Who Do We Think We Are Songs Ranked

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 and bassist Roger Glover until 1984’s Perfect Strangers Musically, the record showed a move to a more blues based sound, even featuring scat singing. Although its production and the band’s behaviour 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’s top selling artist in 1973. 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. Here are all of Who Do We Think We Are songs ranked.

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7. Place In Line

“Place In Line” takes the pure blues route that sounds more like a John Lee Hooker track than the DEEP PURPLE the world had come to know, however despite this sidetrack into a sorta “Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues” that sounds a tad Janis Joplin, this track finds resolution as it ratchets up heaviness.”

6. Mary Long

“Mary Long” is one of DP’s few attempts at social criticism, it takes sharp aim at British figures of the day. But even if you don’t know or care about that, it’s a fun song, though the lyrics sometimes stumble.”

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5. Our Lady

“Our Lady” is an unusual ballad for Deep Purple. No idea what the lyrics are about, but the song is Deep Purple at its melodic best. Spacey organ intro is followed by a semi-ballad that maintains a thick organ presence and sounds a bit like a 60s psychedelic band of some sort.”

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4. Smooth Dancer

“Smooth Dancer” is an absolute gem with a heavy emphasis on a nice guitar riff (reminds me of what “Nobody’s Home” would sound like on the future “Perfect Strangers) with excellent keyboard interplay in the form of a rather honky tonk sounding piano run. The melody creates one of my absolute favorite DP tracks of their career. The keyboard solo is also quite adventurous as Lord is a relentless madman.”

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3. Rat Bat Blue

“This is yet another masterpiece of music in the band’s long career with a heavy blues riff that adds some interesting progressive rock time signature workouts at key moments (albeit brief). Honestly it sounds a tad like “Rock ’n’ Roll Hoochie Koo” by Rick Derringer only without the lame cheesiness and elevated to a higher arts position.”

2. Super Trouper

“Super Trouper” doesn’t jump into the typical heavy DEEP PURPLE rocker, it does however have a unique fragility to it with a very catchy melody and smooth instrumental interplay that is more sophisticated than the average DP track.”

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1. Woman from Tokyo

“Woman from Tokyo” – a case where the radio edit (minus the strange, ballady interlude) is actually better. Still, a genuine classic. The opener and the highlight, is one of the best songs Purp ever did. And there’s other songs here that will reward repeated listenings by the committed Deep Purple fan.”