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Hey, another Deep Purple review
.listening to all these old records over again reminds me just what a class act they were. Whilst this might not be the best of their releases, it's still fairly good. Fans of the earlier hard rocking, thoughtful and intelligent DP may not find this to their taste, as this is a more funked up (yes you did read that right) chest-beating macho Purple. For that we must thank (?) David Coverdale (vox) and Glenn Hughes (bass), who joined the band as replacements for Ian Gillan and Roger Glover respectively. Hughes sings too!!
Purple released two albums in 1974, firstly Burn and then this. Rock's second most famous feuding band (after Pink Floyd) having already gone through three changes of line up, managed to rip themselves apart again after this came out, with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore leaving to form Rainbow, and the follow up to this, the frankly pisspoor "Come Taste The Band" was to be their last hurrah for eight years.
The standout title track has David Coverdale moaning and groaning all over the show, Blackmore lays down a fine solo and this is the only song here that stands up to vintage DP standards. Although the rest of the songs are pretty good they mainly centre around the theme of Mr C's sexual prowess, hard livin' and hard lovin' babes, et cetera, you know what I mean. Take "High Ball Shooter" for instance. With a lyric that goes "high ball shooter...you sure ripped the low ones off me" you can guess what the subject matter is!! Same for "Lady Double Dealer", who's got to "get out of my way, you got nothing to say, yeah", though to be fair these are rollocking, rolling tunes and are a laugh hearing all over again. "Hold On" is another hilarious tune. DC is about to shoot his load and he's telling (sorry tellin') his woman to hold on "I feel I'm getting ready"........you just have to listen to these songs with a sense of humour.
Strangely enough, the ballads "Gypsy" and "Soldier Of Fortune" go totally the other way, as the band slow it down and get all reflective and emotional. Coverdale has his detractors but I think he's got a great rock and roll voice ideally suited to this kind of material.
Granted this review is a little short but really, there's not too much to say about this album other than it's got two power ballads, one big old-fahioned Purp's number and lots of songs about shagging. Blackmore may as well have stayed at home, Hughes is a decent enough bassist but sings like a girl and Paicey plods along on the drummers stool. So there you are. It's Status Quo boogie with knobs on. Good fun to listen to but you wouldn't want to play it over and over again.
Recorded just a few months after the classic "Burn" album and featuring the same line up "stormbringer" is a collection of largely forgettable tracks the title track being the best of a rather poor bunch. What a difference a few months can make, although the recording engineer, Martin Birch, who also produced on this, is the same as on the preceding album, this one feels flat and bland by comparison and gets very few plays by me. I have to say, even as a fan of the band, that with the exception of the title track this is a grim offering for completists only
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Love Don't Mean A Thing
3 Holy Man
4 Hold On
5 Lady Double Dealer
6 You Can't Do It Right
7 High Ball Shooter
9 Soldier Of Fortune