Deep Purple’s “Stormbringer”: A Classic Album Review and Personal Journey
As I recently crossed the 10,000 subscriber mark on the Now Spinning Magazine YouTube channel, I wanted to celebrate with an album that means a lot to me, and what better choice than a Deep Purple record?
My First Encounter with “Stormbringer”
I remember vividly the first time I came across “Stormbringer.” It was 1974, and I was just 15, having seen Deep Purple live for the first time. That concert, part of their Burn tour, was a transformative experience for me. So, when I saw a senior at school flaunting the “Stormbringer” album, I knew I had to dive into it.
The Album’s Impact and My Personal Connection
“Stormbringer” was different from anything I had heard before. The fusion of soul, disco, and funk with Deep Purple’s hard rock sound was unexpected yet fascinating. Tracks like “Love Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Holy Man,” and “Hold On” showcased a new direction for the band, and I was all in for it. The album’s second side, with songs like “Lady Double Dealer” and “Soldier of Fortune,” further cemented my love for it.
The Journey of Collecting Different Editions
Over the years, my connection with “Stormbringer” deepened as I collected various editions. From the tattered copy I initially acquired in a swap deal to the pristine Warner Brothers version and several CD editions, each version brought a unique experience. The 35th Anniversary Edition, with its bonus tracks and 5.1 mix, remains a definitive version for me.
Reflections on the Album’s Legacy
Looking back, “Stormbringer” stands as a testament to Deep Purple’s versatility and willingness to explore new musical territories. While some fans were divided over its departure from the band’s earlier hard rock style, I found the album’s diversity and richness in sound to be a true representation of what progressive rock is about.
Celebrating the Milestone with “Stormbringer”
As I celebrate crossing 10,000 subscribers, “Stormbringer” is the album I choose to play. It’s not just a collection of songs; it’s a journey through a pivotal time in my life and in the history of one of the greatest rock bands. Deep Purple may have evolved over the years, but albums like “Stormbringer” remind us of their incredible ability to innovate and captivate.
Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine
Phil Aston is a renowned music enthusiast and the voice behind Now Spinning Magazine.