Original Whitesnake bassist says David Coverdale’s solo albums “were a lot more American R&B”
Neil Murray claims David Coverdale’s solo albums were like R&B.
The original White snake bass player Neil murray appeared on Rolling stone to mention his tenure with the group, also commenting on the leader of the group David Coverdalethe solo records of.
Neil murray had first joined Whitesnake in 1978. After a four-year term with them, Murray had announced that he was separating from White snake. After a year, the bassist joined the band for a 3 year career. In 1986, the musician left the group again.
David Coverdale was a member of the rock band White snake since 1978, when he founded the group. Before his career with his group, Coverdale was the lead singer of Dark purple from 1973 to 1976. Throughout his solo career, Coverdale released three solo albums.
Recently, the bassist made an appearance to talk about his tenure with White snake. Commenting David Coverdalethe departure of Purple due to his search for a more blues-rock direction, he said his solo albums were like R&B.
“Yes. His solo albums ‘White Snake’ and ‘Northwinds’ were a lot more American R&B – bluesy, funky, laid back, a lot less heavy than Purple,” he says.
“That’s definitely where he came from back then, and Micky Moody was a very versatile and very American guitarist.
“He played slide guitar and a little bit of country, a little bit of folk, all kinds mixed into one. Bernie [Marsden, guitar] was more of an outright bluesy rock guitarist. But the combination was really good between the two.
“At that time David would have said he appreciated Bernie and Micky’s style of play a lot more than, say, Ritchie Blackmore’s.”
Bassist mentions Whitesnake’s debut album
Elsewhere in the interview, the musician was asked what it was like to record the first album with Whitesnake at the time. When asked if it was a positive experience, the bassist detailed his opinion on the album.
“Oh, yeah,” he reveals. “It’s hard to listen to now, in a way, because we brought a lot of that kind of jazz fusion influence.
“There are a lot of songs that are too fast or too complicated compared to what Whitesnake became even a few albums later. It sounds a bit shapeless, but very enthusiastic.
“We can’t stress enough how fun this band was from the late 70s to the early 80s, and how democratic and egalitarian they were.
“We were all just friends together, really. It wasn’t David and a bunch of backing musicians. It was really a creation of the six guys in the group and their individual personalities.
Bassist comments on how Coverdale was criticized on stage
Later the bassist also commented David Coverdale and his words. When the interviewer said, “Specifically, the band and David’s lyrics and the way he was on stage were criticized a lot,” the bassist expressed it. David taken like a red rag to a bull.
“The rock press was very post-punk, ‘Let’s not be demeaning to women,’ he continued.“ David almost took this as a red rag for a bull. because it’s not to be taken seriously. This is how we are. Deal with it. ‘
“It was always his band… He would always have the last word, especially when he wrote all the lyrics. This was how the band was perceived, when, for example, someone like me doesn’t listen to the lyrics very much.
“I don’t favor artists who are very simplistic musically and who just focus on their brilliant lyrics. It’s my failure. But the opposite may apply. If you pay too much attention to the lyrics of Whitesnake and ignore the music, you’re missing the point a bit.