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Breakfast of Champions: Deep Purple's Machine Head

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Circular, May 1972

IF YOU'RE OVER 20, you needn’t read on. Unless, of course, you want to hear why Deep Purple are a good group – just like ...

Deep Purple: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1976

THIS REVIEW SHOULD have been written in the white heat of anger after seeing Deep Purple play at the Empire Pool, Wembley, on Friday night. ...


Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore (1973)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1973

Take the limo to Purple's West Palm Beach Arena show! Listen to Ritchie badmouth his bandmates! The rancour, the hatred, the splits, and the imminent departure of Ian Gillan and others!

File format: mp3; file size: 63.2mb, interview length: 1h 08' 58" sound quality: ***

Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore (1974)

Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1974

The Purple axe-wielder on the relationships within the band; recording latest album Burn in Montreux; finding David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes... and what the new chaps bring to the band.

File format: mp3; file size: 18.8mb, interview length: 20' 29" sound quality: ***

Deep Purple #1 (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1990

Paice and Lord talk about the early days of Purple, up until the first departure of... Ian Gillan, who talks about both the first and second versions of Purple, but mostly about how much he hates Ritchie Blackmore!

Ian Paice & Jon Lord: File format: mp3; file size: 86mb, interview length: 1h 33' 54" sound quality: *** Ian Gillan: File format: mp3; file size: 64.4mb, interview length: 1h 10' 23" sound quality: * (phoner)

Deep Purple #2 (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, Fall 1990

Bassman Glover on his musical roots, and the early days; Blackmore on Ian Gillan and more...

Roger Glover: File format: mp3; file size: 75.1mb, interview length: 1h 22' 03" sound quality: ** Ritchie Blackmore: File format: mp3; file size: 69mb, interview length: 1h 15' 24" sound quality: **


Deep Purple: Shades Of Deep Purple (Parlophone)

Review by Miles, International Times, October 1968

Rod Evans (voc); Jon Lord (voc, org); Nic Simper (bass gtr); Ritchie Blackmore (lead gtr); Ian Paice (drms). ...

From The Underground: Deep Purple

Profile and Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, January 1969

AND WHILE the rain falls in Britain, Deep Purple look out of their windows in America and the sun is shining a spotlight upon them ...

Deep Purple with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Mark Williams, International Times, October 1969

THE ALBERT Hall Concert on Wednesday September 24th, featuring Deep Purple in concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was possibly the most important musical event ...

The Nice: Tear Gas, Stones and Broken Heads...

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1969


Deep Purple: In Live Concert At The Royal Albert Hall (Harvest)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, December 1969

THIS IS A live recording of the widely reported concert which took place recently when Deep Purple joined Malcolm Arnold and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ...

Rock Album Solved Deep Purple Rift

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, August 1970

RECORDING AN album of rock did Deep Purple a lot more good than most people realize. It solved a lot of personal problems that arose ...

Deep Purple: The Smashing-Up Bit Is Valid!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, September 1970

WHEN DEEP PURPLE smashed up their equipment on a TV show recently, here were howls of protest throughout the land. A flood of complaints hit ...

Deep Purple: Rock Is Where We're At

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, October 1970

ORGANIST JON Lord asserts triumphantly that with Deep Purple In Rock the group have finally found their true musical identities following their early 'success' as ...

Deep Purple: An Interview with Jon Lord

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, November 1970

DEEP Purple, since their formation from the debris of the Artwoods, Lord Sutch and others have become increasingly recognized as one of the most progressive ...

Various, Drum Bash: Bumpers Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1971

DEAFENING fun! That was the all-star drum conversation held at London's Bumpers Club last week. ...

Deep Purple

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, May 1971

THE CRY most likely from the touchline as Deep Purple rocket on from standing ovation to standing ovation in the next few weeks is "bring ...

Deep Purple: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, May 1971

THIS COULD easily be a review consisting entirely of superlatives, but it wouldn't be so easy to understand unless you were actually at the Roundhouse ...

Deep Purple: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

ALTHOUGH it wasn't one of Deep Purple's best nights on Friday, it was certainly one of the best nights of the Camden Festival with London's ...

Iceland Gives Deep Purple (and our Richard Green) a Hot Reception!

Report by Richard Green, New Musical Express, June 1971

There may be snow on peaks but there's fire down below! ...

Deep Purple: Pop Snobbery

Interview by Richard Green, Hit Parader, July 1971

POP SNOBBERY. According to Ian Gillan, of Deep Purple, it's when groups get so selective in their attitude towards work that they cut their dates ...

Deep Purple: "The Stones Are Out Of Date" — Ian

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, July 1971

DEEP PURPLE are the band who made it in spite of the critics, the press and most of the mass media and, for that alone, ...

Deep Purple: A Band Breakdown

Profile and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, September 1971

OFTEN ABUSED BY critics and disc jockeys, Deep Purple have won through during the past two years to become one of this country's top groups. ...

Deep Purple vs. UFO

Essay by Metal Mike Saunders, New Haven Rock Press, 1972

TIME AGAIN for one of those legendary matchups, a method which has in the past answered such immortal questions as: Could Eric Clapton shut down ...

Deep Purple: Machine Head (Purple)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, April 1972

Purple: what we've got is a lot ...

Deep Purple: Victims Of Their Own Fame

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, April 1972

DEEP PURPLE'S new album Machine Head comes to you courtesy of the Rolling Stones' redoubtable studio manager Ian Stewart who saved their famous mobile recording ...

Deep Purple: Machine Head

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Phonograph Record, May 1972

I was pretty pleased with the new Deep Purple album when it first came in the mail, since it was a good heavy metal album ...

Deep Purple: Machine Head

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, June 1972

2013 NOTE: When Machine Head shipped in '72 it was just another album, the latest release by an up-and-coming heavy metal band, stuck in the ...

Deep Purple: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, July 1972

THE RAINBOW came back to life on Friday night with a snarl, a cheer and a smile. The near-capacity crowd had come to see Deep ...

Deep Purple: So Dreadfully Hot Here In The Colonies

Report by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, December 1972

"WHERE'S THE booze?" ...

Deep Purple: Who Do We Think We Are!

Review by Lester Bangs, Phonograph Record, March 1973

HOT DAMN, it's a new Deep Purple album! ...

Deep Purple: Who Do Purple Think They Are?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, March 1973


Deep Purple: Who Do We Think We Are? and Made In Japan

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, April 1973

DEEP PURPLE sure does play a godamn LOUD concert. I thought Cactus and Johnny Winter were bad, but hell Jon Lord knows how to cave ...

Deep Purple: Made In Japan

Review by Jon Tiven, Rolling Stone, May 1973

DEEP PURPLE have had a rough time gaining and retaining the status of being Kings of the Heavy Metal Set, and with the release of ...

Deep Purple: An Unpublished Interview with Ritchie Blackmore

Interview by Jim Esposito, unpublished, June 1973

2012 NOTE: This Q&A hails from circa June 1973, for an interview published in Creem in September that year. It broke the story about the ...

Deep Purple: Who'll Be Purple's New Voice?

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1973

THE NEWS that Ian Gillan is to leave Deep Purple comes at a time when the group are on the crest of world-wide acclaim. Yet ...

Deep Purple: A New Bassman — But Still No Singer

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, July 1973

"PAUL RODGERS was asked to join us, but there were just too many things in the way. Apart from just the contractual side of it, ...

Deep Purple: Purple, Introducing The…Err…Unknown Mr. Coverdale

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, September 1973

PURPLE RECORDS took the press down to Clearwell Castle on the Welsh-English border last week to meet their new singer boy. The name of this ...

Deep Purple: Burn

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, February 1974

NEW LINE-UP time, folks. As all you well-informed young people will have been aware for nigh on a full season, Ian Gillan has left to ...

Deep Purple: Burn

Review by Ken Barnes, Rolling Stone, April 1974

DEEP PURPLE'S first album since last year's departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist/composer Roger Glover is a passable but disappointing effort. ...

Various Artists: California Jam Festival: Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario CA

Live Review by David Rensin, Zoo World, May 1974

"Bastion Of Ennui" nets record gate. ...

Deep Purple: Monsters of the Deep

Report and Interview by Lester Bangs, New Musical Express, June 1974

I'M SITTING on Deep Purple's jet waiting to take off from Detroit Metro. The accommodations are luxurious and the general mood is a Saturday afternoon ...

Black Sabbath and Deep Purple: Who Really Are The Kings Of Heavy Metal?

Comment by Jon Tiven, Circus Raves, November 1974

ONE HALF-DECADE ago, Black Sabbath couldn't get a favorable review if they begged for it – and beg they didn't. ...

Deep Purple: Stormbringer

Review by Pete Makowski, Sounds, November 1974

IT IS going to be interesting to see the fans' and critics' reaction when they lay their hands on Stormbringer. ...

Deep Purple: Stormbringer (Purple Records)

Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

'Stormbringer'; 'Love Don't Mean A Thing'; 'Holy Man'; 'Hold On'; 'Lady Double Dealer'; 'You Can't Do It Right'; 'High Ball Shooter'; 'The Gypsy'; 'Soldiers of ...

Deep Purple: Angry Young Man

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, November 1974

THE FORTUNES of Deep Purple have taken strange paths over the past 12 months. But changes in line-up and strange stories about their antics in ...

Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1975

A CURIOUS MARRIAGE of convenience. That is how the link between American lead guitarist Tommy Bolin and British speed rock band Deep Purple might appear ...

Deep Purple On The Road

Report and Interview by Jon Tiven, Circus Raves, March 1975

DAVID COVERDALE cocked his head forward and let loose with a thunderous growl to counter Ritchie's furious riff-picking. Glenn Hughes directed his bass notes at ...

Blackmore: I Was Getting Lazy

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, June 1975

RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S DEPARTURE from Deep Purple comes as no surprise to followers of Deep Purple who have watched their activities closely over the years. For ...

Deep Purple Changes Hue

Interview by Steven Rosen, Creem, November 1975

THE CALIFORNIA CLIME seems to agree with Ritchie Blackmore, a usually unhealthy looking fellow whose complexion runs somewhere between spoiled flour and banana yogurt and ...

Ian Gillan: Rock And Roll's In Gillan's Soul

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, March 1976

"We all came out to Montreux, On the lake Geneva shoreline. To make a record with a mobile, We didn't have much time." ...

You Keep On Moving: Shades of Deep Purple

Report and Interview by Geoff Barton, Sounds, March 1976

Is this Purple as good as the old? GEOFF BARTON joins the band's 24th tour of America to find out. ...

Deep Purple: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, March 1976

AT THE Empire Pool, Deep Purple rule. The roaring audience of ten thousand or so press their hands to their heads as their ears get ...

Deep Purple: Why The Purpling Had To Stop

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, July 1976

In which TONY STEWART listens patiently while IAN PAICE and DAVID COVERDALE explain (within the limits of decent reticence and Not Ratting On Mates)... ...

Deep Purple: Made in Europe

Review by Lester Bangs, Circus, February 1977

LET'S SEE, as of now I have written two features on Deep Purple, plus, uh, I reviewed In Rock, Machine Head, and Who Do We ...

Deep Purple: Deeper Shades of Purple

Report and Interview by Deborah Frost, Circus, May 1977

DEEP PURPLE. The name itself was synonymous with the rock genre it perfected; Deep Purple was heavy metal. Unleashing waves of relentless decibels upon worshippers ...

Ritchie Blackmore: Wailing over the Purple Rainbow

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, 1978

WHILE RITCHIE Blackmore’s Baroque-tinged shred solos make him the in-vitro father of today’s progressive- and classical-metal movement (just ask Yngwie), his foot-stomping power chords in ...

Ritchie Blackmore: I Want To Tell You What I've Been Doing

Interview by Jon Young, Trouser Press, July 1978

AS DAVE SCHULPS and I rolled along in the darkness to our impending interview, we were filled with apprehension. After all, Ritchie Blackmore has never ...

Are You A Whore For Rock 'N' Roll?

Report by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, December 1979

ROSALIND RUSSELL thinks most of you are ...

Ritchie Blackmore

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

ONE REASON for the selection of ace heavy metal guitarist Ritchie Blackmore as one of our subjects relates to a previous, slimmer and somewhat inferior ...

Deep Purple: Deep Throats

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, November 1984

"WE ALL CAME IN at different times. Paicey and I walked in – we'd booked a conference room in Greenwich, Connecticut overlooking the harbour, and ...

Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers

Review by Deborah Frost, Rolling Stone, February 1985

The title track comes blasting out of nowhere, like an I'm-alive-and-well message from an old friend you'd given up for dead. With its steamy vocal ...

Deep Purple Returns!

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, March 1985

DEEP PURPLE. Two words that mean so much to so many. It's been 13 years since DP – the DP, Gillan, Glover, Paice, Lord and ...

Deep Purple, The Scorpions, Meat Loaf et al: Knebworth Fayre, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, June 1985

THIS IS the second Dark Age. It's gotta be. Either that or it's a farmyard. Either that or it's a British festival. Oh oh, it's ...

Deep Purple: Nobody's Purple

Interview by Pete Makowski, Metal Hammer, June 1988

"Rock'n'Roll is the perfect art which conceals art, that satisfying spontaneity which can be achieved only by taking intense thought" – Kathleen Cleaver (paraphrased) ...

Deep Purple

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, February 1991

Ian hated Ritchie. Ritchie hated Ian. Roger had to go, but then he came back. Jon stayed, and David joined. Then Ritchie left — and ...


Retrospective by Tom Hibbert, MOJO, May 1994

Born too late for The Beatles, too early for punk. 1969 was not a good year to be starry-eyed and 17. So tell us, Tom ...

Ian Gillan

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 1994

THE THIRD VERSION OF DEEP PURPLE TO FEATURE Ian Gillan on lead vocal has just toured the world. Shortly before the Japanese leg, guitarist Ritchie ...

Deep Purple: Fireball

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, December 1996

Second album by Deep Purple’s mark II line-up of Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice, rereleased on its 25th anniversary. ...

Mr. Coverdale and His Enormous Snake

Interview by Ian Fortnam,, September 2002

THE GENTLEMAN rock star lounges decorously before us, a cigarette steadily smouldering between his fingers. ...

Worst Idea in the History of Music: Concerto for Jon Lord and george

Comment by Clinton Walker, Limelight, 2003

AN EMAIL ARRIVED for me a little while back, just after the program for the 2003 Sydney Festival was released. Titled THE WORST IDEA IN ...

Deep Purple: Friends Reunited

Retrospective and Interview by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, January 2003

They invented symphonic rock, wrote the world's dumbest riff and excelled in lunacy, greed and very long solos. Kieron Tyler charts the stop-start metal excess ...

Deep Purple/Peter Frampton/Thunder: Newcastle Arena

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava,, November 2004

DEEP PURPLE burst out of the British underground during the late '60s, shedding their early US psychedelic sound in favour of a heavy, more aggressive ...

Deep Purple: 'Smoke On The Water' (Warners)

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Blender, May 2005

Performers : Ritchie Blackmore – guitar; Ian Gillan – vocals; Jon Lord – keyboards; Roger Glover – bass; Ian Paice – drums; Producer: Martin Birch; ...

Richie Blackmore: Blackmore's Nightmare

Retrospective by Pete Makowski, Classic Rock, March 2006

"I'm at that stage where I will play anything I want to. I will not be dictated to by fans or people who say: 'You ...

Vinyl Icon: Machine Head

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, March 2010

TO GET THE POINT of Machine Head you must first understand what it is not. ...

see also Artwoods, The

see also Ritchie Blackmore

see also Tommy Bolin

see also David Coverdale

see also Ian Gillan

see also Rainbow

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