After ‘Burn’, Deep Purple went right back in the studio and recorded their second album together with the Mark III line-up. The album was released in November 1974 just nine months after ‘Burn’. ‘Stormbringer’ is the bands 9th album and actually ended marking the end of an era for the band which will discuss shortly.
The album cover is a great picture of a tornado with a pegasus riding in with the storm. The cover is based on a photo by Lucille Handberg which was taken back on July 8th of the year 1927 in the town of Jasper, Minnesota. The picture stretches out to the back cover to show the immense size of the storm. The intenseness of the album cover; doesn’t necessarily translate to the music.
The sound of the album is a continuation of ‘Burn’, but not near the intensity. There seem to push the Blues and Funk and lot more on this one much to the dismay of its leader Ritchie Blackmore. Ritchie was so displeased with the direction of the band that after this album, Ritchie left ending the era of the Mark III phase of Coverdale, Hughes, Lord, Paice and Blackmore. I find this funny considering David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes were both brought in by Ritchie to explore a new sound and direction for the band. I guess sometimes be careful what you wish for.