Spin #11 : Deep Purple : Stormbringer

Updated: Jul 1

Band Members on record : Ritchie Blackmore (Lead guitar), David Coverdale (Vocals), Glenn Hughes (Bass guitar/vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (Drums)




Deep Purple : Stormbringer Year Released : 1974 (original pressing) Produced by Deep Purple and Martin Birch Label: Purple Records Price Range: $30-50AUD Speed: 33 1/3RPM Album Before : Burn (1974) Album After : Come Taste The Band (1975) Further Listening : Richie Blackmore's Rainbow LP : 1 x Black LP Mood for enjoying: This record will make you reach for your air guitar or drum sticks to tap along to the music. It has funk and rock & roll with good feel rhythm. Play this one on the weekend when powering through some chores (washing up dishes and folding up the laundry). You'll be amazed what good music can do to speed up chore times. Track Listing:

LP Side A

Stormbringer - 4:03

Love Don't Mean A Thing - 4:23

Holy Man - 4:28

Hold On - 5:05

Side B Lady Double Dealer - 3:19

You Can't Do It Right (With The One You Love) - 3:24

High Ball Shooter - 4:26

The Gypsy - 4:13

Soldier of Fortune - 3:14

What's in the Sleeve ? 1 x Black LP from Purple records in a poly bag slip. Record sleeve is a bit worn as you'd imagine being released in 1974. Quality on the record is still very good though and I have placed all our records in a plastic outer sleeve to further protect them. I like the fact that the band has placed the lyrics on the back of the record sleeve and you can sing along during the listen.

"I've been on my own so long, won't you lend me your hand. I've been out in the cold too long won't you understand" ~ Holy Man - Side A

Welcome to Spin #11 - Deep Purple : Stormbringer

Come and take a seat by the fire or heater as the temperature continues to drop here on the east coast of Australia. I always find music nicer to listen to when you are all rugged up and taking the time to completely relax and appreciate what you're listening to. That's what I love about the listening process of a Long Play and that you have to listen to the whole side through (unless you really really dislike a song and can drop the stylus in the dead space between songs - but I suggest don't buy that album if you cant let it spin).


I also wanted to pay respects to all our ANZACS (fallen and serving), Lest We Forget.


For our spin #11, I have chosen a 70's classic band and album that might not be as big as their other studio albums - it's Deep Purple : 'Stormbringer'. I remember getting into Deep Purple as a youngling by going through my dads cassette collection. Like most people the first song that springs to mind with Deep Purple would be 'Smoke On the Water' and albums like 'Machine Head' and 'In Rock'. It was a few years later that I heard the powerful title track from 'Stormbringer' that made me go searching for this record. It's a special record and finding the original pressing from 1974 in very good condition was very exciting. A few issues with playback on Side B but relatively good.


For the review I used the set up in our loungeroom as it provided a better range of sound (4 bookshelf speakers spaced across the main wall, approximately 3.5metres in coverage of the wall). The set up consists of a Sherwood Turntable (PM-9805) and Sherwood Receiver (RX-4508) complete with 4 x Sherwood Bookshelf speakers. Even though I have our 8 month old daughter slobbering all over my leg as she cruises along the lounge edge and our 3 year old son is playing with his cars, I love that we can listen to music as a family.

 

Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):

I have to be strategic with this spin out in the loungeroom and I make sure that our children are sufficiently distracted with their toys before unlocking our loungeroom record hutch. I lift the lid of the unit and place 'Stormbringer' on the platter and turn on the power of the receiver. Because this record is a little bit older I do like to give the record a brush before spinning. I place the stylus down on the spinning wax and close the lid before prying hands can attempt to grab the turntable.


The instant sound of the first track 'Stormbringer' makes our son stand up and run like a madman around our coffee table, he loves it. I love it too and surprisingly this album is regarded as a weak point for the band. Time tends to either give the listener a fresh pair of ears in order to appreciate a record or it tends to not age very well. In this instance I can take this album on it's standalone value and not compare it to earlier Purple albums. The first song is such a strong chugging song that would sound great up loud on any car trip - big driving song. This is the second album released in the same year by the band after 'Burn', which is worth checking out too. After Ian Gillan and Roger Glover left the band, new members David Coverdale (later of Whitesnake fame) and Glenn Hughes really took control of the direction. Deep Purple would show a more blues/funk fused style that I think worked really well. 'Stormbringer' just starts with an absolute classic track that seems to tick all the boxes for a 70's Purple song.


It ends and the dead space fills the room with silence before the second song starts coming through the speakers, 'Love Don't Mean a Thing'. Hughes and Coverdale share the vocals on this one and is a very different song to the opener. I liked how the band lost their lead vocalist and bass player but were able to put out strong album after album. This song is very bluesy and the guitar twang that kicks off the song has me visualising sitting out on a porch in a rocking chair in the muggy south of USA. Tapping along to this one with my foot and taking in the lyrics that are printed on the back cover of the sleeve. Very different style compared to 'Stormbringer'. </