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I got an earworm of "Feeling Hot" from the Coverdale/Page album and had to listen to it to get rid of it. But having ploughed through the 87 box set recently i can honestly say that CP piss*s all over 87. Better songs, Miles better production, tasteful guitar solos-as oppossed to mindless widdyling. Only deficiency is that Cov sings better on 87. I figure his voice got buggered shrieking his head off on the 87/slip tours and never recovered.
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I played the heck out of 1987 when it came [sign in to see URL] the point where I couldn't listen to it for a long time. I did the same with CP but I still listen to that album quite regularly. Songs are great on both, but the production of 87 sounds quite dated. CP doesn't and perhaps that's the real difference for me.
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Both outstanding albums.
Some tracks on 1987 have been overheard, and I have to admit that I can't listen to Is this Love, HIGA anymore.

Of course 1987 features trademark songs from WS, where CP never got the recognition it deserved.

1987 has had a bigger impact on me than CP, but both albums are just huge!

CP is also probably the only great Jimmy Page album outside of LZ.

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These are 2 difficult albums to compare as I think they are very different in style. On the whole, I much prefer the style of music on C/P- less metal and bluesier- yet I don't listen to it often. I think the only reason I can offer for that is that I feel DC often strays just a little too close to being a Plant imitator at times on C/P. I was never comfortable with him doing that as I thought he had a distinctive enough voice and style of his own. On 1987, apart from on SOTN, I think DC sung like DC (if that makes sense!) whereas on C/P, he tried to adopt a more Plant-like style.

 
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For me CP is a top 5 DC album along with Come Taste The Band, Northwinds, Ready an Willing and Into the Light.

1987 is in my bottom 5 although I recognise its importance to Whitesnake and DC.

I would love the CP album to get a remix with the extra studio tracks recorded at the time. I would have loved to seen them live as well.

It is Page's best work outside of Led Zeppelin as already said and actually I think it features some killer DC vocals.

A great piece of work.
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For me CP is a top 5 DC album along with Come Taste The Band, Northwinds, Ready an Willing and Into the Light.

1987 is in my bottom 5 although I recognise its importance to Whitesnake and DC.

I would love the CP album to get a remix with the extra studio tracks recorded at the time. I would have loved to seen them live as well.

It is Page's best work outside of Led Zeppelin as already said and actually I think it features some killer DC vocals.

A great piece of work.



I may be minority here but I was not a big fan of CP - DC sings out of key IMO.
Much more prefer 1987.
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quote:

Wojak wrote:

For me CP is a top 5 DC album along with Come Taste The Band, Northwinds, Ready an Willing and Into the Light.

1987 is in my bottom 5 although I recognise its importance to Whitesnake and DC.

I would love the CP album to get a remix with the extra studio tracks recorded at the time. I would have loved to seen them live as well.

It is Page's best work outside of Led Zeppelin as already said and actually I think it features some killer DC vocals.

A great piece of work.



I may be minority here but I was not a big fan of CP - DC sings out of key IMO.
Much more prefer 1987.



I agree to some extent whilst CP has some fine tracks i seldom listen to it and DCs voice was vastly superior on 87

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Regardless, I'd welcome an expanded remastered edition of the album, especially as we know there are other tracks which never made the final cut. And God only knows why none of the Japaneses shows were professionally filmed or recorded as they both look and sound pretty spectacular based on the bootlegged audio and video.
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I don't think DC actively "imitates" Plant on Coverdale/Page but I think he fell into Page's preferred style of melody. If that makes sense. I remember an interview that DC and Page did in promo for the album. It was an "In the Studio" thing with Red Beard. Anyway ... Coverdale complains (in a joking way) that Page wrote everything in Aminor and E and it caused him to have to scream over the songs. In particular Pride and Joy which was originally composed by DC as a jaunty Dr. John type of song which Page turned into a chugging rocker.

Eager to please, Coverdale went into the screaming bit.

As for 1987 vs [sign in to see URL]'ll choose CP mostly because the songs are of higher quality in my opinion. Particularly the songs that Coverdale was (mostly) responsible for writing. Easy Does It, Don't Leave Me this Way and Pride and Joy. I think some of Coverdale's best AND worst lyrics are on Coverdale Page.

Whisper a Prayer for the Dying is really good writing lyric wise. Feelin' Hot may be the worst set of lyrics DC has ever penned next to Cheap an' Nasty. Don't Leave Me this Way is a monster vocal. Immense. I would put the coda in that song among the best DC has ever done.

1987's production is very 1980's and it's hard to get around. Although upon listening to the 30th Anniversary box ... I've gained a new appreciation for how the album came together without being in love with the finished product.

Also, I believe Coverdale Page is the biggest selling Page solo project outside of the No Quarter unplugged in 1994 (which only managed to sell 1 million in the US) And Coverdale's last US top 10.
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Feelin' Hot may be the worst set of lyrics DC has ever penned



I agree but it's a monster of a backing track. Love the riffing at the end.
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