Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Deep Purple released Burn in 1974 and unleashed David Coverdale on an unsuspecting world. Together with the amazing Glenn Hughes on bass and co-lead and backing vocals, the two newcomers added their soulful voices into the classic Purple mix and rejuvenated the British rockers. This album really impressed my young ears and still holds up remarkably well today. The title song is just lethal, with scalding guitar work from Ritchie Blackmore and the keyboard wizardry of Jon Lord, all propelled by the manic drum attack of Ian Paice. Other standouts include You Fool No One, Might Just Take Your Life, and the bluesy Mistreated, featuring the young Coverdale doing his best golden god vocalizing. Although this lineup only recorded 2 albums before Blackmore left to form Rainbow, they made some seriously intense music together.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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