Deep Purple formed in England, 1968, and are one of the longest running rock bands to date. They are considered, alongside greats such as Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath to have been amongst the founders of heavy-metal and hard-rock. They were even once listed into the Guiness Book of Records as the World’s Loudest Band.
They have gone through multiple line-up changes and a dramatic eight-year hiatus. The original crew consisted of; guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, vocalist Rod Evans, bassist Nick Simper, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice were the founding members. The band’s success came with their debut album, ‘Shades of Deep Purple’, which was released shortly after they formed. It was certainly the band’s most pop-orientated release, but gained huge success, gaining a Top 5 US hit with single ‘Hush’.
With their self-titled third LP, their sound had changed enormously, showing more ambition and complexity. Soon after the release, band members parted ways; singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover were recruited. The first output of this new lineup was a mixed electric and orchestral album with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple In Concert, with the centrepiece being Lord’s “Concerto For Group And Orchestra.”
Four influential studio albums followed over the next four years: ‘Deep Purple in Rock’, ‘Fireball’, ‘Machine Head’ and ‘Who Do We Think We Are’, with live album ‘Made in Japan’ following.
Many line-up changes followed, but in 1984, the strongest lineup, (Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, and Richie Blackmore) reunited to produce the albums ‘Perfect Strangers’ and ‘The House of Blue Light’. Tensions returned however, and Gillan was fired and replaced by Joe Lynn Turner. This lineup only lasted for one album, before Ian Gillan returned again for ‘The Battle Rages On’.
While not as influential as in their original embodiment, the band have remained a successful studio and live act to this day.
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