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Coverdale/PageEntertainment Weekly April 2, 1993

FEW REASONS to consider buying the first collaboration by ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and ex-Whitesnake singer David Coverdale:

(1) You've worn out the CD grooves on your Zeppelin boxed set, so you'll settle for Page and Robert Plant manque Coverdale's attempt to re-create the monolithic Led Zep sound. As they used to say on TV--not the real thing, but an incredible simulation!

(2) As Zep simulations go, it is pretty incredible, if pointless. Page and Coverdale have written a batch of new songs that try very, very hard to echo Zep anthems like "Whole Lotta Love" and "Kashmir," and Coverdale tosses off Plantlike groans and moans even more than he did in Whitesnake, that other Zep tribute band.

(3) You relish the idea of hearing grizzled rock stud Coverdale pursing his lips around lyrics like "'Scuse me if my tongue gets tired/An' I will make some sweet love to you." You'll also love it if you like hearing women referred to as "babe," "child," and "mama."

(4) You want to show support for poor Jimmy Page, who's reduced to grave-robbing his own past to earn a living.

(5) You hate Robert Plant so much for not partaking in a full-time Zep reunion that you'll do anything to spite him--even buy this album.

(6) For the oh-so-enigmatic cover art, which kind of, almost, sort of brings to mind the covers of Zep albums like Presence. But only kind of.

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joolia88   
(4) You want to show support for poor Jimmy Page, who's reduced to grave-robbing his own past to earn a living.

(5) You hate Robert Plant so much for not partaking in a full-time Zep reunion that you'll do anything to spite him--even buy this album.

:hysterical: I haven't listened to the whole album properly, but I've heard 'Whisper a prayer for the dying' and really like it!

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Coverdale/PageEntertainment Weekly April 2, 1993

FEW REASONS to consider buying the first collaboration by ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and ex-Whitesnake singer David Coverdale:

(1) You've worn out the CD grooves on your Zeppelin boxed set, so you'll settle for Page and Robert Plant manque Coverdale's attempt to re-create the monolithic Led Zep sound. As they used to say on TV--not the real thing, but an incredible simulation!

Yes and no. Some of the songs on that album are very Zeppelin, and some others have a strong Whitesnake feel to them. And there are other songs that have their own unique sound, devoid of either Zeppelin or Whitesnake.

Coverdale/PageEntertainment Weekly April 2, 1993

(2) As Zep simulations go, it is pretty incredible, if pointless. Page and Coverdale have written a batch of new songs that try very, very hard to echo Zep anthems like "Whole Lotta Love" and "Kashmir," and Coverdale tosses off Plantlike groans and moans even more than he did in Whitesnake, that other Zep tribute band.

I don't believe that they deliberately tried to simulate a Led Zeppelin sound. It's only natural that both Page and Coverdale would have their respective musical influences of their former bands spilling over into their new venture. And Coverdale was groaning and ooohing and ahhhing well before this album.

Coverdale/PageEntertainment Weekly April 2, 1993

(3) You relish the idea of hearing grizzled rock stud Coverdale pursing his lips around lyrics like "'Scuse me if my tongue gets tired/An' I will make some sweet love to you." You'll also love it if you like hearing women referred to as "babe," "child," and "mama."

Well, as I said, he was doing that in Whitesnake, which in fact he was notorious for.

Coverdale/PageEntertainment Weekly April 2, 1993

(4) You want to show support for poor Jimmy Page, who's reduced to grave-robbing his own past to earn a living.

????????? I wouldn't go so far as to say that. But obviously he never attained great success after Zeppelin. Mind you, his achievements in Zeppelin are many times more than most other guitarists/songwriters. His one great success in Zeppelin is worth 10 successes in mere mortal bands.

Coverdale/PageEntertainment Weekly April 2, 1993

(5) You hate Robert Plant so much for not partaking in a full-time Zep reunion that you'll do anything to spite him--even buy this album.

That is true. Apparently, Robert Plant hated David Coverdale, and so it was a real slap in the face to Plant when Page did this album with Coverdale. I will put another thread asking why Plant hated Coverdale.

Coverdale/PageEntertainment Weekly April 2, 1993

(6) For the oh-so-enigmatic cover art, which kind of, almost, sort of brings to mind the covers of Zep albums like Presence. But only kind of.

I totally agree with you on that. The albums front and back covers, and all those photographic inserts were very Zeppelin like, with a touch of the mystical and mysterious. Inlcuding a cool looking metaphysical type of symbol. Zeppelin did album covers so well.

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Ian Sane   

It really is a shame this album gets criticised as much as it does.

Yes, the album has a somewhat Zeppelinesque sound, but so what??? They weren't trying to do anything overly original, they just released a decent set of songs.

People wanted Page to record something like this for years, of course most would have preferred Robert Plant to be the vocalist, but the album is still solid.

It's still an album I give a listen to every so often.

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Dr Death   

Having not listened to this album in quite some time, I found myself in a particularly nostalgic mood tonight and decided to revisit this offering from Coverdale and Page. Led Snake? Yes... and no. I find it odd that critics would attack Page for being... Jimmy Page. What's he supposed to do? Play, or write, like someone else?

I loved this album when it came out and now, some 16 years after its release, I feel it holds up quite well. Pride & Joy just sucks you in with its acoustic guitars and dulcimers and the radio-friendly way that David sings it. Shake My Tree comes off sounding like something Robert Johnson would have written had he been privy to a Les Paul and a Marshall stack.

Over Now is full of massive guitars... some are distorted and angry, others are light and airy, yet it all comes together. Easy Does It is another in the Jimmy Page Guitar Army catalog that just reverberates through your speakers while David sings of ever lasting and true love.

Absolution Blues is still a fun, kicking song and shows that nobody can write riffs the way Jimmy Page does. Take Me For A Little While is another epic in the Zeppelin mold and Page's playing, and writing, are on full display in all their glory here.

A fantastic album and such a shame that they played just seven shows in Japan to support this effort.

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NickZepp   

Of course it sounds somewhat like Zeppelin Jimmy Page is involved. That's like saying Robert Plant kinda sounds like the guy from those Zeppelin albums, there's a good reason for that. I think there's good and bad in Coverdale Page, I'm not a real big fan of Coverdale he sounds kinda too over the top on things like it's too forced. But at the same time there's some good stuff on it like Shake My Tree which was used in some Page and Plant shows. Pride and Joy is decent. There's also a lot of forgettable stuff.

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I love the C/P album, of course Jimmy plays like Jimmy-he is Jimmy. And I love David's vocals.

Pride and Joy is by far my favourite song on the album, I d listen to it very frequently. Love the album! :D

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Joao   

Having not listened to this album in quite some time, I found myself in a particularly nostalgic mood tonight and decided to revisit this offering from Coverdale and Page. Led Snake? Yes... and no. I find it odd that critics would attack Page for being... Jimmy Page. What's he supposed to do? Play, or write, like someone else?

I loved this album when it came out and now, some 16 years after its release, I feel it holds up quite well. Pride & Joy just sucks you in with its acoustic guitars and dulcimers and the radio-friendly way that David sings it. Shake My Tree comes off sounding like something Robert Johnson would have written had he been privy to a Les Paul and a Marshall stack.

Over Now is full of massive guitars... some are distorted and angry, others are light and airy, yet it all comes together. Easy Does It is another in the Jimmy Page Guitar Army catalog that just reverberates through your speakers while David sings of ever lasting and true love.

Absolution Blues is still a fun, kicking song and shows that nobody can write riffs the way Jimmy Page does. Take Me For A Little While is another epic in the Zeppelin mold and Page's playing, and writing, are on full display in all their glory here.

A fantastic album and such a shame that they played just seven shows in Japan to support this effort.

It's funny because I've been listening to some songs from this album too in the past 2 days. I haven't listened to whole post-zeppelin catalog of Page, Plant or Jones but I think that Jimmy is just great on this one. It's not a great record but it's a must for any serious LZ fan on the strength of Jimmy's guitar work alone.

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glicine   

One interesting thing is Jimmy doesn't really remember the songs on that record anymore, at least according to his BFF. :mellow:

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It's funny because I've been listening to some songs from this album too in the past 2 days. I haven't listened to whole post-zeppelin catalog of Page, Plant or Jones but I think that Jimmy is just great on this one. It's not a great record but it's a must for any serious LZ fan on the strength of Jimmy's guitar work alone.

Could not agree more about Jimmy's work alone. In this he is as usual brilliant!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDNw_O2rH3M

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Matjaz1   

I never heard this album(maybe a song or two), but I just think it's not a good idea for Jimmy to bring a Robert Plant imitator, who tries to imitate the singing and the vocalizing and the lyrics and then even Zep's album covers are imitated.

It would be much better, if he would go for some completely new singer, that would not remind of Plant in any way.

All I heard from Page was Outrider(I didn't like most of the vocals there), Page/Plant albums(shure I liked the vocals) and Page/Crowes(I liked the vocals here). On most of his albums that I heard, I really liked the guitars, but sometimes, I just didn't like vocals!!

I would certainly say, Page did some great stuff in his solo carrer, but he didn't have the best solo carrer of Zep members. Plant did!!

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ally   

It's a good cd, even excellent in spots. It doesn't deserve the thrashing it gets by the press.

Agreed ! Some brilliant work in spots. FWIW I've found myself listening to that album much more of late and although I'm not a Coverdale fan Jimmy does kick out some heavy stuff that makes up for most of Coverdales failings.

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This new Whitesnake.com interview with David Coverdale mentions a possible special edition release of the Coverdale/Page album is being considered:

Q... Will Whitesnake tour during 2010?

DC... It is unlikely that Whitesnake will tour in 2010, as we have committed to writing & recording a new studio album & delighted to report we are working with an enthusiastic, highly respected record company, whom at this time I am reluctant to name, until they wish to make their own announcement...

The album will feature all new, fresh material...

We are off to a very good start, with the new songs taking very positive shape...At this time it feels like a solid, natural follow up to 'Good To Be Bad'... but, taking it to the next level...

Soulful, bluesy, melodic power rock with a couple of underwear moistening, tear jerkers thrown in for good measure...

I'm personally feel we are off to a very strong & positive start...

At this time the plan is to resume touring in Spring 2011, to coincide with the release of the new studio album...

The tour will be a World Tour... yes... that includes YOUR country, Boys & Girls...

We also are planning to mix several other Whitesnake related projects this year that have been consistently requested by our supporters... So, fingers crossed, it will be a very, very busy, creative & productive time thro' 2010...

Q... You were forced to cancel some shows at the end of the last tour, due to a problem with your Throat. Is everything OK, now?

DC... My health & my voice have never been better, thank you... I am pleased with how I'm sounding on the demos of the new songs... Very secure... good tone... very powerful... no worries, Baby... none whatsoever...

I am so disappointed that I had to cancel the show & the US tour, but, these things happen... Fortunately, it doesn't happen a lot to me...& the problem I had is not something that is ongoing... It was a one time problem...some kind of blister on one of my vocal cords... & it hurt...

The cure was simple... rest... I would have been able to tour again, had their been an opportunity, 6 weeks later...

The human voice is a very fragile instrument, no matter how well you take care of it...& I assure you, I invest in every vocal protocol you can possibly imagine, ask any of my throat specialists... It was just one of those things...

Q... Do Whitesnake plan to play any Acoustic/Unplugged shows?

DC... I certainly hope so... The only question would be 'when', to which I have no immediate response at this time... We've been 'testing the waters' on recent tours, playing a little acoustic break in the middle of our usual balls to the wall rock show, & we've been very pleased with the result...

I feel it brings another level of intimacy to our relationship with the audience... There were times you could hear a pin drop with 10,000 people out there...Pretty magical moments...

So, yes... I believe there will be purely acoustic shows, in more intimate environments, but, when is another matter entirely...

I do believe it will be a part of the future, without a doubt...

Q... Which musicians have you most enjoyed working with / Would you consider working with any of them again?

DC... I rarely look back, to be honest... For some reason I even have trouble reversing in my car... so going 'back' is obviously not something I like to do...

I seem to be a more of a 'present & forward looking 'chap... tho', I must say I have been blessed & honoured to have worked with so many amazing people & musicians...

As I have said before, they all, each & every one, brought something to the Whitesnake party...

As far as going back, I'm not so sure, as I feel we should probably have fulfilled all we had to do together at the time... or we should have...

I can only think of one exception right now... drummer Tommy Aldridge...

When I was putting a new chapter of the band together at the end of 2002, I was actually looking for a 'TA' style of drummer, when Marco Mendoza, my bass player at the time, told me that Tommy was up for the gig... So, I called him & we agreed to give it a shot...

I was happy to reconnect & work together with him, as he had worked a lot with Marco in other bands, so, they had a immediate good fit as a tight & powerful rhythm section...It was a solid start for a new band...

Also, my dear Friend Adrian Vandenberg was a consideration, but, could not be part of the new line up, as he was still suffering from a compromising injury, but, thankfully, we maintain a very solid friendship...

I am thrilled to be working with the current line up of the band...Very cool people & inspiring musicians to work with... so, there really is no need for me to look back...

It's an honour that people hold certain members, former or current, so close to their hearts...it shows we did something good together that was precious & special... but, I have to be trusted to play, or write with whom I want, & not be dictated to by business or outside emotions...

I have always done my best not to let the concept of Whitesnake, or the people who support the band, down...

I have nothing but positive feelings for people like Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore for the inspiration & motivation I received from working together with musicians of their incredible talent... but, as I have said repeatedly, please, please know that all the players, including the guys I worked with in local bands from the very beginning, helped, assisted & encouraged me as a singer & performer... I hold them all in a special place in my heart... God Bless 'em...

Q... Any plans for another Coverdale/Page release?

DC... No...not at this time... EMI have recently been making overtures to me about putting a 'special edition' together after they heard there were several unreleased tracks... but, time & resource is the problem...

We've been archiving lots of tapes, cassettes & videos at home recently & we have discovered a ton of the demos Jimmy & I made which could be very interesting for some people to hear...

We also filmed a lot of our writing & recording sessions... so, I feel we could put a terrific 'special' together that would be a treat to have... but, in reality, JP & I have never discussed re-issuing, or making another CP album...There is always the possibility of something happening... I just can't see it in the forseeable future as I am busy with 'all things Whitesnake'...

Personally, I am thrilled I had the opportunity to work with one of my musical heroes... & to maintain a healthy, loving friendship with him...

At times, I feel some people don't understand that Whitesnake is my passion...I don't really look beyond what is possible outside... It's a very broad canvas for me to paint on... no boundaries... no restrictions... Oh... & I'm my own boss... Not too shabby...

Q... Have you ever considered writing an Autobiography?

DC... Yes... I've been asked a thousand times... I'm going to call it 'How White Was My Snake'... but, I haven't finished doing everthing I want to do just yet... so, I'll wait until I'm done & I have time... then... LOOK OUT!

Q... Do you have a "Twitter" page?

DC... No... I don't... & will I?... No... I won't...

Q... What's your favourite song..... Will you play it on the next tour?

DC... The new ones we're writing for the new Whitesnake studio album... & yes... I certainly hope we will!

There are some songs that have connected extraordinarily powerfully with the audience over the years... songs like 'Here I Go Again', which is greeted with such emotion, wherever we play it in the world, that it goes beyond anything one could ever imagine when writing, or recording it...

Thankfully, we have quite a few of those songs...

Q... Do you still wear the bracelet with the turquoise stone? If not, what happened to it?

DC... I don't wear them anymore, but, I still have them in a safe place...The original one, the one most people recognize, I bought on my first DP US tour, in El Paso...It's well over 300 years old...'Tis a beauty, for sure...The other one, with many turquoise beads, I'm not sure...I had several pieces in those early years that went missing...

I used to be very superstitious & felt the need to wear them, but, I'm much better now...I treasure them as mementos from my past...

They have the sweat of a thousand shows on them...

Q... What happened to the white Jaguar from the Here I Go Again video?

DC... I still have it... it's in storage... somewhere around here... Any offers?

Q... Are you married? Do you have any children?

DC... Yes... I am exceptionally happily married to Cindy for 20 years now...We have a beautiful son, Jasper, currently 13...

I also have a gorgeous daughter, Jessica, from my first marriage, who has blessed me with two astonishing pretty granddaughters, Georgina & Tilda Lily... 5 & 4 at this time...

Life could not be better than when I have all of these amazing, lovely people under my roof together with me... There is nothing like it... nothing...

I am so grateful for the incredible blessing of my family...

Q... As part of the U.S. Tour of 2005, you offered a "Meet & Greet" Package. Would you consider doing so, again?

DC... Not really... it was nice to meet people, but, I'm pretty tired after a show... I'm just ready for a refreshing beverage & to rest my voice...

Q... Where did the name Poor Albert come from?

DC... I have no idea... Some say he's from distant, foreign climes, where he was persecuted for crimes against music... so, he was smuggled out, along with his accordion, & ended up living in a cave in the Sierra Nevada mountains, from what I've been told... I believe he lives on berries & water from alpine streams... hangs out with bears & ferrets... Apparently, he has never had a haircut... & he has a rather large, global cult following... That's all I know...

Actually, we're good friends & neighbours... Our children went to the same school when they were very young... That's where we first met, waiting to pick up our kids... we got to talking & that was it... the beginning of a very fine & much appreciated relationship...

Q... How do you do you decide on the set list for a tour?

DC... Whatever we fancy playing, to be honest... Obviously, we have the 'big hits' we are expected to play, but, we mess around with them to keep it fresh for us to play... We keep it fresh... believe me, it's very umportant...

It was Doug Aldrich who pressured me to play 'Burn'... otherwise, it's unlikely I would have ever thought of it... Once the band started playing it at rehearsal... it was impossible for me to resist... They play it great...

But, I must say that having new songs from 'Good To Be Bad' to play on the recent 08-09 tours was been an utter delight for me after so many years of having no new material to sing, as much as I enjoy the majority of my musical history...

Q... Who is your favourite female vocalist .... & would you consider recording a duet with her?

DC... Too many to mention... It would be far easier if someone asked me if I liked so & so... Aretha... Corinne Rae... Mary J... Tina... even on the quiet, folkier acoustic side, I adore Kate Rusby, an absolute Yorkshire treasure... No... sorry... too many to mention... me typewriter will run out of ink!

Q... Have you ever thought of sanctioning the inclusion of a Whitesnake song on Guitar Hero /Rock Band etc?

DC... Yes... I recently approved a couple of songs, 'Here I Go Again' & 'Still Of The Night' for inclusion in both games... I can't remember which one, tho'... you shall have to wait & see... Sorry it took so long...

Q... Can we expect to see any further releases on DVD?

DC... Absolutely... we have so much good quality material in the can, it would be criminal not to release it...

Some of our proposed projects for 2010 include future DVD release... Shhh... don't ask... you know I won't tell... but, I feel most of you will be delighted...

Q... In which part of the world do you live?

DC... I've lived at Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, since 1987... It's an exceptionally beautiful part of our World... It's like receiving postcards from God on a daily basis when I look out my window...

Q... How did you meet your wife, Cindy?

DC... Ahhh... The luckiest day of my life... & the worst haircut of my life... even when my Dad used to cut it!... Well... maybe not...

The first time we set eyes on each other was in a hairdressers 'salon' in Reno, on Rock Boulevard called 'Lookin' Good'...( yeah...I know...)

When I first moved to Tahoe, I used to fly my super 'hairdresser to the stars' up from LA, but, it got stupidly expensive, as you can imagine, so, after hearing me complain, a friend's wife, who said she was a hairdresser offered to cut if for me... so, I thought, 'what the hell?'... Oh... dear... not one of my better decisions... but, sitting behind me, was this beautiful young woman... I can see her now... clear as a Tahoe day... She was getting hi-lites with the owner of the salon, who I believe could actually cut hair... so, after Cindy had left, I asked about her... found out where she worked, & started sending the flowers & the chocolates...

The moment we held hands the first time... it was electric... & it still is... Every day is Valentine's Day...

Q... Who's Dave?

DC... I haven't the slightest idea... but, you should know that it will not serve any one well who calls me 'Dave'... I've known grown Roadies tear their own heads off rather than call me 'Dave'...

Q... Does a Deep Purple reunion interest you?

DC... Not really... as I have said when asked this question before, I sincerely honour & appreciate the experience & opportunity I had with DP, & the incredible courage Ritchie, Jon, Ian & Glenn had to give me the chance to prove myself, when I was completely unknown & unrecorded is still astonishing to me to this day... but, that was a long, long time ago, Boys & Girls, & really, much more important... I really like what I'm doing... & who I do it with...( ahem )

Q... How do you take care of your voice?

DC... The Lake Tahoe environment is very, very dry, so I drink LOTS of room temp bottled water... I am rarely without a bottle... Usually Volvic... Steam is a vital part of vocal protocol... I have steam rooms in my home that I use regularly... it's also very good for my skin, but, never use a steam room if it's really hot...that ain't so good on your throat... actually, any extreme temperature should make you tread carefully... & also I travel with portable steam units... It's the best you can do for your cords...

If I drink alcohol it's in moderation, as I'm such a lightweight these days, but, also because it is very dehydrating...& I follow any 'drinking session' with water... Red wine can create acid reflux for me, so, I avoid it in favour of a dry white wine... not too chilled... It is most unlikely you will see me in the hotel bar after a show... too much temptation...

I do vocal exercise before any kind of strenuous singing, be it recording in the studio, or performing in concert... I rarely drink coffee when I'm on tour as it is considered an abrasive... I also avoid most dairy products when on tour as they mess with my sinus...

So... along with way too many more too mention, yes... I DO take care of my voice as much as possible... before thrashing it mercilessly on stage, night after night...

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aen27   

Thank you Steve. I can't wait if they do. That would be wonderful, as I love the album to begin with.

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glicine   

This new Whitesnake.com interview with David Coverdale mentions a possible special edition release of the Coverdale/Page album is being considered:

Q... Will Whitesnake tour during 2010?

But what he said, at least to me, suggests a whole different thing. "but, in reality, JP & I have never discussed re-issuing, or making another CP album..."? And he can't see it in the forseeable future.

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The Coverdale/Page rerelease is being suggested by EMI (the record company), not Jimmy or David. If EMI are looking at putting it out for the 20th anniversary then they all have three years to work with (gathering tapes, etc)..

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kaiser   

I prefer the live performances the Coverdale/Page did in Japan than to the actual studio album. I just don't care for the production on the album but that's the case with most of the post Zep albums from Jimmy & Robert in general.

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I prefer the live performances the Coverdale/Page did in Japan than to the actual studio album. I just don't care for the production on the album but that's the case with most of the post Zep albums from Jimmy & Robert in general.

I remember purchasing the Coverdale/Page cd in California when it was released in March 1993. I'd been following the project from inception in 1991, and had really aniticipated the end result. Upon first listening, I absolutely hated it. Much of the material was strong, but the mix sounded so muddy.

I do hope EMI remaster and rerelease this with bonus material for it deserves to be spruced up. While they are at it then can repackage it with new album graphics instead of that lame roadsign which must have taken someone at Geffen records about two seconds to conceptualize.

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"Vancouver I’ve experienced more than anywhere else in Canada and I was there with Pagey (Oct-Dec 1991) making the Coverdale/ Page record and we were experiencing great heavy emotional depressions and we found out it was the high pressure from the mountains and, of course, we were at sea level and in the winter time it’s a really difficult place for people to live.”

David Coverdale interviewed by Mitch Lafon (March 2006)

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kaiser   

I remember purchasing the Coverdale/Page cd in California when it was released in March 1993. I'd been following the project from inception in 1991, and had really aniticipated the end result. Upon first listening, I absolutely hated it. Much of the material was strong, but the mix sounded so muddy.

I do hope EMI remaster and rerelease this with bonus material for it deserves to be spruced up. While they are at it then can repackage it with new album graphics instead of that lame roadsign which must have taken someone at Geffen records about two seconds to conceptualize.

The material is strong. I was listening the other day to a live version of "Take Me For A Little While" that blows away the album version. Hopefully the album will be re-released one day with a live disc & with "Saccharin" getting an official release along with a few others. One day hopefully.

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Q... Any plans for another Coverdale/Page release?

DC... No...not at this time... EMI have recently been making overtures to me about putting a 'special edition' together after they heard there were several unreleased tracks... but, time & resource is the problem...

We've been archiving lots of tapes, cassettes & videos at home recently & we have discovered a ton of the demos Jimmy & I made which could be very interesting for some people to hear...

We also filmed a lot of our writing & recording sessions... so, I feel we could put a terrific 'special' together that would be a treat to have... but, in reality, JP & I have never discussed re-issuing, or making another CP album...There is always the possibility of something happening... I just can't see it in the forseeable future as I am busy with 'all things

EMI may need $165 milion to survive and have put Abbey Road Studios up for sale. It would mean giving up one of its most high-profile assets -- not just a recording studio, but a tourist attraction and shrine for Beatles fans.

"It's like throwing sandbags off the crippled balloon," said Adrian Drury, an analyst at Ovum Securities. "It is not going to help its cash situation that much. But EMI management are trying to desperately raise cash wherever they can, so the normal rules don't apply."

EMI, whose artists include Coldplay, Lily Allen and Robbie Williams, has struggled financially since it was bought in 2007 for £2.4 billion pounds by private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners.

EMI has fared worse than the other major labels -- Universal, Sony BMG and Warner Music Group -- amid the decline of CD sales and the rise of digital music downloading.

Several big-name acts, including Radiohead and the Rolling Stones, quit the label amid the cutbacks and restructuring that followed Terra Firma's takeover.

An audited report released earlier this month revealed that Terra Firma needs a huge cash infusion by June to avoid defaulting on its loans from Citigroup Inc. and may require more than $165 million to last through this year.

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