Re: David Coverdale - Yes or No
posted at 10/22/2012 1:34 PM EDT
It should have been a very sad thing when Deep Purple and Gillan/Glover parted, and then later when Blackmore left. However , as they say, the band played on.
Coverdale/ Hughes gave Deep Purple a shot in the arm and added some new blood to the lineup. Tommy Bolin would have been just fine replacing the greatest Heavy Metal guitarest ever, but with his death, we'll never know. Just like we'll never know how much more great guitar we would have heard from Paul Kossoff, perhaps the greatist guitarist that most people never heard ( of)....everybody's heard him, he's the guitar on "All Right Now" ( possibly the greatest rock song ever). But that's another story.
I didn't feel the loss of Deep Purple because from the ashes we got Rainbow and Whitesnake. Perhaps the lineup of Coverdale/ Hughes/ Paice/ Blackmore/ Lord was just too much talent for one band anyway. No slight against Gillan and Glover but they were more supporting cast for the great talents of Blackmore and Lord. Coverdale was great , but he and Hughes were more "central" characters and needed more space for their egos/talents...which is why Hughes clashed with Ritchie in the first place.
When given his own band, Coverdale flew high. His bluesy singing was above many of the screamers in the other Metal bands ( Bon Scott, Rob Halford , but not Klaus Meine or Ronnie James Dio , who were awesome Metal vocalists).
'Mistreated' is one of rock's great songs that never made radio for airplay. Credited to Blackmore and Coverdale, it became a staple of Rainbow's live shows with Dio for years.
Coverdale's 'Fool For Your Loving' which appears on two different LPs, two different versions, has the punch you would like from every hard rock song.....one of my alltime favorites.