|Deep Purple — Burn [30th Anniversary Remastered] (2016)|
Deep Purple — Burn [30th Anniversary Remastered] (2016)
•→ 30th Anniversary Edition.
•→ Tracks 1 to 8 originally released in 1974.
•→ Digital remastering at Abbey Road Studios.
•→ Tracks 9 to 13 mixed at Metropolis Studios, London, Oct. 2003, March 2004.
Origin: Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
Album release: 15 February 1974
Recorded: November 1973 in Montreux, Switzerland
Record Label: EMI/Purple (UK) / Warner Bros. (US)
Duration: 42:25 + 29:41 => 72:06
01 Burn 6:05
02 Might Just Take Your Life 4:41
03 Lay Down, Stay Down 4:21
04 Sail Away 5:52
05 You Fool No One 4:48
06 What’s Going On Here 4:58
07 Mistreated 7:28
08 ‘A’ 200 4:17
09 Coronarias Redig (2004 Remix) 5:32
10 Burn (2004 Remix) 6:04
11 Mistreated (2004 Remix) 7:30
12 You Fool No One (2004 Remix) 4:59
13 Sail Away (2004 Remix) 5:36
•→ Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Coverdale 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12
•→ Blackmore, Coverdale 4, 11, 13
•→ Blackmore, Lord, Paice 8, 9
•→ Ritchie Blackmore — guitar
•→ Jon Lord — keyboards, synthesizers
•→ Ian Paice — drums, percussion
•→ David Coverdale — lead vocals
•→ Glenn Hughes — bass guitar, lead vocals
♣ Deep Purple — producer, mixing
♣ Martin Birch — engineer, mixing
♣ Tapani Tapanainen — assistant engineer
♣ Nesbit, Phipps and Froome — artwork
♣ Fin Costello — sleeve photography
♣ Candle Makers Supplies — candles
♣ Tony Edwards — executive producer (2004 version)
♣ Matthew Tait — mixing (2004 remixes)
♣ Peter Mew — mastering (2004 version)•→ Warner Music Japan has just reissued DEEP PURPLE’s classic “Burn”, the 30th Anniversary Remastered Edition appeared in 2004 with bonus tracks, for the first time on SHM~CD, and at a very affordable price.
•→ Simply put, this is one of the best hard rock albums of all time.
•→ Up until “Burn”, Deep Purple had been a wonderfully oiled heavy rock outfit capable of outstanding brilliance and a string of classic albums; In Rock, Machine Head and Made In Japan.
•→ With the loss of Roger Glover and vocalist Ian Gillan (both left the group) most bands would have folded or imported others of superstar status — Paul Rogers and Phil Lynott were on the shopping list.
•→ But instead, Purple recruited two relative unknowns; Glen Hughes from the up n’ coming Trapeze, and David Coverdale, a shop assistant in a Yorkshire menswear shop.
•→ The result, a cataclysmic implosion of styles as hard rock met blues and funk to produce one of the finest Rock albums of the mid Seventies.
•→ A template for a more commercial approach to rock that many, including Whitesnake and Rainbow, would later successfully follow.
•→ And this remastered release doesn’t disappoint. From the opening bars of ‘Burn’ the sound virtually rips your speaker cones apart — it’s an assault on the senses — the vibrancy of Blackmore’s guitar, the urgency of Lord’s keyboards, the sublime vocals of Coverdale and Hughes.
•→ As you reel from the opening blow, Lord’s Hammond drifts in, reminiscent of Woman From Tokyo, but ‘Might Just Take Your Life’ is more typical of this album’s more soulful approach.
•→ “Burn” is a subtle bending of styles; the sheer pace of ‘Burn’, ‘You Fool No One’ and ‘A 200’. The bar room heavy blues of ‘Lay Down, Stay Down’ and ‘What’s Going On Here’. The slow burning funk of ‘Sail Away’ and every one of the wonderful 7 minutes 27 seconds of the incredible ‘Mistreated’.
•→ By all accounts, there wasn’t much ‘extra’ studio footage around, so the bonus tracks here are restricted to 5 remixes, including ‘Coronarias Redig’ (an instrumental single b~side).
•→ Of the others (‘Burn’, ‘Mistreated’, ‘You Fool No One’ and ‘Sail Away’) you’d be hard pushed to spot the difference, although the remixing does freshen up the sound and add a little extra sharpness.
•→ But for me, the stars of the show are the vocals — this remastering / SHM~CD really make you appreciate the extent to which Coverdale and Hughes share vocals and they’re both outstanding.
•→ Let’s face it, we all knew what Paice, Blackmore and Lord could deliver. But Coverdale / Hughes had to prove they had what it takes. And how.
•→ To sum it up, this “Burn 30th Anniversary Remastered SHM~CD” is a bit like meeting an old teen girlfriend many years down the line, to discover that she’s had a face lift, is hotter than hell, and can still get your rocks off.
•→ Awesome sound.Biography:
•→ Deep Purple shifted halfway through its career from rock with pseudo~classical keyboard flourishes to guitar~dominated heavy metal; in the latter, vastly popular phase, it was listed as loudest rock band by the Guinness Book of World Records. In the wake of a highly publicized regrouping of the classic lineup, Deep Purple has emerged as one of the longest~lived (with a few interruptions) U.K. hard~rock/metal outfits and a showcase for some of the most successful hard~rock stars of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, including guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer David Coverdale.
•→ After woodshedding in Hertfordshire, England, Deep Purple had its first success with an American hit, a version of Joe South’s “Hush” (#4, 1968), followed by Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman” (#38, 1968). The group’s popularity couldn’t keep its label, Tetragrammaton, from going under after the band’s 1968 tour. In 1969, with a new lineup including Ian Gillan, who had sung in Jesus Christ Superstar, Deep Purple recorded Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra, but after it failed to sell, Ritchie Blackmore began to dominate the band. His simple repeated guitar riffs helped make Deep Purple one of the most successful groups of the early ‘70s, but his personality clashes with other band members, particularly Gillan, precipitated several personnel shifts in between.
•→ In Rock and Fireball attracted attention, and Machine Head made the U.S. Top 10 (#7), thus adding to the band’s success in England, Europe, Japan, and Australia. One year after Machine Head was released, “Smoke on the Water” — about the band’s near~disastrous Montreux concert with Frank Zappa — became a #4 hit single, and the album returned to the Top 10, eventually selling over 2 million copies. By late 1974, Deep Purple had sold nearly 15 million albums. But the band had begun to fall apart. Gillan left for a solo career in 1973. He released a number of albums in the U.K. In 1975 he formed the Ian Gillan Band and after it dissolved in 1983, joined Black Sabbath. Roger Glover followed Gillan, moving on to session and production work (for Judas Priest, Elf, Nazareth, Ian Gillan, Spencer Davis, Michael Schenker of UFO, Barbi Benton, and Blackmore’s Rainbow). Gillan’s replacement, David Coverdale, sang on Burn and Stormbringer. He would find greater fame, however, in the ‘80s with Whitesnake [see entry] and his collaboration with Jimmy Page. Jon Lord recorded a British solo album, Gemini Suite (1974). Blackmore left in 1975 to form Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow [see entry]. He was replaced by Tommy Bolin, with whom the group recorded one LP, Come Taste the Band, before announcing its retirement in 1976.
•→ In 1980 a bogus reincarnation of Deep Purple led by original vocalist Evans popped up on the West Coast bar circuit. Blackmore and Glover took legal action to prohibit Evans from using the name. In 1984 they reclaimed the name for themselves, reuniting for their first new LP since 1976, the Top 20, platinum Perfect Strangers, which included “Knocking at Your Back Door.” Despite being welcomed warmly by its fans, Deep Purple was plagued by personal tensions, and Gillan again departed in 1989. He pursued a solo career, only to return again for 1994’s The Battle Rages On, but left again shortly thereafter.
•→ This biography originally appeared in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/deep-purple
Glenn Hughes: http://www.glennhughes.com/•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•→•
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