Stormbringer is the ninth studio album by the English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in November 1974. On this album, the soul and funk elements that were only hinted at on Burn are much more prominent.
|Studio album by|
|Studio||Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany|
The Record Plant, Los Angeles
|Label||Purple (Europe, Oceania, South America)|
Warner Bros. (USA, Canada & Japan)
|Producer||Martin Birch & Deep Purple|
|Deep Purple chronology|
|Singles from Stormbringer|
|Ritchie Blackmore chronology|
35th anniversary CD slipcase
The cover image of Stormbringer is based on a photo. On 8 July 1927 a tornado near the town of Jasper, Minnesota was photographed by Lucille Handberg. Her photograph has become a classic image, and was used and edited for the album's cover. The same photograph was used for Miles Davis' album Bitches Brew in 1970 and Siouxsie and the Banshees' album Tinderbox in 1986.
Stormbringer is the name of the second Elric of Melniboné novel by Michael Moorcock. It is the name of a magical sword described in many novels and comics by Moorcock and others which enjoyed enormous success in the 1960s and 70s. David Coverdale has denied knowledge of this until shortly after recording the album. In an interview with Charles Shaar Murray in the New Musical Express he claimed that the name was from mythology. A few years later, Moorcock collaborated with Blue Öyster Cult to write "Black Blade," a song that actually was about the sword Stormbringer.
According to Glenn Hughes, the slurred gibberish that is spoken by Coverdale at the beginning of the title track just prior to the first verse is the same backwards dialogue that Linda Blair's character utters in the film The Exorcist, when she is questioned by the priest.
Alex Henderson of AllMusic writes that "Stormbringer falls short of the excellence of Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are, but nonetheless boasts some definite classics – including the fiery "Lady Double Dealer," the ominous title song (a goth metal treasure), the sweaty "High Ball Shooter," and the melancholy ballad "Soldier of Fortune."
Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple following Stormbringer and its subsequent tour, publicly citing his dislike for the funky direction the band was taking. Glenn Hughes nevertheless praises the album and Blackmore's contributions: "People who listen to Stormbringer, please listen...Ritchie Blackmore is damn funky, whether he likes it or not. He played wonderfully on the album."
This record has been the object of much renewed interest: Friday Music label released it stateside on 31 July 2007 (along with Made in Europe and Come Taste the Band). It is unclear which tapes were used as a source for this release, but the label's website claims that the album has been digitally remastered (but not expanded).
Additionally EMI (Deep Purple's label for much of the world outside the US) worked with Glenn Hughes on a remastered, expanded version of the album (much like the one done with Burn) which includes bonus remixes and alternative takes.
On 23 February 2009 the 35th Anniversary Edition of Stormbringer was released for the European/international market only. The release has been expanded into a limited edition 2 disc set: the first disc is the full remastered album along with the new remixes, and the second disc is a DVD containing the quadraphonic mix in 5.1 audio as originally released in the USA on Quad reel back in 1974. Once the CD/DVD edition sells out a single CD edition will follow it. A limited double gatefold vinyl edition was also released.
|1.||"Stormbringer"||Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale||4:03|
|2.||"Love Don't Mean a Thing"||Blackmore, Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice||4:23|
|3.||"Holy Man"||Coverdale, Hughes, Lord||4:28|
|4.||"Hold On"||Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice||5:05|
|5.||"Lady Double Dealer"||Blackmore, Coverdale||3:19|
|6.||"You Can't Do It Right (With the One You Love)"||Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes||3:24|
|7.||"High Ball Shooter"||Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice||4:26|
|8.||"The Gypsy"||Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice||4:05|
|9.||"Soldier of Fortune"||Blackmore, Coverdale||3:14|
|35th Anniversary Edition - Disc 1 bonus tracks|
|10.||"Holy Man" (remix)||4:32|
|11.||"You Can't Do It Right" (remix)||3:27|
|12.||"Love Don't Mean a Thing" (remix)||5:07|
|13.||"Hold On" (remix)||5:11|
|14.||"High Ball Shooter" (instrumental)||4:30|
|1974||Norwegian Albums Chart||1|
|Austrian Top 40 Albums||4|
|French Albums Chart||5|
|Danish Albums Chart||6|
|Finnish Albums Chart||6|
|UK Albums Chart||6|
|German Albums Chart||10|
|The Billboard 200 (USA)||20|
|Japanese Albums Chart||22|
|1975||Italian Albums Chart||5|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||18|
|USA||RIAA||1975||Gold (+ 500,000)|
|France||SNEP||1975||Gold (+ 100,000)|
|UK||BPI||1975||Silver (+ 60,000)|
|Sweden||IFPI||1975||Gold (+ 50,000)|
|Classic Rock||United Kingdom||"100 Greatest British Rock Album Ever"||2006||62|
Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. The band is considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-seventies". They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million copies of their albums worldwide.Deep Purple have had several line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV. Their second and most commercially successful line-up consisted of Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards, backing vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973, and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again from 1992 to 1993. The band achieved more modest success in the intervening periods between 1968 and 1969 with the line-up including Rod Evans (lead vocals) and Nick Simper (bass, backing vocals), between 1974 and 1976 with the line-up including David Coverdale (lead vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals) (and Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore in 1975), and between 1989 and 1992 with the line-up including Joe Lynn Turner (vocals). The band's line-up (currently including Ian Gillan, and guitarist Steve Morse from 1994) has been much more stable in recent years, although keyboardist Jon Lord's retirement from the band in 2002 (being succeeded by Don Airey) left Ian Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.
Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme and a poll on British radio station Planet Rock ranked them 5th among the "most influential bands ever". The band received the Legend Award at the 2008 World Music Awards. Deep Purple (specifically Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Gillan, Glover, Coverdale, Evans and Hughes) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.List of backmasked messages
The following is an incomplete list of backmasked messages in music.Past Times with Good Company
For the English folk song written by King Henry VIII, see Pastime with Good Company.
Past Times with Good Company is a double live album by the band Blackmore's Night, recorded in May 2002 in Groningen, the Netherlands. It was released in October 2002 in Europe and in February 2003 in the USA and Canada. The European version includes a Greek rendition of "Home Again" and extra live tracks recorded at a press show in Solingen, Germany. CD 2 of the special Limited Edition leather-bound hard-cover package includes two bonus tracks: an acoustic "Fires At Midnight" and "Home Again" sung in Greek. The album's title is a homage to the 16th century English folk song "Pastime with Good Company", composed by King Henry VIII, and performed in a special 2-part arrangement by Blackmore's Night on this recording. "Fires At Midnight" is another piece with a royal lineage, attributed to King Alphonso X of Spain.Stormbringer (disambiguation)
Stormbringer may refer to:
Stormbringer, magical black sword featured in fantasy stories by Michael Moorcock
Stormbringer (novel), 1965 novel by Michael Moorcock, a fix-up of four novellas about Elric of Melniboné
Stormbringer (role-playing game) by Chaosium, based on Moorcock's stories
Stormbringer (album), a 1974 album by Deep Purple
Stormbringer!, a 1970 album by John and Beverley Martyn
Stormbringer (video game), written by David Jones and released in 1987 by Mastertronic
The Transformers: Stormbringer, comic book miniseries published by IDW Publishing