When a Blind Man Cries
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|"When a Blind Man Cries"|
|Single by Deep Purple|
|Released||18 March 1972|
|Recorded||6–21 December 1971
Warner Bros. Records (U.S.)
|Deep Purple singles chronology|
"When a Blind Man Cries" is a song by British rock band Deep Purple, originally only available as the B-side of the single "Never Before", released in 1972. It was recorded during the Machine Head sessions in December 1971.
According to Ian Gillan, "it’s just an example, for example if you think of the phrase «if a blind man cries» then its pretty sad, those who are disadvantaged tend to be less complaining than those who are able bodied".
Because guitarist Ritchie Blackmore disliked "When a Blind Man Cries", the band never played the song live during his stay with the band, with the exception of one occasion, on 6 April 1972 in Quebec, Canada, when Blackmore was ill, and Randy California from Spirit stood in for him. Ian Gillan performed the song live with Ian Gillan Band during the 70's and 80's.
When Joe Satriani replaced Blackmore during The Battle Rages On... tour in November 1993, "When a Blind Man Cries" joined the setlist as early as 5 December 1993. The song has become a staple live performance ever since, and has appeared on most of the live albums the band has released with Steve Morse.
After Steve Morse joined the band the song is usually extended to around 7 minutes when performed in concert with him, while the original song was only 3 minutes.
- Ian Gillan – vocals
- Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
- Jon Lord – keyboards
- Roger Glover – bass guitar
- Ian Paice – drums
Metallica covered the song for Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head.
Turbo - famous Polish heavy metal band recorder a cover on the "Awatar" album. Along with "Neon Knight" they were the only songs sung in English on the album.