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Burn — The Epic Purple Mk III Album is 43

Burn — The Epic Purple Mk III Album is 43

Deep Purple's classic Burn album is 43 years old today.  How time flies.  Although the album is by some considered second to MkII DP's Machine Head, I believe it is far superior.  Burn went to number one worldwide.  It was Purple's most successful album post Machine Head and Live in Japan.

Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was at the height of his powers and the riffs on this album are just incredible.  Keyboardist Jon Lord complements Blackmore perfectly with classically influenced runs.

The newly recruited lead vocalist David Coverdale lends a new powerful sound and blends amazing harmonies with bassist Glenn Hughes.  Hughes too performs some lead vocals on this album.

Original member Ian Paice provides the drumming.

I only noticed that the anniversary had come up having seen a post by Glenn Hughes on his FaceBook page.  At this point the band was so big with it's Number One status it had the resources to pay for its own full size commercial jet.

"Burn turned Everyone around ... MkIII was made with the two voices of David & myself… We had no fear & there was a lot of love on this album we were family RIP brother Jon..," he posted.

"The phenomenal title track started things off at full throttle, actually challenging the seminal "Highway Star" for the honor of best opener to any Deep Purple album, while showcasing the always impressive drumming of Ian Paice. The fantastic slow-boiling blues of "Mistreated"'s greatness qualifies it for the highest echelons of hard rock achievement, and therefore ranks as an essential item in the discography of any self-respecting music fan." — Eduardo Rivadavia

Within months of releasing the album the band performed the best part of it to 250,000 paying fans at the California Jam in 1974.  For vocalist David Coverdale this was a big challenge — he'd only performed to pub-sized crowds before this one.

They don't make concert events like this one anymore.  It was so big it has been compared to Woodstock.

Ritchie Blackmore had a near miss when some pyrotechnics went badly wrong — he as nearly badly burnt by a pyro pot.  These were halycon days for the MkIII lineup.  One more album would follow, called Stormbringer.  Soon after Blackmore quit to form Rainbow but that's another story.

Unlike other rock festivals such as Woodstock, the concert was not planned for release as a film or sound recording. However, the ABC television network (which was also a sponsor of the concert) broadcast several portions of the show as part of its In Concert series several months later.

The audio portion of the show was also broadcast in stereo on FM radio stations, an early example of simulcasting.  Deep Purple's California Jam performance was the first full length music concert film to be released and sold on video tape in the early 1980s.


Burn
Deep Purple
Songs 8 Comments 0
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Released 1974
Format Vinyl
Type
Length 41:37
N discs 1
Label Purple Records
Genre Rock
Price 0.00
Cat N TPS 3505

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