Five Semi-rare Cuts from Deep Purple

Deep Purple released Burn, their eighth studio album a half-century ago in February 1974. Today the band endures: founding member Ian Paice (drums) is joined by Roger Glover and Ian Gillan (both of whom first joined in 1969) plus newer members, continuing to tour and record. Their most recent studio release was 2021’s critically-acclaimed all-covers set, Turning to Crime.

While all of Deep Purple’s albums feature hard-rocking classics, a scattering of songs didn’t find their way onto the regular studio albums until years after their release as singles. The group’s Mark I, Mark II and Mark III eras were a period of constant change during which Paice, lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and keyboardist Jon Lord were the band’s only constant members. Here are five often overlooked Deep Purple tracks from those days.

“Emmaretta” (1969)
The fourth Deep Purple single, “Emmaretta” featured the group’s original lineup, with Rod Evans on lead vocals and Nick Simper on bass. This non-LP single reached the lower rungs of charts in Austria and Canada. It would be included on the remastered CD edition of Deep Purple; that release also featured a BBC Top Gear performance of the song from January 1969. “Emmaretta” would be one of the group’s last recordings before changing from a progressive sound to a harder rock style.

“Hallelujah” (1969)
A non-album track, “Hallelujah” was the sixth single from Deep Purple, and the first to feature Gillan (lead vocals) and Glover (bass). It failed to chart anywhere except Austria, where it reached #16 on that country’s singles chart. A cover of a tune first cut by obscure group The Derek Lawrence Statement, Deep Purple’s “Hallelujah” was finally released on an LP in 1978 as part of The Deep Purple Singles A’s and B’s; that album was released everywhere but the U.S. An expanded CD-era version of the compilation would be released worldwide in 1993.

“Black Night” (1970)
This non-album single represented a breakthrough for Deep Purple, reaching the Top Ten in six countries; it soared all the way to the #1 spot in the band’s home United Kingdom. With songwriting credited to the whole band, “Black Night” bears a striking resemblance to “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet” a hit for American psychedelic band Blues Magoos three years earlier. “Black Night” would be featured as a bonus track on the 25th Anniversary Edition release of In Rock, along with a longer, unedited remix.

“When a Blind Man Cries” (1972)
One of the best tracks on Deep Purple’s mega-hit Machine Head is the rarely-performed “Never Before.” That tune – the first of four singles off the LP – was released as a single in March 1972, charting only modestly. As a result, relatively few listeners heard its non-LP flip side cut, “When a Blind Man Cries.” A 1997 remix of the song was included on the 25th anniversary edition of Machine Head.

“Coronarious Redig” (1974)
Gillan and Glover had departed the group by the time of 1974’s Burn, though both would return a decade later. Deep Purple Mark III was fronted by new lead singer David Coverdale, with Glenn Hughes on bass. The title track from the group’s eighth studio LP, “Burn” became a concert opener. Its little-heard b-side surfaced again on a UK-only 2LP set, The Anthology in the mid 1980s. (That collection also featured the four other songs spotlighted in this roundup.) “Coronarious Redig” would also be included (in a remixed version) on the 30th anniversary expanded reissue of Burn in 2004.