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Cover of the 1972 Italian single
|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)
|Writer(s)||Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord, Ian Paice|
|Deep Purple singles chronology|
A promo video was made for the song in 1972. The single version 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 on its 1986 album "Born to Fight".