The Deep Purple Albums Ritchie Blackmore Hates

Deep Purple’s story is genuinely unique in rock music’s history. With a career spanning over half a century, the group released twenty-two studio albums and became one of the most enduring bands despite all the mishaps they’ve gone through. Though the legendary band is noted for its constant lineup changes, they’ve always maintained the exceptional dynamic between the members.

The resulting creative outputs crafted by each lineup have seen Deep Purple change its musical direction over the years. While they started with psychedelic tones in the ’60s, their sound also showed heavy metal and hard rock influences in the following years. Thus, examining the band’s albums is actually a challenging task. Some of their albums have astonishing quality, whereas there are also some disappointing ones that received negative reviews from critics. The band’s former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is also not satisfied with some of his works with Deep Purple.

Which Deep Purple Albums Does Ritchie Blackmore Hate?

In a previous interview with The Quietus back in 2017, Ritchie Blackmore was asked whether there were any albums he wished he had never made. The guitarist revealed that many albums didn’t satisfy him. They had good musicians playing with them in Deep Purple’s first three records, 1968’s ‘Shades of Deep Purple’ and ‘The Book of Taliesyn,’ and their self-titled album of 1969. However, they were at the very beginning of their professional career and confused about their musical direction at the time.

Blackmore said their following record, ‘Deep Purple in Rock,‘ released in 1970, was an excellent album he loved very much. However, the albums he never liked started coming one by one after that beloved one. The guitarist stated that he hated ‘Fireball’ of 1971 and referred to 1973’s ‘Who Do We Think We Are‘ as ‘one of the worst records‘ for him. When it came to explaining the reason, Ritchie Blackmore talked about their busy and very exhausting touring schedule at the time.

‘Deep Purple in Rock’ marked the beginning of the group’s most commercially successful period. A lot of hit songs like ‘Black Night,’ ‘Strange Kind of Woman,’ ‘Smoke on the Water,’ and ‘Woman from Tokyo’ started coming from the band. As a result of their rising popularity, they were constantly touring. Blackmore also talked about the contract they had with the record company. According to the agreement, they had to enter the studio three times a year, which also stressed them out besides their busy road schedule. Thus, they couldn’t concentrate much on their studio works to produce better records.

Ritchie Blackmore speaking on the Deep Purple records he hated:

“Yeah, many. I’m not particularly proud of the first three records I did with Deep Purple. They seem to be meandering all over the place. We didn’t really have a niche and didn’t quite know where we were going. There were good musicians involved, and they played well. But we didn’t really come up with much. ‘In Rock’ was very good; I loved that.

The next one, ‘Fireball,’ I hated that one. ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ was probably one of the worst records for me because I really had no ideas, and we were being worked so hard, we were touring all the time, and when we weren’t touring, we were sick. Then we were expected to go to the studio three times a year to fulfill the contract with the record company.”

You can listen to the two albums Blackmore didn’t like below.