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Deep Purple

Deep Purple

Deep Purple Biography

Biography

Deep Purple is an English hard rock band formed in Hertfordshire in 1968. Together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath they are considered to be heavy metal pioneers. Especially influential to heavy metal were Ian Gillan's powerful screams and Ritchie Blackmore's virtuoso solos. Deep Purple were also very influential to progressive rock. Deep Purple's early output ranged from rock (such as their cover of Joe South's Hush) to strongly classically influenced pieces (such as April, from their third album). Their first few albums contained very long solos, such as those on the band's covers of Hey Joe and I'm So Glad. After their third album, founding member and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in particular felt the band should move in a harder direction - and felt that then singer Rod Evans and bassist Nicky Simper were incapable of working in that direction. Both were therefore let go, and replaced with singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover from Episode Six, producing what is now thought of as the classic Deep Purple lineup with keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice. The first output of this new lineup was a mixed electric and orchestral album with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple In Concert, with the centrepiece being Lord's Concerto For Group And Orchestra. The whole project was reputedly initiated after idle chat with the band's manager about the possibility led to him book the orchestra and give the inexperienced composer a deadline to produce the work of a public concert. Following on from this unusual venture were four very influential studio albums over the next four years: Deep Purple in Rock, Fireball, Machine Head, and Who Do We Think We Are?, and the live album Made In Japan. Though this lineup still recorded some songs with a lighter, pop tone such as Strange Kind of Woman and Black Night, the influence of their new blood and the impetus this provided to the existing members showed strongly in hard rock songs such as Speed King, Child In Time, and the massively successful Smoke On The Water. In 1973, creative tensions led to Gillan and Glover leaving the band, being replaced by previously unknown singer David Coverdale and ex-Trapeze bassist/singer Glenn Hughes. This new lineup continued the success of their predecessors, recording the albums Burn and Stormbringer, and further successful tours and live albums. However, Blackmore became disenchanted with the increasing funk direction he felt the band was taking and left to form Rainbow (a name inspired by the stage set when they performed at the California Jam music festival) with former members of Elf, who had previously toured with Deep Purple as a support act. The band recruited former James Gang guitarist Tommy Bolin and recording Come Taste the Band. It was on the 75/76 tour that the tensions within the band really came to the surface, finishing with their final performance in Liverpool in March 1976, where Coverdale resigned and the band ceased to exist. Tommy Bolin died of a heroin overdose in December 1976 whilst on tour with his solo band. Coverdale went on to form Whitesnake, with Paice and Lord joining Tony Ashton to form the short-lived Paice, Ashton And Lord before they too joined Coverdale in Whitesnake. Hughes completed a solo album but spent most of the 70s and 80s fighting drug addiction which he finally overcome in the 90s and has since produced a string of solo albums. In 1984, Deep Purple's best-known second lineup (Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, and Richie Blackmore) reunited to produce the albums Perfect Strangers and The House Of Blue Light. Tensions returned however, and Gillan was fired and replaced by Joe Lynn Turner, formerly of Rainbow. This lineup only lasted for one album, Slaves and Masters, before Ian Gillan returned again for The Battle Rages On. Blackmore subsequently departed the band for good while touring in support of this album, being temporarily replaced by Joe Satriani. The remaining members recruited Dixie Dregs/Kansas guitarist Steve Morse and, revitalised, produced what many regarded as their best work in many years, Purpendicular, then Abandon before Lord retired and was replaced by former Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne keyboardist Don Airey. This lineup has since recorded the albums Bananas and Rapture Of The Deep. While not as influential or commercially successful as in their original incarnation, the band have remained a successful studio and live act throughout this latest period.

Deep Purple Metal Albums

The Very Best of Deep Purple Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

The only newly remastered single-disc compilation featuring all of the hits during the band’s heyday. Includes 15 full-length singles, live cuts, and album tracks from 26 [...]

Machine Head Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD – playable on all CD players) pressing. Warner.Home of ”Smoke on the Water” and ”Highway Star,” Machine Head blends proto-metal [...]

Burn Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

30th anniversary reissue of 1974 album is newly remastered and includes five bonus tracks, ’Coronarias Redig’ (single b-side 2004 remix), ’Burn’ (2004 remix), ’Mistreated’ (2004 remix), [...]

Who Do We Think We Are Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Digitally remastered reissue featuring 7 bonus tracks, ’Woman From Tokyo’ (’99 remix & Alt. Bridge), ’Painted Horse’ (Studio Outtake), ’Our Lady’ (’99 remix), ’Rat Bat Blue’ [...]

In Rock: 25th Anniversary (UK) Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

1995 release on EMI, the 25th anniversary edition of their classic 1970 album ’In Rock’. Features the original eight tracks plus 12 bonus tracks, all digitally [...]

Made In Japan: The Remastered Edition Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

25th Anniversary Edition Includes a Remastered Double CD Set which Feature Three Bonus Tracks which Were Not on the Original.Judging by the thick chugging that Deep [...]

Perfect Strangers Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

No Description AvailableNo Track Information Available Media Type: CDArtist: BLACK SABBATH Title: WE SOLD OUR SOUL FOR ROCK ’N’ Street Release Date: 08/09/1988<Domestic or Import: DomesticGenre: HEAVY METALAn excellent introduction for one of the bands [...]

Fireball Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Great collection at a great price.

Deep Purple in Rock Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

1995 release on EMI, the 25th anniversary edition of their classic 1970 album ’In Rock’. Features the original eight tracks plus 12 bonus tracks, all digitally [...]

Deep Purple in Rock Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

2003 remastered reissue of 1970 album with deluxe packaging includes an expansive booklet with rare memorabilia & photo’s, plus eight bonus tracks, ’Bird Of Prey’ (US [...]

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