David Coverdale – Whitesnake (1977) – His first solo album revisited

Whitesnake by David Coverdale was his first solo album released in 1977 after the demise of Deep Purple. In this video, I review the album and look back at when I first bought it on the day of release. I also talk about the tracks (especially Blindman) show the original vinyl version and the current CD version.

I will be doing a follow-up video on his follow up album Northwinds in the near future.

Original Vinyl Album released on Purple Records 1977

Side one
Lady (Coverdale, Micky Moody) – 3:48
Blindman – 6:01
Goldies Place – 5:03
Whitesnake (Coverdale, Moody) – 4:22

Side two
Time on My Side (Coverdale, Moody) – 4:26
Peace Lovin’ Man – 4:53
Sunny Days – 3:31
Hole in the Sky – 3:23
Celebration (Coverdale, Moody) – 4:11

Bonus tracks on the 2000 CD reissue
Peace Lovin’ Man (Take 1) – 5:04
Sunny Days (Take 1) – 3:21

In the video, I talk at length about the song Blindman. Although the version he re-recorded for the Ready and Willing album is very good, I feel it lacks the raw passion that the version this album has. I feel this is especially true on how he delivers the words and really lets go over the ad-libs towards the end of the song.

Blindman

I was dreaming of the past,
Why do good times never last
Help me Jesus, show the way
I can’t hold on another day

I was hungry, feeling low,
I just couldn’t make out which way to go
Chasing rainbows that have no end,
The road is long without a friend

Be my friend, be my brother,
Be the piper, play the call
Across the seven seas of wonder
Be the guardian of my soul

Just a young man looking homeward,
Watching the sun go down again
Across the water, the sun is shining,
But, will it ever, will it ever be the same

Be my friend, be my brother,
Be the piper, play the call
Across the seven seas of wonder
Be the guardian of my soul

I need somebody, I need someone,
I need somebody to call my own
Like a blind man, I can feel the heat of the sun,
But, like a blind man
I don’t know, I don’t know,
I don’t know where it’s coming from

Be my friend, be my brother,
Be the piper, play the call
Across the seven seas of wonder
Be the guardian of my soul

I need somebody, I need someone,
I need somebody to call my own
Like a blind man, I can feel the heat of the sun,
But, like a blind man
I don’t know, I don’t know,
I don’t know where is coming from

Album Personnel 

David Coverdale – lead vocals, piano, percussion
Micky Moody – guitars, percussion, backing vocals
Tim Hinkley – organ, percussion, vocals
Ron Aspery – saxophone (baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano), flute
DeLisle Harper – bass, percussion, vocals
Roger Glover – bass, melodica, ARP 2600 synthesizer, percussion, vocals, production
Simon Phillips – drums, percussion
Liza Strike, Helen Chappelle, Barry St. John – backing vocals

I really hope this gets a proper deluxe album reissue soon!

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

Whitesnake the first solo album by David Coverdale

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