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“Ritchie Blackmore is one of my top five guitarists of all time. I’ve jammed to a lot of Deep Purple over the years, and I can’t say enough good things about him and that band.
“He used a lot of dynamics, both in his own playing and how he’d work with Purple. He used to bring them down real low, and he’d do all of these really cool plucky things. Then he’d crank up the volume and bust out Burn or something else that was rockin'.
“Live, he was an amazing improviser. Made In Japan was one of the first Deep Purple albums ever heard, and I loved how it captured a really great band interacting with one another. Blackmore does something brilliant on every cut. You can tell that he’s very comfortable with the band at this point. That changed pretty soon after, I think, but here, he’s feeling it.”