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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 […]

Presto: Deep Purple’s ‘Concerto for Group and Orchestra’ at 50

Looking back on rock history, it’s clear that the concept of rock/orchestral hybridization was fashionable for a time. Most rock listeners are familiar (and then some) with Days of Future […]

Deep Purple’s Long Goodbye

If Deep Purple had done nothing more than record “Smoke on the Water,” the band would have earned a place of honor in rock history. Though the riff-based classic (with […]

Capsule Reviews for May 2017, Part One

Thank You, Friends (Concord Bicycle Music) I remember a time when seemingly nobody knew about Big Star; happily for me, that was about the time I found “new old stock” […]

Hundred-word Reviews: Deluxe Packages

Each of these is a multi-disc set collecting archival (and sometimes previously-unreleased) music, but other than that, there’s little to connect these releases in any stylistic fashion: Celtic soul, proto-funk/pop, […]

DVD Review: Deep Purple — Perfect Strangers Live

Deep Purple are one of those bands with a tortured history of lineup changes, stylistic detours, and changing fortunes. While their real-life saga doesn’t rival that of the just-this-side-of-fictional Spinal […]