Deep Purple
Burn


4.5
superb

Review

by ElectricFuneral9719 USER (43 Reviews)
June 30th, 2013 | 25 replies | 655 views


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Burning The Past

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

This is the 7th Deep Purple album that was released within a year or less of the last album and although 'Who Do We Think We Are' was a significant drop in quality from the usual Deep Purple standard, 'Burn' is a quick and startling jump in quality back into the league of 'In Rock', 'Fireball' and 'Machine Head'. In contrast to the draggy feel of 'Who Do We Think We Are', 'Burn' feels fresh, lively and relevant. The purple fire is still burning!

In this album, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover make way for Mark III, consisting of newcomers David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Both of these serve as vocalists for the album; David Coverdale having the more deep, raw voice and Glenn Hughes having the more higher pitched, showy voice. This lends to some brilliant vocal harmonies appearing throughout the album, which has happened before in Deep Purple, but not of this quality. Glenn Hughes also takes the role of the bassist for the album, giving a funkier feel to the album, which comes as a nice surprise.

The addition of these members looks to have made the original members think smarter with their song-writing skills, as songs such as the title track, 'Sail Away' and 'Mistreated' are right up there with gems such as 'Child In Time', 'Fools' and 'Highway Star'. 'Mistreated', in particular should be singled out due to the sheer amount of emotion that Coverdale pours into this beautiful song, as well as Ritchie Blackmore's fantastic bluesy guitar work. The only song which doesn't work is the synth-drenched instrumental closer, '“A” 200', which may have served as an interesting into, but is instead placed after 'Mistreated', which makes this song look awful.

Richie Blackmore's style, at this point, is getting heavier and heavier and is approaching what would define the guitar work found in albums such as 'Rising' and 'Long Live Rock 'n Roll', which is definitely not a bad direction. Ian Paice is on fire on songs like the fill-happy title track and the 'Chasing Shadows'-esque 'You Fool No One', but is also solid throughout the entire album. Jon Lord is brilliant as always, but instead of using his usual organ, he used a piano on 'What's Going On Here' which gives a nice classic rock 'n roll flavour to it.

In conclusion, 'Burn' is an astoundingly quick and major comeback for Deep Purple, and while not quite on par with 'In Rock' or 'Machine Head', a lot of the material really does show how great Deep Purple are. The next album would come within the same year, which sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, as an album like 'Burn' doesn't just come often. Was it a disaster though?



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dannyboy89
June 30th 2013



7363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nice review, pos'd.

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Belloq
June 30th 2013



40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

overrated


DominionMM1
June 30th 2013



8793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2013



14475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

decent, love the interchanging vocals of Coverdale and Hughes on the title track

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 30th 2013



18154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album.

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sonictheplumber
June 30th 2013



3870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good shit

rockandmetaljunkie
June 30th 2013



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pos'd, very good review with a great summary.

The album is awesome.

AskAak
June 30th 2013



76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good stuff

PsychicChris
June 30th 2013



194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You know, I think this might actually be my favorite Purple album. It's just that goddamned amazing.

facupm
June 30th 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album i really like it

Mistreated is definitely the best song of the album it rocks hardest

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Detritivore
June 30th 2013



260 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Coverdale vocals in "Sail Away" and Burn are fantastic. Few ones can deal these change styles

tempest--
June 30th 2013



10720 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album.

manosg
July 1st 2013



4665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album. The original plan was to include You Keep On Moving instead of "A" 200 but Blackmore
decided against, so the band used this song on Come Taste the Band later on.

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Rastapunk
July 1st 2013



661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, again

facupm
July 1st 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

since my baby left me

manosg
July 2nd 2013



4665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I FOUND A NEW PLACE TO DWELL
IT'S DOWN AT THE END OF LONELY STREET

facupm
July 2nd 2013



5565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mistreated is the best song ever

NeroCorleone80
February 15th 2014



26766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That or the title track

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
February 15th 2014



14475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hughes portion of the singing on title track is so good

NeroCorleone80
February 15th 2014



26766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Then when the keyboard solo comes in its the best thing ever



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