|Released 15 February 1974|
Burn (1974) Stormbringer (1974)
Release date 15 February 1974
|Recorded November 1973|
Producer Deep Purple
Artist Deep Purple
Label Warner Bros. Records
|Studio Montreux, Switzerland with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio|
Genres Hard rock, Heavy metal, Blues rock
Similar Deep Purple albums, Hard rock albums
Burn is the eighth studio album by the English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature then-unknown David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes from Trapeze on bass and vocals.
The album was recorded in Montreux, Switzerland, in November 1973 with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. With the addition of David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, Purple's hard rock sound became more boogie oriented, incorporating elements of soul and funk which would become much more prominent on the follow-up album, Stormbringer.
Hughes participated in song-writing, but wasn't given credit due to unexpired contractual obligations. However, the 30th anniversary edition of the album included Hughes in the credits for all the tracks except "Sail Away", "Mistreated", "'A' 200" and the bonus track "Coronarias Redig".
Release and reception
Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic wrote in his review:
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.
In 2004 Burn was remastered and released with bonus tracks. "Coronarias Redig" was recorded during the Burn recording sessions, used only as a B-side for the "Might Just Take Your Life" single in 1974. It appears as a bonus track (in remixed form) on the anniversary edition re-release. The 2004 remix version of "Burn" was later used in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
In 2005 an unauthorised documentary about the album was produced as part of "The Ultimate Critical Review" series. It featured brand new interview with the original Deep Purple Mk III bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes.
"Might Just Take Your Life", released three days before the album on 12 February, was Deep Purple's first UK single in two years.
All tracks written by Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, except as indicated.
2Might Just Take Your Life4:40
3Lay Down - Stay Down4:21