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: