Deep Purple / Burn

Track for track, player for player - this is one of the great rock albums of all time - though hardly recognized as such. And it arrived following a major personnel upheaval and the release of two iconic slabs -Machine Head and Made In Japan (both in 1972)- which would have certified any band's place in history.  Blackmore was at the top of his game. Lord and Paice were brilliant as usual. The Coverdale - Hughes choral duopoly was a defining moment in the genre.  And the songs stand among the best in Purple's sanctified canon.  Dig Glenn's contrapuntal passages on the title track;  his soulful temperament on “Sail Away,” “Might Just Take Your Life;” his dense grooves on “Mistreated,” “What’s Goin’ On Here,” You Fool No One,” and the rumbling riffage of “A 200."