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DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.62 | 391 ratings

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Bilek
5 stars This is probably the most progressive - and best IMHO - Deep Purple album.

There's not one single bad track in this album, though I usually don't feel like listening to Lalena, but even that one doesn't take away anything. I was stunned when I first heard Blind, and Lord's magnificent harpsichord solos in it. For years it remained my fave DP track, and one of all time faves. The transition from Fault Line (a very original track for the time, with reversed tape) to Painter is something like an early DP trademark (remember Happiness to I'm so Glad and Exposition to We Can Work It Out) this time with the exception that the vocal track is not a cover!

The conclusion, April, is the first of DP masterpieces, and probably their only suite (with the exception of Concerto, which may not be regarded as suite..), showing hints of what was to come: Concerto. This one is even better than Concerto (though, unlike many, I love Concerto) and has everything you might expect from a multi-part prog-rock suite. April alone is worth buying the album, and the only weakness is that it is too short.

Those who aren't yet acquainted with DP's exceptional music will find a good place to start here. And warning: after this, things change totally, though the spirit will remain!

Essential!

Bilek | 5/5 |

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