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Coverdale & Page
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Time may judge this the worst kind of Led Zep mimicry, but on first listen it generates real excitement. Never mind that Coverdale is a third-rate Robert Plant (particularly as a lyricist). It's enough that the drums do th... more »
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Time may judge this the worst kind of Led Zep mimicry, but on first listen it generates real excitement. Never mind that Coverdale is a third-rate Robert Plant (particularly as a lyricist). It's enough that the drums do the Stegosaurus stomp, and Page is more in touch with his muse than at any time since Physical Graffiti. "Shake My Tree" is the standout. --Jeff Bateman
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Some decent songs, but mostly a missed opportunity
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 09/03/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"1992 saw the arrival of the much-hyped collaboration between former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale. Man, you have to figure David Coverdale had been dying to do something like this since just about forever. As soon as the opportunity arose, he ditched the spandex and hairspray in favor of vests and flowing shirts in an attempt to look, as well as sound, like Page's famous former bandmate Robert Plant.
Coverdale/Page might have been a vain attempt to mimic Led Zeppelin's signature style, but it's still a decent blues-based melodic rock record. If you can get past the painful Zeppelin wannabe singles "Shake My Tree" and "Pride and Joy", there are some really impressive songs on this album. "Take Me For a Little While" is particularly moving, and sounds more like a Whitesnake song than anything else. It's moments like that and "Take a Look at Yourself", when Coverdale forgets to imitate Plant and lets his own unique voice come through, that the album really comes alive and you see what this collaboration could have been. For his part, Page just tears it up all through the album, sounding more alive here than on just about anything else he's done post-Zeppelin.
Sure it's derivative, but Coverdale/Page has its moments, and is worth checking out if you're a fan of either artist. It's not as good as the average Led Zeppelin or even Whitesnake album, but it is arguably better than Page and Plant's pseudo-Zeppelin reunion album Walking Into Clarksdale."