Initially not included on the Machine Head album , 'When a Blind Man Cries' has become a purple anthem featuring Ian Gillan on vocals.
"When a Blind Man Cries" is a song by British rock band Deep Purple, originally only available as the B-side of the single "Never Before", released in 1972. It was recorded during the Machine Head sessions in December 1971.
Because guitarist Ritchie Blackmore disliked "When a Blind Man Cries", the band never played the song live during his stay with the band, with the exception of one occasion, on April 6, 1972 in Quebec, Canada, when Blackmore was ill, and the late Randy California from Spirit stood in for him. Ian Gillan performed the song live with Ian Gillan Band during the 70's and 80's.
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