"Burn" is the first album introducing the Mark 3 line up with David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes
on bass. The newcomers are doing an excellent job replacing Ian Gillan
and Roger Glover. Even though "Burn" does not feature the classic Deep Purple
line up it is still a classic Deep Purple
album. The main reason is the characteristic sound of Ritchie Blackmore's Fender Stratocaster. Listen to album highlight "Mistreated" and then you know what I am taking about.
The two album openers "Burn" and "Might just take Your Life" are classic Deep Purple
tracks containing the Deep Purple
trademark: the thick sound of Blackmore's guitar and Jon Lord's keyboards. "Lay Down, Stay Down" has a riff quite similar to "Nobody's Home" from Perfect Strangers. You can easily hear that David Coverdale has his own vocal style, which he later developed in Whitesnake.
A cool thing about this album is the use of 2 singers. Glenn Hughes
doubles all the vocals, which is especially visible in "You Fool No One". The best Coverdale/Hughes performance is "Sail Away", which some of the best vocals I ever heard. The album ends with a Jon Lord epic, which is the only weak track on the album
It is always hard to compare the line ups and also to match previous Purple classics like "Machine Head". However I love this Mark 3 version of Deep Purple
and "Burn" is almost as good as any record from the Mark 2 line up. This is mainly because the classic Deep Purple
sound is intact and David Coverdale is avoiding sounding like an Ian Gillan
wannabe. Coverdales voice is different from Gillans and with the support of Hughes they provide their own personal touch to Deep Purple
. This album combines classic Deep Purple
elements and the cherry on top is the exceptional playing of Ritchie Blackmore. He's smoking on "Burn" (ha ha).
Even though the album was released in 1974 it sounds excellent today. A timeless rock album.
Written by Michael
Thursday, May 30, 2002Show all reviews by MichaelRatingsMichael: 8/10
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