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The Very Best Of Deep Purple (Warner Archives/Rhino) collects 15 of Purples' hardest hitting tunes from the various incarnations of the band from the very first LP Shades Of Deep Purple in 1968 to Perfect Strangers in 1984. These songs are culled from the huge Purple box set Shades 1968-1998 (Warner Archives/Rhino) and all are digitally remastered and are FIREBALLS! All songs are the original long album versions except "Kentucky Woman" that is the single version & "Speed King" which is the U.S. Deep Purple In Rock album version and is a shorter version than the release on the U.K. album. All the hits are here "Smoke On The Water," "Hush," "Woman From Tokyo" & "Demon's Eye" to name a few. The booklet has some nice pictures, U.S. album discography and song by song info by 2 DP archivists. Play this LOUD & BURN! A+.
As single disc anthologies go, "The Very Best of Deep Purple," is as tightly packed as it could be (just a tad over 75 minutes of music). And while you can always quibble about track selection around the margains on a disc lke this (I'd have chosen the title track of the band's 1984 comeback album "Perfect Strangers," for example) all of the band's best known tunes are here, including "Smoke on the Water," "Space Truckin'," "Hush," "Woman from Tokyo," "Knocking at Your Back Door." It's also no accident that about 12 of the 15 tunes included were recorded by Purple's "classic" lineup with BOTH vocalist Ian Gillan and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Without either one or both of them, the Purples are little better than just another arena rock band. The CD booklet contains lengthy liner notes and photographs from various periods in the band's history.
Overall, a decent single disc anthology album that will be of most interest to the casual fan.
Its title notwithstanding, this CD is a "greatest hits" compilation and not (necessarily) "The Very best", but semantics aside, there are a couple of exceptions of songs that were not issued as singles (Space Trucking and Child in Time, for instance...). I originally didn't care much for the covers of "Kentucky Woman" and "Hush", but I understood their inclusion here since those were the first hits the band scored with in the U.S (the territory this CD is meant for). But the tunes eventually grew on me, leading me to get their first 3 records.
It's a shame that no additional material from the band's second coming in the 80's could be included though, but that is simply a record company issue: the latter part of Purple's catalog was released with a different record label. In the end, this is a great compilation, and if you want to have a taste of some of Purple's best material, this is a good place to start. However, if you, like me, were looking for a more comprehensive package, including music from all the lineups (including the criminally underrated Mk IV, completely ignored here...), you might be a bit disappointed...You can always get the boxset "Shades", but... that's a different tale... But casual fans looking for nothing but the hits rejoice: here they are!!! And for roughly 8 bucks, you can't really ask for more...
"The Very Best of Deep Purple" contains 15 of the band's best tracks. And, while some of the previous reviewers have stated that they would have liked to have seen some tracks exchanged for material found in the band's "Made in Japan" live album, IMHO, you can't go wrong with this compilation. Unlike most greatest hits albums, Rhino has chosen to list these 15 songs in chronological order. I liked that! It gave the album a "flow" that's rarely found on compilations.
The album starts out innocently enough with covers of Joe South's "Hush" and Neil Diamond's (Neil Diamond? - are you kidding me?) "Kentucky Woman". (very well done, by the way!) and picks up speed from there. Of course, the old Purp staples, "Highway Star" (the name of the official Deep Purple web pages, b/t/w), "Woman From Tokyo" and "Smoke On the Water" are present. But the true gems for those new to the band are their lesser-known hits, "Burn", "Black Night" and "Demon's Eye".
Deep Purple went through a LOT of personnel changes over the span of the band's existence, but some things remained true through those changes - great vocalization, great instrumentation, and innovative techniques all stayed the course.
This CD should be a part of any serious collector of 70's classic rock. It's a great value and will hold a place near the front of the owner's CD cabinet. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, play it LOUD!
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Hand bangin' music at its prime. Got an el cheapo version for the car's C players in case somebody rips it off (I already own it!)Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you like Deep Purple and don't already have the CDs with the tunes that make up this collection, get it; it's a real bargain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JC
I was trying for something as good as rush........and this is not it. Machine head is a much better album, and I would consider those tunes to be deep purples greatest hits.Published 1 month ago by Dora