WHITESNAKE – The Purple Tour
The set list is a nicely balanced one in that you get five Deep Purple tunes and eight Whitesnake cuts. Technically speaking, "Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City" is a cover version, but that is besides the point here. The strong and booming production of both the album and its visual counterpart is excellent in that it sounds not only massive, but also warm and organic. What is not to love about that? As to highlights and standout tracks…are you kidding me?! Have you seen the tracklist? Every song incuded here rules like you would not believe. The melancholy "The Gypsy" sounds beautiful and heartfelt while the scorching hot rendition of "Fool for Your Loving" will melt your face off. The moving "Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City" sounds like something from another dimension and the haunting "Soldier of Fortune" is frighteningly good and gives me the chills every time I listen to it. The only thing I do wish is that either "Coming Home" or "You Keep on Moving" from the underrated Deep Purple masterpiece "Come Taste the Band" had been included so that all the Coverdale-fronted albums by the aforementioned band had been represented in the main set on the CD. Luckily, there is an audio version of "You Keep on Moving" to be found in the bonus features section on the DVD, but it would have been cool if it had formed a part of the actual concert footage. Speaking of the DVD, it is beautifully shot and captures the intensity of a Whitesnake performance perfectly; crisp, clear, action-packed, and hugely entertaining. You can tell that these guys are having a great time on stage together.
Whitesnake have released some of the best live albums ever and "The Purple Tour" is certainly no different. It is way up there with the very best of them and is testament to how mesmerizing and thunderous the Whitesnake experience is in a live setting. The beautiful packaging of the whole thing and the excellent liner notes only emphasize and underline the fact that you ought to invest in "The Purple Tour" if you are on the lookout for classic hard rock that is damn-near flawless. This live album is a triumphant, inspired, and inspiring affair. David, Reb, Tommy, Joel, Michael, and Michele, if any of you are reading this, know that we love you and desperately want you to come back to Norway!