Deep Purple

Strange Kind of Woman

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Almost ten minutes in length on the live Made In Japan album, "Strange Kind Of Woman" comes in at a more restrained 4:04 in its original studio form on the Fireball lp. "Everybody loved her..." is all you need to know of the blunt lyric poured over another blues-based composition from the Deep Purple catalog. There are fewer excesses here, though, a very professional mix of bass/drums/guitar/keys and voice with no extraneous riffing and jamming - there always being time for that on the group's live endeavours. The pity is the mundane lyrics inside a song that is a superior hard rock framework, and one wonders if Ian Gillan were able to come up with something substantial to say whether this music would be as legendary and revered (well, almost) on the majestic level attained by Led Zeppelin's catalog?

It's a notion worth pondering, for the original Deep Purple was certainly more thematically thought-provoking. "Her name was Nancy/her face was never fancy" is taking sublime music and bringing it to the ridiculous. The question is why and the answer seems to be marketing. Having abandoned progressive psychedelia for fuzzy pounding metal the music invited substance abuse, and on that level, the lyrics might be more profound than could be grasped by sober intellectuals not able to interpret such subtle nuances. Of course the band may have also decided to shed intellectualism to focus on sound, and on that level "Strange Kind of Woman" succeeds.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Fireball 1971 Flashback Records / Warner Bros. 4:07
No Image 1973 Purple Records Ltd. 4:00
24 Carat Purple 1975 EMI Music Distribution 9:14
Singles A's & B's 1978 EMI Music Distribution / Harvest 3:49
Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple 1980 Warner Bros. 3:52
No Image 1985 Harvest 9:19
No Image 1985 EMI Music Distribution
No Image 1991 Atco Video / A*Vision Entertainment 0:00
Progression [Import] 1994
Various Artists
No Image 1994 EMI Music Distribution 3:47
The No. 1 70's Rock Album 1995
Various Artists
1971: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 3:50
70s Heavy Hitters: Arena Rockers 1970-1974 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:51
The Very Best of Deep Purple [EMI 2 Disc] 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:54
The Very Best of Deep Purple [EMI Single Disc] 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:53
Shades 1968-1998 1999 Rhino 4:03
No Image 1999 WEA International 4:04
Greatest Hits 2000 Teichiku Records 4:00
The Very Best of Deep Purple [Rhino] 2000 Warner Bros. / Rhino 4:02
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:51
Very Best of Deep Purple [WEA International] 2001 WEA International 3:52
East Is East 2001
Original Soundtrack
EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Totally Sensational 70's: 1970-1973 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:49
Under the Gun 2001 Polygram 7:18
Best of Deep Purple: Live & Stereo 2001 Intercontinental Records / Double Play Records 8:38
Singles Box Set 2002 EMI Music Distribution 0:43
The Essential [2003] 2003 EMI Music Distribution 9:11
Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution
The Anthology [DVD] 2004 Intense
The Platinum Collection 2005 EMI Music Distribution 3:51
Classic Rock Anthems 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:50
No Image 2007
Various Artists
This Is 1971 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:51
Legendary Guitar 2008
Various Artists
Disky 3:49
Singles & E.P. Anthology '68-'80 2010 EMI 3:53
100 Hits: Super 70s 2011
Various Artists
Demon / EMI Music Distribution 3:52
Essential [2011] 2011 EMI / EMI Gold 3:50
Now What?! 2013 Eagle Records 0:00
The Complete Albums 1970-1976 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros. / Warner Music 9:26
A Fire in the Sky 2017 Rhino / Warner Bros.
Guitar Heroes: 100 Great Guitar Classics
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 / EMI 3:52
Smoke on the Water: The Best Of EMI