David coverdale - into the light

Coverdale was 22 when he was plucked from anonymity in Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the north-east to replace Ian Gillan as Deep Purple’s lead singer in 1973. This soul fan (“When I joined Deep Purple, at one time the loudest group in the world, my most played albums were Music of My Mind by Stevie Wonder, There’s a Riot Goin’ On by Sly and the Family Stone and Donny Hathaway Live”) had never played anywhere bigger than local clubs. Less than a year later, he found himself performing in front of 250,000 people at the California Jam festival . “I think I came out with a nice broad Yorkshire, ‘Oh me mother!’ It was breathtaking. A lot of people don’t know, but I had a cheque for a million dollars in my arse pocket during that show – an advance from Warner Brothers, and the stage was regarded as the safest place for it that day.”

It began life as a planned reunion with fellow Deep Purple ex Ritchie Blackmore , but became a Whitesnake title after the pair failed to reach artistic agreement.

In 2000, David Coverdale was officially a full-time solo artist, but it wasn't like the former Whitesnake and Deep Purple vocalist had never recorded an album by himself -- his first solo project, Northwinds, came out in the late '70s. Although not groundbreaking, 2000's Into the Light is a decent solo effort that should please those who admire his '70s and '80s output. In fact, this isn't a radical departure from the British singer's work with Whitesnake and Deep Purple . Instead of attempting to be relevant to the alternate rock scene of 2000, Coverdale sticks with the type of commercial hard rock, arena rock, and power ballads that he is best known for. And even though the songs (all of which he wrote or co-wrote) aren't quite in a class with his best Purple and Whitesnake offerings, they are enjoyable; Coverdale 's die-hard fans will find that he is as confident and assured on bluesy rockers like "Cry for Love" and "River Song" as he is on the power ballad "Don't You Cry." Into the Light often sounds like it could have been recorded in the 1970s or 1980s instead of 2000, which is just as well -- Coverdale aficionados won't find innovation on this CD, but they will find that the singer is still quite capable of holding their attention.

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