Never Before

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This article is about the song by Deep Purple. For the album by The Byrds, see Never Before (album).
"Never Before"
Single by Deep Purple
from the album Machine Head
B-side "When a Blind Man Cries"
Released 18 March 1972
Format 7"
Recorded 6–21 December 1971
Montreux, Switzerland
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Length 3:30 (single version)
4:01 (album version)
Label EMI (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
Writer(s) Ian Gillan
Ritchie Blackmore
Roger Glover
Jon Lord
Ian Paice
Producer(s) Deep Purple
Deep Purple singles chronology
"Fireball"
(1971)
"Never Before"
(1972)
"Smoke on the Water"
(1973)
Machine Head track listing

"Never Before" is a song by British rock band Deep Purple, which appears on their 1972 album Machine Head.

This was originally the only single from the album besides "Smoke on the Water", with "When a Blind Man Cries" as a B-side, which surprised fans[citation needed] as the album contained hits such as "Lazy", "Space Truckin' " and "Highway Star".

A promo video for "Never Before" was made in 1972. The single mix of the song is an edit of the album version and lasts 3:30.

Live performances[edit]

"Never Before" has rarely been performed live. The only live recording of this song appears on Deep Purple In Concert, which was recorded at the time of the single release, a week or so before Machine Head was released.

Deep Purple performed "Never Before" on tour in 2004, when they played the whole Machine Head album.

Personnel[edit]

Covers[edit]

Gary Barden covered the song on his 2011 cover album Rock 'n' Roll My Soul.

The italian metal-band Vanadium played the song in its 1986 album "BORN TO FIGHT".

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