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SHADES OF DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.30 | 535 ratings

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BigDaddyAEL1964
3 stars Their debut comes with tributes to their "teachers" and a huge hit; which is a tribute!

Let's see the first ever DP attempt track-by-track:

And The Address: Prog meets Brit Pop in this instrumental, which could actually be a long intro for Hush, since it's riff is kinda related.

Hush (B.J. Royal): It was 1968, it's 2016. They still play it live. Gigantic hit.

One More Rainy Day: Clearly inspired by The Beatles sound, it's a nice bittersweet song. Jon Lord's keyboards are the most fancy element.

Prelude/Happiness/I'm So Glad: Typical British psychedelic/prog song with hyper-simplistic lyrics, could belong to early Pink Floyd or Genesis too. I don't like the genre, and quite frankly I find it as pointless as punk rock sometimes.

Mandrake Root: The riff sounds very close to Jimi Jendrix's Foxy Lady, so close one could say they "borrowed" from him. At around 2:20 it changes (after a thunderbolt sound) into a fast instrumental jam. Nothing special.

Help (The Beatles): A very interesting, mid-tempo prog-ish cover of the huge Beatles hit. They reveal elements of their greatness on this one, a very good adaptation and execution. The second best song after Hush (also a cover).

Love Help Me: Another Brit Pop song with Psychedelic elements. An OK song, but no special.

Hey Joe (traditional): A song synonymous to Jimi Hendrix, since he played the most well known and probably best version of it. Here, Deep Purple see it through the prog glass, with 2,5 minutes of epic Latin (!) intro that could be the soundtrack of Zoro fight scenes or something. Afterwards, the "regular" song begins, close to the Hendrix aesthetics, but they constantly blend the elements, creating a magnetic result. Arguably the most creative song of the album.

RATING: 3 stars for a very interesting debut, one of the few 60s albums that contain a huge rock hit worldwide known today (Hush) and doesn't belong to The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. It shows only glimpses of the greatness Deep Purple would reach in the future.

BigDaddyAEL1964 | 3/5 |

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