Deep Purple
Burn


4.5
superb

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
October 15th, 2009 | 169 replies


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Burn, Deep Purple did more than just revitalize themselves.

Deep Purple: A Retrospective

Episode IX: Burn

In the wake of Who Do We Think We Are!, Deep Purple was left shattered. An unfortunate fate had befallen Mark II, and with Glover’s forced resignation and Gillan’s leaving, the three original members Blackmore, Lord and Paice were left with a choice of grave difficulty: could they continue to achieve the heights they achieved before, or would Deep Purple cease to exist?

After countless sketching of numerous scenarios, one of which suggested that Blackmore would go on to collaborate with Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, the three remnants chose to seek out new members to reform a Deep Purple crew. Soon enough, they encountered bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, whilst attending a gig of his then-current band, Trapeze. Affected by his stage presence and charisma, they offered him the position on the band, which he eventually accepted.

But then another dilemma was met. Deep Purple had always been a five-piece, and since Hughes was used to handling two positions, would they now become four-manned? The boys then made a very interesting decision: they went on a search for a second vocalist, preferably one with a more masculine voice than Gillan, whom Blackmore had gotten annoyed with at that point.

They happened to stumble across the young and uncertain David Coverdale, who nevertheless impressed the trio by his deeply blues-rooted vocal chords. After an audition, the band was sure about him, and about one other thing: Mark III was born, and Deep Purple was ready to take rock by storm once more.

Deep Purple Mk. III was:

- David Coverdale ~ Lead Vocals
- Richard Hugh Blackmore ~ Lead Guitar
- Glenn Hughes ~ Bass Guitar, Vocals
- Jon Douglas Lord ~ Keyboards
- Ian Anderson Pace ~ Drums

Burn appeared in ’74, and it was another tremendous success for the band. The new line-up sounded fresh and vibrant, and came with some very strong material whilst keeping the classic core of Deep Purple’s sound intact. Although Coverdale sang the majority of the record, the band’s attention for Hughes’ voice had not been forgotten, and so it came to be that the two would do both harmonisations and trade-offs in the singing department, a very original approach at the time.

But that was not all that changed. Coverdale’s and Hughes’ backgrounds were different that those of the original members, and with them they brought a solid dose of blues and funk, respectively. This was vital for a change in sound for the album, and became an even stronger influence for the next, Stormbringer.

And hell, that new approach worked miracles. Burn is filled to the brim with catchy, impressive tracks with lasting greatness. The opener title track charges in with a force so magnificent it even rivals Highway Star charges with full assault, and already the two newlings amaze us with a vocal harmonisation bar none, which drives the track more than anything else. Hughes’ outstanding bass lines are incredibly funky, Blackmore’s and Lord’s solos tackle each other with sheer intensity, and Pace sticks out a trademark fierce percussion. After you’ve heard it, you know the rest of the lot cannot go wrong anyhow.

And be sure, for it does not. Each moment on Burn is unique, all being enjoyable in their own right. The second best moment arrives only at the end, in no form other than the impeccable blues epic Mistreated, undoubtedly inspired by Led Zeppelin’s Since I’ve Been Loving You. If I were to write a summary of the song in a colloquial manner, it would be something like: 'Dave’s best vocals evur + one of Ritchie’s finest solos = massive amounts of win'. Too bad what follows (and closes) is the only doubtful moment on the entire record: the somewhat boring instrumental ‘A’ 200. Another of the more bluesy moments can be found on the catchy What’s Going on Here, in which we hear Blackmore playing old-school Mark II-style.

On the magnificent and heavily funk-infused Sail Away, Coverdale sings in a lower register, a move he was initially unsure about, but lucky for him: damn, it sounds fantastic. And where the title track shows the best use of harmonisation between his and Hughes’ voice, this one shows perfectly performed trade-off lines.

Even Ian Pace gets a taste of teh funk, as he so properly demonstrates with the superb You Fool No One, which’ percussion has the inescapable effect of you wanting to repeat the his rhythms. Perhaps the two least standout tracks on Burn are the organ-heavy Might Just Take Your Life and Lay Down, Stay Down, but also in those nothing about the musicianship is somehow lacking, making them no less excellent than the other material.

Burn is, apart from a tiny but forgivable misstep, rock-solid, and one of the finest albums Deep Purple has ever created, and certainly their best outside of Mark II. It contains an explosive mix of rock, blues and funk, and doesn’t forget to be very catchy in the meantime either. As blasphemous as it may sound, it could even be slightly better than Machine Head, which’ production, must be honestly stated, falls dull in comparison, not even mentioning many of its tracks would benefit from massive improvement on the classic Made in Japan. Burn is Deep Purple’s last superb recording, and does what the band has always has done best: it provides kick-ass rock n’ roll.

Recommended tracks:

Burn
Mistreated
Sail Away
You Fool No One



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Nagrarok
October 15th 2009


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is soooooooooo good....

...too bad 99% of Sputnik doesn't even know it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2009


8371 Comments


gah man, i love reading your reviews. For me, they are just so charismatic! A sure pos.

Also, i don't know if "teh funk" was intended that way, but it sounds great in this review haha. Don't change it

Nagrarok
October 15th 2009


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It sure was intended. And you should listen to this, it's amazing.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2009


8371 Comments


atm, my schedule is really busy but hell, i can squeeze this in i believe. If i won't be drunk tonight and if i'm done with mah studing i'll seach for this, if i am drunk and i haven't studied though then don't count on it ;)

Nagrarok
October 15th 2009


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Simple. Study. Don't drink (too much).

OllieS
October 15th 2009


2033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

MIGHT JUST TAKE YOUR LIFE

Nagrarok
October 15th 2009


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been called by many names, and all of them are bad

freudianslipknot
October 15th 2009


803 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yes, really good review - I need to listen to this again, haven't listened to it in ages - maybe I will up my rating

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2009


8371 Comments


yeah Nag so i just got home and i'm tired as hell. Studied, and will be going to sleep soon (hell at least i didn't drink haha). Will get to Burn tomorrow.

Also, great dig OllieS, good to see that other people like that album too.

LepreCon
October 15th 2009


4144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Woohoo, Mark III! Though I haven't heard all of Deep Purple beyond mark III and Mark II reunion, this album is decent. Great review, as always

Nagrarok
October 16th 2009


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to listen to this again, haven't listened to it in ages - maybe I will up my rating


I used to have this at a 3.5 myself, but since I own it physically, it massively grew on me.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2009


8371 Comments


yeah so this is pretty cool, but i'm just not that into the old (hard) rock style i guess as this won't hold my attention for too long. Still, a nice listen every once in a while :-)

Nagrarok
October 16th 2009


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I sort of predicted that opinion.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2009


8371 Comments


yeah, if i should rate it i would still give this about 3.5. It's just that i listened to this kind of stuff so much back in the day/when i was a kid still, that it doesn't really stick with me anymore. Have kind of grown tired of it/ overheard stuff like this.

EVedder27
October 17th 2009


6088 Comments


Mistreated rules

ShinXetsu
October 3rd 2010


605 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic album, the title track is possibly my favorite Deep Purple song.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 26th 2011


21044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ALL I HEEEERE IS BUUUUUUURRRRRRN!

BigHans
May 26th 2011


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The groove in that song is fucking epic

IvanStarr
June 20th 2011


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is a perfect example of changing styles and being able to please the majority of your fan base. A really fun album.

rockandmetaljunkie
June 23rd 2011


3453 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"I've been mistreateeed, i've been abuuused"

Such a good album. DP's last gem.



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