1974 was a busy year for English hard rockers Deep Purple. By that point, the band had already released seven studio albums, and recorded one of rock’s all-time guitar riffs with the international hit“Smoke on the Water.” That year, Deep Purple’s“Mark III” line-up—which featured David Coverdale taking over vocalist duties from Ian Gillian—released two albums with their new line-up, Burn and Stormbringer.
This stretch of recordings would mark the end for founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who left the band after Stormbringer’ssupporting tour in 1974 until Deep Purple’s 1984 reunion. The artwork for Stormbringer, which features a unicorn emerging from the clouds, is based on a photo of a Tornado in Kansas from 1927. Portions of the same photo were also used for the cover of Miles Davis’s album Bitches Brew.