Burn (Deep Purple song)

"Burn" is a song by British rock band Deep Purple. Its riff is similar to the 1924 song "Fascinating Rhythm". It was released on the album of the same name in 1974, and was the first song by the Mark III lineup. The song remained the band's concert opener for the next two years, taking over from "Highway Star". It opened Deep Purple's set on the California Jam two months after its release, on 6 April 1974.

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Cover of the 1974 US single
Single by Deep Purple
from the album Burn
B-side"Coronarias Redig"
Released15 February 1974
RecordedNovember 1973
Montreux, Switzerland
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
4:33 (Single edit)
LabelEMI (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Songwriter(s)David Coverdale
Ritchie Blackmore
Jon Lord
Ian Paice
Producer(s)Deep Purple

After the Deep Purple 1984 reunion, the song was no longer played, as Ian Gillan, whom David Coverdale had replaced, was vocalist once more, and would not sing songs from the Coverdale era. The band did perform "Burn" live in 1991, during the time in which Gillan was briefly replaced by Joe Lynn Turner. When Gillan once more returned to the band in 1992, he again refused to perform Coverdale-era songs.

After Deep Purple's 1976 split-up, Coverdale formed his own band, Whitesnake, which over the years has featured Deep Purple members such as Jon Lord and Ian Paice, and has performed Coverdale-era Deep Purple songs such as "Burn", "Lady Double Dealer", "Lady Luck", "Mistreated", "Might Just Take Your Life", "Soldier of Fortune" and "Stormbringer". Glenn Hughes also features the song regularly in his live solo performances, as well as with his project, the supergroup Black Country Communion. In a Billboard magazine interview Eddie Van Halen named “Burn” one of his favourite ever guitar riffs.[1]

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  1. ^ "Six solid reasons Deep Purple are the ultimate rock band". BBC. Retrieved 3 August 2019.

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