Burn sucks me in from the opening riff and holds my attention all the way to the end. Very few guitarists excite me the way Ritchie Blackmore does. I mean, the guy is mesmerizing. Such phrasing. And speed. A dash of medieval here, a smidgeon of showboating there and — viola! — you’ve got a certified rock god on your hands.
On Burn, DP’s eight CD, you get to enjoy a classic line-up that includes Blackmore, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale, who has a set of pipes on him that just won’t quit. To say he’s a powerful singer is putting it mildly.
Rhino’s remastering is astounding. Every instrument (especially the drums, keyboards and guitar) jump out of the speakers with crystal clarity. This CD sounds fresher and cleaner than any CD released today. In fact, listening to this Rhino remaster is like hearing Burn for the first time — which is saying a lot because I remember actually hearing it for the first time when it was released in 1974. As a 14-year-old kid in love with rock music, it made quite an impression.
But it’s making an even bigger impression on me now because I have 30 years of maturity and experience with other bands under my belt (which seems to be slightly larger than it was in the Seventies, but that’s another story). Deep Purple is one of a handful of bands that still excite the hell out of me. No band today can hold a candle to Blackmore-era Deep Purple.
Which is the main reason why Burn is in my collection and ought to be in yours. This is some of the most electrifying music ever recorded, folks. Thanks to Rhino, it sounds better than it ever did.
In addition to the title track, I really enjoy “Might Just Take Your Life” and, of course, the awesome “Mistreated,” one of Blackmore’s coolest riffs. Combined with Coverdale’s powerful voice, this could be one of rock music’s most blistering tracks.
Everything about the Rhino-remastered Burn is first-rate. This is one of my all-time favorite bands and one of my all-time favorite of their albums. I can’t recommend Burn highly enough.