Burn (Deep Purple album)

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Studio album by Deep Purple
Released 15 February 1974
Recorded November 1973 in Montreux, Switzerland
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Length 41:37
Label EMI/Purple (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Deep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (unfavourable)[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
Sputnik Music 4.5/5 stars[4]

Burn is the eighth studio album by Deep Purple, released in February 1974. This was the first Deep Purple album to feature then-unknown David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes from Trapeze on bass and vocals.


The album was recorded in Montreux, Switzerland, in November 1973 with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. With the addition of Coverdale and Hughes, Purple's hard rock sound became more boogie oriented, incorporating elements of soul and funk which would become much more prominent on the follow-up album, Stormbringer.

"Might Just Take Your Life" uses the riff from Stone the Crows' "Big Jim Salter" from the 1971 album Teenage Licks.

Release and reception[edit]

Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic writes in his review

The phenomenal title track started things off at full throttle, actually challenging the seminal "Highway Star" for the honor of best opener to any Deep Purple album, while showcasing the always impressive drumming of Ian Paice. The fantastic slow-boiling blues of "Mistreated"'s greatness qualifies it for the highest echelons of hard rock achievement, and therefore ranks as an essential item in the discography of any self-respecting music fan.

In 2004 Burn was remastered and released with bonus tracks. "Coronarias Redig" was recorded during the Burn recording sessions, used only as a B-side for the "Might Just Take Your Life" single in 1974. It appears as a bonus track (in remixed form) on the anniversary edition re-release. The 2004 remix version of "Burn" was later used in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.[5]

In 2005 an unauthorised documentary about the album was produced as part of "The Ultimate Critical Review" series. It featured brand new interview with the original Deep Purple Mk III bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes.

"Might Just Take Your Life", released three days before the album on 12 February, was Deep Purple's first UK single in two years.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Jon Lord and Ian Paice, except as noted

Original vinyl release[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Burn"   6:00
2. "Might Just Take Your Life"   4:36
3. "Lay Down, Stay Down"   4:15
4. "Sail Away" (Blackmore, Coverdale) 5:48
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "You Fool No One"   4:47
6. "What's Goin' On Here"   4:55
7. "Mistreated" (Blackmore, Coverdale) 7:25
8. "'A' 200" (Blackmore, Lord, Paice) 3:51
30th Anniversary Edition Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
9. "Coronarias Redig" (2004 remix) (Blackmore, Lord, Paice) 5:30
10. "Burn" (2004 remix) 6:00
11. "Mistreated" (2004 remix) (Blackmore, Coverdale) 7:28
12. "You Fool No One" (2004 remix) 4:57
13. "Sail Away" (2004 remix) (Blackmore, Coverdale) 5:37
  • Glenn Hughes participated in song-writing, but wasn't given credit due to unexpired contractual obligations. However, the 30th anniversary edition of the album included Hughes in the credits for all the tracks except "Sail Away", "Mistreated", "'A' 200" and the bonus track "Coronarias Redig".[6]


Deep Purple
Additional personnel
  • Deep Purple – producer, mixing
  • Martin Birch – engineer, mixing
  • Tapani Tapanainen – assistant engineer
  • Nesbit, Phipps and Froome – artwork
  • Fin Costello – sleeve photography
  • Candle Makers Supplies – candles
  • Tony Edwards – executive producer (2004 version)
  • Matthew Tait – mixing (2004 remixes)
  • Peter Mew – mastering (2004 version)



Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock United Kingdom "100 Greatest British Rock Album Ever"[15] 2006 27

(*) designates unordered lists.


  1. ^ "Burn". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Barnes, Ken (25 April 1974). "Album reviews Deep Purple". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "CG: Deep Purple". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/32906/Deep-Purple-Burn/
  5. ^ Video on YouTube
  6. ^ Liner notes 30th Anniversary Edition
  7. ^ a b c Burn on European Charts 1974
  8. ^ Burn on German Album Charts 1974
  9. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Burn (Deep Purple album)". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Burn on Billboard". Rovi Corporation / Billboard. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Deep Purple – Burn". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  12. ^ "French album certifications – Deep Purple – Burn" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select DEEP PURPLE and click OK
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Deep Purple – Burn". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Burn in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Deep Purple – Burn". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  15. ^ "Classic Rock – 100 Greatest British Rock Album Ever – April 2006". Classic Rock. Retrieved 10 February 2009.