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Editors’ Notes

The addition of new singer David Coverdale and bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes for the previous Deep Purple album, Burn, eventually led to key member Ritchie Blackmore becoming disillusioned with his own band. Blackmore’s own ideas were largely ignored, and he'd soon enough form Rainbow to fulfill his own need to play. On Stormbringer, Blackmore and Coverdale worked well as a team—writing “Stormbringer,” “Lady Double Dealer," and “Soldier of Fortune” together and several other songs with other members of the group—but there's still a shift here toward funk and soul that had only been hinted at on previous releases. “Love Don’t Mean a Thing” takes things in a commercial R&B direction, while “Holy Man” (written by Coverdale, Hughes, and keyboardist Jon Lord) gives Hughes a solo shot at the mic for a folk-bluesy track that treads closer to early Rod Stewart than typical Deep Purple. “Hold On,” written by everyone but Blackmore, is an easeful shuffle. While the album is obviously a transitional piece, it features just enough hard rockers to make it essential. Blackmore wouldn’t return until 1984’s Perfect Strangers.

Customer Reviews

A Hidden Treasure

I first bought this album in the mid 90's amidst a Deep Purple craze and was a bit disappointed in the begining, because I was expecting it to be as heavy as the previous one, "Burn". It shows the band flirting with Soul, which was a trend in Europe at the time. There are 2 rockers : "Stormbringer" and "Lady Double Dealer". Having said that, it's my favorite Deep Purple album. The lyrics are surprisingly comtemplative and considerably less shallow than in most of their other releases, and David Coverdale and Glen Hughes sing their hearts out throughout. Don't be put off by the more mellow pace of the album, because it has some of the most beautiful soul-influenced music that white musicians have ever recorded. In short, a beautiful album, which I would definitely recommend to friends.

Looks Good To Me

I only have four songs from this entire album, but they're all really good, so I think I might buy the rest. The cover is very enrapturing. The tornado...a barn...a perfect imagery of prosperity after the impossible. Only a little frightening if you look deep into the cover. If you've ever been in a tornado, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Great Album

great album, love deep purple. Though I do not credit them as being the fathers of heavy metal as some guy below did. That title belongs to Black Sabbath hands down and without question.

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Hertford, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in The Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan. Deep Purple were formed in Hertford, England, in 1968, with an inaugural...
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