- MP3 Music (October 28, 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Deep Purple (Overseas)
- Run Time: 3843 seconds
- ASIN: B001PEY9EI
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
Shades of Deep Purple
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It's not uncommon that a rock and roll band has a history that is forgotten about. Many times, it is for the proper reasons. Deep Purple`s first incarnation "Mark I" had three terrific records. If they never created another note, they could be proud to have composed such great material.
While to most of the musical universe Deep Purple is "Mark 2" featuring the intense and strong vocals of Ian Gillian and Roger Glover on bass, the prior story begins in 1968. Rod Evans (One of the most underrated singers of the era) and Nick Simper (Bass) may not be household names but were very much a part of the foundation.
"Shades Of" isn't "In Rock." That is not a swipe in the least. It is only a warning to those that are looking for the more metal and improvisational side of the band. What the initial album consists of is terrific material and well-blended rock with Ritchie Blackmore already way ahead of the curve and only to get better.
"And The Address" opens with a tasty riff that you don't forget. It's a solid choice to lay down the landscape of what will follow.
"Hush" is indeed the cover of the Joe South tune. Purple may very well have the definitive version. It is still played on rock radio to this day.
"One More Rainy Day" features a well-crafted sound by Jon Lord on the keyboards. Evans vocal feel is superlative.
"Prelude"/"Happiness"/"I'm So Glad" covers the musical spectrum in a bit over seven minutes. "I'm So Glad" is the timeless tune written by Skip James that was made famous by the incredible Cream version.Read more ›
When you first hear the opening track "And The Address," you are calmed by Jon Lord's Hammond organ, then he cranks it up for a sonic blast, he is joined by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, drummer Ian Paice and bassist Nick Simper for the full on assault! Classic Deep Purple! "Hush" follows and is so psychedelic and ahead of its time....no wonder it's timeless! Then comes my favorite, the beautiful "One More Rainy Day" with it's nifty drum work to showcase Paice's talents. Then you slide right into "I'm So Glad" which really brings out the vocals of Rod Evans. And then there's "Hey Joe." Total excellence. I am convinced that this is a better cover version than Hendrix's. The jamming "Mandrake Root" is a great filler, something most bands never obtain. The Beatles song "Help" is also covered. It works! John Lennon once said, "That's the way the Beatles should have done it". Enough said. The rest of the songs (including bonus tracks) are great, too. The playing and the singing is fantastic. The sound quality is excellent.
This is vintage, progressive rock ahead of it's time for 1968. Sit back, crank this up, turn down the lights, and the sounds will take you away. Folks, this is a classic and a stellar way for Deep Purple to launch their historic career. Quit comparing and just enjoy this unique and cool first album. Totally underrated.
So now that we know that, let's talk about Deep Purples' Shades Of Deep Purple. It took the industry long enough but they finally got it right for the earlier Deep Purple. These guys did it right. First of all this CD was digitized from the original master tapes. Before this CD the recordings where very bad, definitely not from first generation tapes, if from tape at all. The second thing, they did the remastering at Abbey Road. The sound is really great. They also did a great job with the liner notes. If you buy "Shades Of Deep Purple", "The Book of Taliesyn" and "Deep Purple" these liner notes pretty much all together tell you the early story of the Deep Purple. I am very glad I purchased this CD. I only wished I would have done this earlier. I highly recommend this whole Spitfire series. I don't believe this will ever get any better. By the way for all of you who believe that this band didn't contributed to the hard rock era. Living through it I can remember the actions of people when Hush came out. The older generation of the time S#?t a brick.. The fuzz the rawness and the harshness. This was definitely a group that contributed to Hard Rock. It may not match what happened after these guys MK1 broke up but they did help shape it.
Remastered in 2000 by Peter Mew the first U.S. reissue of the album finally appears on Eagle Records (the same label that reissued Rory Gallagher's albums on CD)with five bonus tracks, an excellent booklet describing both the creation of the group, the making of the album and the reception (it was a big hit in the U.S. while was received, at least initially, cooly in the U.K.).
Although the remastered version features the characteristic overuse of digital noise reduction that was typical of EMI in 2000 (and was characteristic of Mew's mastering approach at the time), this version STILL beats every other version out there because of the superior source tapes.
We get five bonus tracks of varying quality with "Shadow" an outtake from the album that has been bootlegged for years, "Love Help Me" an instrumental version without the finished vocal, an alternate mix of the band's cover of The Beatles' "Help" (which clearly U2 later listened to as they performed the song as a ballad in concert as early as 1984-5 as a ballad more in line with John Lennon had imagined for the song at the time), "Hey Joe" from the "Top Gear" TV show and, finally, a live performance of "Hush" from a U.S. TV appearence.
Despite the overuse of digital noise reduction this is the edition of the album to own simply because it is from the mastertapes (which have also been restored by Peter Mew). For fans who loved the Evans era Deep Purple more than later editions (that would include me), this album is essential.
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Shades Of Deep Purple. 1st Lp of the band. CD quality sounds like a dubbed version. I have the original Lp version from 1968 and sounds so more superior than the CD.Published 3 months ago by slashar
The very first Deep Purple album made better with extra tracks! Original line up with Rod Evans (V) and Nick Simper (B). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael D. Williams