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|Single by Deep Purple|
|from the album Machine Head|
|B-side||"When a Blind Man Cries"|
|Released||18 March 1972|
|Recorded||6–21 December 1971
|Genre||Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock|
|Length||3:30 (single version)
4:01 (album version)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
|Deep Purple singles chronology|
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 as the album contained hits such as "Lazy", "Space Truckin' " and "Highway Star".
A promo video for "Never Before" was made in 1972, Deep Purple's only one in the seventies. The single mix of the song is an edit of the album version and lasts 3:30.
"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.
- Ian Gillan – vocals
- Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
- Roger Glover – bass guitar
- Jon Lord – keyboards
- Ian Paice – drums
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".