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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Deep Purple / Import / Audio CD released 1989-07-10 at Purple

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      12.08.2009 16:52
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      Have to like Coverdale to like this

      Burn was the first album of the so called MK3 of Deep Purple - the third line-up consisting of David Coverdale replacing Ian Gillan as vocalist and Glenn Hughes coming as the new bassist. Whilst Hughes' effect on the changed sound of the band seems to be minimal, the same can't be said for Coverdale.

      I think his voice is pretty much one that you like or don't, whilst he has the ability to sing with a gravelly blues voice, he seems to prefer screaming out higher notes more of the time and lacks the earthiness in Gillan's voice. The songs on Burn are longer than any of the previous albums, blending prog rock with a hammy type of heavy metal and blues.

      I'm quite a fan of Deep Purple, thoroughly enjoying the early years and even to some extent the final album where Bolin replaces Blackmore, this one though harbours too many extended instrumental sections and whilst the guitar solos are impressive, they are not out of this world.

      I think the most noticeable difference between this album and it's predecessors is that the song writing has dropped a level, gone are the catchy lyrics of Smoke on the Water and Highway Star and in are the less interesting musings of "Sail Away" (which incidentally happens to be one of my favourite songs on the album).

      If you are a Coverdale fan, you'll probably like this album but for me he only worsens Deep Purple's line-up.

      1 Burn
      2 Might Just Take Your Life
      3 Lay Down Stay Down
      4 Sail Away
      5 You Fool No One
      6 What's Goin' On Here
      7 Mistreated
      8 Zoo

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      10.08.2008 13:54
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      A great album by the Mark III version of the 'Purps

      Burn marked the beginning of the Mark III era of Deep Purple. With the departure of Ian Gillan on vocals, a new singer was needed. Stepping up to the plate after replying to an advert in the NME was Yorkshire lad David Coverdale. Coverdale's voice would prove to be one of the best in rock, with the ability to out-scream Robert Plant and out-soul Aretha Franklin.
      Burn, the opening track set the standard for the new Deep Purple sound, keeping the hard rock edge, but also develop a new funky aspect to the band's repertoire. This was helped by new boy Glenn Hughes.
      Might Just Take Your Life is my favourite song from the album. It shows off every member of the bands talents, from the organ-master Jon Lord to the crashing drums of Ian Paice.
      'Mistreated' was still used bu Coverdale well into his time in Whitesnake and is another great slow burning blues number that displayed his burgeoning talent as a force to be reckoned with. A fantastic album that now been digitally remastered - go buy it immediately!

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      25.06.2003 21:52
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      After the completion of the comparatively lacklustre 'Who do we think we are', Purple vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover left, and were replaced by Glenn hughes on bass/vocals (formerly in Trapeze) and David Coverdale on vocals. Coverdale was a phenomenal find, the rock world needing to be exposed to his bluesy and soulful yet powerful and roaring voice. The new line up (completed of course by guitarist ritchie blackmore, organist jon lord and drummer ian paice) released its first album in 1974, to critical and commercial acclaim, though not as much as mark ii staples 'in rock' and 'machine head'. With the exception of closing instrumental A200, all the songs on this album are good, though in my opinion it is the title track and closer 'Mistreated' that are the true standouts. The title track is one of Purple's best rockers, with a superb Blackmore riff (one of his best ever), excellent organ playing, really brilliant drumming from Paicey, and a vocal duet from Coverdale and Hughes. Hughes sings the bridge, but its David's vocals that stand out on this song, full of bluesy power. Mistreated is a phenomenal slow blues track, with beautiful playing frm Blackmore and one of Cov's best vocal performances of his career (he would continue to play it live with Whitesnake into the 1990s; and Ronnie James Dio, while having nothing to do with its writing, continues to play it at Dio live shows!!!). 'Might just take your life' has great keyboard work from Lord, 'Lay down stay down' has great guitar work, and 'sail away' is very funky, and began to sow the seeds of the demise of mark III. Hughes especially would seek to take the band in a funky/soul direction, while Blackmore was rigidly against that. But anyway.... 'Burn' is a classic of 70s hard rock. Get it!!

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        09.07.2000 06:18
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        I can remember buying this album when it was first released all the way back in 1974 this is one of those rare albums where every track is a good`un from the opener "BURN" to the the last "A200" At a push I would say that that this is my favourite Deep Purple album as all the tracks are so good. This is excellent "heavy" music and the songwriting is to the same standard. the standout tracks for me would be "burn" and "mistreated" the guitar and keyboard duel on burn and the guitar and bass on mistreated are guaranteed foot tappers (or should that be headbangers? The other six tracks are brilliant too. As the saying goes if you only buy one deep purple album buy this

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Burn
      2 Might Just Take Your Life
      3 Lay Down Stay Down
      4 Sail Away
      5 You Fool No One
      6 What's Goin' On Here
      7 Mistreated
      8 Zoo