Soldier of Fortune (song)

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"Soldier of Fortune"
Song by Deep Purple from the album Stormbringer
Released December 1974 (1974-12)
Recorded August 1974 (1974-08)
Genre Blues rock, progressive rock
Length 3:13
Label EMI/Purple
Writer(s) David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore

"Soldier of Fortune" is a blues rock ballad written by David Coverdale and Ritchie Blackmore 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.[1][2] Roadrunner Records lists Opeth's version among their 13 wildest covers, calling it a faithful cover while adding Mikael Åkerfeldt's "unexpectedly soulful vocals."[3]


"Soldier of Fortune" has been released on several albums since Stormbringer, both by Deep Purple and by other bands.

Deep Purple[edit]



  • Ghost Reveries (2005) [Special Edition bonus track]
  • "Soldier of Fortune" [Single] (6 March 2007 (2007-03-06))

Black Majesty[edit]


  • "Soldier of Fortune" (Cocktail Molotov album) (2003 (2003))

Blackmore's Night[edit]


  1. ^ "Opeth: Soldier of Fortune (Single)". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Soldier of Fortune - Single". iTunes Preview. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  3. ^ "13 of Roadrunner's Wildest Covers". Roadrunner Records. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 

External links[edit]

Soldier of Fortune at AllMusic