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THE BOOK OF TALIESYN

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.17 | 366 ratings

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voliveira
4 stars 7.5/10

Well, this album is a slightly "less good" than his previous one, but still offers an amazing amount of psychedelic rock / progressive / proto-hard rock, as evidenced for example in the opening Listen, Learn, Read On, with distorted vocals and rather complex to its mere four minutes. There are still a ton of covers, and while Kentucky Woman does nothing for me, works as Exposition / We Can Work It Out (cover respectively Beethoven - looks the classical side of Jon Lord - and the Beatles) and the epic River Deep, Mountain High (Ike and Tina Turner? this is good) really show the ability to surprise the band exploring the foreign material.

In fact the b-side is better than the next. If the second song, Wring That Neck (Instrumental) is a typical blues-rock and full of phrasing and interactions between the Lord's organ and Blackmore guitar, The Shield (with its exotic percussion, which sounds like a drum machine of the 80s ) and Anthem (with his string arrangement and classical influence evidenced again) are my favorite, besides the cover of Ike and Tina (who also has an introduction to also Sprach Zarathustra, named after 2001).

4 stars. Lower, but still a good quality material.

voliveira | 4/5 |

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