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STORMBRINGER

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.03 | 416 ratings

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strayfromatlantis
2 stars Burn re-heated!

This record obviously follows the trail Burn provided but this time the songs are more a mixture of Philly- Soul and Hardrock (in this order). Blessed are they who can enjoy this, I can't. The hardrock ideas are mediocre at best. And if I want to listen to soul I wouldn't certainly buy Deep Purple. The only two decent tracks are Stormbringer (hardrock in a pure vein) and Love don't mean a thing (soul in a pure vein). The rest are caricatures. Once Uriah Heep imitated Deep Purple, with The Gypsy Deep Purple imitated Uriah Heep. And Soldier of Fortune is the cheesiest thing they ever did.

With hindsight one can find a strangly alternating DP discography. On the one hand we have a line consisting of DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK-MACHINE HEAD-BURN, on the other we find FIREBALL-WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE-STORMBRINGER. Arguably the albums in each line were getting weaker, but that's probably not the interesting point here. The albums in the first line were dominated by the man clad in black. Obviously DP always tried to stray from the Hardrock path when Mr Blackmore was in a bad mood and lost his affinity for the band. Then experimenting began and most of it was good. But, alas, this doesn't go for the album reviewed here - 2 stars with benevolence.

strayfromatlantis | 2/5 |

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