I think your spot on.I hear you.
I can only guess it's because, unlike Moon and Bonham, he's still with us......he never went out in a well publicised "blaze of glory." And unlike Carmine, he hasn't spent a lifetime making sure others are well versed in his level of influence......i.e. talking up his own book.
Fabulous drummer. Fabulous band.
Most definitely one of the MKII line up albums. In Rock. Fireball and Machinehead are often cited as the best starting point........and for good reason. There is also some great drumming on Burn (MKIII)Brilliant musician. I always admired his playing, but wasn't exposed to it that much because I wasn't really into the bands he was in. I should probably revisit that music though. What would be the best early Deep Purple album to start with?