Episode #272 – David Coverdale – Into The Light (Part 2)

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Album Tracks:

  1. Cry For Love (Coverdale, Slick)
  2. Living on Love (Bossi, Coverdale, Slick)
  3. Midnight Blue (Bossi, Coverdale)
  4. Too Many Tears (Coverdale, Vanenberg)
    • Guitar [Synth] – Doug Bossi
    • Written-By – Vandenberg*
    • guitar:
    • Doug Bossi and Earl Slick
    • keyboard:
    • John X. Volaitis
    • After hearing the original version on “Restless Heart” the singer Chris Isaak suggested doing this in the style of Roy Orbison. Coverdale said he was a huge fan of Roy Orbison and decided to re-record it in this style with a new arrangement.  Vandenberg was not a fan of this idea saying that there was already a great version of the song.  Coverdale replied: “It’s totally great, but I just wanted to see what it’s like with some different colors.”
  5. Don’t Lie to Me (Coverdale, Slick)
  6. Wherever You May Go

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Bustin’ Out The Spreadsheet

Reception and Charts:

  • released by EMI on 25 September 2000 in the UK and by Dragonshed on 21 November in the US.
  • Peaked at #5 in the UK rock and metal charts.
  • In an interview with Classic Rock magazine in 2000, Coverdale stated: “The whole premise of my new record, Into The Light, is about coming out of what I felt was a dark period. […] I didn’t really know who I was, using the illusion of David Coverdale I’ve created, or that other people have. I got tired of trying to live up to that, which is not necessarily who I am.”[3] Despite Restless Heart being released under the Whitesnake name, Coverdale considers it and Into the Light “brother and sister albums”.[4]
  • There were several songs written for these sessions that were later released on the 2020 compilation “Love Songs.” These included the tracks, Yours for the Asking, With All of My Heart, and Let’s Talk It Over.  The first track was written about his wife, while the last was written after a four-day “misunderstanding” between the two.  Coverdale hoped to record Let’s Talk It Over with Tina Turner.
  • The song Flesh & Blood was also written for this album but did not see release until the album by the same name was released in 2019.
  • A supporting tour for the album never happened.  Coveredale said the cost of touring as an individual solo artist was too high.
  • Coverdale started working on a follow up solo album but stopped in 2002 and re-formed Whitesnake.


  • https://www.allmusic.com/album/into-the-light-mw0000106539
    • 3/5
    • Into the Light Review by Alex Henderson
    • In 2000, David Coverdale was officially a full-time solo artist, but it wasn’t like the former Whitesnake and Deep Purple vocalist had never recorded an album by himself — his first solo project, Northwinds, came out in the late ’70s. Although not groundbreaking, 2000’s Into the Light is a decent solo effort that should please those who admire his ’70s and ’80s output. In fact, this isn’t a radical departure from the British singer’s work with Whitesnake and Deep Purple. Instead of attempting to be relevant to the alternate rock scene of 2000, Coverdale sticks with the type of commercial hard rock, arena rock, and power ballads that he is best known for. And even though the songs (all of which he wrote or co-wrote) aren’t quite in a class with his best Purple and Whitesnake offerings, they are enjoyable; Coverdale’s die-hard fans will find that he is as confident and assured on bluesy rockers like “Cry for Love” and “River Song” as he is on the power ballad “Don’t You Cry.” Into the Light often sounds like it could have been recorded in the 1970s or 1980s instead of 2000, which is just as well — Coverdale aficionados won’t find innovation on this CD, but they will find that the singer is still quite capable of holding their attention.
  • Llewellyn, Siân (18 September 2000). “David Coverdale – Into the Light (EMI/Chrysalis – advance CD)”. Classic Rock. London, England: Future. p. 63.
    • 4/5
  • Sheils, Liam (4 November 2000). “David Coverdale – Into the Light (EMI 5281242)”. Kerrang!. No. 826
    • KKK
  • Mineur, Matthias (2000). “David Coverdale – Into the Light (EMI)”. Metal Hammer. Vol. 17, no. 10. Munich, Germany: AS Young Mediahouse GmbH. p. 86.
    • 6/7
  • Kereiff, John (15 September 2001). “Into the Light – David Coverdale (Dragonshead)”. Red Deer Advocate. Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. p. 22. Retrieved 26 November 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
    • https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/558845425/
    • 5+ stars
    •  INTO THE LIGHT David Coverdale (dragonshead) Mister Whitesnake is back, kicking butt and taking names.
    • Had a bugger of a time getting this; special-ordered this U.S. import and waited forever a small price to bask in its greatness. Coverdale sings instead of the hysterical screaming he’s known for, the songs are more believable than the hair band tripe he peddled for much of the ’80s. “Into The Light” is a refinement of what he does so well. He’s always been a great voice but now treats his gifts and craft with respect.
    • “Light” sticks close to the blues-based rock that is his forte and the quiet stuff feels on the mark, not mawkish radio swill. He throttles back and still delivers but if it’s top speed highway screamers you need, David doesn’t disappoint. Kudos too to an excellent backing band that features Denny Carmassi (ex-Heart, on drums, bassist Marco Mendoza (currently with Ted Nugent) and guitarist Earl Slick. This is an excellent album, one of the year’s best your only chance to likely catch an earful is to place your order and wait patiently, for several months if need be, as I did. KEY CUTS: Cry For Love, River Song, Don’t Lie To Me.
  • David Coverdale – Into the Light”. Rock Hard (in German). Vol. 161. 20 September 2000. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
    • 8/10
  • Kane, Peter (2000). “David Coverdale – Into the Light (EMI: Chrysalis 5281242)”. Q. London, England: EMAP.
    • 2/5 stars
  •  Mattila, Antti (9 July 2009). “David Coverdale: Into the Light”. Soundi (in Finnish). Pop Media Oy. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
    • 3/5 stars
  • Q Magazine – November of 2000 by Peter Kane
    • First post-Whitesnake solo venture from the preening double entendre.
    • 2 stars
  • QMagazine – December 2001
    • 5/10 review?

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