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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"No No No" by Deep Purple

Somehow, I always feel as if Deep Purple is underrated. Perhaps it's because their peak only lasted a few years and about four albums. Perhaps it's because bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Who and The Rolling Stones were just so good they overshadowed the brilliance of Deep Purple. But, I don't think they get enough credit for being truly awesome. Ritchie Blackmore is a fantastic guitar player - up there with Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page as one of the best of his era - and yet, I feel as if he's not as well-known as those four. 

"No No No" is a punchy, midtempo tune that deviates a bit from their usual style -  in the bridges, they slow it down more than they usually do. The main verses are awesome, featuring a great bassline from Roger Glover and Ian Paice's typical jazz-blues drumming style. Jon Lord proves he's one of the best keyboard players of his era in the second half of the song. And Blackmore's solo kills me every time I hear this song. It starts off with some dissonant sounds and morphs into a rocking blues solo with perfect note selection.

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