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THE BOOK OF TALIESYN

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.20 | 365 ratings

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1967/ 1976
4 stars Probably the more complete album of Mk1 "The Book Of Taliesyn" is, at the same time, my preferred MK1 album. It is difficult to describe the exact style of this album: Prog?, Heavy Rock?... If you have listen to an album of Simper's Warhorse you have listen 4th or 5th DP Mk1 album and you have listen to another "The Book Of Taliesyn". Probably, for this reason I insert "The Book Of Taliesyn" between Heavy Rock albums. It is clear that "The Book Of Taliesyn" is a true Prog album (also if Proto Prog). This album start with "Listen, Learn, Read On", a great Heavy Rock song, also a great Proto Heavy Metal song that is the title-track of "The Book Of Taliesyn". The second song is "Wring That Neck", another DP evergreen, a Proto Heavy Metal song and an instrumental. Another high peak of this album are: "Shield" (but only of DP Mk1!), "Anthem", the song more Progressive of all DP discography, a good ballad and the cover (penned by Berry, Spector and Greenwich) of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" with an organ intro (not aged good), that is a perfect song for Rod Evans voice and for DP in general. From 2000 remastered version bonus tracks "Oh No No No" (original version by Ben E. King) is a good song that was one of the high peak of "The Book Of Taliesyn".

I repeat, probably "The Book Of Taliesyn" is the more complete album of DP Mk1. Hard Rock and Prog at the same time.

1967/ 1976 | 4/5 |

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