When a band loses members, no one really knows what would come next. Will the band break up or will they continue with new members?
When bands lose their lead singers, the uncertainty is even higher.
But when Deep Purple lost Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, Richie Blackmore stepped up even more to push the band forward. As far as Blackmore was concerned, he was the driving force behind the band and this grit and determination would lead him to find not one but two vocalists who would assist him in moving forward with the massive riffs he was coming up with.
“Burn” is the eighth studio album, released in February 1974, and the first to feature an unknown David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes, from Trapeze, on bass and vocals.
The album was recorded in Montreux, Switzerland, in November 1973, with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
Deep Purple MK3 is Ritchie Blackmore on Guitars, David Coverdale on Vocals, Glenn Hughes on Bass and Vocals, Jon Lord on Keyboards and Ian Paice on Drums.
Production was still listed with the band as Producers and Mixers (but all they had to do was just say yes or no to the takes and mixes), with Martin Birch doing the bulk of the work capturing the sounds and actually mixing the album.
It owes some of its thought and structure to “Highway Star” as the DP guys wanted to have another high energy song to open the show and new album with.
It also has structured organ and guitar solos like “Highway Star”, around Bach like sequences which Lord and Blackmore worked out.
Coverdale mentioned in the “The Purple Album Track By Track”, that “Burn” was the first song that he started working on with Richie Blackmore, which he called sounded like “Symphonic Rock”. He also wrote four different lyrical versions for the song, with the Sci Fi version being selected by the guys in the band as the one to use.
David Coverdale loved the riff so much, that “Children Of The Night” from the 1987 self-titled album was the result. I would add that part of “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again” also has some of the “Burn” feel.
And as good as all of the riffs and solos are, Ian Paice behind the kit, just brings the power and the pace. As soon as his drums come in, the foot is tapping and the head is moving.
It’s my favourite Deep Purple song which gets performed at Whitesnake or Glenn Hughes or Yngwie Malmsteen concerts instead of Deep Purple concerts because of the singers.
Might Just Take Your Life
The Jon Lord organ riff to start it off is from “Woman From Tokyo”.
Jon Lord was the primary writer for Deep Purple on the first couple of albums until Richie Blackmore had enough and started to become the primary songwriter from “In Rock”.
The melodies came from a relaxed jam session that Coverdale and Lord were having.
Overall it’s got that British blues rock feel.
But press play to hear Coverdale and Hughes harmonize in the Chorus.
Lay Down, Stay Down
It’s got that blues rock feel from the “Who Do We Think We Are” album and that sound and riff is something that Blackmore would come back to with his Rainbow project.
Ian Paice again showcases his drumming abilities.
Its got that “Superstition” and “Play That Funky Music” funk rock groove that Blackmore came up with.
Its sung by both Coverdale and Hughes however both could have done the song justice if only one of em just sang it.
This song and “Mistreated” sums up what Coverdale brought to the Purple sound on this album.
Press play to listen to the funky bass playing from Glen Hughes. Hughes was also a co-writer, but he wasn’t credited due to being tied to another recording contract at the time.
The 30th Anniversary release fixed that.
You Fool No One
Coverdale and Hughes doing dual harmonies.
Ian Paice also showing his love of John Bonham and coming up with a definitive drum groove which formed the basis of the track for Blackmore to build on.
The middle solo section is almost Jazz Rock fusion, progressive like.
Press play and just enjoy.
What’s Goin’ On Here
A fun blues song based around a Jimi Hendrix song called “Highway Chile”.
It’s listed as being written by Blackmore and Coverdale.
Coverdale (who calls himself a “Domestic Guitar Hero) wrote a riff on Blackmore’s White Strat, in the Crypts of a Castle they were rehearsing at and when Blackmore heard it, instead of playing the riff with the Coverdale chords, Blackmore played the single notes.
And “Mistreated” was born.
And that opening vocal “I’ve been mistreated” is iconic.
This version is my go to version but on the Purple album from Whitesnake, Reb Beach takes the solo spotlight and creates a fresh and emotive blues shred lead.
It’s a B-side and if no one had heard it in the 70s, it appeared on the “30th Anniversary Edition” as a bonus track.
It’s a blues Rock song but those Hammond Organ chords give it a soul gospel feel.
And press play to hear Blackmore’s leads.
In Australia, the M3 version of DP went to number 5 on the charts. In Austria, Denmark, Germany and Norway it went to number 1. In Canada, Holland, Finland, France, UK and US it was a Top 10 album.
In other words people liked it.
10 thoughts on “The Record Vault: Deep Purple – Burn”
Great album. Brent Jensen covered it two weeks ago on Thursday Night Record Club. Everybody loved it. Mostly!
I think the instrumental track could have been left off, but …
I also need to get back into Mr Brent Jensen again. It’s been a while since I’ve tuned in to his podcast and the last time I caught him on as on the LeBrain Train.
It was a masterful job of re-establishing the band after everyone thought they wouldn’t make it. Some extreme talents brought in with Coverdale and Hughes.
I heard the riff to “Mistreated” on my Whitesnake’s ‘Ready an’ Willing’ album (live bonus track) and I thought it was so bada**! I am curious though, how did they make that album cover? It’s such a cool and iconic rock album cover.
From what I’ve read, they got a candle maker to make wax castings of their faces and then make the rest of candle around the face castings.
Ah, that’s cool! I thought it was all animated.
First time I heard this record was back in the early 80s. My thought at the time was these guys are old and the album was only 7 or 8 years old at the time. lol
lol…I was a young fool back then. Now I’m an old fool lol
Good album. Sail Away is the hidden gem to these ears.