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3.42 | 14 ratings | 1 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Never Before (edit) (3:56)
2. When a Blind Man Cries (3:32)

Total Time 7:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Ritchie Blackmore / guitar
- Ian Gillan / vocals
- Roger Glover / bass
- Jon Lord / organ, keyboards
- Ian Paice / drums

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DEEP PURPLE Never Before / When a Blind Man Cries ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by Guillermo
3 stars Both songs of this single were recorded during the recording sessions for their "Machine Head" album in December 1971. This single was released in March 1972.

"Never Before", included in the "Machine Head" album, but released in the "A" side of this single in edited form (with 3:29 minutes of duration), is a song more influenced by Rock and Roll music, and it has some good solos by Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and Jon Lord on electric piano. It is more a danceable and funny song in this single, and one of the best songs from the "Machine Head" album.

"When a Blind Man Cries", which was only originally released in the "B" side of this single and not in the "Machine Head" album, is a slow song with some Blues music influences and with somewhat "spiritual" lyrics which is somewhat similar to "Child in Time" but without Ian Gillan`s shouts and shorter in lenght. It is a good "serious" song sung with feeling by Gillan and with some good guitar solos by Blackmore. It has been written in some websites that Blackmore did not like this song, so maybe it was the reason that this song was relegated to the "B" side of this single. The band never played the song in concert with Blackmore. It was until he left the band in late 1993 that the band started playing the song in concerts.

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