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Deep Purple [Import]

Deep PurpleAudio CD
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Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the globe's loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie ... Read more in Amazon's Deep Purple Store

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000026KG7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The last DP album to feature original vocalist Rod Evans and original bassist Nick Simper. No real hints to the hard rock juggernauts they would soon become, but still a heady mix of late-'60s rock featuring plenty of fine Ritchie Blackmore solos and now 5 bonus tracks. The best known track here is their version of Donovan's Lalena .

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb example of Progressive Rock roots May 15, 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you have found yourself at this level, looking at obscure groups from the late sixties, and arrived at Deep Purple, you have discovered the motherload of Progressive Rock roots. If you are looking for more "Smoke on the Water" and Machine Head material, you won't find it here, that stuff is childish by comparison with this material. There is no better example of very early Prog Rock than Deep Purple 1968-1970.

They had reached the peak of their collective creative powers by the time they arrived at this their third album. With all but one original composition (Donovan!), this album combines moody organ and harpsichord foundation, acid guitar, polished vocals, and classical string arrangements to create a truly spooky atmosphere matched only by the bizarre and justly famous cover painting by Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516).

Don't be mislead by what you think you know about Deep Purple. Although they saw their commercial success only from subsequent releases, the earlier years of 1968-1970 were when they were the most creative and innovative . Their work from this period includes the very ambitious classical/rock compositions by Jon Lord; Concerto for Group & Orchestra and Gemini Suite. Approach these with an open mind, and you won't be disappointed.

Still interested? Check out their first two albums, The Book of Taliesyn and Shades of Deep Purple. "Shades" includes their early hit Hush, and "Book" their second hit, Kentucky Woman (Neil Diamond composer). Those may be the 'hits' from those two albums, but the original compositions are the real gems.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of rock's best albums ever. June 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is undoubtedly one of the best albums in the history of rock - and there's really no need to qualify this statement by referring to prog alone.
Quite simply, it is an amazing *complete album*, a rare pearl that urges you to sit and listen from start to finish as if it were a single composition rather than a collection of songs. And then sit through it again and again.
In that sense, the bonus tracks are redundant in my opinion, because the album needs to end with the magnificent April - not a second later.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the Mk 1 lineup's 3 LPs March 7, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Here, the first lineup of Deep Purple found the footing that, interestingly enough, would be the Mk 2 lineup's stock in trade. Even so, the approach here was still eclectic, as one can tell from the opening strains of "Chasing Shadows," wherein Paicey proves himself one of rock's best drummers (and to this day, still one of the most underrated) with what sounds like about 20 tracks' worth of African percussion. My only complaint with this track is the abrupt ending, as if the engineer ran out of tape while the band were still going strong but didn't catch it until after. "Bird Has Flown" still has some of the Hendrixian influence that was apparent on Shades of...; it reminds me a bit of Jimi's "Stone Free" (which is not necessarily a bad thing; both tracks have a great hook that doesn't let you go until the fadeout).

Of the bonus tracks on this expanded edition, "Emmaretta" is my favourite; this one could have been done with the Mk 2 lineup, although Ian Gillan's vocals would lend a different dynamic to the band's sound. "April" should take its place as one of the best examples of early progressive rock ever committed to vinyl.

For those wishing to explore Deep Purple, I recommend starting with the Mk 2 albums, most especially Machine Head, then first working backward, to get a sense of what came before, and maybe after that working forward to the Mk 3 (with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes taking over for Gillan and Glover, respectively) and Mk 4 (Tommy Bolin replacing Ritchie Blackmore) lineups. If you're a casual fan, probably better to just go with the 2000 compilation Very Best of Deep Purple, as it does the best capsule version of Purple's best-known material. But with Purple Passages long since deleted, there is no better way to experience Purple Mk 1 other than diving headfirst into Shades, Taliesyn, and the eponymous 3rd LP.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Acid Rock Releases......Ever! May 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I own this CD and probably heard it first (Vinyl) around '70/'71.
I loved it right away and did my early trippin' to it. What memories!
As the other reviewer said, this stuff beats out the following more
commercial material. The sound quality is the best you're gonna get.
It amazes me how the original tapes have held up after 35/40 years.
If you like acid rock with a few twists (the Donovan song "Lalena")
you will be glad you made this purchase. Go for it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Another of EMI's fine early Purple remasters. The song content is a bit on the moody/psychedelic side. Fine, talented playing by all. Worthy of purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! And the sound of this CD is superior May 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First of all, this is a superb album, which I still enjoy after 40 years.
It has passed the test of time in my rock collection. It is a great rock album from a great rock band before they became just another successful loud rock band.

As an audiophile jerk, I think this CD sounds like it was recorded from a record.

It's a professional looking CD, but if you listen closely on a high resolution system, you can hear low level turntable noise and the occasional click and pop. It also sounds somewhat harsh, as does my LP version.

Update: Don't spend money on the other CD pressing available from Amazon: I just heard it and it sounds absolutely painful. I take back my comments on harshness. This version sounds MUCH MUCH better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Deep Purple Album !
I've Always Liked The First 3 Deep Purple Albums [Shades Of Deep Purple,1968, Book Of Taliesyn,1968 & Deep Purple 1969] Better Than Their Later Albums - These Albums Were More... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael R. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars deep purple first album
classic deep purple with the first singer Ritchie Blackmore's amazing. the drummer stands out more back then great musicianship together
Published 5 months ago by Mathew
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Early Deep Purple Album
Many good tracks on this recording from 1969, but I love the Ritchy Blackmore's guitar work on "Why Didn't Rosemary".
Published 6 months ago by Quin
5.0 out of 5 stars DEEP PURPLE... How can you go wrong?
Jon Lord, with his heavy metal keyboard sound, and Blackmore, and Donovan makes for a heavy metal master piece.I love this album
Published 7 months ago by john waiton
3.0 out of 5 stars Still the MK 1 lineup, but heading towards their later style.
Some good/great songs. Some noisy stuff, too. I lost interest in DP when they went metal, unlike most folks who started to like them then, and don't know about the early stuff of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jay Rosenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Another solid effort.
What artwork! On this the 3rd album by Deep Purple, Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice and Nick Simper produced another gem. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars it rocks
Music at its best.One of my favorite Deep Purple albums (cd). Straight ahead, in your face, rock n roll....... support your favorite artists.
Published 18 months ago by JUDAS TREES
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Of the 3 earliest Deep Purple albums, I had only heard the song, "Hush" (which prompted me to buy these) until I sampled them and never knew them as a psychedelic band... Read more
Published 20 months ago by debeadgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album!!!
I, am a big Deep Purple fan, even though I was only nine years old when this, their self-entitled third album,was realeased. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by Mistic Minstrel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Deep Purple best early albums
Deep Purple the self titled album was one of the best early albums from the Mk2 lineup of the band.This album features hits like Emmareta,Lalena and the bird has flown. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Rohit R
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