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Thunder & lightnin's headin' your way!!,
This review is from: Stormbringer (35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
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.