Anyone who was at the recent Whitesnake show in Nottingham will testify that David Coverdale is still standing the test of time. But this is where it all began – the album where he stepped into the shoes of Ian Gillan and put himself on the road to becoming a rock god.
This was Purple Mark III – Coverdale and Glenn Hughes were the new boys, joining Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
The sound was rock with a bit of prog but an added funk influence. Might Just Take Your Life and Mistreated would quickly become fan favourites.
This expanded edition offers a tarted up album and some 2004 remixes. In fairness it’s hard to spot any difference. More interesting is the accompanying booklet where band members describe the origins of songs. For example, we discover that closing instrumental “A” 200 was the name of an ointment used to clear up crabs – nice!