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Deep Purple

Deep Purple live at Wacken Open Air 2013, here in the cast with Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Steve Morse and Don Airey (from left to right)
Deep Purple live at Wacken Open Air 2013, here with the cast of Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Steve Morse and Don Airey (from left to right)
General information
Genre (s) Hard rock , heavy metal , rock , progressive rock , blues rock , funk rock , classical
founding 1967 as Roundabout
1968 Deep Purple, 1984
resolution 1976
Founding members
Rod Evans (until 1969)
Ritchie Blackmore (until 1975,
Nick Simper (until 1969)
Jon Lord(until 2002)
Ian Paice
Current occupation
Vocals, harmonica
Ian Gillan (1969–1973, 1984–1989, since 1992)
Steve Morse (since 1994)
Roger Glover (1969–1973, since 1984)
Hammond organ, keyboard
Don Airey (since 2002)
Ian Paice
former members
David Coverdale (1973-1976)
Bass, vocals
Glenn Hughes (1973-1976)
Guitar, vocals
Tommy Bolin(1975-1976)
Joe Lynn Turner (1989-1992)
Live support and session musicians
Joe Satriani (touring guitar: 1993–1994)
Randy California(Blackmore replacement: April 6, 1972, Quebec)

Deep Purple [ ˌdiːpˈpɜːpl̩ ] is an English rock band formed in April 1968 . With her style, which is characterized by the sound of the Hammond organ , distinctive guitar riffs , improvisation , driving rhythm work and distinctive singing, she is one of the first and most influential representatives of hard rock and burgeoning heavy metal . The Guinness World Records recorded Deep Purple in 1975, thanks to its 10,000-watt Marshall - PA system , which up to 117  dB achieved when "loudest pop group in the world" (Loudest Pop Group). With over 130 million albums sold - some estimates are 150 million - Deep Purple is one of the world's most commercially successful rock bands.

In the course of the band's history, which was characterized by numerous line-up changes, musical realignments also took place. The band's early work includes hard rock, psychedelic rock , progressive rock and blues rock ( Hush ) alongside attempts to get closer to rock music and classical music ( Concerto for Group and Orchestra , April ) . The classic Mark II line-up of the 1970s, whose work created style-defining albums such as Deep Purple in Rock , Machine Head and Made in Japan and concise hard rock songs with catchy riffs such as Black Night , Smoke on , left a style- defining influence the Water and Highway Star , but is also characterized by a special joy in improvisation. This is expressed on the one hand in titles with an unusually long playing time such as Child in Time , on the other hand in the live performances of the songs, such as Space Truckin ' , which have been significantly extended in length compared to the studio versions. Through songs like Fireball, Deep Purple are considered a pioneer of the genre Speed ​​Metal and through the influences of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore on songs like Burn, as the founder of neoclassical metal . In addition to influences from jazz, funk and soul, the musical spectrum also includes ballads like Soldier of Fortune . Right from the start, the band was one of the most famous and most touring live acts in rock history.

Deep Purple broke up in 1976 after numerous quarrels. The members formed successor bands like Rainbow , Whitesnake and Gillan , in which their music found a musical legacy. The line-ups since the reunification in 1984 are musically based on this most successful phase of the band, albeit with the addition of pop and jazzy elements since the early 1990s.

In 2016, Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the first three band line-ups - Mark I , Mark II and Mark III .

Band history

The band's history has been characterized by frequent staff changes, so that in the almost fifty active years it has only consisted of the same members for a few years. The various line-ups are often numbered consecutively with the prefix “Mark” (Mk).


Deep Purple was born when London businessmen Tony Edwards and John Coletta decided to invest in a rock band in 1967 and hired Jon Lord to start a rock group. The band "Roundabout", which was then made up of Ritchie Blackmore , Jon Lord of the Flowerpot Men , Ex- Searchers drummer and singer Chris Curtis (vocals), Dave Curtiss (bass) and Bobby Woodman (drums), formed in April 1968 after Curtis, Woodman and Curtiss Deep Purple left . The line-up had previously been completed by Rod Evans (vocals), Ian Paice (drums) (both ex- The Maze ) and Nick Simper (bass). The band decided on their new name after a short tour through Scandinavia ; He refers, according to Blackmore to the Jazz Standard Deep Purple by Peter DeRose . In an interview with the New Musical Express in 1973, Lord expressed that for him the band Deep Purple was "not a vehicle for social rebellion, but for musical perfection" from the start.

First successes

Deep Purple played three albums with the so-called Mark I line-up .

The debut album Shades of Deep Purple from 1968 showed a mixture of different musical approaches that still shows little relationship with the typical Deep Purple music of the 1970s. The album itself was recorded in just three days. The sound, which was still based on the Beatles' pop music, was sometimes unusual in its hardness for the time. It is therefore seen by critics as the basis for the development of hard rock and later heavy metal . In addition to its own songs like Mandrake Root , which was the basis for the band's sprawling live duels for a long time, the album also contains some cover versions , including Help! by the Beatles , the song Hey Joe made famous by Jimi Hendrix and the Hush written by Joe South . With the latter, the band had their breakthrough in the USA and Canada, where the single place 4 resp. Reached number 2 on the charts. On July 6, the band appeared in the opening act for the Byrds for the first time on British soil.

In the same year, the second album The Book of Taliesyn was released, some of which also shows features of progressive rock as well as the classical quotes often used later (here in a short version of Beethoven 's second movement of his seventh symphony in exposure ). An example of the use of classical instruments and forms is the middle section of Anthem , in which a four-part fugato from a string quartet can be heard. In addition to his own compositions, the album includes cover versions of classics such as We Can Work It Out (The Beatles) and Kentucky Woman ( Neil Diamond ). Critics such as Disc & Music Echo magazine praised the band's “sense of dynamism and the combination of instrumental passages with familiar themes”, although they missed the real 'kick' on the “slightly disappointing album”. After its release, Deep Purple toured the US as the opening act for Cream and then on their own.

The first two parts of the Fugato from the title Anthem (
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The third album, simply titled Deep Purple , was released in 1969. Some songs, such as the twelve-minute April , which is divided into three parts (band - orchestra - band), once again refer to classic models and aesthetics. The title was one of the first of the rock suites of progressive rock bands such as The Nice , Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Genesis, which were soon popular . In addition, this album also shows more of the hard rock, which made the band famous around the world. For example in Bird Has Flown or The Painter . With Lalena by Donovan , only one cover version is represented.

Change to the classic Mark II line-up and growing popularity

In mid-1969 Evans and Simper were replaced at Blackmore's instigation by singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover . The two had played together in the band " Episode Six " for several years . With the engagement of these musicians, the classic Mk-II line-up was born .

At first, Jon Lord and his musical performances were in the spotlight for the new line-up. The classically trained musician had written a work for rock band and orchestra, Concerto for Group and Orchestra , which was premiered together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall under the direction of Malcolm Arnold . It was one of the first attempts to combine classical and rock music, and the first performance by a rock band with a full orchestra. Although the project was well received by the audience and parts of the critics, some band members, especially Blackmore, were not satisfied with it. Partly due to the fear of a loss of image for the band, it was decided to take a new, musically harder path.

Dialogue between organ and guitar in the title Speed ​​King (
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Worldwide success of the Mark II line-up

Deep purple in rock

The album Deep Purple in Rock , released in 1970, can be seen as a turning point in the history of the band as well as the history of rock music. The first album, which was also successful in Europe, marked the band's global breakthrough and focused international attention, as evidenced by numerous gold records and top chart placements. In Great Britain it reached number four in the chart and even spent twelve weeks at number one in Germany. The work combines the musical characteristics typical of the following period: striking heavy metal and hard rock riffs Blackmore, Lord's classic cadences and figures, Gillan's ecstatic singing as well as those in titles such as Speed ​​King , Child in Time and other songs especially openly live fought competition between Lords organ and Blackmore's guitar. This competition, however, often in the form of a call and response (as in the sheet music example for Speed ​​King ), is musically fruitful. Child in Time is a protest song against the Vietnam War and is one of the most famous and important songs in rock music . Werner Faulstich presents the song Speed ​​King in his book Die Kultur der 1970s as a prime example of hard rock: “The piece begins with an instrumental introduction in which two opponents are introduced: a wild rock guitar and a gentle organ. Two basic lines and their contrast thus indicate that all rock music of the seventies was shaped by: hard versus soft. ”The hard rock riffs of Blackmore have now definitely prevailed. The classical elements are increasingly appearing as a dispensable ingredient of primarily hard rock-oriented music. On the secure basis of Paice and Glover, the style developed into a very rhythmic, straightforward music. The song Black Night , produced after the album, became the band's most successful single since Hush . Black Night reached number 2 in the British charts and was the only song by Deep Purple to date to number 1 in the European singles charts (in Switzerland for four weeks in autumn 1970).


In 1971 the musicians founded their own record label Purple Records . Compared to its predecessor, the more experimental, progressive 1971 album Fireball with the classics Fireball and The Mule increased the band's musical reputation and popularity. It was the first Deep Purple album to reach number one on the UK album charts and the first of eight number one studio albums by the band to date. Strange Kind of Woman was released as a single parallel to the LP . Fireball received gold status in some countries and was mainly to be found on the 1st place or on the following ranks of the international album charts. The single Fireball had a fast, driving pace that was virtually unknown when it was released in 1971. Due to this style and the pattern of Ian Paice's drums, Fireball is nevertheless regarded as a forerunner of speed metal and as a model for heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest , Motörhead and Metallica .

Machine head

1972 appeared Deep Purple's best-selling studio album Machine Head , which with Fireball and Deep Purple in Rock is one of the most important Deep Purple albums, and next to Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin IV and Black Sabbath Paranoid as "Holy Trinity" ( Trinity is called) of the Hard Rock . Machine Head includes Highway Star , Smoke on the Water , Lazy , Space Truckin ' , which are still played live today and increasingly influenced by Blackmore's guitar playing. The song When a Blind Man Cries was initially released as a single B-side and only became part of the album for the remastered version. The album reached gold, platinum and double platinum status in numerous countries and number one on the charts in nine countries. Highway Star is one of the first and most important pioneers of Heavy Metal and Speed ​​Metal, while the world hit Smoke on the Water is considered the most famous of all songs written by Deep Purple. With over 12 million records sold, the single is the best-selling in the band's history and is one of the most famous rock songs of all. Smoke on the Water was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, according to a US poll, is the best-known song after their national anthem .

On June 30, 1972, Deep Purple played as part of their Machine Head Tour at the Rainbow Theater in London, where the band set a volume record of 117  dB , which earned them an entry in the Guinness Book of Records in 1975 as the "loudest pop group in the world" .

Made in Japan

On the double live album Made in Japan , which was released shortly after Machine Head , the band impressively demonstrated the joy of playing, instrumental frenzy and improvisational skills in versions that are sometimes twice as long as the studio titles. The album is considered by many fans and critics as the best album of the band and a milestone in the history of hard rock and heavy metal and is considered to be one of the most popular and best-selling live albums in music history. Made in Japan achieved platinum or double-platinum status in numerous countries.

Most successful band in the world, conflicts and the end of the classical line-up

Since the band was on tour around the world very often, there were tensions and conflicts between the musicians. The band members went to the studio separately for the recordings of Who Do We Think We Are in 1973. At first it was said that they wanted to break up the band completely, later only Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were replaced, probably mainly because of the differences with Ritchie Blackmore. The last album recorded in the classic Mark II line-up , which was generally " bluesier " than its predecessors, had declining sales for the first time despite the hit Woman from Tokyo and worldwide top positions in the album charts and was rated less positively by critics than the previous albums . Even so, Deep Purple became the best-selling musical act in the United States that same year thanks to the albums Machine Head , Made in Japan and Who Do We Think We Are . In addition, the band was able to close the year 1973 with the most record sales worldwide.

The Coverdale era

After the Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers failed, the band signed the then unknown David Coverdale . As a bassist, the former with the band joined Trapeze active Glenn Hughes at the Coverdale especially in the high tones of voice supported vocally. This occupation was called Mark III .

Burn and California Jam

The following recording for Burn was, with the exception of the "metallic title track" Burn , which is considered one of the pioneers of the Speed ​​Metal and Power Metal genre, more blues-oriented than its predecessors. Another highlight besides the title song is the often covered blues rock piece Mistreated . To drive sales of the album, Burn was promoted by the record company as the top album Artists of the Year in the USA in relation to the music magazine Billboard . Just over a month after its release, the band received the gold record for 500,000 albums sold in the US. After the album was released, the usual promotional tour followed, with the band receiving 29 gold records in the spring of 1974 before a concert in Birmingham . Their appearance at the California Jam on April 6 of the same year, the largest Deep Purple concert with around 200,000 tickets sold (and a total of around 400,000 visitors), where the band headlined with Emerson, Lake and Palmer and others , is well known Black Sabbath performed. At the end of the show, while performing Space Truckin ' , Ritchie Blackmore destroyed several of his guitars, demolished a television camera and burned his monitor boxes with gasoline.

Stormbringer and Blackmore's first exit

The album Stormbringer , which was released at the end of 1974, is, with the exception of some riff-heavy rock songs such as the opener Stormbringer and Lady Double Dealer , even more soul, blues and fun-oriented than Burn and also contains the ballad Soldier of Fortune . In the spring of 1975 Ritchie Blackmore left after disputes over the musical direction Deep Purple to found Rainbow .

Come taste the band, crisis and dissolution

The rest of the group struggled to find a suitable replacement for Blackmore, as he, as a founding member, had decisively shaped the band style. Finally, an agreement was reached on the American fusion guitarist Tommy Bolin proposed by Coverdale . Thus the fourth line-up of the band, Mark IV , was founded. Bolin had previously worked on the James Gang and on Billy Cobham's album Spectrum , among others . His renewal efforts were not crowned with success: The 1975 album Come Taste the Band , which relied heavily on soul and funk elements in Hughes' bass playing and Bolin's rhythm guitar, turned out to be a commercial flop, measured against the sales figures of the previous albums. Despite a cross-section of hard and melodic rock pieces, funk and soul, as well as the rock ballad You Keep on Moving, it met with widespread rejection. A critic from Sounds magazine described the album as a "bad offcut". In the booklet of Paice Ashton Lord's album Malice in Wonderland, which was newly released in 1995 , Ian Paice's explanation of the occupation with Bolin is quoted, in which he praises the collaboration with him, but also points out his addiction to heroin .

Funky rhythm guitar from Getting Tighter (possible
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Hughes and Bolin's serious drug problems, but also different musical ideas of the members destroyed the cohesion of the band. Coverdale, Lord and Paice therefore broke up the band after a last concert on March 15, 1976 in Liverpool. Despite all of its internal problems, Deep Purple was on a commercial par with industry leaders Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin until they were dissolved .

The years after Deep Purple

Guitarist Tommy Bolin came to a tragic end. Only a few months after the dissolution, he died after a fit of weakness on December 4, 1976 at the age of 25. The evening before, he had given a concert in the opening act for Jeff Beck . An overdose of heroin in combination with alcohol was given as the cause of death .

In the following years, the artists devoted themselves particularly to solo projects. Ritchie Blackmore was able to achieve great success with his band Rainbow . Roger Glover worked as a producer, among others for well-known bands like Judas Priest , Nazareth , Spencer Davis Group , Rory Gallagher , Status Quo and David Coverdale. He later released two solo albums before joining Rainbow in 1978 as a producer and bass player. Lord and Paice were in demand live and studio musicians ( Gary Moore , Whitesnake , Cozy Powell , Pete York ). David Coverdale founded Whitesnake, where Jon Lord and shortly afterwards Ian Paice also met in 1978. In 2015 the band released the tribute album The Purple Album , which contains 15 songs from his Deep Purple time. Ian Gillan first built (1975 to 1978) the Ian Gillan Band , which was based on jazz rock . In 1978 he broke up this band and founded a new formation, simply called Gillan , and stylistically classified into the areas of hard rock, heavy metal and NWOBHM . As early as 1981/82 there were serious attempts by the MK II to achieve a reunification, which is why Ian Gillan also brought the band Gillan to an end. However, Blackmore had other engagements with Rainbow, so Gillan joined Black Sabbath for a short time in 1983.

Bogus Purple

In 1980 the former singer Rod Evans tried to continue the band with some unknown musicians under the name Deep Purple . The project entered the band's history under the name Bogus Purple . Because Evans did not have the naming rights, the managers John Coletta and Tony Edwards obtained a court order through Warner Bros. , which prohibited him from trading under the name Deep Purple . He then named the band New Deep Purple . Now Coletta and Edwards placed an ad in the Los Angeles Times : "When Deep Purple performs tomorrow at Long Beach Arena, the following members will not be there: Blackmore , Coverdale , Gillan , Glover , Hughes , Lord and Paice ." The project broke up after a few concerts in the USA, Canada and Mexico, as it met with harsh criticism and broad rejection from fans.

Reunion of the Mark II line-up and building on old successes

In 1984, eight years after the Mark IV line-up broke up , British record company Polygram made significant efforts to bring Deep Purple back to life in the classic Mk-II line-up . Rumor has it that each musician was offered two million dollars. As the success of Rainbow waned, Lord and Paice could no longer cope with the direction of Whitesnake and Gillan "had to take his hat" at Black Sabbath, Deep Purple reunited in April 1984.

Perfect Strangers

Deep Purple performing at Cow Palace , San Francisco (1985)

Perfect Strangers , released in October 1984, turned into a surprisingly fresh album. With succinct riffs ( Perfect Strangers and Knocking at Your Back Door ) as well as fast instrumental duels by Blackmore and Lord ( A Gypsy's Kiss ) it contained the tried and tested "Deep Purple ingredients" in a slightly modernized sound and was able to reach the highest chart positions worldwide ( # 1 in Switzerland, # 2 in Germany, # 5 in Great Britain, # 6 in the USA). The album achieved platinum status in the US and Canada and gold status in the UK and Germany. The tracks Knocking at Your Back Door and Perfect Strangers , which were released as single, came in 7th and 7th place respectively. 12 of Billboard's mainstream rock tracks .

In 2007 Rock Hard magazine published a list of the best of 500 rock and metal albums and placed Perfect Strangers at number 231. Matthias Breusch came to the following conclusion in the same magazine: “Deep Purple have always been one step ahead of the competition. After the futile hope for a reunion of the Beatles , which came to an abrupt end with John Lennon's murder in December 1980, the reunion of Purple in the Mark II line-up is the first and, in terms of media coverage, the largest 'resurrection' in rock history to date ". The following tour, on which the band also played in front of about 80,000 fans in Knebworth, England, together with the Scorpions , Meat Loaf and UFO , was also a great success. In the United States, Deep Purple's tour was the most successful of the year after Bruce Springsteen . The Musikexpress stated that the band “was also building on old great deeds musically”, and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung praised the “audience-effective stage show”, while the star saw more of a “lukewarm old men” at work.

The House of Blue Light

After the end of the tour for the album Perfect Strangers , the album The House of Blue Light was recorded in 1986 , on which the band wanted to be more musically risky again (e.g. on Strange Ways ). Blackmore uses guitar synthesizers for the first time and Paice uses electronic drums ( The Unwritten Law ). The House of Blue Light reached u. a. 1st place in Germany and Sweden, as well as the golden record in Canada. In the following year, the live album Nobody's Perfect was released and a new version of the first hit Hush was released for the 20th anniversary .

Gillan's dismissal, entry of Turners and Slaves and Masters

In 1989 Ian Gillan was fired again because he had gotten into an argument with Blackmore over the musical direction. After his second separation from the band, he himself declared that he did not want to play again in Deep Purple in the future:

“I can only think of Deep Purple like an ex. We married 69 and got divorced in 73. In 84 we married again and in 89 we divorced. I won't do that again. "

For him, on Blackmore's initiative, the former Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen singer Joe Lynn Turner was hired. The band - called Mark-V - consisted of the majority (Glover, Blackmore, Turner) from the last permanent Rainbow line-up. The 91 album Slaves and Masters was created , from which clear parallels can be drawn to the later Rainbow. The album flopped due to its unusually poppy style and was able to reach its highest chart position (# 5) in Switzerland, where it also received gold status. Only the released single King of Dreams was able to place 6th on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks . Turner was not accepted by the fans, which was one of the reasons he had to leave the band after just one album and one tour.

Gillan's re-entry and Blackmore's second exit

At the end of 1992 Ian Gillan was brought back into the band against Blackmore's resistance at the instigation of Lord, Paice and Glover, although he had previously spoken out against it. This made it possible to record the following 93er album The Battle Rages On again with an Mk-II line-up . The album shows a wide musical spectrum of the band; from the riff-based opener The Battle Rages On and the power rock ballad Anya , which is also influenced by medieval music, to the progressive-psychedelic rock piece Solitaire to A Twist in the Tale , a piece similar to speed metal. The album was more successful than its predecessor and reached various top 10 placements worldwide. In Japan the album was awarded a gold record. The Battle Rages On was Deep Purple's last studio album for 20 years until Now What ?! another such was awarded the gold record. The differences within the band persisted, however: Following a European tour of the album, Blackmore left the band on November 17, 1993 after his last appearance in Helsinki at his own request because he was not satisfied with Gillan's vocal performance. In a later interview, Roger Glover stated:

“[…] We should still be playing in Japan, but Ritchie suddenly didn't want that. We then tried to talk to him, I called him and said, 'Please - please play these gigs with us.' He just replied: 'No!' Then nothing. He didn't let himself be talked about "

Since the band wanted to avoid a legal dispute with the organizer, they started looking for a replacement at short notice. After only three days of rehearsal, Joe Satriani helped out as guitarist for the tour and also jumped in on another tour through Europe in the first half of 1994. He was asked to replace Blackmore permanently, but couldn't stay with the band because of his record deal. This formation went down in band history as a short-lived Mark VI line-up .

Steve Morse's entry

Roger Glover and Steve Morse live in Toronto (2005)

Although it turned out to be a difficult undertaking to convince the fan base of a new Deep Purple line-up without Ritchie Blackmore, a veritable successor was finally found in the guitar virtuoso Steve Morse (including Kansas , Dixie Dregs ) to join the so-called Mark- VII line-up to continue playing. Morse's new interpretations of the existing Blackmore material created a unique sound and aroused mixed feelings among Blackmore fans. With his entry, however, numerous lesser-known songs from the 1970s found their way into the live set, which, due to Blackmore's refusal, had never been played live or only in rare exceptional cases - heard for example on the albums Live at the Olympia '96 and Live at Montreux .

With this line-up, Deep Purple recorded the somewhat calmer-sounding album Purpendicular , which in part broke new ground in musical terms , about which the magazine Audio judged: “The British hard rock warriors have succeeded in creating a fine, largely astonishingly melodic late work. Purpendicular finally opens up new horizons after rather unimaginative Schema F albums. ”In 1998, the harder studio Abandon followed with the same line-up . Regardless, the success of the first two albums in the new lineup was moderate. While the album Purpendicular reached 3rd place in Sweden as the best placement, its successor Abandon reached 6th place in Norway.

Departure of Jon Lord and younger development

Ian Paice in a live performance in 2005
Deep Purple performing in Tel Aviv (2008)

In 2001, Deep Purple founding member Jon Lord fell ill during a tour, so the band briefly hired Don Airey for him, who had already played with Ozzy Osbourne , Jethro Tull , Gary Moore and Rainbow . In March of the following year, Lord decided to leave Deep Purple to pursue a solo career. After the positive experiences on the previous tour, Airey was hired as a permanent keyboard player. In this line-up called Mark VIII , the album Bananas (reached # 3 in Germany and, among other things, the top 10 album charts in Argentina and Finland) was released in 2003. The recording of Airey was seen as an enrichment from many sides, the "breath of fresh air" that he brought into the band and into the songwriting was received very benevolently. With titles like Walk On, which is reminiscent of Dire Straits , or Doing It Tonight with a touch of Latin America, it not only offers the familiar “purple sound”. Hi-Fi magazine Stereoplay rated it as "a refreshing and uncomplicated, slag-free rock album with strong riffs and vocals that are still unparalleled in the scene."

Deep Purple performed at Live 8 Worldwide Benefit Concerts on July 2, 2005 in Barrie . In October 2005 the studio album Rapture of the Deep was released (# 10 in Germany, # 81 in Great Britain). A world tour followed in early 2006 (in Germany together with Alice Cooper ). The 4-CD box Live Across Europe 1993 was also released in early 2006 , containing two complete concerts ( Stuttgart and Birmingham , England) from the last Deep Purple tour in the Mk II line-up . In 2007 the band received an award for more than 100,000 tickets sold in France that same year. In the same year, their Rapture of the Deep tour on Planet Rock reached the sixth highest position of all concert tours worldwide. In 2009 Deep Purple opened the Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec , Czech Republic.

The Rapture of the Deep Tour ended after more than 300 concerts in spring 2011.

In addition to their rocky live concerts, the band has always remained loyal to itself as a mediator between rock and classical music, for example they performed the Concerto for group, written by Jon Lord and first performed in 1969, on a tour in 1999/2000 and at two concerts in London's Royal Albert Hall and orchestra . In 2011 the band went on an extensive concert tour through North America and Europe with the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt and the conductor Stephen Bentley-Klein, this time on which the band did not present the Concerto for group and orchestra, but the most famous songs of the band with orchestral accompaniment.

On July 16, 2012, longtime keyboardist and band founder Jon Lord died of complications from cancer.

Another success with Now What ?!

In 2013 the 19th studio album Now What ?! was released by the German record company earMUSIC . dedicated to the late Jon Lord. For this purpose, the band recorded new material with producer Bob Ezrin in his studio in Nashville . It was the first album since the 1987 studio album The House of Blue Light , which reached chart position 1 (in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Norway). Now What ?! was also the first studio album since 1993's The Battle Rages On , which hit the US charts (# 110). The album reached number 11 in the World Albums Charts (Global Chart). The album received gold record awards in Germany, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. In 2014, the album was awarded the Golden Gods Awards 2014 - Comeback of the Year by the US music magazine Revolver . The German magazine Rocks wrote that producer Bob Ezrin “understood exactly” what the band was about. Now What ?! sounds "better than any Deep Purple record of the past decades." In the course of the world tour, which began in early 2013 and ended in July 2016, the band made their first guest appearance at Wacken Open Air in 2013 , which was shown on the live album .. .From the Setting Sun… is documented in Wacken . Another concert on the tour, an appearance in the legendary Budokan in Tokyo in April 2014, in which part of the legendary live album Made in Japan was recorded, was performed together with ... From the setting sun ... In Wacken as ... To the rising sun… Published in Tokyo . Towards the end of the tour, in June 2016, Ian Paice suffered a transient ischemic attack , as a result of which three concerts had to be canceled. However, Paice recovered quickly and so the tour was able to continue as planned in July.

inFinite, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Long Goodbye Tour

In 2016, Deep Purple was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . In terms of personnel, this concerns the first three lineups of the band, Mark I with Lord, Blackmore, Paice and Evans (but without Nick Simper), Mark II with Gillan and Glover (instead of Evans and Simper) and Mark III with Coverdale and Hughes (instead of Gillan and Glover). The group was introduced and presented by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich , who is considered a passionate fan of the group. The group played the songs Highway Star , Hush , Green Onions (cover) and Smoke on the Water .

In January 2016, the band, again with producer Bob Ezrin, went to the studio to record the band's 20th studio album within 28 days (14 days of rehearsals and 14 days of recording). The album "inFinite" was released on April 7, 2017. Following the release of the album, the " inFinite - The Long Goodbye Tour" started in Romania in May 2017, which should herald the long farewell to Deep Purple. Further appearances took place in Europe until mid-July and the tour continued in North America in August and September. Concerts in Great Britain and South America followed in November and December. Numerous concerts also took place in 2018. Whether the " inFinite - The Long Goodbye Tour " is actually the last concert tour of the band was answered differently and sometimes contradictingly by the band members.

Whoosh! and future

From the summer of 2018 there were statements from several band members, for example Roger Glover, suggesting the recording of a new album. That later than whoosh! The album titled was finally recorded in Nashville in the spring of 2019, again under the direction of Bob Ezrin. On February 27, 2020, the release of the album was announced for June 12, 2020, with the release date later postponed to August 7, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. With whoosh! Deep Purple managed to reach the top of the German album charts for the ninth time and for the third time in a row .

An extensive tour planned for 2020 had to be postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Membership overview

Deep Purple's band history, which has been shaped by numerous changes, is shown below based on the line-ups.

With the table and the following discography it should be noted that there is some disagreement about the method of counting. The guest appearance of Joe Satriani, who was only available for two live tours and did not participate in any studio recordings, is viewed by some sources as a full cast Mk VI. Incorrectly, the reunions of the Mk-II line-up are sometimes referred to as Mk V and VII, so there is a potential for confusion here.

Period of time title singing guitar Keyboard bass Drums
04/1968 - 06/1969 Mk I Rod Evans Ritchie Blackmore Jon Lord Nick Simper Ian Paice
06/1969 - 06/1973 Mk II Ian Gillan Ritchie Blackmore Jon Lord Roger Glover Ian Paice
10/1973 - 04/1975 Mk III David Coverdale Ritchie Blackmore Jon Lord Glenn Hughes Ian Paice
06/1975 - 07/1976 Mk IV David Coverdale Tommy Bolin Jon Lord Glenn Hughes Ian Paice
04/1984 - 04/1989 Mk II Ian Gillan Ritchie Blackmore Jon Lord Roger Glover Ian Paice
12/1989 - 04/1992 Mk V Joe Lynn Turner Ritchie Blackmore Jon Lord Roger Glover Ian Paice
04/1992 - 11/1993 Mk II Ian Gillan Ritchie Blackmore Jon Lord Roger Glover Ian Paice
12/1993 - 07/1994 Mk VI Ian Gillan Joe Satriani Jon Lord Roger Glover Ian Paice
11/1994 - 02/2002 Mk VII Ian Gillan Steve Morse Jon Lord Roger Glover Ian Paice
Since 03/2002 Mk VIII Ian Gillan Steve Morse Don Airey Roger Glover Ian Paice

Musical style

The music of Deep Purple can generally be assigned to hard rock and is mainly characterized by the e-guitar sound and the Hammond organ .

Due to Jon Lord's classical training, the band's musical roots are not only in the blues , but also in classical music . It should be noted that the reference to classical music in the later 1960s and early 1970s by bands of progressive rock and symphonic rock such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer , Ekseption , Yes or Procol Harum was also a "fad". Especially during the recordings and performances of the founding formation, there were several collaborations with orchestras. In addition, it can be heard from numerous organ solos that Lord also values ​​classical quotations and cadences . An example of this is the organ solo from Highway Star ( audio sample ? / I ), which presents the chord progression Am - E - Gm - D - F in broken triads . The typical sound of the Hammond organ is one of the essential components of the pieces. As in his solo on No No No ( audio sample ? / I ) , Lord uses the blues and jazz styles of Graham Bond and Hammond pioneer Jimmy Smith . Audio file / audio sample Audio file / audio sample

In their typical hard rock, the band repeatedly integrated elements from blues ( Lazy , Place in Line , Mitzi Dupree , Mistreated ), funk and soul ( Sail Away , Getting Tighter , You Can't Do It Right ), folk and country music ( Anyone's Daughter ( audio sample of the piano from Anyone's Daughter ? / I ), The Aviator ), rock 'n' roll ( Lay Down, Stay Down , Hold On or Lucille by Little Richard ) and psychedelic music ( Fools , The Mule ) and also took Ballads like Soldier of Fortune , Love Conquers All ( audio sample from Love Conquers All ? / I ), When a Blind Man Cries .Audio file / audio sample Audio file / audio sample

Figure from Lazy based on the blue
scale ( audio sample ? / I )Audio file / audio sample

Blackmore, who, according to his own statements, was influenced by Hank B. Marvin , Duane Eddy , Django Reinhardt and Scotty Moore , played mostly power chords as accompaniment , on the basis of which he created numerous catchy riffs , such as the well-known intro to Smoke on the Water . His solos were always improvised at concerts , often using the pentatonic scale, but also, as in the titles Lazy , Mitzi Dupree or When a Blind Man Cries , the blue scale . However, even then, long before he switched to the medieval rock band Blackmore's Night , he was using elements and suggestions from classical music. Two of his solos made it into the list of the "Top 100 Greatest Guitar Solos" by Guitar World Magazine . Titles such as Anyone's Daughter , Hold On and his recordings with country guitarist Albert Lee under the name The Green Bullfrog show that he can also move safely in other styles such as country and rock 'n' roll . On some tracks, like Mad Dog , Blackmore also plays slide guitar . He makes intensive use of the tremolo lever, succeeding Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher . During his time at Deep Purple, he played almost exclusively the Fender Stratocaster in combination with a Marshall amplifier .

The tech-savvy Paice, influenced by Buddy Rich , Carmine Appice and the Hollies drummer Bobby Elliot, also allows influences from swing to flow into his straightforward and clearly rock-oriented style . Although with Glover he often sets a “dry” rhythm base reduced to the essentials, as in Nobody's Home ( audio sample ? / I ), he understands it in other titles, complex and fast fills and breaks (such as on Burn ) or sophisticated hi-hat figures (like on Woman from Tokyo ), but his playing always remains useful to the song. On titles like Hungry Daze ( audio sample ? / I ) or the live versions of The Mule and You Fool No One he presents longer, technically sound solo passages. Audio file / audio sample Audio file / audio sample

Roger Glover, longtime bass player of the band, stands out with a rather simple but varied rhythm work ( Smoke on the Water ). Although he says he can not read tabs , he improvises and varies his bass lines even when performing. He names the jazz musicians Jaco Pastorius , Jack Bruce and Paul McCartney as musical role models . After playing many different basses and amplifiers for years , he has been performing with instruments from the rather unknown brand Vigier Excess and strings from Picato or Ernie Ball since the early 1990s .

Gillan's voice stands out due to its large range (including screaming and screeching) in some songs like Child in Time . He also plays the harmonica on titles like Lazy ( Hörbeispiel ? / I ) and Black and White . Audio file / audio sample

Steve Morse has a major influence on the current songs. Since his roots are in jazz / fusion and country , these influences have carried over to the music of Deep Purple. In addition to straight-line Hard Rock, to which the band has remained loyal, his style of playing creates more complicated, sometimes with odd-numbered (e.g. Picture of Innocence , Bananas ) or with folk and country elements ( Hey Cisco , The Aviator , A Touch Away ) staggered arrangements . He also uses playing techniques that were previously unrelated to Deep Purple, such as Chicken Pickin ' ( Ted the Mechanic ) or Harp Harmonics ( Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming , Seventh Heaven ). (See also the article Steve Morse )

Folk guitar on Deep Purple's title The Aviator (
audio sample ? / I )Audio file / audio sample

In contrast to Blackmore, who often limited himself to power chords for the accompaniment, Morse plays more varied figures, especially for the verses. The exciting contrast to the organ remains. B. Live versions of Speed ​​King exist. Morse resists the temptation and initial fan expectation of the slavish reenactment of "classic" Blackmore solos and completely reinterprets the solo parts of the old band titles. However, that does not prevent him from taking over succinct parts, such as the solo from Highway Star .


While Rod Evans' texts deal entirely with psychedelic themes with the evocation of bygone times (“Past castles white and fair past dreaming chessmen on their boards with a fool's mate as a snare,…” from Listen, Learn, Read on ), the “description of Nature and color as a romantic expression of one's own soul life ”(April, Blind) and a“ late adolescent melancholy ”, Gillan's texts deal with a broader subject area. He commented on the range of content as follows:

“I actually write about everything […] from mundane things to politics, from religion to revolution, from train travel to diving adventures, from something I've seen on TV to people I see on the street meet. About my impressions, my feelings. "

In hard rock music typical themes about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and machismo are also not missing in Deep Purple and appear in many songs, for example in Strange Kind of Woman , Highway Star or Hard Lovin 'Man , or in Lay Down, Stay Down , I Need Love or High Ball Shooter on the topic of sex:

"Let me know you feel it. You know I really need it. Keep on pushin 'for more. Lay down, stay down "(from Lay Down, Stay Down )

In addition, the band also addresses critical topics: Titles such as Strange Ways and the anti-war song Under the Gun exercise political and social criticism :

“Stupid bastards and religious freaks. So safe in their castle keeps. They turn away as a mother weeps. Under the gun. "

No No No calls for the fight against the abuse of power and the destruction of the earth and Mary Long addresses the British moralist Mary Whitehouse , while Pictures of Innocence criticizes political correctness and standardization mania.

An important topic here is self-reflection and the admission of one's own shortcomings, as in the second movement of the Concerto for Group and Orchestra , in the title Pictures of Home or on Perfect Strangers :

"What shall I do, when they stand smiling at me. Look at the floor, and be oh so cool, Oh so cool. ”(From Concerto for Group and Orchestra )“ Here in this prison of my own making. Year after day I have grown. Into a hero, but there's no worship. Where have they hidden my throne? "(From Pictures of Home )

This is often combined with a critical reflection on the rock 'n' roll lifestyle and business, as in Super Trouper , No One Came or Wasted Sunsets :

"I felt the truth, I felt the pain in every song. [...] I'm just a shadow in a rock and roll sky. "(From Super Trouper )" I believe that I must tell the truth, and say things as they really are. But if I told the truth and nothing but the truth. Could I ever be a star? Nobody knows who's real and who's fakin '. Everyone's shouting out loud. It's only the glitter and shine that gets thru. "(From No One Came )

In many texts, Gillan apparently uses a freely associative approach , which leads to lines rich in images and sometimes seemingly meaningless. An example of this is the title Gypsy's Kiss , in which speech sound and rhyme seem to be the primary:

"John San, what you can. La la Janette dance in sand. What's the mystery, my son? Gypsy Dan, Caravan. Won Tun Wan with your Chinese fan. It's part of history my son. "(From Gypsy's Kiss )
"Gotta black breast Chinese eyes. Got an English brain that's gonna make me wise. Got a long story that I wanna tell. "(From Bloodsucker )

The lyrics of the Coverdale era revolve, as in Burn or " Stormbringer " (title of a novel by the fantasy author Michael Moorcock ), around the later popular fantasy- influenced topic in metal :

"Thunder and lightning. Heading your way. Ride the rainbow. Crack the sky. Stormbringer coming. Time to die “(from Stormbringer ), slightly varied repetition and the style figures of the anaphor and epihora are used extensively and effectively , as in the title Bloodsucker .

Importance to rock music

Deep Purple had a decisive influence on the music and lifestyle of the early 1970s. Specifically , the magazine wrote in 1980:

"The Beatles, Stones, Cream, Deep Purple, Roxy Music have naturally infiltrated German living rooms."

and the music magazine Eclipsed wrote in relation to the introduction of the track Speed ​​King :

"Blackmore shattered the common conventions of the Beat era in just fifty seconds and made the sixties of pop music history."

Along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin , the band is one of the first and most important hard rock bands and is considered to be trend-setting for the later development of metal.

"Pursuing a heavier rock direction, Purple quickly became one of the most successful and influential bands of the early '70s; joined Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin in spreading gospel of multi-decibel, piledriver British rock around the world. "

This fact makes an overview of the personal relationships of the Deep Purple musicians and their successor bands with other well-known rock bands particularly clear.

In the 1970s, no distinction was made between hard rock and heavy metal , which only emerged at the end of the decade , so that the band is sometimes wrongly assigned to heavy metal. From today's perspective, however, it can be clearly categorized as a hard rock band or a rock band with blues influences.

Guitar riff from Hard Lovin 'Man (
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Highway Star , Fireball , Speed ​​King , Hard Lovin 'Man , Cry Free , Burn and the faster middle section from Child in Time are described as early Speed ​​Metal , or in the case of Speed ​​King as Thrash Metal and Burn , as Power- Metal songs classified. Stormbringer is a forerunner of the Gothic Metal genre. The songs Flight of the Rat , Into the Fire and Bloodsucker, for example, can be classified as Heavy Metal from today's perspective.

Many stylish and successful bands and musicians of the 1980s and 1990s from the field of rock, metal and New Wave of British Heavy Metal such as Queen , Iron Maiden , Aerosmith , Van Halen , Judas Priest , Europe , Yngwie Malmsteen , Ronnie James Dio , Metallica Def Leppard . Alice in Chains , Pantera , Bon Jovi , Rush Venom and Motörhead , express the significant influence of the band's music on their own musical development either explicitly in interviews or indirectly in their music. Blackmore's style in particular influenced many guitarists, such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai , John Norum or Joe Satriani , so that his aesthetic and technique was and is taken up by many musicians. A live performance by Deep Purple, and here primarily by Ritchie Blackmore, was also the decisive point for Lars Ulrich to become a musician.

Cover versions

Many of the songs were covered by other rock and metal bands. As early as 1972 Thin Lizzy recorded a tribute album called Funky Junction with the most famous songs, which was released in early 1973. The progressive metal band Dream Theater performed the Purple live album Made in Japan in full at two concerts in 2006 . In 2012, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Machine Head, the album Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head with a cover version by u. a. Metallica, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana and Chickenfoot . David Coverdale's band Whitesnake released The Purple album in 2015 , which includes 15 songs from Coverdale's Deep Purple era.

Guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has also released some new versions of the songs. With the participation of musicians such as Vinnie Moore , TM Stevens and Joe Lynn Turner , an album with reggae and funk versions of well-known Deep Purple titles was created. Other cover versions played and released, among others, Black Sabbath , Bruce Dickinson solo and with Iron Maiden , Guns n 'Roses , Van Halen , Dio , Rainbow , Diamond Head , Puhdys , Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Sepultura , Murphy's Law , Overkill , Opus , Helloween , Sonata Arctica , JBO , Mr. Ed Jumps the Gun , Metalium , Soulfly , Six Feet Under , Gorefest and Dimmu Borgir .


Studio albums

year Title
Top ranking, total weeks / months, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / monthly data
(Year, title, # , rankings, weeks / months, awards, notes)
DE DE AT AT CH CH UK UK US USTemplate: chart table / maintenance / charts non-existent
1968 Shades of Deep Purple
- - - - US24 (23 weeks)
First published: September 1968, also published as Murmullo - Hush (Mexico) 1969 1
The Book of Taliesyn
- - - - US54 (14 weeks)
First published: December 11, 1968
1969 Deep Purple
- - - US162 (6 weeks)
First published: June 21, 1969
Sales: + 250,000, also published as El Libro De Taliesyn (Argentina) 1986 2
1970 Deep Purple in Rock

(21 months)DE
- CH90 (... weeks)
Template: chart table / maintenance / preliminaryCH

(68 weeks)UK

(21 weeks)US
First published: September 1, 1970
Sales: + 1,159,800, also published as In Memoriam In Rock (Indonesia) 3 and as In Rock 4 in 1970.
1971 Fireball
DE1 (12 months)
- - UK1 (25 weeks)

(18 weeks)US
also published as In Memoriam Fireball (Indonesia) 5 .
1972 Machine Head
DE1 (10 months)
AT4 (4 months)
- UK1

(25 weeks)UK

(118 weeks)US
First published: April 1, 1972, also published as In Memoriam Machine Head (Indonesia) 6 .
1973 Who Do We Think We Are
DE3 (7 months)
AT2 (6 months)
- UK4 (11 weeks)

(49 weeks)US
also as Quien Nos Creemos Que Somos? (Argentina) 7 published.
1974 Burn
DE1 (14 months)
AT1 (9 months)
- UK3

(21 weeks)UK

(30 weeks)US
also published as Arde (Uruguay) 8 , Quemadura (Venezuela) 9 , In Memoriam Burn (Indonesia) 10 and Quemar (Argentina) 11 .
DE10 (6 months)
AT4 (5 months)
- UK6th

(13 weeks)UK

(15 weeks)US
First published: November 8, 1974, also released as Soldier Of Fortune (South Korea) 12 , El Tormentoso (Venezuela) 13 , The Best Of Deep Purple 14 , Traetormentas (Argentina) 15 and Несущий Бурю (Russia) 16 .
1975 Come Taste the Volume
DE29 (4 months)
- - UK19th

(4 weeks)UK
US43 (14 weeks)
First published: November 7, 1975, also published as Ochutnávka (Czechoslovakia) 17 and Veni Y Proba La Banda (Argentina) 18 .
1984 Perfect Strangers

(29 weeks)DE
AT5 (4 months)
CH1 (20 weeks)

(15 weeks)UK

(32 weeks)US
also published as Deep Purple (Italy) 19 , Perfectos Extraños (Venezuela) 20 and Extraños (Argentina) 21 .
1987 The House of Blue Light
DE1 (17 weeks)
AT11 (2 months)

(13 weeks)CH

(9 weeks)UK
US34 (22 weeks)
1990 Slaves and Masters
DE23 (14 weeks)
AT28 (1 week)

(16 weeks)CH
UK45 (2 weeks)
US87 (19 weeks)
1993 The Battle Rages On
DE13 (14 weeks)
AT9 (16 weeks)
CH7 (10 weeks)
UK21 (3 weeks)
US192 (1 week)
1996 Purpendicular
DE20 (15 weeks)
AT16 (11 weeks)
CH17 (8 weeks)
UK58 (1 week)
1998 Abandon
DE16 (8 weeks)
AT25 (7 weeks)
CH46 (4 weeks)
UK76 (1 week)
2003 Bananas
DE3 (7 weeks)
AT12 (5 weeks)
CH13 (6 weeks)
UK85 (1 week)
Sales: + 10,000
2005 Rapture of the Deep
DE10 (7 weeks)
AT20 (4 weeks)
CH16 (5 weeks)
UK81 (1 week)
First published: November 1st, 2005
Sales: + 7,200
2013 Now What ?!

(17 weeks)DE
AT1 (6 weeks)
CH2 (14 weeks)
UK19 (4 weeks)
US110 (2 weeks)
First published: April 26, 2013
Sales: + 137,500
2017 Infinite

(17 weeks)DE
AT4 (11 weeks)
CH1 (14 weeks)
UK6 (4 weeks)
US105 (1 week)
First published: April 7, 2017
Sales: + 157,700
2020 Whoosh!
DE1 (... week)
Template: chart table / maintenance / provisional / 2020DE
AT1 (... week)
Template: chart table / maintenance / provisional / 2020AT
CH1 (... week)
Template: chart table / maintenance / provisional / 2020CH
UK4 (3 weeks)
US161 (1 week)
First published: August 7, 2020

gray hatching : no chart data available for this year


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  81. Steven Rosen in Guitar Player 1978: "His foot-stomping power chords in Deep Purple songs like 'Smoke on the Water', 'Rat Bat Blue' and 'Space Truckin'" set a huge precedent for the role of rhythm guitarists in less articulate forms of heavy rock - not to mention that 'Smoke' was the first tune a generation of kids learned to play ".
  82. Blackmore: "Everybody steals. It's healthy to steal. The thing is to disguise who you're stealing from. I used to steal a lot from Jimi Hendrix. “On
  83. Paice: "Now I just keep a nice beat and try to fill in the breaks with incredibly tasty bits like the west coast men. It's far better. ”
  84. Reply to Marcello Castellucci of July 18, 2003: ( Memento of September 7, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) “I don't know how to read or write tabs”.
  85. Answer to Evi Ivan of November 21, 2002: ( Memento of September 7, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) “I don't have a favorite bass player but there are a few I admire; Jaco Pastorious because [he] was so technically and emotionally gifted, Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, George Porter Jnr. "
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  89. Quoted from: Jürgen Roth, Michael Sailer: Deep Purple. The story of a band . Hannibal, Höfen 2005, ISBN 3-85445-251-9 , p. 192.
  90. ^ "Break my back with hard lovin '. Take my hand and keep movin '. Don't slow down we're nearly there now. Oh oh oh oh, can you stand the pain? I'm a hard lovin 'man. ”(From Hard Lovin' Man )
  91. DPAS lyrics - Deep Purple - Burn. In: Retrieved January 6, 2017 .
  92. ^ "Have you seen the headlines, Princess engaged. 3 million out of work. But that's on the 2nd page. “(From Strange Ways ) Text from Strange Ways on
  93. Perfect Strangers - DPAS Lyrics. In: Retrieved January 6, 2017 .
  94. Text of No No No on
  95. ^ Text by Mary Long on
  96. Gillan on the text by Mary Long on
  97. Gillan on Pictures of Innocence: "Political Correctness will have the effect of enlarging sensitivities to such a point that nothing can be said about anything [...] I only insult my friends, my friend, the rest can go to hell!" [...] whilst the regulators of the EU are successfully leading us to a state of dehumanization. "On
  98. Gillan: “The song refers to uncertainties about ourselves and about the reaction from the public, about our music and our integrity. A recognition that the days of gay abandon had passed and that a new phase was being entered. " on
  99. Text of the second sentence on
  100. ^ Text from Pictures of Home on
  101. ^ Text by Super Trouper on
  102. Text from No One Came on
  103. ^ Text from Gypsy's Kiss on
  104. Text of bloodsucker on
  105. Text of Stormbringer on
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  107. Quoted from: Jürgen Roth, Michael Sailer: Deep Purple. The story of a band. Hannibal, Höfen 2005, ISBN 3-85445-251-9 , p. 12.
  108. Quoted from: Jürgen Roth, Michael Sailer: Deep Purple. The story of a band. Hannibal, Höfen 2005, ISBN 3-85445-251-9 , p. 13.
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  130. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US

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