David Coverdale said he has four or five unreleased songs he recorded with Jimmy Page that are likely to be included on the remastered edition of the pair’s 1993 album “Coverdale Page.”
Speaking to Antihero Magazine, Coverdale confirmed plans to release an expanded version of the album in 2023 and said he has struck a deal with Universal to purchase the rights to the album.
“I’ve just got that album back, the rights to it, from Universal in a settlement deal,” Coverdale said. “Because a lot of my work was lost in that infamous fire. It’s been consistently denied, we were really fortunate to come out with the stuff we did.”
Coverdale’s comments hint that there may be more unreleased material from “Coverdale Page” than previously known. He told the “Talkin’ Rock With Meltdown” podcast in February that “right now I’m working on songs potentially to present to Jimmy Page for maybe a couple of bonus tracks.”
“I spoke to Jimmy about it, and I said, ‘I must tell you, I’m loving working with Rhino, I want to give them first offer,'” Coverdale told Antihero Magazine. “We still have to come to an agreement on that, but the plan is we have so much content, and I suggested to Jimmy, ‘Why don’t you do a mix? We’ll always have the original which we’ll remaster. We’ll find amazing guys to work on it. I said, ‘Why don’t you do the Jimmy Page mix, and I’ll do the David Coverdale mix? You do your own running order, I’ll do my own running order, I think the fans would love it.'”
“We have, I think, four unreleased songs, five, I’m not sure,” he continued. “Because working with Jimmy was so inspiring, it was a particularly prolific period for me. So, I said, ‘Let’s finish off the album. Let’s do a second album.’ We could’ve done it easily, and his manager talked him out of it, it was really sad, and thank God that guy’s out of the picture now.”
“But Jimmy and I maintain a super friendship, and I’m hoping to have some good news for him soon anyway. So, we shall see, fingers crossed. But that is part of the plan, yeah.”
Coverdale told eonmusic last October that he and Page plan to release the deluxe edition for the album’s thirtieth anniversary in 2023.
“I think you’re in for some nice surprises,” he said. “Jimmy and I have been talking about it, and he’s isolated out in the country, so we just have to make sure, because I’m not getting on a fucking plane, and I certainly don’t expect him to!”
“We’ll have the original album remastered, and we’ve got a bunch of songs we didn’t release, and I videoed most of the writing and recording scenario, and all the way to the shows in Osaka and stuff, so, there’s a shit load of content, but one of the things I suggested to him, I said; ‘why don’t you do a Jimmy Page mix on the record, and I’ll do a David Coverdale mix, and let the fans just get Jimmy’s perspective, and mine.’”
There have been concerns that the master tapes for the album may have been destroyed in a 2008 fire at a storage facility at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood.
Coverdale first mentioned a remaster of the album in an interview with Eddie Trunk in 2018.
“Last year, prior to Christmas, I hosted all my Warner guys, the new people I’m working with. The new team flew up from LA to Reno where Hook City, the Whitesnake studio, is. We spent a day together discussing plans and ideas,” he said.
“And the president said, not the president of the United States, said, ‘How would you think bout revisiting the ‘Coverdale Page’ album?’ And I said, ‘What, remixing?’ Because initially, prior to me getting ill we were supposed to deliver the ‘Flesh and Blood’ studio record to Frontiers by the end of February in order to get it out May-June to coincide with the Foreigner one. And of course my illness just kicked it off the table.
“But at that time I thought March, April, May – Jimmy and I could remix it and mix the unreleased songs that we had, because we had four or five extra songs. At the same time, talking about synchronicity or good planning on the part of Warner, the president or Warner UK was entertaining Jimmy a dinner or lunch and saying, ‘Hey, how would you fancy revisiting the Coverdale Page project?’ And he went, ‘I’ll call David right now!’ And I said to this guy, ‘I’ll call Jimmy right now.’ It was the funniest thing.
“So definitely when we can, when we both have the time, we will be remixing and adding… I mean, I documented, I filmed the whole process from the first day Jimmy and I sat down to write music at my house at Lake Tahoe. So there’s enough stuff to make a really interesting package for the fans.”
Listen to that interview below:
Personally I love Led Zeppelin my favorite band . But I think people should boycott Led Zeppelin quit buying their Music and published work. There has been many other bands that lost their members and drummers but they keep on performing . Just like the Rolling Stones sadly lost Charlie Watts but they keep performing and thanking of their Fans. If they thought much other fans they would move forward and have concerts and put music out for them.
Led Zeppelin was about the chemistry and magic between four individuals and it required all four of them to make it work; bringing in a different drummer would have ruined that.
Led Zeppelin got it right.
Do you REALLY want to see them fumbling around in their 70’s? I don’t. That ’94 – ’01 period was really the time to do it and basically we got Page/Plant which was ok but not Zeppelin. The O2 gig in 2007 was really JUST at the end of their shelf life, though I think they should have done more shows or maybe some acoustic gigs right after that. Zeppelin is finished. Hate to say so but it’s true!
O Zeppelin parou na hora certa, prefiro que fique o mito de que voltem e cheguem a um ponto de decepcionar.Bonham realmente era insubstituível ,há relatos dos integrantes da banda que havia momentos em que Jimmy criava ,mais bonham é que fazia a coisa funcionar.Ao vivo ele dava segurança a Jimmy fazer o que quisesse que ele e Jones seguravam a onda.
coverdale and page album was jimmys best guitar playing since presence looking forward to hearing the bonus tracks
Look forward to new Coverdale Page material. I’ve 1 non slbum track, Saccharine which is terrific. A live release would be terrific as well. Tremendous album
I like the album cover art.merge or whatever.maybe a watch your speed goin round the bend sign would amuse you.
I never herd “”the dirty dogs are dying””or “”fine tooth comb””but then if you have and lay the tracks down I’ll pay ya 20 bucks.
Some fans definitely have entitlenent issues. If Led Zeppelin doesn’t reform and tour that is their choice. Some people, such as myself, have never seen them except via videos or films.
I just revisited this album on vinyl and was disappointed, not only with the poor mastering for the format back in 1993, but also the songs. Side 1 of the record has some excellent songs but side 2 is shite. I have no hope for this to sound any better since the original true masters are forever gone in that 2008 tragic fire at Universal Studios.
i think page coverdale is the best rock album of 1993 plus how many guitarists at the age of almost 50 can put out a brutal ferocious guitar army album cd like that not eric clapton not joe walsh not keith richards not pete townshend only james patrick page