In February 1974, Deep Purple released burn, the band’s first album in their new line-up. The album release feels a different album mostly due to the personnel changes. The style also shifted away with Roger Glover left his thick bass playing was gone and Ian Gillan also left the band after disputes with Blackmore.
The show must go on. Although the strongest line-up of Deep Purple has gone down in history, two new people have appeared instead. First, as the vocalist, then little known David Coverdale, who later became famous as the leader of Whitesnake, as bassist Glenn Hughes.
Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale bring a funkier twist (perhaps a way to gain a foothold in the “American audience”). The start of the Mark III era remains very promising. The album is average, after the excellent opening of the title “Burn” the rest of the songs are only good. Burn became famous for being the first Mark III album that preceded them to a European tour as ambitious as the Machine Head.
In short, the first blow of the Mk III somewhat reminds you of Back in Black” (AC / DC, 1980). What resembles them is the fan’s desire to continue to worship their favorite band, and for that not only does the band would not end their journey but are being praised against wind and tide.
Overall, “Burn” is, therefore, the best term to define the verve and explosive alchemy that the band found with the charismatic contribution of the two new members. Burn remains a classic album from a fantastic band. Listen to the full album below: