Into the Light (David Coverdale album)

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Into the Light
Into the Light.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 September 2000 (UK)
Genre
Length58:21
LabelEMI
ProducerDavid Coverdale, Doug Bossi, John X. Volaitis, Michael McIntyre
David Coverdale chronology
Restless Heart
(1997)
Into the Light
(2000)
The Early Years
(2003)
Singles from Into the Light
  1. "Love Is Blind"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Slave"
    Released: 2000

Into the Light is the third solo album by David Coverdale. It was released in September 2000.

Background[edit]

In between 1978 and 1997, Coverdale and his band Whitesnake produced nine studio albums. After a three-year break, he returned with what was officially his first solo album since 1978's Northwinds. His 1997 album Restless Heart was recorded as a solo project, but for contractual reasons his label forced him to release it under the Whitesnake moniker. The new album "Into the Light" released in 2000 reached #75 on the UK album chart. 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."[1]

"Too Many Tears" was a new arrangement of the same song originally appearing on Coverdale's previous studio album, Whitesnake's Restless Heart. "Love Is Blind" was released as a single with an accompanying music video, but did not chart. "Slave" reached No. 33 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[2]

Three additional songs were recorded for this album that did not make the final CD. Coverdale released these tracks on his official Whitesnake.com website.[3] A number of other titles, written by Coverdale, have yet to be released. Some unreleased songs from this period have found their way onto subsequent releases such as: "Wherever You May Go (Acoustic Demo)" and "All The Time In The World" on the 2018 box set, Unzipped, as well as an early demo version of "River Song". "Flesh And Blood" and "Heart Of Stone" appeared on Whitesnake's 2019 studio album, Flesh & Blood. The newly released Love Songs collection in 2020 also feature songs from this period, including the first publicly available versions of "Let's Talk It Over" and "Yours For The Asking".

So far, songs that have been heard and known to exist that did not make the final cut of the album are: “With All Of My Heart”, “As Long As I Have You”, “Oh No, Not The Blues Again!”, “Heart Of Stone”, “Flesh And Blood”, “Let’s Talk It Over”, “Yours For The Asking” and “All The Time In The World”.

Coverdale has stated in numerous interviews that Into The Light is likely to receive a deluxe box set rerelease along with other recent Whitesnake albums. While no track list has been released, this may include more unreleased tracks and perhaps the original album versions of tracks that appeared later, such as “Heart Of Stone” and “Flesh And Blood”, may be heard for the first time.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[4]
Classic Rock[5]
Kerrang![6]
Metal Hammer[7]
Rock Hard8/10[8]
Q[9]
Soundi[10]

Into the Light received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Siân Llewellyn of Classic Rock awarded the album four stars out five. She gave praise to Coverdale's vocal performance, noting how "the songs he's chosen showcase his vocals subtly rather than bludgeoning you over the head with them". Llewellyn also singled out "Love is Blind" as "one of the best things [Coverdale's] ever come up with".[5] Liam Sheils, writing for Kerrang!, described Into the Light as an improvement over Whitesnake's previous album Restless Heart. While disappointed by the abundance of ballads, Sheils was pleased with Coverdale's return to his bluesier roots.[6] This was echoed by the staff of Rock Hard, who described the album as a more relaxed effort than Restless Heart, while still acting as a successful cross section of previous Whitesnake material.[8] Metal Hammer's Matthias Mineur singled out "Slave" as one of Coverdale's best songs in years. Overall, he described Into the Light as "great" and "powerful".[7]

AllMusic's Alex Henderson gave cudos to Coverdale for not trying to chase then-current musical trends and instead sticking "with the type of commercial hard rock, arena rock, and power ballads that he is best known for". Ultimately, Henderson described Into the Light as "a decent solo effort that should please those who admire [Coverdale's] '70s and '80s output".[4] Soundi's Antti Mattila commented positively on Coverdale's vocal performance and the album's blusier style. However, he felt that the songwriting was not quite up to par with Coverdale's earlier work with Whitesnake. Mattila was also unimpressed by the lyrics, which he described as clichéd, a sentiment echoed by Q magazine's Peter Kane.[10][9]

Neil Jeffries, writting for Classic Rock, ranked Into the Light eighth in Coverdale's overall studio discography. He gave praise to Coverdale's vocals and described the record as a "lost gem", singling out "River Song" as a particular highlight.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."...Into the Light" (instrumental)David Coverdale1:16
2."River Song"Coverdale7:19
3."She Give Me..."Coverdale4:12
4."Don't You Cry"Coverdale5:47
5."Love Is Blind"Coverdale, Earl Slick5:44
6."Slave"Coverdale, Slick4:51
7."Cry for Love"Coverdale, Doug Bossi, Slick4:52
8."Living on Love"Coverdale, Bossi, Slick6:31
9."Midnight Blue"Coverdale, Slick4:58
10."Too Many Tears"Coverdale, Adrian Vandenberg5:59
11."Don't Lie to Me"Coverdale, Slick4:43
12."Wherever You May Go"Coverdale3:59
Digital bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."As Long as I Have You"3:07
14."Oh No! Not the Blues Again"3:40
15."All the Time in the World"6:35

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[12][13]

Musicians
  • David Coverdale – lead vocals; guitar (1 and 7), string arrangements (5), shaker (1, 2, 5 and 7)
  • Doug Bossi – guitar; backing vocals (except 5 and 12)
  • Denny Carmassi – drums (except 12)
  • Earl Slick – guitar (except 12)
  • Reeves Gabrels – guitar (3)
  • Dylan Vaughan – guitar (4)
  • Danny Saber – guitar, bass (3)
  • Marco Mendoza – bass (except 4 and 12), backing vocals (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11) Spanish guitar (12)
  • Tony Franklin – bass (4)
  • Mike Finnigan – organ (2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10), piano (7, 9)
  • Derek Hilland – keyboards (1 and 8)
  • John X. Volaitis – keyboards (3, 4, 10, 11 and 12), vocals (4 and 11), percussion (3)
  • Linda Rowberry – vocals (12)
  • James Sitterly – strings (5)
  • Ruy Folguera – string arrangements (5)
  • Jimmy Z – harmonica (7)
  • Bjorn Thorsrud – tambourine (4), sound effects (12)
  • Jasper Coverdale – shaker (1, 2, 5 and 7)
Technical
  • David Coverdale – producer
  • Doug Bossi – associate producer, engineer
  • Bjorn Thorsrud – associate producer, engineer
  • John X. Volaitis – associate producer, mixing
  • Michael McIntyre – associate producer, engineer
  • Rich Veltrop – engineer
  • Dylan Vaughan – assistant mixing engineer
  • George Marino – mastering
Management
  • Jim Morey – management
  • Andrew Leff – management
  • Jason Morey – management
  • Nicholas Brown – business management
  • Stephen Marks – business management
  • Rhonda Weintraub – business management
  • Trevor Robinson – business management
  • Tony Russell – legal
  • Chris Organ – legal
  • Alan Lander – legal
Design
  • Russell Young – photography, creative coordination
  • Stylorouge – art direction, design
  • Cynthia Coverdale – model
  • Koh Sakai – liner notes (Japanese edition only)

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2000 Swedish Albums Chart[14] 31
German Albums Chart[15] 45
UK Albums Chart[16] 46
Swiss Albums Top 100[17] 84

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Into the Light Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ "David Coverdale - extras". David Coverdale Official Website. Archived from the original on 11 October 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "David Coverdale - Into the Light". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b Llewellyn, Siân (18 September 2000). "David CoverdaleInto the Light (EMI/Chrysalis - advance CD)". Classic Rock. London, England: Future. p. 63.
  6. ^ a b Sheils, Liam (4 November 2000). "David CoverdaleInto the Light (EMI 5281242)". Kerrang!. No. 826. London, England: EMAP.
  7. ^ a b Mineur, Matthias (2000). "David Coverdale - Into the Light (EMI)". Metal Hammer. Vol. 17 no. 10. Munich, Germany: AS Young Mediahouse GmbH. p. 86.
  8. ^ a b "David Coverdale - Into the Light". Rock Hard (in German). Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  9. ^ a b Kane, Peter (2000). "David CoverdaleInto the Light (EMI: Chrysalis 5281242)". Q. London, England: EMAP.
  10. ^ a b Mattila, Antti (9 July 2009). "David Coverdale: Into the Light". Soundi (in Finnish). Pop Media Oy. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  11. ^ Jeffries, Neil (1 October 2020). "Every David Coverdale album, ranked from worst to best". Classic Rock. Louder. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  12. ^ Into The Light (booklet). David Coverdale. EMI. 2000. 7243 5 28124 2 4.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  13. ^ Into The Light (booklet). David Coverdale. EMI. 2000. TOCP-65475.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  14. ^ "David Coverdale – Into the Light (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Album – David Coverdale, Into the Light". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  16. ^ "David Coverdale Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
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