Soldier of Fortune (Deep Purple song)
|"Soldier of Fortune"|
|Song by Deep Purple|
|from the album Stormbringer|
|Songwriter(s)||David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore|
"Soldier of Fortune" is a blues rock ballad written by Ritchie Blackmore and David Coverdale and originally released on Deep Purple's 1974 album Stormbringer. Though Deep Purple has never released the song as a single and it has never placed on the record charts, it has developed a cult following over the years, and cover versions have been released by Whitesnake, Opeth, Black Majesty.
The Opeth cover was included as a bonus track in the "Special Edition" release of Ghost Reveries (2006) and was subsequently released as a single in March 2007, which is available from iTunes. Roadrunner Records lists Opeth's version among their 13 wildest covers, calling it a faithful cover and noting Mikael Åkerfeldt's "unexpectedly soulful vocals."
"Soldier of Fortune" has been released on several albums since Stormbringer, both by Deep Purple and by other bands.
- Stormbringer (1974)
- Last Concert in Japan (1977)
- This Time Around: Live in Tokyo (2001)
- The Platinum Collection (2005)
- Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple 30th Anniversary Edition (2010)
- Starkers in Tokyo (1997)
- The Silver Anniversary Collection (2003)
- 30th Anniversary Collection (2008)
- Made in Britain/World Record (Live) (2013)
- The Purple Album (2015)
- Ghost Reveries (2005) [Special Edition bonus track]
- "Soldier of Fortune" [Single] (6 March 2007 )
- Tomorrowland (2007)
- "Soldier of Fortune" (Cocktail Molotov album) (2003 )
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