The first in the series of three new Deep Purple remastered discs from Friday Music, "Stormbringer" the hugely successful Deep Purple album, marks its first release to a North American audience, after being out of print for almost two decades. Recorded in 1974 as a follow-up to their multi- platinum release "Burn", Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice and Jon Lord forged ahead with a harder sound and continued their assault on audiences worldwide with "Stormbringer." With an apocalyptic entrance, the title track " Stormbringer" kicks the album into a full gear. Blackmore, known for creating some of the finest and most familiar riffs in music history, continues his legendary roll with this metal anthem. Coverdale notches up another career defining song as well, which has followed him through his amazing run with Deep Purple and his own successful arena band Whitesnake. Eight more incredible performances continue to thrill the listener including the Glenn Hughes melodic classic "Holy Man" and the rocking "Lady Double Dealer", which features the solid back beat of Ian Paice and Jon Lord, which became one of the more lasting tracks in their long list of fan favorites. The bluesy ballad "Soldier Of Fortune" showcases the strength of David Coverdale's writing and vocal ability, and is a fine close out to this sorely missed album. Newly remastered from the impeccable Warner Music vaults by Joe Reagoso (Procol Harum, David Lee Roth, Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, packaged with new liner notes, with the cd packaged in a very cool limited edition purple tray, welcome back this much heralded album for the first time on cd in almost two decades.
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STORMBRINGER COMIN TIME TO ROCK !!!
G. Fox | Reston, VA | 04/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ah, Stormbringer. This is probably one of the most talked about albums in Deep Purple's history. And, a very well named one because that is exactly what it did, it braught storms of funk, rock, love, hate, and last but never least, the eventual temporary departure of Ritchie Blackmore. Blackmore's departure was due to the dislike of the funk put into the band by David coverdale the vocalist and future whitesnake frontman and Glenn Hughes the bassist in place of Roger glover, and also this was due to the refusal to record blackmores favorite songs "black sheep of the family" and "still im sad." Blackmore would later form "Rainbow" my favorite calssic rock band. Back to purple, fans began to see what blackmore was talking about and, this album got a nasty reputation, and even worse was the reputation given for "come taste the band" the follow up album done by the infamous "MKIV" line up. Despite its reputation, "stormbringer" is fascinating. Its just one of those great album you can listen to on one of those long drives in the midwest. It truly is underated. Yet when you listen to it, you can see clearly why Blackmore hated it, and I myself don't play guitar , but I wouldn't neccessarily like to play it either. I can't rate it five stars however, one reason only, its not that good ol' purple punch that was packed in previous album, even burn was purple hands down. Stormbringer is different, but should you buy it? ABOSOLUTELY"