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WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE

Deep Purple

 

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2.91 | 396 ratings

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Moonstone
4 stars This album is hugely underrated.

This is actually one of my favourite Purple albums, because it's little different than the "standard classic" ones that's been overplayed for some time now. The album's got great drumming, vocals & power, and some of the songs are more proggy than usual. Relationships between Blackmore & Gillan had become sour by this point, and that's probably why the album's a little fractured.

There are some great songs on this album. "Woman from Tokyo" is a classic, though a little but commercial sounding. Great power in the drums & vocals here, and I love the slow middlepart.

"Mary Long" is also great, with interesting lyrics by Gillan, to say the least. Mary Whitehouse must have been a very annoying person since both "Mary Long" and Pink Floyd's "Pigs" are about her.

"Super Trouper" is one of the best on the album, great power & great vocals & drums. Cool timing and guitar riffs, not unlike Led Zepps "Black Dog"

"Rat Bat Blue" is also one of my faves, and are really proggy to be Deep Purple if one think about it. Many different parts, great riffing from Blackmore, and great keyboard solo from the master Jon Lord.

The rest of the songs are not as great though, "Place in the line"s a bit dull and a filler. "Smooth Dancer"s just annoying, and "Our Lady" feels out of place, and finds the band in "With a little help from my friends"-mode a la Joe Cocker's verson. Strange to hear from Deep Purple.

Not a great album as a whole, but those songs which are great, ARE great. I give it 4 stars for being great, but not great as a whole album.

Moonstone | 4/5 |

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