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Deep Purple

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track listing
  • Burn
  • Might Just Take
    Your Life
  • Lay Down Stay Down
  • Sail Away
  • You Fool No One
  • What's Goin' On Here
  • Mistreated
  • A 200

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    Deep Purple's Burn was an album I had on vinyl, where it was constantly being played on the turntable. Burn was actually the only full length LP I had of the band; of course, I was well familiar with many of their most popular hits from late late '60s and '70s, yet I never really had any of their orignal albums while growing up. David Coverdale took over for lead vocals, as this album would be his debut with Deep Purple. (Coverale would later become more famous, being the lead singer of the hard rock '80s band, Whitesnake.)

    The title track is a good song, yet "Might Just Take Your Life" is much better, and easily matching the rock style of the band's previous songs, whose vocals were lead by Ian Gillan. As many times this album was listened to, "Might Just Take Your Life" is just one of my favorite tracks, as it never loses its touch, over 30 years later. "Lay Down Stay Down" has a common hard sound of many bands of the 1970s at the time.

    The next track also received many repeated listens, and another favorite track of mine, is "Sail Away." It has a great sound, and easily can be recognized as Deep Purple's. "You Fool No One" has a different approach from the common hard rock sound of Deep Purple's, as its rhythms could be compared to the early Santana, yet Coverdale's vocals steals the show.

    "What's Goin' On Here" has a more blues style mixed with the hard rock, and again, Coverdale's vocals are the standout, likewise the entire band. On "Mistreated", guitarist Ritchie Blackmore shines, as this song is another one that was getting many repeated listens. "A" 200 is more of a progressive rock styled instrumental, as it has the band's beginning roots, mixing rock with classical music, as this song does have a classical aura, yet having a more 1970s progressive sound, heard in many bands at the time, such as Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the early Genesis and King Crimson.

    Burn is a great hard-rock release, featuring the band's latest lead vocalist, David Coverdale. His vocals shine on every song, likewise the outstanding guitar work of Ritchie Blackmore and impressive keyboards by Jon Lord. For the hard-rock fan, likewise the Deep Purple fan, Burn will be a very entertaining album to listen to, over and over. There isn't a bad song on this release. Coverdale would release one more album with Deep Purple (Stormbringer), and puruse more success with Whitesnake. The core of Deep Purple's vocals are either Ian Gillan and Coverdale, as the band's early releases, and many future reunion albums with Gillan sparked the Purple fan for more of their music. Blackmore also pursued his own success with his band Rainbow. Either way, Deep Purple is one of the best bands of the '70s, as they kept performing throughout the next 30 years. Burn was a great album to experience Deep Purple, it's also a good start for hard-rock fans as well.

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