Band: Deep Purple
Deep Purple's 'metalness' may be doubted by many these days, but during the first half of the 1970s they were surpassed only by Black Sabbath in the heavy stakes. While grounded in the same rock as Sabbath was, Purple was arguably a far more diverse band and many, many bands may well have never existed if not for them. Deep Purple's first four albums are certainly not heavy metal, being strange combinations of late 60s hard rock, progressive rock, and pop--the fourth is actually a classical album! With 'In Rock' the band changed their sound to the overblown, sometimes pompous, primeval metal style they became famous for. After Blackmore left late in 1974 the band's creative heart was torn out and they split up in 1976. Reforming in 1984, Deep Purple has continued ever since, remaining not only active but producing work of consistent quality. The discography list below is selective, and includes all the official releases and a selection of compilations and live albums. There are literally hundreds of Deep Purple albums to choose from beyond these listed, mostly live and rare/archival compilations.
Current (or Last Known) Lineup
|Musician||Instruments||Currently Also In||Used To Be In||Guest Appearances|
|Don Airey||Keyboard||Living Loud||Fastway, Iommi, MSG (Michael Schenker Group), Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow||Alaska, Anthem, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Living Loud, Metalium, Sinner|
|Ian Gillan||Vocals||Black Sabbath, Gillan||Pretty Maids|
|Steve Morse||Guitar||Living Loud||Jordan Rudess|
|Ian Paice||Drums||Whitesnake||Pretty Maids|