Burn (Deep Purple album)

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Studio album by
Released15 February 1974
RecordedNovember 1973
StudioMontreux, Switzerland with the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio
ProducerDeep Purple
Deep Purple chronology
Who Do We Think We Are
Singles from Burn
  1. "Might Just Take Your Life"
    Released: 4 March 1974 [1]
  2. "Burn"
    Released: May 1974 (US)

Burn is the eighth studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in February 1974, and the first release by the Mark III line-up, featuring then-unknown singer David Coverdale 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 David Coverdale and Glenn 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.

Hughes participated in songwriting, but was not 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 bonus track "Coronarias Redig".[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC+[5]
Rolling Stone(unfavourable)[6]

Burn peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart, number 9 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and number one in four European countries.

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.[7]

In 2005, an unauthorised documentary about the album was produced as part of "The Ultimate Critical Review" series. It featured brand new interview with Glenn Hughes.

Lead single "Might Just Take Your Life," released 4 March, was Deep Purple's first UK single in two years.


In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Eduardo Rivadavia said:

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.[3]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks are written by Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes, except where noted[2]

Side one
1."Burn" 6:00
2."Might Just Take Your Life" 4:36
3."Lay Down, Stay Down" 4:15
4."Sail Away"Blackmore, Coverdale5:48
Side two
1."You Fool No One" 4:47
2."What's Goin' On Here" 4:55
3."Mistreated"Blackmore, Coverdale7:25
4."'A' 200"Blackmore, Lord, Paice3:51
30th anniversary edition bonus tracks
9."Coronarias Redig" (2004 remix)Blackmore, Lord, Paice5:30
10."Burn" (2004 remix) 6:00
11."Mistreated" (2004 remix)Blackmore, Coverdale7:28
12."You Fool No One" (2004 remix) 4:57
13."Sail Away" (2004 remix)Blackmore, Coverdale5:37


Deep Purple[edit]


  • 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 at Metropolis Studios, London (bonus tracks)
  • Peter Mew – mastering at Abbey Road Studios, London (2004 version)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[8] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[9] 1
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[10] 7
Danish Albums Chart[11] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[12] 7
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts)[13] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 4
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 1
Italian Albums (Musica e Dischi)[16] 3
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[17] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[18] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 3
US Billboard 200[20] 9

Year-end charts[edit]

Year-end chart performance for Burn
Chart (1974) Position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[21] 23
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 5


Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[23] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[24] Gold 150,000[24]
Sweden (GLF)[25] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


Accolades for Burn
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Classic Rock United Kingdom 100 Greatest British Rock Albums Ever[28] 2006 27


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  17. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
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  20. ^ "Deep Purple Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  21. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 426. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. 1974. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
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