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Who Do We Think We Are
Who Do We Think We Are
is the seventh studio album by the English hard rock band Deep Purple, released in 1973. It was Deep Purple's last album with singer Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
and bassist Roger Glover
Roger Glover
until Perfect Strangers came out in 1984. Musically, the record showed a move to a more blues based sound,[1] even featuring scat singing.[2] Although its production and the band's behavior after its release showed the group in turmoil, with frontman Gillan remarking that "we'd all had major illnesses" and felt considerable fatigue, the album was a commercial success. Deep Purple became the US' top selling artist of calendar year 1973.[1] The album also featured the energetic hard rock single "Woman from Tokyo", which has been performed on several tours by the band over the years. Despite massive sales, the group disintegrated among much infighting between band members as well as conflicts with their managers. The album's line-up would come to an end after a final concert in Osaka, Japan on 29 June 1973.[1]

Contents

1 Recording 2 Album
Album
title and artwork 3 Release 4 Reception 5 Track listing 6 Personnel 7 Charts 8 Certifications 9 References

Recording[edit] Who Do We Think We Are
Who Do We Think We Are
was recorded in Rome in July 1972 and Walldorf near Frankfurt
Frankfurt
in October 1972, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. "Woman from Tokyo", the first track recorded in July, is about touring Japan for the first time (e.g. the lyric "Fly into the Rising Sun"). The only other track released from the Rome sessions is the outtake "Painted Horse". The rest were recorded in Frankfurt
Frankfurt
after more touring (including Japan). The group, riven with internal strife, struggled to come up with tracks that they agreed upon. Members were not speaking to each other and many songs were finished only after schedules were arranged so they could record parts separately. Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
left the band following this album, citing internal tensions – widely thought to include a feud with guitarist Richie Blackmore. However, in an interview supporting the Mark II Purple comeback album Perfect Strangers, Gillan stated that fatigue and management had a lot to do with it:

We had just come off 18 months of touring, and we'd all had major illnesses at one time or another. Looking back, if they'd have been decent managers, they would have said, 'All right, stop. I want you to all go on three months' holiday. I don't even want you to pick up an instrument.' But instead they pushed us to complete the album on time. We should have stopped. I think if we did, Deep Purple
Deep Purple
would have still been around to this day.[1][3]

The last Mark II concert in the 1970s before Gillan and Roger Glover left was in Osaka, Japan
Osaka, Japan
on 29 June 1973.[1] Of 'Mary Long', Gillan said: " Mary Whitehouse
Mary Whitehouse
and Lord Longford were particularly high-profile figures at the time, with very waggy-waggy finger attitudes… It was about the standards of the older generation, the whole moral framework, intellectual vandalism – all of the things that exist throughout the generations… Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford became one person, fusing together to represent the hypocrisy that I saw at the time."[4] Album
Album
title and artwork[edit] The original album artwork has many quoted articles from newspapers. One of them is from magazine Melody Maker
Melody Maker
of July 1972, where drummer Ian Paice
Ian Paice
remarks:

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
get piles of passionate letters either violently against or pro the group. The angry ones generally start off "Who do Deep Purple think they are..."

Release[edit] Despite the chaotic birth of the album, "Woman from Tokyo" was a hit single and other songs picked up considerable airplay. The fans bought it in record numbers and in the US, for example, it sold half a million copies in its first three months.[1] It hit number 4 in the UK charts[5] and number 15 in the US charts.[6] It also achieved a gold record award faster than any Deep Purple
Deep Purple
album released up to that time. These numbers helped make Deep Purple
Deep Purple
the best selling artist in the U.S. in 1973 (with the prior acclaim for Machine Head and Made in Japan helping much as well). In 2000 Who Do We Think We Are
Who Do We Think We Are
was remastered and re-released with bonus tracks. The last bonus track is a lengthy instrumental jam called "First Day Jam", that features Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie Blackmore
on bass. Roger Glover, the group's usual bassist, was absent, allegedly lost in traffic. In 2005 Audio Fidelity released their own re-mastering of the album on 24 karat Gold CD. Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [2]

The album received mixed reviews. Ann Cheauvy of Rolling Stone reviewed the album negatively and comparing Who Do We Think We Are
Who Do We Think We Are
to the Deep Purple's breakthrough album In Rock wrote that the former "sounds so damn tired in spots that it's downright disconcerting" and "the band seems to just barely summon up enough energy to lay down the rhythm track, much less improvise."[7] In a retrospective critical review, Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic
AllMusic
expresses the same opinion and writes that apart from "Woman from Tokyo", the album's songs are "wildly inconsistent and find the band simply going through the motions," although he did praise "Rat Bat Blue".[2] On the contrary, reviewer David Bowling writes in the Blogcritics
Blogcritics
site that Who Do We Think We Are "is one of the band’s strongest and stands near the top of the Deep Purple
Deep Purple
catalogue in terms of quality", providing "some of the best hard rock of the era."[8] Track listing[edit] All tracks written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.

Side one

No. Title Length

1. "Woman from Tokyo" 5:48

2. "Mary Long" 4:23

3. "Super Trouper" 2:54

4. "Smooth Dancer" 4:08

Side two

No. Title Length

5. "Rat Bat Blue" 5:23

6. "Place in Line" 6:29

7. "Our Lady" 5:12

2000 Remastered CD Edition bonus tracks

No. Title Length

8. "Woman from Tokyo" ('99 Remix) 6:37

9. "Woman from Tokyo" (Alternate bridge) 1:24

10. "Painted Horse" (studio out-take) 5:19

11. "Our Lady" ('99 Remix) 6:05

12. "Rat Bat Blue" (writing session) 0:57

13. "Rat Bat Blue" ('99 Remix) 5:49

14. "First Day Jam" (instrumental) 11:31

Personnel[edit]

Deep Purple

Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
– vocals Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie Blackmore
– guitar Jon Lord
Jon Lord
– keyboards Roger Glover
Roger Glover
– bass Ian Paice
Ian Paice
– drums, percussion

Additional personnel

Produced by Deep Purple Martin Birch – engineer Jeremy Gee, Nick Watterton – Rolling Stones Mobile Unit operators Ian Paice
Ian Paice
and Roger Glover
Roger Glover
– mixing Ian Hansford, Rob Cooksey, Colin Hart, Ron Quinton – equipment Roger Glover
Roger Glover
and John Coletta
John Coletta
– cover design Peter Denenberg with Roger Glover
Roger Glover
– bonus tracks remixing (2000 edition) Peter Mew – remastering (tracks 1-7) and mastering (tracks 8-14) at Abbey Road Studios, London (2000 edition)

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position

1973 Norwegian Albums Chart[9] 1

Danish Albums Chart[10] 1

Australian Albums Chart[11] 2

Austrian Top 40 Albums[12] 2

Italian Albums Chart[13] 2

German Albums Chart[14] 3

UK Albums Chart[5] 4

Dutch MegaCharts[15] 5

RPM100 (Canada)[16] 11

The Billboard 200
Billboard 200
(USA)[6] 15

Japanese Albums Chart[17] 15

Singles

Year Single Chart Position

1973 "Woman from Tokyo" Dutch MegaCharts[18] 6

German Singles Chart[19] 16

Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[20] 23

French Singles Chart[21] 48

The Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
(USA)[22] 60

RPM100 (Canada)[23] 62

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales

USA RIAA 1973 Gold (+ 500,000)[24]

France SNEP 1977 Gold (+ 100,000)[25]

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g Stan Cornyn. "Stay Tuned By Stan Cornyn: Loudest Purple". Rhino.com. Retrieved January 20, 2015.  ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
- Who Do We Think We Are review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-03-05.  ^ Deep Purple: The Interview. Interview picture disc, 1984, Mercury Records. ^ Jeffries, Neil: "The stories behind the songs"; Classic Rock #138, November 2009, p34 ^ a b " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Official Charts". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 5 February 2017.  ^ a b " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 5 February 2017.  ^ Cheauvy, Ann (12 April 1973). "Deep Purple: Who Do We Think We Are". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-03-07.  ^ Bowling, David (30 November 2011). "Music Review: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
– Who Do We Think We Are". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2017-03-07.  ^ " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
- Who Do We Think We Are
Who Do We Think We Are
(album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ "Danske Hitliter: Who Do We Think We Are
Who Do We Think We Are
- Deep Purple" (in Danish). Royal Library, Denmark. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ " Go-Set
Go-Set
Australian charts - 26 May 1973". poparchives.com.au.  ^ " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
- Who Do We Think We Are". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ "Gli album più venduti del 1973" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia.it. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ " Album
Album
– Deep Purple, Who Do We Think We Are". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
- Who Do We Think We Are". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 19, No. 8, April 07, 1973". Library and Archives Canada. 7 April 1973. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ AA.VV. (1990). Oricon
Oricon
Chart Book
Book
1970-1989 (オリコンチャートブック〈LP編) (1 ed.). Tokyo, Japan: Oricon. p. 205. ISBN 978-4871310253.  ^ " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
- Woman from Tokyo". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ "Single – Deep Purple, Woman from Tokyo". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
- Woman from Tokyo". Ultratop.be (Flanders) (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ "infodisc.fr Note : You must select Deep Purple". infodisc.fr. Retrieved 10 March 2017.  ^ " Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2 March 2017.  ^ "Top Singles - Volume 19, No. 13, May 12, 1973". Library and Archives Canada. 12 May 1973. Retrieved 6 March 2017.  ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Deep Purple". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 February 2017.  ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973 : search for Deep Purple" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 

Preceded by Slayed?
Slayed?
by Slade Denmark number one album: Who Do We Think We Are 26 February  – 24 March 1973 Succeeded by Sound '73 by Les Humphries Singers

Preceded by Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player
by Elton John Norway number one album: Who Do We Think We Are 19  – 26 March 1973 Succeeded by Norsk på topp by Various Artists

v t e

Deep Purple

Ian Paice Roger Glover Ian Gillan Steve Morse Don Airey

Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore Rod Evans Nick Simper Glenn Hughes David Coverdale Tommy Bolin Joe Lynn Turner Joe Satriani

Studio albums

Shades of Deep Purple The Book
Book
of Taliesyn Deep Purple Deep Purple
Deep Purple
in Rock Fireball Machine Head Who Do We Think We Are Burn Stormbringer Come Taste the Band Perfect Strangers The House of Blue Light Slaves and Masters The Battle Rages On... Purpendicular Abandon Bananas Rapture of the Deep Now What?! Infinite

Live albums

Concerto for Group and Orchestra Made in Japan Made in Europe Last Concert in Japan Deep Purple
Deep Purple
in Concert Live in London Nobody's Perfect Scandinavian Nights In the Absence of Pink: Knebworth '85 Gemini Suite Live Come Hell or High Water King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
in Concert California Jamming Mk III: The Final Concerts Live at The Olympia '96 Total Abandon: Australia '99 In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra Live at the Rotterdam Ahoy This Time Around: Live in Tokyo Live in Paris 1975 Inglewood: Live in California Space Vol 1 & 2 Perks and Tit Live in Europe 1993 Live at Montreux 1996 Live in Montreux 69 Live in Denmark 1972 Live at Montreux 2006: They All Came Down to Montreux Live at Montreux 2011 Phoenix Rising Live in Verona

Compilation albums

Purple Passages Mark I & II 24 Carat Purple Powerhouse The Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Singles A's and B's When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll The Mark II Purple Singles Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple The Anthology Knocking at Your Back Door: The Best of Deep Purple
Deep Purple
in the 80's Smoke on the Water: The Best Of 30: Very Best of Deep Purple Smoke on the Water Shades 1968–1998 The Very Best of Deep Purple Days May Come and Days May Go Smoke on the Water
Smoke on the Water
& Other Hits The Soundboard Series Listen, Learn, Read On Winning Combinations: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
and Rainbow The Early Years The Platinum Collection BBC Sessions 1968–1970

Singles

"Hush" "Kentucky Woman" "River Deep – Mountain High" "Emmaretta" "Hallelujah" "Black Night" "Strange Kind of Woman" "Fireball" "Never Before" "Lazy" "Highway Star" "Smoke on the Water" "Woman from Tokyo" "Super Trouper" "Might Just Take Your Life" "Burn" "You Can't Do It Right" "Stormbringer" "You Keep On Moving" "Gettin' Tighter" "Perfect Strangers" "Nobody's Home" "Knocking at Your Back Door" "Call of the Wild" "Bad Attitude" "King of Dreams" "Fire in the Basement" "Love Conquers All" "The Battle Rages On..." "Anya" "Time to Kill" "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" "Any Fule Kno That" "Haunted" "House of Pain" "Rapture of the Deep" "All the Time in the World" "Vincent Price" "Above and Beyond" "Out of Hand" "Time for Bedlam" "All I Got Is You" "Johnny's Band"

Other songs

"Mandrake Root" "Wring That Neck" "Anthem" "Bird Has Flown" "April" "Speed King" "Child in Time" "Hard Lovin' Man" "The Mule" "No No No" "Space Truckin'" "Lazy" "Maybe I'm a Leo" "When a Blind Man Cries" "Rat Bat Blue" "Mistreated" "You Fool No One" "Soldier of Fortune" "Lady Double Dealer" "Comin' Home" "Under the Gun" "A Gypsy's Kiss" "The Unwritten Law" "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" "Cascades: I'm Not Your Lover" "Hey Cisco" "'69" "Contact Lost" "Wrong Man" "Before Time Began" "The Well-Dressed Guitar" "Uncommon Man" "Hell to Pay" "The Surprising" "Birds of Prey"

Video albums

Concerto for Group and Orchestra Live in Concert 72/73 Live in California 74 Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Rises Over Japan Come Hell or High Water Bombay Calling Live at Montreux 1996 Total Abandon: Australia '99 In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra Classic Albums: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
– The Making of Machine Head Live at Montreux 2006 Around the World Live History, Hits & Highlights '68–'76 Phoenix Rising Live at Montreux 2011 Live in Verona

Concert tours

Shades of Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Tour The Book of Taliesyn
The Book of Taliesyn
Tour Deep Purple
Deep Purple
European Tour In Rock World Tour Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Secret Mexican Tour Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Secret USA Tour Rapture of the Deep
Rapture of the Deep
tour The Songs That Built Rock Tour Now What? World Tour The Long Goodbye Tour

Related bands

The Artwoods The Outlaws The Flower Pot Men Episode Six Trapeze Zephyr James Gang Dixie Dregs Captain Beyond Warhorse Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
Band Gillan Rainbow Blackmore's Night Whitesnake Coverdale•Page Paice Ashton Lord Black Sabbath Gary Moore Yngwie Malmsteen Hughes Turner Project Living Loud WhoCares Black Country Communion

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