Purple and he realized he enjoyed the band aspect and Whitesnake was born after 2 solo albums. The name was taken from the title of David’s first solo album and now David is the only original member. Hell, it was really his band anyway. One of the few bands it doesn’t matter who is in it as long as David is singing. If you want to read the reviews of each album, check out the list at the bottom of the post and click away and go explore each album in more depth. Thanks
The really cool thing I discovered when I went back to compile my list is that no album saw a score of less than a 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars. How many bands can say that. Probably not a lot. Enough chit chat, now let’s get started…
Before David’s second solo album, ‘Trouble’, came out in March 1978, David had already put together a band and the delivered an E.P. called ‘Snakebite’ just a few months later under the name Whitesnake. And by September of that same year, they had a full length album ready to go. The album was produced by Martin Birch and recorded in only 10 days at the Central Recorders Studio in London over those Summer months.
The album was called ‘Trouble’ and was released in September 1978. The album name came from one of the songs, but it was inspired by the fact that David had a son during this time and that could only mean one thing…TROUBLE!!
Now the band had a new member by the name of Jon Lord on keyboards. He replaced former keyboard player Pete Solley. For those that have followed David’s career, Jon Lord is no stranger as he was the keyboard player with David on the Deep Purple Mark III and IV versions of the band. Jon wasn’t there for the recording of the album, however, they overdubbed his parts in the songs after the fact so he could be on the album as he was now a member and thankfully so in my opinion.
The album I picked up had a nice cut-out in the top right corner, but overall still in great shape. It still even included the vinyl inner sleeve which consists of the bands lyrics for the songs and writing credits. The really cool thing on the lyrics was at the end of each song, it let you know who did the solo as it was usually a toss-up between Moody and Marsden and occasionally Lord.
The band for this album consisted of the following:
David Coverdale – Lead Vocals
David Dowle – Drums
Jon Lord – Keyboards
Bernie Marsden – Guitar
Micky Moody – Guitar
Neil Murray – Bass
Now it is time to talk about the music…
The album kicks off with a rockin’ riff on “Take Me With You”. This high energy rocker comes at you at breakneck speed and tempo that it immediately gets you moving. David sounds fresh and throws in a little moaning at the end. There is so much going on musically and always something new each time you listen. The solo on this one is actually a drum solo by Dave “Duck” Dowle, but there are still a lot of guitars including some slide on it so don’t fret.
Next up is “Love to Keep You Warm”. A little slower than the previous and a little more blues feel to it. A nice groove by Dave and Neil. The song is a little poppy at times, but manages to hold on to being a rocker thanks to Bernie Marsden’s guitar solo.
“Lie Down (A Modern Love Song)” is interesting as it is more pop than blues or even rock. It is a very fast tempo’d love song. The vocals at times have this whole Elton John feel to them and even the vibe of the song with Lord’s piano feels like him as well. Not that it is a bad thing.
Then we get the horrible cover of the Beatles’ “Day Tripper”. It is…let’s say…not good. It is uninspiring and bluh. The adding in of the Framptonesque Talk Box doesn’t help and I really can’t stand it. I hope that point is coming across. Skip/Delete whatever you do, just avoid it.
The first side ends with the speedy “Nighthawk (Vampire Blues)”. Now the song is so fast that it doesn’t feel bluesy at all to me. It is rocker, for sure, but not blues. The drumming on this is sensational and the guitar work is fantastic. David sings a hundred miles an hour and you get exhausted after trying to sing the chorus as fast as David. I really dig this one and it even has a solo by Jon Lord to help push it over the top even more.
Side Two opens up with Deep Purple style song “The Time is Right For Love”. It has a nice blues guitar feel to it and has a great beat and tempo that it get stuck in your head and you sing it even when the song is done. On this one, the guitar solos are done in harmony between both Moody and Marsden which is the beauty of having two guitarists. David again performs brilliantly and sounds so good on this one as well.
Next up we get the title track, “Trouble” which is the most blues worthy song of the bunch. David’s lyrics mention a gambler’s son which he uses a lot over the next few decades. The song feels a little like Purple’s “Mistreated” or at least in the same realm of comparability for style and form. The solo on this one goes to Marsden and it is fantastic. He lays down some riffs that have great melody and you could sing along with it if you sing your solos…I do every so often.
The coolest song on the album is “Belgian Tom’s Hat Trick” which is a full assault of an instrumental with 3 different solos. One for Moody, One for Lord and One for Marsden. I don’t see it as out of place as Purple threw in an instrumental on ‘Burn’ and this one is way better. I really love when Jon Lord lays it down and he does just that. The guitar’s have a riff that plays through-out that is the main feel for the song and everything is played beautifully off of that riff.
Then we get a change of pace with Bernie Marsden on vocals instead of Coverdale. The song is called “Free Flight” and is interesting to say the least. Not necessarily in a good way interesting. It does have some great drumming and music, but vocally, ehh! There is a reason David is the lead singer. I think Bernie sounds good on the verses, it is just a horrible chorus. Oh yeah, and Bernie gets the solo so this one is the Bernie Marsden show.
The final song is “Don’t Mess With Me” and David is back with all his glory as we have missed him for the last two songs. This one is a pure rocker, with a great rhythm and groove and filled with two totally brilliant guitar solos for both Moody and Marsden. What a way to end the album. They give you everything you would want and end the album on an utter high note.
Take Me With You – Keeper
Love to Keep You Warm – Keeper
Lie Down (A Modern Love Song) – Keeper
Day Tripper – Delete
Nighthawk (Vampire Blues) – Keeper
The Time is Right for Love – Keeper
Trouble – Keeper
Belgian Tom’s Hat Trick – Keeper
Free Flight – Delete
Don’t Mess With Me – Keeper
For a track score, you get 8 out of 10 songs or 80% which is pretty solid. However, there a couple things to note. The guitar playing is sensational on this album, but the guitar sound was lacking a little punch in sonics. Also, there are no real stand out tracks that I would consider Whitesnake classics, although, there are some contenders. For those couple reasons, I am giving it a 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars. This an awesome first step for the band and a sign of great things to come, but I really liked the ‘Snakebite’ EP a lot better as it was more blues tinged then this album was. Still this is a solid release and a must have in the collection, I just think they do much better in the coming years.