Judging by Who Do We Think We Are, I'm not so sure about Coverdale and Hughes really spoiling anything great, although admittedly Blackmore showed he still had at least something left in the tank with the first 3 Rainbow albums. Rising and Long Live Rock 'n' Roll are probably superior to anything Purple did since. I think it was really more that Purple was a limited band that ran more on finding exactly the right sound at the right time than songwriting and arranging talent, possibly moreso than any 3 band you've reviewed so far. Not that thinking their 70-72 stuff as an amazing E/F/10 quality ideal for how rock music should sound isn't a perfectly reasonable opinion, though. I guess it's cases like Purple and other bands with a really short peak that made me less a fan of band ratings over time, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was partly what got George more disillusioned with the whole hierarchy approach and ratings in general.
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