Whitesnake’s “The Purple Album” Gold Edition:
This special edition is not just a mere re-release. It’s revisited, remixed, remastered, and reimagined in every sense. While some might argue that the original album was released not too long ago in 2015, time is relative when it comes to music. For many of us, the years fly by, and what feels like yesterday might be decades ago.
The vinyl version of this edition is a true collector’s item. It boasts a gold vinyl, silent pressings, and is produced by Rhino Records. Made and pressed in Germany, the sound quality is impeccable. But what truly stands out is the change in the running order of the tracks, which, in my opinion, enhances the listening experience.
Comparing Old and New
While the original album holds a special place in my heart, this new version brings a fresh perspective. Some tracks, like “You Fool No One,” have a different start, and the mix varies in several places. The instrumental sections, especially in tracks like “Burn,” are bombastic in true Whitesnake style. It’s a testament to the band’s evolution and their commitment to reinventing their sound.
Imagine a world where Deep Purple never existed. Hard, right? Now, in this alternate universe, if Whitesnake released this album, it would undoubtedly be hailed as one of the best rock albums ever. Tracks like “Holy Man” and “Sail Away” are simply inspirational in their creativity and adaptation.
This Gold Edition of “The Purple Album” is not just another remastered version to add to your collection. It’s different, it’s fresh, and it’s a testament to Whitesnake’s enduring legacy in the rock world. David Coverdale and the band have outdone themselves, and for that, we are grateful.
To David, if you’re reading this, thank you for the music and for the memories. From the early days in 1974 to now, your music has been a constant companion. This album sits proudly in my Whitesnake collection, and I’m sure it will in yours too.
Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine