THE BAND: Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), David Coverdale (vocals), Jon Lord (keyboard/organ), Ian Paice (drums), Glen Hughes (bass). Coverdale and Hughes replace departed members Ian Gillan and Roger Glover respectively.
COMMENTS: I saw EMI’s 30th anniversary edition of “Burn” as well as Rhino’s remastered and extended version of the same title… and went with this one from Rhino. With EMI’s version being 2x the price of Rhino’s – the decision was fairly easy. Both contain the same track listing – 13 songs – the 8 original tunes, plus one new remix (“Coronarias Redig”), 4 of the classic songs from “Burn” remixed in 2004, and an extensive 24-page booklet packed with band info and rare pictures. The remixes, like they did with the 25th anniversay edition of “Machine Head”, are the same songs from “Burn”, but with slightly different guitar solos, maybe a slightly different intro or ending… but for the most part the same song. Let me say that it’s a treasure to here these classic songs performed slightly different. This disc is a must-have for the Deep Purple fan! After 1973’s “Who Do We Think We Are” was released, and then their live double-album classic “Made In Japan”, Deep Purple was sitting on top of the hard rock world. Gillan and Blackmore were at odds over musical direction. Also, Blackmore’s main issue was the fact that he wrote 80% of all the material, but the credit was split 5 ways. With all the tension, something had to give… and lead singer Gillan left. Original bassist Roger Glover departed with Gillan. Glen Hughes (ex-Trapeze) aptly replaced Glover – bringing an above average ability on bass guitar and better backing vocals. In steps “a young and pimply-faced” David Coverdale at the ripe age of 23. After listening to a muddled demo tape, Blackmore, Paice and Lord invited the unknown singer for a try out (after Paul Rodgers from Free and soon to be formed Bad Company refused)… and the rest is history. In my opinion “Burn” was the last great album the band put out. “Stormbringer” was good for us fans, but Blackmore thought otherwise and made a quick exit soon thereafter. “Come Taste The Band” was very good, but keep in mind, guitarist Tommy Bolin is no Ritchie Blackmore. Purple’s reunion in 1984 with “Perfect Strangers” had some great tunes on it, but there were some equally bad ones mixed in. The title track “Burn” is loud and pumps you up from the start, “Might Just Take Your Life”, “Lay Down, Stay Down”, “You Fool No One” are 4 hard rocking tunes that showcase the brass balls of the band. And, the popular bluesy “Mistreated” is one of their best slow songs – ever. John Lord is/was incredible on the piano/keyboards, Blackmore is/was a God on guitar, and the absolute backbone of the band is/was master drummer Ian Paice. Hughes and Coverdale were great replacements and they were never better than here on “Burn”. The sound is 24-bit digitally remastered and sounds like it was recorded last week. Essential in any rock & roll library.