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The band's second album, The Book of Taliesyn , was quickly recorded, then released in North America in October to coincide with the tour. Early in , the band recorded a single called "Emmaretta", named after Emmaretta Marks, then a cast member of the musical Hair , whom Evans was trying to seduce. The album contained strings and woodwind on one track "April" , showcasing Lord's classical antecedents such as Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov , and several other influences were in evidence, notably Vanilla Fudge.

Lord and Blackmore had even claimed the group wanted to be a "Vanilla Fudge clone". Deep Purple's troubled North American record label, Tetragrammaton, delayed production of the Deep Purple album until after the band's American tour ended. This, as well as lackluster promotion by the nearly broke label, caused the album to sell poorly, finishing well out of the Billboard Top Soon after the third album's eventual release, Tetragrammaton went out of business, leaving the band with no money and an uncertain future. Tetragrammaton's assets were assumed by Warner Bros.

Records , who would release Deep Purple's records in the US throughout the s. During the American tour, Lord and Blackmore met with Paice to discuss their desire to take the band in a heavier direction. Feeling that Evans and Simper would not fit well with a heavy rock style, both were replaced that summer. If they hadn't left, the band would have totally disintegrated. Simper said that Evans had met a girl in Hollywood and had eyes on being an actor, while Blackmore explained, "Rod just wanted to go to America and live in America. In search of a replacement vocalist, Blackmore set his own sights on year-old singer Terry Reid.

Though he found the offer "flattering", Reid was still bound by an exclusive recording contract with his producer Mickie Most and more interested in his solo career. The band sought out singer Ian Gillan from Episode Six , a band that had released several singles in the UK without achieving any great commercial success. Gillan had at one time been approached by Nick Simper when Deep Purple was first forming, but had reportedly told Simper that the Roundabout project would not go anywhere, whereas he felt Episode Six was poised to make it big.

This effectively killed Episode Six, which gave Underwood a persistent feeling of guilt that lasted nearly a decade, until Gillan recruited him for his new post-Purple band in the late s. He then found that the song had already been recorded with Glover on bass. The remaining original members of Deep Purple then instructed management to inform Simper that he had been officially replaced. Despite television appearances to promote the "Hallelujah" single in the UK, the song flopped. The band gained some much-needed publicity in September with the Concerto for Group and Orchestra , a three-movement epic composed by Lord as a solo project and performed by the band at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , conducted by Malcolm Arnold.

This live album became their first release with any kind of chart success in the UK.

Lord acknowledged that while the band members were not keen on the project going in, at the end of the performance "you could have put the five smiles together and spanned the Thames. In , Blackmore stated that he thought the Concerto for Group and Orchestra wasn't bad but the Gemini Suite was horrible and very disjointed.

Shortly after the orchestral release, Deep Purple began a hectic touring and recording schedule that was to see little respite for the next three years. Their first studio album of this period, released in mid, was In Rock a name supported by the album's Mount Rushmore -inspired cover , which contained the then-concert staples " Speed King ", "Into The Fire" and " Child in Time ".

On the album's development, Blackmore stated: "I got fed up with playing with classical orchestras, and thought, 'well, this is my turn. I said, 'well you've done that, I'll do rock, and whatever turns out best we'll carry on with. Said Lord, "We took from jazz, we took from old fashioned rock and roll, we took from the classics. Ritchie and myself He would play something, and I'd have to see if I could match it.

That provided a sense of humour, a sense of tension to the band, a sense of, 'what the hell's going to happen next?

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A second album, the creatively progressive Fireball , was issued in the summer of , reaching number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. Within weeks of Fireball ' s release, the band were already performing songs planned for the next album. One song which later became " Highway Star " was performed at the first show of the Fireball tour, having been written on the bus to a show in Portsmouth, in answer to a journalist's question: "How do you go about writing songs?

After this, the rest of the US dates were canceled and the band flew home. In early December , the band traveled to Switzerland to record Machine Head. The album was due to be recorded at the Montreux Casino using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio , but a fire during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention concert, caused by a man firing a flare gun into the ceiling, burned down the Casino.

This incident famously inspired the song " Smoke on the Water ".

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The album was later recorded in a corridor at the nearby empty Grand Hotel, with the exception of the music track to "Smoke on the Water". That was recorded at a local theatre called The Pavilion, before the band was asked to leave.

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The police were banging on the door. We knew it was the police, but we had such a good sound in this hall. We were waking up all the neighbours for about five miles in Montreux, because it was echo-ing through the mountains. I was just getting the last part of the riff down, we'd just finished it, when the police burst in and said 'you've got to stop'. We had the track down. Continuing from where both previous albums left off, Machine Head was released in late March and became one of the band's most famous releases.

It was the band's second No. While in America Blackmore contracted hepatitis, and the band attempted one show in Flint, Michigan without a guitarist before attempting to acquire the services of Al Kooper , who rehearsed with the band before bowing out, suggesting Spirit guitarist Randy California instead. California played one show with the group, in Quebec City , Quebec on 6 April, but the rest of this tour was canceled as well. The band returned to the US in late May to undertake their third North America tour of four total that year.

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A Japan tour in August of that year led to a double-vinyl live release, Made in Japan. Originally intended as a Japan-only record, its worldwide release saw the double LP become an instant hit. It remains one of rock music's most popular and highest selling live-concert recordings. Spawning the hit single "Woman from Tokyo", the album hit No. Gillan admitted in that the band was pushed by management to complete the Who Do We Think We Are album on time and go on tour, although they badly needed a break. We were writing so well.

According to Paice, Glover told him and Lord a few months before his official termination that he wanted to leave the band, so they had started to drop in on Trapeze shows. After acquiring Hughes, they debated continuing as a four-piece, with Hughes as bassist and lead vocalist. Purple had toured Australia with Free's final lineup. I didn't do it because I was very much into the idea of forming Bad Company. They settled on David Coverdale , an unknown singer from Saltburn in north-east England, primarily because Blackmore liked his masculine, blues-tinged voice.

This new lineup continued into , and their spring tour included shows at Madison Square Garden , New York on 13 March, and Nassau Coliseum four days later. This lineup's first studio album, titled Burn , was highly successful, reaching No. With Blackmore's departure, Purple had to fill one of the biggest vacancies in rock music. In spite of this, the band refused to stop, and announced a replacement: American Tommy Bolin.

There are at least two versions of the Bolin recruitment story: Coverdale claims to have been the one who suggested auditioning Bolin. Slinking along beside him was this stunning Hawaiian girl in a crochet dress with nothing on underneath. He plugged into four Marshall watt stacks and Before he joined Deep Purple, Bolin's best-known recordings had been made as a session musician on Billy Cobham 's jazz fusion album Spectrum , and as lead guitarist on two post- Joe Walsh James Gang albums: Bang and Miami He had also jammed with such luminaries as Dr.

Despite mixed reviews and middling sales 19 in the UK and 43 in the US , the collection revitalised the band once again, bringing a new, extreme funk edge to their hard rock sound. Despite Bolin's talents, his personal problems with hard drugs began to manifest themselves. During the Come Taste the Band tour many fans openly booed Bolin's inability to play solos like Ritchie Blackmore, not realising that Bolin was physically hampered by his addiction.

At this same time, as he admitted in interviews years later, Hughes was suffering from a cocaine addiction. The break-up was finally made public in July , with then-manager Rob Cooksey issuing the simple statement: "the band will not record or perform together as Deep Purple again". Unable to wake him, she hurriedly called paramedics, but it was too late. The official cause of death was multiple-drug intoxication. Bolin was 25 years old.

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After the break-up, most of the past and present members of Deep Purple went on to have considerable success in a number of other bands, including Gillan , Whitesnake and Rainbow. The now-defunct Deep Purple began to gain a type of mystical status, with fan-driven compilations, reissues and live records being released through the remainder of the s. In , a touring version of the band surfaced with Rod Evans as the only member who had ever been in Deep Purple, eventually ending in successful legal action from the legitimate Deep Purple camp over unauthorised use of the name.

In April , eight years after the demise of Deep Purple, a full-scale and legal reunion took place with the "classic" Mark II line-up from the early s: Gillan, Lord, Blackmore, Glover and Paice. The album Perfect Strangers was recorded in Vermont and released in October The reunion tour followed, starting in Australia and winding its way across the world to North America, then into Europe by the following summer. Financially, the tour was also a tremendous success.

In the US, the tour out-grossed every other artist except Bruce Springsteen. The Mark II line-up continued, releasing The House of Blue Light in , which was followed by a world tour interrupted after Blackmore broke a finger on stage while trying to catch his guitar after throwing it in the air and another live album Nobody's Perfect which was culled from several shows on this tour, but still largely based on the by-now familiar Made in Japan set-list. In the UK a new version of "Hush" with Gillan on lead vocals was released to mark 20 years of the band.

Gillan was fired in ; his relations with Blackmore had again soured, and their musical differences had diverged too far. Originally, the band intended to recruit Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison as Gillan's replacement, but this fell through owing to complications with Scotti Brothers Records , Jamison's record label. This Mark V line-up recorded just one album, Slaves and Masters , and toured in support of it.

It achieved modest success, reaching number 45 in the UK and number 87 in the US Billboard chart, [92] but some fans criticised it as little more than a so-called "generic Foreigner wannabe" album. With the tour complete, Turner was forced out, as Lord, Paice and Glover and the record company wanted Gillan back in the fold for the 25th anniversary. Blackmore grudgingly relented, after requesting and eventually receiving , dollars in his bank account [] and the classic line-up recorded The Battle Rages On However, Gillan reworked much of the existing material which had been written with Turner for the album.

As a result, Blackmore became infuriated at what he considered non-melodic elements. He was asked to join permanently, but his commitments to his contract with Epic Records prevented this. Morse's arrival revitalised the band creatively, and in a new album titled Purpendicular was released, showing a wide variety of musical styles, though it never made chart success on the Billboard in the US. With a revamped set list to tour, Deep Purple enjoyed successful tours throughout the rest of the s, releasing the harder-sounding Abandon in , and touring with renewed enthusiasm.