Into the Light (David Coverdale album)

Into the Light is the third solo album by David Coverdale. It was released in September 2000.

Into the Light
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Studio album by
Released25 September 2000 (UK)
GenreHard rock, blues-rock
ProducerDavid Coverdale, Doug Bossi, John X. Volaitis, Michael McIntyre
David Coverdale chronology
Into the Light
The Early Years
Singles from Into the Light
  1. "Love Is Blind"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Slave"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]


In between 1978 and 1997, Coverdale and his band Whitesnake produced nine studio albums. After a three-year break, he returned with what was officially his first solo album since 1978's Northwinds. His 1997 album Restless Heart was recorded as a solo project, but for contractual reasons his label forced him to release it under the Whitesnake moniker. The new album "Into the Light" released in 2000 reached #75 on the UK album chart.

In an interview with Classic Rock magazine in 2000, Coverdale stated: "The whole premise of my new record, Into The Light, is about coming out of what I felt was a dark period... I didn't really know who I was, using the illusion of David Coverdale I've created, or that other people have. I got tired of trying to live up to that, which is not necessarily who I am."[2]

"Too Many Tears" was a new arrangement of the same song originally appearing on Coverdale's previous studio album, Whitesnake's Restless Heart. "Love Is Blind" was released as a single with an accompanying music video, but did not chart. "Slave" reached No. 33 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[3]

Three additional songs were recorded for this album that did not make the final CD. Coverdale released these tracks on his official website.[4]

A number of other titles, written by Coverdale, were published around the time, which have yet to be released. The titles include "Flesh And Blood (The Milf Song)", "Heart Of Stone", "Let’s Talk It Over", "Let’s Talk It Over (Reprise)", "Lust (Baby It’s For You)", "Yours For The Asking", and "With All Of My Heart". Some unreleased songs have found there way onto other subsequent releases such as: "Wherever You May Go (Acoustic Demo)" & "All The Time In The World" on the Unzipped box set as well as an early demo version of "River Song". Similarly "Flesh And Blood" & "Heart Of Stone" appeared on Whitesnake's 2019 release, Flesh And Blood.

Track listingEdit

  1. "...Into the Light" (David Coverdale) - 1:16
  2. "River Song" (Coverdale) - 7:19
  3. "She Give Me..." (Coverdale) - 4:12
  4. "Don't You Cry" (Coverdale) - 5:47
  5. "Love Is Blind" (Coverdale, Earl Slick) - 5:44
  6. "Slave" (Coverdale, Slick) - 4:51
  7. "Cry for Love" (Coverdale, Doug Bossi, Slick) - 4:52
  8. "Living on Love" (Coverdale, Bossi, Slick) - 6:31
  9. "Midnight Blue" (Coverdale, Slick) - 4:58
  10. "Too Many Tears" (Coverdale, Adrian Vandenberg) - 5:59
  11. "Don't Lie to Me" (Coverdale, Slick) - 4:43
  12. "Wherever You May Go" (Coverdale) - 3:59 Bonus TracksEdit

  1. "As Long as I Have You"
  2. "Oh No! Not the Blues Again"
  3. "All the Time in the World"



  • David Coverdale - lead vocals, guitar on "...Into the Light" and "Cry for Love", producer
  • Doug Bossi - guitar, slide guitar, background vocals, associate producer, engineer
  • Earl Slick - guitar
  • Reeves Gabrels - guitar solo on "She Give Me"
  • Dylan Vaughan - guitar on "Don't You Cry"
  • Marco Mendoza - bass, Spanish guitar on "Wherever You May Go", background vocals
  • Tony Franklin - bass on "Don't You Cry"
  • Denny Carmassi - drums
  • Mike Finnigan - organ & piano
  • Derek Hilland - keyboards on "...Into the Light" and "Living on Love"
  • John X. Volaitis - keyboards and percussion on "She Give Me", keyboards and vocals on "Don't You Cry" and "Don't Lie to Me", keyboards on "Too Many Tears", harp on "Wherever You May Go", associate producer, mixing
  • Bjorn Thorsrud - tambourine on "Don't You Cry", engineer
  • James Sitterly - strings on "Love Is Blind"
  • Ruy Folguera - string arrangement on "Love Is Blind"
  • Jimmy Z - harmonica on "Cry for Love"
  • Linda Rowberry - vocal duet on "Wherever You May Go"


  • Michael McIntyre - associate producer, engineer
  • Rich Veltrop - engineer
  • Dylan Vaughan - mixing assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering


Year Chart Position
2000 Swedish Albums Chart[5] 31
German Albums Chart[6] 45
UK Albums Chart[7] 46
Swiss Albums Top 100[8] 84


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "David Coverdale - Into the Light review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  2. ^ "News, rumors and information: BIG interview with DC in next Classic Rock magazine!". Soldier of Fortune website. October 2000. Archived from the original on 6 October 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Into the Light Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. ^ "David Coverdale - extras". David Coverdale Official Website. Archived from the original on 11 October 2004. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  5. ^ "David Coverdale – Into the Light (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Album – David Coverdale, Into the Light". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  7. ^ "David Coverdale Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  8. ^ "David Coverdale – Into the Light". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 June 2015.