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Deep Purple
« on: October 14, 2015, 06:10:17 PM »
Once called the loudest rock band in the world by the Guinness book of records( sorry Blue Cheer) and also one third of the original hard rock/metal triumvirate that came out of England in the late 60's/early 70's (Zep/Sabbath being the other two.) This band is still rolling along today despite the passing of keyboard virtuoso Jon Lord in 2011 and the departure of guitar god Ritchie Blackmore in 1993. Why this band is not in the rock n roll hall of fame yet is still a mystery...they should have been already in a long time ago.The original version (68-69) MKI did 3 records and had a hit with Hush but the most favorite version everybody should know is MK II, the one with Ian Gillan on vocals(screamer extraordinaire!) that lasted from 69-73 and reformed in 84 til 88 and then again in 1993 and produced some big mega hit called Smoke on the what ever it is...lol (you know what I mean ;) as well as killer tunes such as Highway Star, Child In Time, Strange Kind Of Woman and Perfect Strangers to name a few and also arguably the greatest live album of all ...Made In Japan. MKIII featured David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes and had a great record in 74 called Burn but the follow up Stormbringer lacked the hard hitting direction Burn had, it was more soul and funky which led to Blackmore leaving in 75 to start Rainbow(a whole nother topic). They carried on with Tommy Bolin on guitar and did one record and tour before calling it a day in 76 until 1984 when the MK II lineup reformed and gave the world a great comeback record Perfect Strangers. There is something from each of the lineups and I didn't touch the later stuff they did in the 80's/90's and 2000 that is out there that people will dig if you're a true fan and if you haven't checked them out or need a refresher...then go do it.But bottom line Deep Purple is a great rock band bar none......I'm done yapping, the floor is yours!
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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2015, 01:26:32 PM »
This is a band I could talk about all day. One of my original early all time favorites and reside permanently on my top 10 list and have done so since I was probably about 12 years old. This band could jam like no other, and in their heyday (particularly the MK 2 lineup) I don't think anybody could touch them. Sabbath was too stoned, Zeppelin was too inconsistent. Speaking of the Mk 2 lineup they had a great vocalist in Ian Gillan who could scream like he was on fire but yet also possessed an awesome soft voice on many tracks as well, the mysteriousness of Blackmore and his pyrotechnics and pure anger and emotion taken out on that guitar, Ian Paice was one of the best beat drummers I've ever heard, I could just listen to him fuck around on the drums all day, Glover always kept a tight bottom and rhythm groove with Paice. That secret weapon was John Lord (king of the Hammond organ) that dude was AMAZING on that organ and also could play a lot of different synthesizers and keyboards well, but he strangled sounds out of that organ (much like Keith Emerson-ELP) that were mesmerizing. That's just one era (albeit the best) of the band. There's much more before and beyond to check out as well.

Mk 1: the beginning was more psychedelic as they worked towards their heavier sound and harder rock edge. The couple Beatles covers and Hush were interesting and this lineup produced some good stuff. Here are a few of my favorites from the early days, you can feel it building into what was to come. Love the guitar break on blind and awesome keyboard work by Lord. The drums on chasing shadows. Very good smooth soft vocals from Rod Evans, that third self titled album is a long lost treasure.

Blind (1969) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE_hu7_yZ_0
Fault line/The painter (1969) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rHGuxOlKuo
Chasing Shadows (1969) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfRJqBQ5eTM

Mk 2: I won't bother with the stuff everybody knows already but here are a few early Gillan favorites (mandrake root being a mk 1 song with Gillan's version here) The band was on fire the minute Gillan and Glover came in and finished the complete game changing lineup.

Bloodsucker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IOqRcM52vE
Mandrake Root (live 1970) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efJOk8ufWyg
Into the fire (1971 tv) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yGVCYmkaCY

The MK 3 lineup: After the departure of Gillan and Glover, Enter David Coverdale and Glen Hughes what are vocal pairing. A little different as the vibe turned more blues and even soulful leanings but still has some gems, especially any of the live recordings (Made in Europe, Live in London I think was another) This lineup gave us Burn, Mistreated, Stormbringer. Any one who is a Whitesnake fan should know these records well, cause it's clearly where that all started and marinated itself. Here's a few to refresh everyone's memory.

Mistreated (live) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxnIqM8I6f4
Soldier of fortune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGHbzP96WWA

Mk 4: The least known lineup, when Ritchie finally took off the first time and it looked like the end. But they brought in Tommy Bolan on guitar and made the final album before the 80's Mk 2 lineup reunion. Come taste the band is a very tasty bluesy based album that I still break out and thoroughly enjoy from time to time. This album deserves MUCH more credit than it gets. Coverdale/Hughes vocals are very well done on this album. And Lord and Paice compliment and blend Bolan's guitar work nicely. Tommy wasn't bad at all. The last concert Japan album is well worth checkin out also to hear this lineup live in action. Here's a taste of Mk 3.

   
You Keep on Moving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6vFS8CrfFU
Comin Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg4ClClFIWo

The Mk 2 Reunion: The 80's saw the reunited premier lineup of the band. The first time I got to see the band live on the Perfect Strangers tour (Phenomenal, still one of the best shows I ever attended) as well I believe as the  House of Blue Light Tour. That Perfect Strangers album was spectacular. and check out the recently released live dvd from the perfect strangers tour. Here is a kick ass instrumental bonus track from the perfect strangers re-release many may not have heard.

Son of Alerik: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S4aN98s4LQ
Mad Dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l7dCnkxSNA

Current lineup: Following one album with Joe Lynn Turner (which isn't bad) if your a Rainbow fan chances are you own and enjoyed this one. As time went on Ritchie came and went. Finally for good which led to Steve Morse filling the shoes for a now extended period of years. John Lord retired then unfortunately passed away. They still march along with Gillan, Glover, Paice, Morse and Don Airey. I'd recommended checking out Perpendicular and Abandon. I saw the band live a few times in these years (albeit seldom as their American tour dates are seldom and spread out geographically so it is hit or miss) Bananas was the last album I purchased and I wasn't overly thrilled with that one. That is about the time I decided to stop buying a lot of my older favorite bands new releases unless someone really really highly recommended they be heard. It simply just costs too much to blindly buy all the old bands ne releases because most are a shadow of their former selves unfortunately, but that's probably a whole other topic for discussion. This lineup has had some spark though as far as their recorded material. The dinosaur wasn't dead yet. The following is by far my favorite Morse era song.

Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fsbIbAt_mo

ITS TIME FOR THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME (not that it means shit anymore, cause it is a bogus organization) but they DERSERVE IT!!
   

 
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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2015, 07:58:07 PM »
I do remember the Bananas tour...to which you got us thrown out of that show NJFF....!!!!! thanks a lot bud ;) just kidding!

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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2015, 11:52:04 PM »
hmmmm ehhh, Well it was the BANANAS tour. I took that literally and went BANANAS on Borgata security. I've been thrown outta better places (sorry, WE lmao) At least I waited till the encore. It wasn't the first time, and believe it or not, it wasn't the last time I didn't see eye to eye with Borgata security.  ;D  8) funny shit
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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2015, 11:55:20 PM »
I've grown up a lot since then  :D
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Well, maybe not THAT much  LMAO :-[
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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2015, 04:56:50 PM »
Perfect Strangers is still my fave DP record.  Never got into Coverdale with the snake.  Gillian is the ideal vocalist for DP as far as I am concerned. 
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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2015, 09:08:13 PM »
Hopefully their third nomination will be the charm for Deep Purple's LONG OVERDUE Rock Hall induction in 2016. However, I think it should be the Mach II incarnation ONLY (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, and Paice.) It's not the original lineup, but it is the definitive one without question. 'In Rock' is probably my favorite Deep Purple album if I had to pick one. 

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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2015, 09:58:46 PM »
Yes the Mach II lineup should be inducted if they get elected but imho Coverdale and Hughes who helped make Mach III should be considered as well. Burn was an awesome album when it came out and proved that Purple was back even if it was only one year.

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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2015, 11:00:19 AM »
Well they finally got in, not that anybody but probably gives a shit, but it is about time and very deserved. and great to see Chicago, Cheap Trick and Steve Miller recognized, but they still have a lot more over sights they need to get in there.

I kinda understand why they'd leave off Bolan, Airey, and Morse I guess. but don't understand how they include Rod Evans and not Nick Simper as both were part of the same lineup.

Now it remains to be seen if Ritchie will show up and who if anyone will perform, as it appears Ritchie and Gillan still have a dislike for one another.

   http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/its-official-deep-purple-cheap-trick-to-be-inducted-into-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame/
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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2016, 07:55:05 PM »
OK....I don't know how many of us felt after hearing that Ritchie wasn't allowed to join the rest of the band at the RRHOF next month. Is it a Gillan ploy...maybe but he said he wants the current lineup (with Don Airey and Steve Morse) to play. I guess some people can't let the past be the past...shame.

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« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2016, 08:01:02 PM »
Definitely a joke what is happening with that, same thing with Cetera not performing with Chicago. Gillan I'm sure is the main player behind that as he is Ritchie's main enemy in Purple. I get it that they probably want the current lineup to play, so as not to be overshadowed since they have been together for a long time now, but still it is to honor the past achievements, so WTF they can't just come out and jam Hush, Burn and Smoke On The Water with all of them on stage.     
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Re: Deep Purple
« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2016, 08:43:01 PM »
Im not going to go into as much detail as you two. Mostly because don't know as much as you guys, all I know is that Ian Gillans voice is hauntingly soothing to my ears. And one of my favorite all time songs is My Woman From Tokyo. Just the blending of riffs, and rolling drums and Lords magical sounds takes me to my Happy Place.   

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Re: Deep Purple
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