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|Studio album by|
|Studio||Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany|
The Record Plant, Los Angeles
|Label||Purple (Europe, Oceania, South America)|
Warner Bros. (USA, Canada & Japan)
|Producer||Martin Birch & Deep Purple|
|Deep Purple chronology|
|Singles from Stormbringer|
|Ritchie Blackmore chronology|
35th anniversary CD slipcase
Album cover and title
The cover image of Stormbringer is based on a photo. On 8 July 1927 a tornado near the town of Jasper, Minnesota was photographed by Lucille Handberg. Her photograph has become a classic image, and was used and edited for the album's cover. The same photograph was used for Miles Davis' album Bitches Brew in 1970 and Siouxsie and the Banshees' album Tinderbox in 1986.
Stormbringer is the name of the second Elric of Melniboné novel by Michael Moorcock. It is the name of a magical sword described in many novels and comics by Moorcock and others which enjoyed enormous success in the 1960s and 70s. David Coverdale has denied knowledge of this until shortly after recording the album. In an interview with Charles Shaar Murray in the New Musical Express he claimed that the name was from mythology. A few years later, Moorcock collaborated with Blue Öyster Cult to write "Black Blade," a song that actually was about the sword Stormbringer.
According to Glenn Hughes, the slurred gibberish that is spoken by Coverdale at the beginning of the title track just prior to the first verse is the same backwards dialogue that Linda Blair's character utters in the film The Exorcist, when she is questioned by the priest.
Release and reception
Alex Henderson of AllMusic writes that "Stormbringer falls short of the excellence of Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are, but nonetheless boasts some definite classics – including the fiery "Lady Double Dealer," the ominous title song (a goth metal treasure), the sweaty "High Ball Shooter," and the melancholy ballad "Soldier of Fortune."
Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple following Stormbringer and its subsequent tour, publicly citing his dislike for the funky direction the band was taking. Glenn Hughes nevertheless praises the album and Blackmore's contributions: "People who listen to Stormbringer, please listen...Ritchie Blackmore is damn funky, whether he likes it or not. He played wonderfully on the album."
This record has been the object of much renewed interest: Friday Music label released it stateside on 31 July 2007 (along with Made in Europe and Come Taste the Band). It is unclear which tapes were used as a source for this release, but the label's website claims that the album has been digitally remastered (but not expanded).
Additionally EMI (Deep Purple's label for much of the world outside the US) worked with Glenn Hughes on a remastered, expanded version of the album (much like the one done with Burn) which includes bonus remixes and alternative takes.
- 35th Anniversary Edition
On 23 February 2009 the 35th Anniversary Edition of Stormbringer was released for the European/international market only. The release has been expanded into a limited edition 2 disc set: the first disc is the full remastered album along with the new remixes, and the second disc is a DVD containing the quadraphonic mix in 5.1 audio as originally released in the USA on Quad reel back in 1974. Once the CD/DVD edition sells out a single CD edition will follow it. A limited double gatefold vinyl edition was also released.
|1.||"Stormbringer"||Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale||4:03|
|2.||"Love Don't Mean a Thing"||Blackmore, Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice||4:23|
|3.||"Holy Man"||Coverdale, Hughes, Lord||4:28|
|4.||"Hold On"||Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice||5:05|
|1.||"Lady Double Dealer"||Blackmore, Coverdale||3:19|
|2.||"You Can't Do It Right (With the One You Love)"||Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes||3:24|
|3.||"High Ball Shooter"||Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice||4:26|
|4.||"The Gypsy"||Blackmore, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice||4:05|
|5.||"Soldier of Fortune"||Blackmore, Coverdale||3:14|
|35th Anniversary Edition - Disc 1 bonus tracks|
|10.||"Holy Man" (remix)||4:32|
|11.||"You Can't Do It Right" (remix)||3:27|
|12.||"Love Don't Mean a Thing" (remix)||5:07|
|13.||"Hold On" (remix)||5:11|
|14.||"High Ball Shooter" (instrumental)||4:30|
- Deep Purple
- David Coverdale – lead vocals (all but "Holy Man"), backing vocals
- Ritchie Blackmore – lead guitars
- Jon Lord – organ, keyboards, electric piano, backing vocals
- Glenn Hughes – bass guitar, lead vocals (all but "Soldier of Fortune"), backing vocals
- Ian Paice – drums, percussion
- Produced by Deep Purple and Martin Birch
- Recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich in August 1974
- Engineered by Martin Birch, assisted by Reinhold Mack and Hans Menzel
- Additional recording and mixing by Martin Birch and Ian Paice, assisted by Gary Webb and Garry Ladinsky at The Record Plant, Los Angeles during September 1974
- Mastered at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California
- 35th Anniversary Edition digital mastering and remastering by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London
- Remixes for the "35th Anniversary Edition" mixed by Glenn Hughes with Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London, 3 November 2006
- "High Ball Shooter" (instrumental) mixed by Gary Massey at Abbey Road Studios, London, April 2002
- Original Quad mix by Gary Ladinsky at The Record Plant, October 1974
- Reformatted for 5.1 surround sound by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London, February 2008
|1974||Norwegian Albums Chart||2|
|Austrian Top 40 Albums||4|
|French Albums Chart||5|
|Danish Albums Chart||6|
|Finnish Albums Chart||6|
|UK Albums Chart||6|
|German Albums Chart||10|
|The Billboard 200 (USA)||20|
|Japanese Albums Chart||22|
|1975||Italian Albums Chart||5|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||18|
|USA||RIAA||1975||Gold (+ 500,000)|
|France||SNEP||1975||Gold (+ 100,000)|
|UK||BPI||1975||Silver (+ 60,000)|
|Sweden||IFPI||1975||Gold (+ 50,000)|
|Classic Rock||United Kingdom||"100 Greatest British Rock Album Ever"||2006||62|
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