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Deep Purple

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressiverock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in TheGuinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performersincluding Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan.

Deep Purple were formed in Hertford, England, in 1968, with an inaugural lineup that featured guitarist Blackmore, vocalist RodEvans, bassist Nick Simp ...read more

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressiverock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in TheGuinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performersincluding Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan.

Deep Purple were formed in Hertford, England, in 1968, with an inaugural lineup that featured guitarist Blackmore, vocalist RodEvans, bassist Nick Simper, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice. Initially dubbed Roundabout, the group was firstassembled as a session band for ex-Searchers drummer Chris Curtis but quickly went their own way, touring Scandinaviabefore beginning work on their debut LP, Shades of Deep Purple. The most pop-oriented release of their career, the albumgenerated a Top Five American hit with its reading of Joe South's "Hush" but otherwise went unnoticed at home. The Book ofTaliesyn followed (in the U.S. only) in 1969, again cracking the U.S. Top 40 with a cover of Neil Diamond's "Kentucky Woman."With their self-titled third LP, Deep Purple's ambitions grew, however; the songs reflecting a new complexity and density asLord's classically influenced keyboards assumed a much greater focus. Soon after the album's release, their American labelTetragrammaton folded, and with the dismissals of Evans and Simper, the band started fresh, recruiting singer Ian Gillan andbassist Roger Glover from the ranks of the pop group Episode Six.

The revamped Deep Purple's first album, 1970's Concerto for Group and Orchestra, further sought to fuse rock and classicalmusic. When the project, which was recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was poorly received, Blackmore tookcreative control of the band, steering it toward a heavier, guitar-dominated approach that took full advantage of Gillan'spowerful vocals. The gambit worked; 1970's Deep Purple in Rock heralded the beginning of the group's most creatively andcommercially successful period. At home, the album sold over a million copies, with the subsequent non. LP single "Black Night"falling just shy of topping the U.K. pop charts. Released in 1971, Fireball was also a smash, scoring a hit with "Strange Kind ofWoman..

Plans to record the follow-up at the Casino in Montreux, Switzerland, were derailed after the venue burned down during a liveappearance by Frank Zappa, but the experience inspired Deep Purple's most enduring hit, the AOR staple "Smoke on theWater." The song, featured on the multi-platinum classic Machine Head, reached the U.S. Top Five in mid-1972 andpositioned Deep Purple among rock's elite; the band consolidated its status with the 1973 studio follow-up Who Do We ThinkWe Are and the hit "Woman from Tokyo." However, long-simmering creative differences between Blackmore and Gillan pushedthe latter out of the group that same year, with Glover soon exiting as well. Singer David Coverdale and bassist/singer GlennHughes were recruited for 1974's Burn, and Gillan meanwhile formed a band bearing his own name.

After completing 1974's Stormbringer, Blackmore left Deep Purple as well, to form Rainbow with vocalist Ronnie James Dio; hisreplacement was ex. James Gang guitarist Tommy Bolin, who made his debut on Come Taste the Band. All the changes clearlytook their toll, however, and following a farewell tour, the group dissolved in 1976. Coverdale, meanwhile, went on to formWhitesnake, and Bolin died of a drug overdose later in the year.

The classic lineup of Blackmore, Gillan, Lord, Glover, and Paice reunited Deep Purple in 1984 for a new album, the platinumsmash Perfect Strangers. The House of Blue Light followed three years later, but as past tensions resurfaced, Gillan againexited in mid-1989. Onetime Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner was recruited for 1990's Slaves and Masters before Gillan againrejoined to record The Battle Rages On..., an apt title as Blackmore quit the group midway through the supporting tour, to betemporarily replaced by Joe Satriani.

In 1994, Steve Morse took over the guitar slot (fresh from a stint in Kansas), and the revitalized group returned to the studiofor 1996's Purpendicular, which proved a success among the Purple faithful. 1998's Abandon followed, as well as a 1999orchestral performance released the following year as Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Deep Purple were given the box settreatment the same year with the four-disc set Shades: 1968-1998, which collected hits, demos, live takes, and unreleasedtracks from throughout the years (touching upon all of Purple's different lineups). Meanwhile, Blackmore kept himself busyafter leaving the band by issuing a single album with his briefly resuscitated outfit Rainbow (1998's Stranger in Us All), beforeforming the Renaissance-inspired Blackmore's Night with fiancée/vocalist Candice Night.

Despite continuing lineup upheavals, Deep Purple remained active well into the 21st century. Keyboardist Lord departed theband in 2002 and issued several classical albums during the remainder of the decade; sadly, he died in 2012 after battlingpancreatic cancer for nearly a year. Lord's replacement in Deep Purple during the new millennium was Don Airey, and the bandissued two surprisingly strong albums with a lineup of Gillan, Glover, Paice, Morse, and Airey: 2003's Bananas and 2005'sRapture of the Deep. The late '90s and early 2000s also saw the release of many archival releases and collections preservingthe band's enduring legacy (Machine Head's 25th anniversary, Friends & Relatives, Rhino's The Very Best Of, and Days MayCome and Days May Go: The 1975 California Rehearsals), as well as a slew of DVDs (Total Abandon: Live Australia 1999, InConcert with the London Symphony Orchestra, Bombay Calling, and New Live & Rare). The impressive and timeless soundingNow What?!, produced by Bob Ezrin, appeared early in 2013. « hide

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LPs
Now What?!
04/26/2013

3.6
122 Votes
Rapture of the Deep
2005

3.1
118 Votes
Bananas
2003

3
131 Votes
Abandon
1998

2.5
109 Votes
Purpendicular
1996

3.5
136 Votes
The Battle Rages On...
1993

2.8
133 Votes
Slaves and Masters
1990

2.3
134 Votes
The House of Blue Light
1987

2.8
139 Votes
Perfect Strangers
1984

3.7
284 Votes
Come Taste the Band
1975

3.3
180 Votes
Stormbringer
1974

3.4
249 Votes
Burn
1974

4
422 Votes
Who Do We Think We Are
1973

3.2
224 Votes
Machine Head
1972

4.4
1,039 Votes
Fireball
1971

4
458 Votes
Deep Purple in Rock
1970

4.4
700 Votes
Deep Purple
1969

3.7
203 Votes
The Book of Taliesyn
1968

3.3
164 Votes
Shades of Deep Purple
1968

3.4
198 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Graz 1975
2014

4
3 Votes
Perfect Strangers Live
10/14/2013

3.5
5 Votes
The BBC Sessions 1968-1970
2011

4
1 Votes
Live at Montreux 2011
2011

3.2
3 Votes
Phoenix Rising
2011

4.1
9 Votes
Live at Montreux 2006
2007

3.6
9 Votes
Live at the NEC 1993
2007

2.5
1 Votes
Live in Stuttgart 1993
2007

3
1 Votes
Live at Montreux 1996
2006

3.6
10 Votes
Live in Europe 1993
2006

Live in Concert '72/'73 (DVD)
2005

4.5
9 Votes
Live in Stockholm 1970
2005

4
11 Votes
New Live & Rare (1969-71)
2004

3.5
1 Votes
Live in Montreux 1969
2003

3.4
10 Votes
Live in San Diego 1974
2003

3.1
5 Votes
Live at Inglewood 1968
2002

3.5
5 Votes
Live in Denmark 1972
2002

3.8
10 Votes
This Time Around: Live in Tokyo
2001

3
13 Votes
Live in Paris 1975
2001

4.2
12 Votes
Live in Aachen 1970
2001

3.9
4 Votes
Live at the Rotterdam Ahoy
2001

4
7 Votes
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
2000

3.5
13 Votes
Extended Versions
2000

3.3
5 Votes
Total Abandon: Australia '99
1999

3.5
9 Votes
Live at the Olypmpia '96
1997

3.9
12 Votes
Mk. III: The Final Concerts
1996

3.5
11 Votes
California Jamming
1996

3.9
16 Votes
Live in California 1976
1995

3.5
11 Votes
Come Hell or High Water
1994

2.5
21 Votes
Live in Japan
1993

4.3
11 Votes
Gemini Suite Live
1993

3.9
6 Votes
In the Absence of Pink
1991

3.8
4 Votes
Scandinavian Nights
1988

3.5
9 Votes
Nobody's Perfect
1988

3.1
25 Votes
Live in London
1982

4.3
14 Votes
In Concert 1970-1972
1980

3.6
16 Votes
Last Concert in Japan
1977

1.8
14 Votes
Made In Europe
1976

3.4
39 Votes
Made in Japan
1972

4.6
351 Votes
Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1969

3.6
32 Votes
Compilations
Universal Masters Collection
2005

1.6
7 Votes
The Platinum Collection
2005

4.2
27 Votes
The Essential: Deep Purple
2003

2.8
3 Votes
Winning Combinations: Deep Purple and Rainbow
2003

3.6
4 Votes
Days May Come and Days May Go
2000

3.1
7 Votes
The Very Best Of Deep Purple
2000

3.9
42 Votes
Shades: 1968-1998
1999

4.5
6 Votes
30: Very Best of Deep Purple
1998

3.4
17 Votes
Smoke on the Water
1998

3.8
4 Votes
The Deep Purple Singels A's and B's
1993

4.5
6 Votes
Knocking at Your Back Door
1992

2.8
9 Votes
The Anthology
1985

3.7
7 Votes
Deepest Purple
1980

4.1
57 Votes
When We Rock, We Rock & When We Roll, We Roll
1978

2.2
13 Votes
Powerhouse
1977

2.3
9 Votes
24 Carat Purple
1975

3.9
10 Votes
Purple Passages
1972

2.5
5 Votes

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