Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #18)
Mon Jul 16, 2012, 02:54 PM
Amerigo Vespucci (30,885 posts)
21. As much as I hated to see him leave Deep Purple...
...I as kind of glad he did after Blackmore left.
Steve Morse is a virtuoso and a gentleman.
Ritchie Blackmore is an animal.
Half the joy of watching / listening to Deep Purple, whether it was Mark II, Mark III, or the reunited Mark II, was the inevitable locking of the horns between Blackmore and Lord.
The only other time I think that happened in a "classic rock" sense was the interplay between John Entwistle and Pete Townshend in The Who...quite often, Entwistle was playing lead while Townshend and Moon pushed him on.
Cream, maybe...but they could be very, very sloppy, and I'v seen them described more than once as an almost "free form jazz" band where each individual was just blowing non-stop, hermetically sealed in their own little worlds. On the short songs, they could be a tight and cohesive unit. On the longer jams, they were a train wreck with moments of brilliance. Deep Purple...no matter HOW chaotic things got onstage...were always a tight band. By the time of the last Mark II tour...finished by guest guitarist Joe Satriani after Blackmore walked off...the tension between Blackmore and the rest of the band was so bad that most of the cohesion was gone. Gillan hates the recordings of those tours so much (like the "Live At The NEC" double CD) that he's tried to have them blocked on many occasions.
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