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DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple

 

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3.64 | 416 ratings

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friso
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2 stars Deep Purple - st (1969)

After a long spinless presence in my record collection I decided to listen to this third record of Deep Purple again. I really like In Rock (1970) and Made in Japan and how much of a difference can one year make? Well quite a lot it seems.

The same titled Deep Purple album is a heavy blues rock psych album that somehow almost never manages to come through. Except for the nice melodic findings on 'Blind' and the nice main melody of 'Lalena' the music leaves me totally cold. I haven't been quite able to filter out what's going; Is it the clumsy & muddy production? Does the band sound like they aren't in the mood to play some up-tempo rock? Is it the mediocre composition? Mainstream blues-rock riffs are the main ingredient here, but Deep Purple also experiments with psychedelic sound effects and classical music. The latter become most apparent during the minutes long classical peace in the middle section of April. A nice try and perhaps a groundwork for other bands, but totally meaningless in its current form.

On other moments the band seems to give a hint on what's to come. I like some of the heavy drumming on not-too-logical moments and Ritchie Blackmore already makes a talented impression, though much of his solo's have pitch anomalies that make me shiver on this album.

Conclusion. The leap forward would come on Deep Purple's next album and so the band was saved from becoming a relic from the sixties. This album is not recommended at all, except for fans of the band and hard-core psych collectors. Two stars it is then.

friso | 2/5 |

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