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Stormbringer (35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2009
First off, let me say that giving this title a bad review before release date, and based ONLY on the format, is unfair and misleading.
***In view of some comments and other reviews after I posted mine, I have to add that YES, I DO HAVE A COPY even though I write this ahead of its scheduled street date. Thank you.***

This CD + DVD doesn't feature any high resolution content, but that's not reason enough to give it a one star review and put people off buying it. Not everyone owns a DVD-A or SACD capable machine so, even though I too would have preferred to have the hi-rez option as well, that's where the gripes end.

The DVD on this set will be playable on all machines, whether you're hi-rez equipped or not, and that makes for wider appeal and less of a headache for the consumers who might not be familiar with hi-rez formats.
We can't knock this release just because they didn't cater for the DVD-A and SACD enthusiasts. We represent a very small portion of the market and are in the minority. That may be sad to some of us, but it doesn't make this CD + DVD set any worse!

As for the actual contents of the set, everyone who's been following the previous remasters from Deep Purple already know what to expect. Care and attention to detail are given in both sound quality and presentation, with an informative booklet featuring many pictures and memorabilia.

As usual with the Deep Purple remasters, they also feature some nice bonus tracks and this is where Stormbringer stands head and shoulders over previous re-issues: It features new mixes of some of the album tracks done by Glenn Hughes (interesting for fans of the original album), plus an amazing and harder rocking early version of Highball Shooter, with Blackmore's guitars aplenty and to the forefront. As a Blackmore nut, this track alone made it well worth purchasing, a definite highlight!

But that's not all, because we also get a DVD with the original quadrophonic mix from the 70s! That's a real treat for all of us with a surround system at home and a whole new way of listening to tracks like Lady Double Dealer, Hold On or Gypsy.

If you're a fan of Stormbringer already, this re-issue is sure to give you plenty of listening enjoyment, along with the opportunity to listen to this underrated classic under a whole new light. Don't miss out!

I personally loved this re-issue more than that of Burn itself (arguably an overall better album) and, in all honesty, I have to give it 5 stars for sheer value-for-money. Sure, I would have loved to see hi-rez audio on the DVD (The Beatles' "Love" DVD-A being a great example of how this can be beautifully done), but it could also have been more expensive and, for the price, this new Stormbringer is a real winner.

Don't let the choice of DVD format bring you down, and enjoy the music. :)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Stormbringer the second album from deep purple Mark 3, finally gets the deluxe treatment, in this case in the form of CD and DVD (more on eth DVD to follow).
The music is a step up from the slick hard funk sound that characterised the `Burn' album, with the influence of `Coverdale' and `Hughes' in evidence throughout songs like `Stormbringer' and `Love don't mean a thing'. this album also contains probably my favourite Deep purple mark 3 song `Soldier of Fortune', a song a strong as any in the Deep purple cannon, and one which makes me think that if Richie Blackmore had not bailed out after this album a third album might just have been the best of the lot. The album its self is re-mastered on CD in the modern style i.e. squashing the dynamics a bit and making the music sound LOUD. Also on CD are Five bonus tracks the most interesting of which is `Love don't mean a thing' which is around a minute longer.
The best though is the DVD which contains the original Quad mix from 1974 for that alone EMI/Purple records are to be applauded, How many more Quad mixes are their in the record company archives waiting to be released like this. The Quad mix is very old school, i.e. no movement in the instruments and a lot of the time an instrument in each corner, nice. This mix is available to listen to in DTS 5.1 with a different single or album sleeve per song shown on your TV, or as a stereo mix down in PCM. Again applause to EMI for providing a PCM track at better that 16 bit. The one let down is the fact that a full strength DVDA track could have been added there is enough space on the disc; however this should not stop you buying the album. On the whole a nice package with copious sleeve notes and some great hard funk music. Now where is `Come taste the band' anniversary edition?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2009
Stormbringer is infamous for being the album Ritchie didn't like, although he's also gone on record of his dislike for Fireball, Who Do We Think, Concerto and all the Mk1 albums - most of his own discography! While Blackmore's influence on the songwriting was less on this album he still turns it on with some great soloing and tasteful playing.
The title track, Stormbringer is a classic Purple track and wouldn't have gone amiss on Burn. The rest of the album is a mixture of straight ahead rockers and some funk/ groove rock tracks plus a great ballad in Soldier Of Fortune at the end. Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes are a superb rhythm section and the latter produces some great bass playing, highlighted a little more in the remixes. Blackmore has some great moments, his playing on You Can't Do It Right (rocker plays funk - not a compressor or delay pedal in sight!), his manic solo on Lady Double Dealer and his stunning off the cuff solo on Hold On - just when you thought he was going to busk his way through the entire track he comes up with this great upbeat,melodic solo!
This CD release itself has been remastered, includes bonus remixes by Glenn Hughes and a disc of 5.1 quadrophonic mixes. Once more the whole package has been done very well (as have all the albums in the Purple remastered series) with the only downside being no unreleased tracks, alternate takes etc. The Highball Shooter Instrumental was on the Listen Learn, Read On Box set a few years back. Jon Lord said back in the day there may have been enough for a double album, surely some demos might have been available? That said Coverdale apparently vetoed the use of an early version of Soldier Of Fortune as a bonus track for this release.
All in all, its a great album. Not as aggressive as previous Purple albums, but if you keep an open mind you'll appreciate it all the more. As a band they always get lumped into the 'old heavy metal' category. This album more than any others shows how diverse Purple were and how greatly underrated they are as a band.

Now all they have to do is find the missing masters for the Come Taste The Band album and round off Purples classic remasters program in style, leaving behind a great sounding and well documented back catalogue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
With Stormbringer, the 2nd album by MK3 Deep Purple (and Purple's 9th studio album overall), the band expanded on the soul and funk sound that had been present in part on their previous album Burn.

In some ways Stormbringer is a departure for the band, however it still retains the musicianship and virtuosity associated with Deep Purple; Ian Paice's own special brand of drum fills are still there and Ritchie Blackmore lays down plenty of great guitar solos to keep you excited. Interestingly Jon Lord has incorporated many new key and synth sounds into his repertoire and the album, especially on the title track is really interesting hearing the trademark Lord virtuosity with completely different tones and style.

Also the dual singer system is put to great use, and if you enjoyed how Coverdale and Hughes worked on the previous album, you really ought to check out Stormbringer, on which the two gel even more and are now more comfortable within the band.

Some people don't care for Stormbringer, perhaps because at first glance, there aren't many straight up rock songs and nothing that still sounds very like the MK2 era. Burn treaded the line between both styles, but Stormbringer finds itself jumping feet first into the new style. Judged on its own merits however, Stormbringer is a very good album of fun and interesting songs and you shouldn't let the general style put you off, because the individual songs are all worth your time.

The song 'You Can't Do It Right,' is amazing, it is one of the most energetic and successful combinations of funk and rock that the band ever made, 'Lady Double Dealer,' and 'High Ball Shooter,' are another two fast and energetic numbers and the album ends with two really good ballad tracks, 'The Gypsy,' and 'Soldier Of Fortune' - a track which Opeth fans may recognize!

Overall, Stormbringer may not be your typical Deep Purple album, funkier and more soulful, but don't let that stop you from enjoying it, because it is a solid collection of genuinely enjoyable songs. I definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have held this review back for a while festering away at some of the pompous ,up your own backside nonsense that is spoken when this disc is discussed,that plus amazon have failed to upload the last review,must have been the swear words ha ha,i'll lay my cards on the table,i couldnt care less about the bonus dvd,i dont care wether the disc is sa cd,abcd,the planet mars remix,i want this for the original music,this is the most underated disc in purple's expansive collection,for anyone to suggest that its a poor disc is to completely negate the wonderful performances by all including blackmore.Coverdale paice,lord are particularly superb,i dont particularly care for glenn hughes,but his performance should not be underestimated,yes live he was an embarrassment but here fabulous,and mr blackmore well listen to his playing,is that the playing of someone who's not trying ,listen to the solo on hold on !!!!,there are no rockers? what about lady double dealer and the title track,stunning tracks,soldier of fortune and gypsy are sublime and a hint at the journeys both blackmore and coverdale would embark on in the future,holy man is a fantastic piece of music,but its not typical purple the gillanites scream,sorry was hush? was anyone 's daughter?,was sail away?.no the werent,thats what makes purple so great,a collective of various musicians over the years making fabulous music,quite frankly if you didnt like the vinyl why why why buy the cd now,just to whinge? sit back turn up the volume and marvel at a work of art.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2011
I will never understand why lots of Deep Purple fans don't like this album. Yes, it is different from In Rock and Machine Head, the two studio masterpieces everybody loves (I think Machine Head could easily be among the top ten rock albums of all time). But, being realistic, Deep Purple may not have been able to make another Machine Head even if Ian Gillan had fallen in love with Blackmore and had married him. If it was so easy to create a string of masterpieces, I guess they would not be such things. Remember the rather dissapointing Who Do We Think We Are ?
I think that many fans are much too nostalgic, and tend to refuse any kind of line-up changes or musical innovations, immediately qualifying them as some kind of treachery or creative weakness. Other ones simply hate Glenn Hughes and/or David Coverdale (and Tommy Bolin, Steve Morse, ... everyone who was not part of MK II).
Here we got a new musical direction where Deep Purple leaves room for a few slow numbers (Holy man, The Gypsy and Soldier of fortune, which are intense and powerful, not at all AOR mellow, sticky ballads), and some touches of soul or funk (more notorious in You can't do it right). Love don't mean a thing is a sensual and bluesy mid tempo song, Stormbringer really sounds like thunder and strikes like lightning, and the rest (Hold on, High ball shooter and Lady double dealer) are breathtaking rockers. The album is full of memorable bass lines, guitar and organ riffs, and superb solos of guitar, piano, organ and synthesizer; the drums and the voices are impeccable.
Ah, yes, of course, the remaster is ok.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2012
Unfortunately this set is not worth to go for. The regular CD clearly sounds a lot better than the stereo DVD mix !
The stereo tracks at this DVD are simply awful. Thin, flat and much too much highs...
The DTS mix are better, but I doubt I will ever play it, as the regular CD stereo version really sounds more full-bodied.

I really wonder how they manage do make such poor high resolution mix.......?..Are they just sloppy ?

On top on that this is not a genuine HR DVD Audio, it is a regular DTS 5.1 mix as found at any decent DVD video disc.
Not that this would had prevented my from buying, had I known, as good DTS 5.1 mix may sound excellent

I would never had purchased this set, if I had known about the poor sound quality, as I do not even think this is one of the best Deep Purple albums.

Need to add, though, that the 5.1 tracks DOES provide a more detailed "picture" at the individual instruments and voices, as they are separated in this mix.
Only sad that the audio quality as such are - at best - mediocre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2009
its fortunate in a way that the mark III line up of the band disintergrated as David Coverdale wouldn't have progressed into the current band he has made a mark with Whitesnake and witnessing the creative funky side to Glenn Hughes Solo career.

Back to the re-issued stormbringer album it has a vulnerable nakedness that surrounds the slow burning ballad "Soldier of Fortune", whilst the juices get flowing on the title track "Stormbringer" and the Hughes/coverdale combined "The Gypsy".

The Glenn Hughes remixed bonus tracks tops the first cd all off bolstering the 9 tracks.

Now for the dvd part of the album well to be quite frankly its a useless addition to such a overlooked Gem of an album even though its songs still shine through but its likely that most people will prefer listening to the cd in preferrence to playing the DVD in order to write a review and be nickity pickity about it since the quality is more important than rambling on about some technological difference.

All i can say is just buy the album sit back with a loved one and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very underated album and DP era. The influence of Coverdale & Hughes during this period including albums "Come Taste the Band & Burn" was phenomenal. The Stormbringer recording quality for it's time is outstanding. Musically this album is full of classic songs which include Stormbringer, Holy Man, Soldier of Fortune & Lady Double Dealer. A must have for DP fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2011
I first bought this album on vinyl over 30 years ago and it has remained a firm favourite of mine all this time.

I recently purchased the remastered cd/dvd version and was slightly concerned that the quad mix may be something of a gimmick, NO!

Place the dvd in your dvd/blueray player switch on your amp, sit back and ENJOY!

This is a band at its absolute best and in my oppinion contains some of the best material Deep Purple ever recorded.

This is an essential addition any music lovers collection.
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