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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. 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".