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SHADES OF DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.29 | 379 ratings

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Zitro
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4 stars 3 2/3

Even if the band is not very 'prog' in terms of the elements listed on this site, Deep Purple is an influential band in the genre of Hard Rock. The musicians are as virtuosic as a whole as a top notch classic rock band or good prog rock band, especially the keyboardist and the guitar player.

In this album, they have not found their 'sound' yet, except for the classical hammond playing of Jon Lord. They have big influences of Cream and Jimmi Hendrix (And the Address, Mandrake Root) in some of their songs, sounding like rock&blues and Mandrake Root partially ripping off Jimmi Hendrix's Foxy Lady (yet redeems itself with great instrumental sections). Some songs sound very 'sixties' like Hush (neat vocal lines), One More Rain Day (sounds like Moody blues), and Love Help Me (a beatlesque pop song). There is also a mini epic divided into 2 sections. That is in my opinion the strongest song of the album, and showcases the talents of the musicians and their abilities to compose catchy melodies. The 2 songs I have not yet mentioned are cover songs. Help! is very different from the original version from the Beatles. I prefer the original, but the keyboard solo in the middle is amazing! The last song is a cover of Jimmi Hendrix, but you don't notice it until that spanish-rodeo keyboard riff stops.

Recommended!

1. And the address (7/10) 2. Hush (8/10) 3. One more rainy day (6.5/10) 4. Prelude: happiness / I'm so glad (8.5/10) 5. Mandrake root (8/10) 6. Help (7/10) 7. Love help me (5.5/10) 8. Hey Joe (7.5/10)

My Grade : B-

Zitro | 4/5 |

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