I’m delving into the world of the single! I’ll buy a 7”, 12” or CD single every week and post my findings here. Who knows what musical discoveries will be made?
Another week in my hunt for singles took me to the ever-reliable Missing Records in Glasgow. There was plenty to choose from but nothing that was particularly grabbing me. Until I had flicked through the whole of the “Hard Rock/Metal” section and turned up this one. The Last Note of Freedom by David Coverdale from the Days of Thunder soundtrack.
Cov the Guv is definitely a “HMO Hall of Fame” sort of guy so, although I’m no completist, I was surprised to find that he’d released a solo single that I knew nothing about. My lack of interest in soundtracks and Tom Cruise movies probably didn’t help, admittedly. Compared to the previous two purchases this was relatively expensive at a whole £2 but for an unknown track by an A-List Rock Legend that seemed a pretty good price.
A quick Google for info reveals little. I still don’t know who plays guitar on it and if I believed Wikipedia I’d think David Coverdale co-wrote it. He didn’t; it was written by composer Hans Zimmer and none other than Billy Idol! So if you ever find yourself playing “Six Degrees of Cov the Guv” and Billy Idol’s name comes up… you’re onto a winner. You can thank me later.
The song is an 80s sounding, montage-friendly ballad. Lots of keyboards and some token heavy guitar in the middle section. Coverdale uses his lower, husky range to great effect and sounds on great form. The quality of his voice brings to mind the album he would record later with Jimmy Page. After the driving middle section, Cov starts doing his Tarzan bit. I’ve enjoyed this so much it’s already been played four times this week. If I’d heard this in 1990 I would have been right into it. It’s a welcome addition to my David Coverdale collection.
One note of warning! I listened to this before a game of Badminton with EvaOverload thinking it would give me the necessary Rocky-style motivation for excellence. In an “eat thunder and crap lightning” sort of way. Unfortunately, I listened to it WHILE SHE WAS IN THE ROOM so, in her own words, she “took succour” from it and later handed out a merciless drubbing.
Amount spent on purchases: £2
Amount spent in total so far: £431