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DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple

 

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3.62 | 627 ratings

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Ultime
4 stars When Listening to "April", try not to forget that you are listening to a Deep Purple album !

Purple's eponymous album is the last one with Rod Evans as singer and Nick Simper as bassist and then the last studio album before "In rock" (excluding the Concerto for Group and Orchestra).

It starts off with a very catchy hard rock number named Chasing Shadows. There is a highly present section of assorted percussion in this song. I do have to say that I have found Evans and Simper brilliants in this one. It is one of the highlight of the album.

Then the album goes in a collection of songs very reprensentative of the sixties : "Blind" is surely a tipical song of those years, "Lalena" is very intersting, and "Rosemary" more bluesy.

Then come "Bird Has Flown" which is a good blend of hard rock music shifting from a mood to another remaining consistant.

And finally, April which worth the price on its own. It starts as a psychadelic moody instrumental for the fist third of the piece. Then it switch for a (about) 5 minutes middle section played by a string ensemble. The 3 last minutes is a harder Deep Purple finale ; harder but still moody. We can see in "April" what will be some of the future Blackmore's interest.

In conclusions, a lots of very good moments album concluding by a fantastic 12-minutes instrumental.

Surely worth the listen.

Ultime | 4/5 |

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