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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Chasing Shadows (5:34)
2. Blind (5:26)
3. Lalena (5:05)
4. Fault Line (1:46)
5. The Painter (3:51)
6. Why Didn't Rosemary? (5:04)
7. The Bird Has Flown (5:36)
8. April (12:10)

Total time 44:32


Bonus tracks on 2000 CD (recorded in 1969):
9. The Bird Has Flown (Alternate single version) (2:54)
10. Emmaretta (Studio B-side) (3:00)
11*. Emmaretta (BBC Top Gear session) (3:09)
12*. Lalena (BBC radio session) (3:33)
13*. The Painter (BBC radio session) (2:18)

* - previously unreleased

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Line-up / Musicians

- Ritchie Blackmore / lead guitar
- Rod Evans / lead vocals
- Jon Lord / organ, keyboards, backing vocals, [string/woodwind arrangements]
- Nick Simper / bass, backing vocals
- Ian Paice / drums, percussion

Releases information

LP Harvest SHVL759 (1969)

CD EMI 7243 5 21597 2 7 (2000, remastered, with 5 bonus tracks)

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3.63
(427 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(21%)
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Review by Kotro
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4 stars If there is an album worthy of inducting Deep Purple to the Archives, it's this one. The Mark I formation is still my favorite to date, and despite the quality of other line-up's, I do regret the departure of vocalist Rod Evans (I must say I do prefer Glover to Simper). Although quite different from the high-pitched Gillan, his voice fits perfectly in Jon Lord's and Ritchie Blackmore's playing and composing. "Deep Purple" is indeed a Progressive Rock effort, although sometimes with a heavier edge. Songs like "Blind", "Fault line/Painter", "Bird has flown", and the fantastic "April" remind me of what would later be known as "Italian Symphonic Prog", although, well... in English... I would love to give it a 5 star rating, but I'll have to settle for a 4. I do this because, although in the general musical panorama it deserves a 5-star rating, it is not a Progressive Rock masterpiece, the kind to define the genre.

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Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Review by Zitro
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2 stars 2 1/3 stars

The Second album from Deep Purple has more original material, but the musicianship of this album is much weaker than DP's debut album.

Chasing Shadows is a mediocre hard rocker that is not a great way to start the album (for me). Blind is a good symphonic rocker. Lalena is a nice mellow track with a good keyboard solo. Fault Line is extremely repetitive and weak. The Painter follows Fault Line and it is a better track. "Why Didn't Rosemary" is driven by a simple rhythm and has good guitar playing all over the song. "Bird has Flown" is a rocker with a mellow keyboard solo close to the end. April is the closer and easily the best track of the album. As reviewer Kotro pointed out, this song sounds like Italian Symphonic rock. There is also something unique about it : This is 1969 and this song is purely progressive rock!

1. Chasing shadows (3/10) 2. Blind (6/10) 3. Lalena (6/10) 4. Fault line (1/10) 5. The painter (6/10) 6. Why didn't Rosemary? (5.5/10) 7. Bird has flown (4.5/10) 8. April (7.5/10)

My Rating : D+

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Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
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4 stars Purple's third album comes to peak in its own genre: proto-prog! The awesome Jerome Bosch gatefold sleeve was arresting enough , but some of the music is the album is really outstanding!

Starting with the great Chasing Shadows (a fave of mine) with Ian Paice showing us a few tricks notably a cow bell and the calm and moody Blind with spine-tingling harpsichord, the album comes to a beautyful stop with the superb rendition of Donovan's Lalena. A bit lenghty , but does Evans have a great voice! Then comes a real treat with Fault Line and its reverse drums recording as a prelude to the explosive The Painter, Purple shows us some real gifts in moody and climatic music.

Why Didn't Rosemary is certainly the kind of track Blackmore was really pushing for as he was becoming a bit restless and felt it was time for changes (to come soon). Bird Has Flown is probably the weakest track around on this album (and I never knew whether there was a link with The Beatles's Norwegian Wood track), but it appears to me as rather lenghty! But then comes the real treat: the three part April which can be deconstucted as an almost Acoustic Purple with Blackmore and Paice taking the show with Lord underlining a superb melody as the Overture. After some 5 minutes, comes the "Pièce De Résistance" when Jon Lord finally dares writing classical music and what a job he does with a reduced unit (as he completely missed out for the Symphonic Orchestra in the Concerto , their next album) and rivetting writing (abeit a bit derivative odf Classical masters) . The orchestra then pause a second than gives a chord once , then twice (as if Purple had missed out on the cue the first time) and comes the explosion. They really blow my mind with this Finale , where they manage in threeminutes to giveof their best of themselves and a superb farewell to the album (and as it turned out to the now-named MK I line-up and toprogressive rock in general). Stupendous and some 30 years later , I cannot listen to this track once, I have to replay it again!

Then after this album will come the changes we all know and Purple will be one of the creators of Heavy Metal (as Zep and Sabbath will also) and some proghead see them as the grandfather of progmetal , something I am not all trhat sure about but why not? Anyway they will kick arse severely ! But I do have a soft spot in my heart for this first line-up who in three albums , managed a superb Oeuvre noew defined as Proto-prog! Great job , guys!!!

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Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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2 stars This was the weakest album by Evans/Simpler line-up of DEEP PURPLE. I think that the only good songs on this one are the excellent "The Bird Has Flown" and "April", which is a prelude for the coming "Concerto for group and orchestra". The song is divide in three parts, where the first is a classical influenced music played by the band, second part being a classical composition for chamber orchestra, and the third part being a basic blues rock version of the theme by the band again. Somehow most of the tracks sound uninspired and weak, and some musical experiments like parts being played backwards sound horrible. The painting by Hieronymys Bosch with the guys added in it is a quite neat cover though.

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Posted Sunday, September 25, 2005

Review by Chicapah
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars To me, this is the album (along with the following orchestral album) that tipped the scales for DP. Up to now they had been very progressive and experimental but probably not very profitable. When this approach failed to generate massive sales they turned to being a lot more ROCK oriented with the aptly named LP "Deep Purple in Rock." Not that there's anything wrong with that in any way, shape or form. I'm very glad these recordings are still around because you can hear the early prog influence that they were dispensing to impressionable young ears at the time. Not all of it works, but then you can say that about early Yes and Genesis albums, too. No matter what, you've got to dig Blackmore's highly "metallic" tones and the group's over-the-top arrangements. And the cover art rules.

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Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This is the swan song for Rod and Nick. The descent in the chart position which goes on dangerously ("Shades" (24), "Book" (54) and this one only peaking at Nr. 162 in the US - still no appearance in the UK) and the weakness of the lead singer will lead to their sacking (Rod could never convinced me as a leading vocalist though).

This album, is much better than "Book" and features more original work than "Shades". The cover of the record is a copy of the fabulous painting from the Dutch painter Hieronymous Bosch :"The Garden of Eartly Delights". Great artwork. Their US record distributor will go bankrupt while the record was issued. It is said that this led to the cancellation of a tour in which Purple would have been the supporting act for ...The Rolling Stones !

"Chasing" is probably their first "hard-rock" attempt. It has lots of percusions (reminds me at time ... Santana). It ends quite abruptedly. "Blind" keeps on with the pysche flavour. The song ends with a good and almost classic keyboard work.

The Donovan cover "Lalena" is quite emotional. I like this song very much. For this rendition, I do recognize that Rod's voice is very good. Melodious and quiet. Their most "lyric" song of the Mark I era, definitely. Again, the keyboard break is wonderful. "Fault Line" is a short instrumental quite dispensable. "The Painter" intro sounds like "Hush". Same feeling and flavour. Good guitar solo from Ritchie and again a great Jon. A very decent number. Next song " Why Didn't Rosemary" is also very good : pure rock & roll like the Purple has never produced before. At times bluesy as well (specially during the solos). The rythmic work is very strong : Nick and Ian are doing a great job here. "Bird Has Flown" was meant to be a single B-side (this says enough ...). Not great. It sounded familiar to me but I did not realized why at the first hearings. My entry album from the Purple was "Fireball" which I purchased in 1971. This song will influence "No One Came" an awful lot.

"April" is a wonderful epic. It is a very long song (more than twelve minutes). Actually, this is the Purple longest studio track. I would say that it is a suite made up of three pieces : Part one, commences on a flamenco mood with great acoustic guitar work. It turns into an electric part which is very emotional (I like emotions). Part two is classical piece of music of about another four minutes (and indicates maybe the next "In Concerto"). Although classic music is not my cup of tea, I admit that this part is really good. The type of choir introducing this part around minute four is gorgeous. Part three is more in the vein of a standard Purple song (Mark I). The finale is bombastic, with a great guitar solo and good backing vocals.

This song is the most prog one of the band. It will pave the way for bands like ELO (only ELO could have produced this if the Purple had not done it before). It is the absolute highlight of their whole Mark I era. The remastered version has five bonus tracks. A short alternate version of "The Bird Has Flown" which works better than the full blown one (which was too long and boring). So, from time to time a cut version might be a good choice. Their tentative hit single "Emamaretta" which will be a complete flop (reaching Nr. 128). One understands why when listening to it ... The last three tracks comes out of the BBC Top Gear sessions. The sound is much better than the ones on the remastered "Book". The highlight of these three, is of course "Lalena" even if it is substantially shorter than the official version (same for "The Painter"). During their Mark I period, Jon Lord has dominated the band and is really the key person. His organ play is fabulous (even if it sounds a bit outdated at times). Ritchie is much more in the "shadow" but this will soon change. By the time the album will reach Europe (during Mark I, they were first released in the US) the band was already rehearsing with Ian Gilan and Roger Glover (you know, Mark II). But this is another story. Three stars for this effort (although "April" deserves five).

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Review by Chris H
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3 stars The end of an era!

Deep Purple's third studio album, the self-titled "Deep Purple", marked the end of the under-appreciated Mark I era of the band. Lead singer Rod Evans and bassist Nick Simper were kicked out the door to be replaced by the screeching Ian Gillan and the steady handed Roger Glover. Although the Mark II line-up has the far more popular albums and individual songs, this Mark I line-up is miles ahead of the other line-ups in terms of being able to keep a steady beat and have the backing rhythms all in order. Set aside the fact that Rod Evans can't even begin to compare with the vocals of Gillan, and you realize the Mark I line-up deserves more credit. Now, this album was their first major output of original material. Only containing one cover song, this time it being Donovan's "Lalena", their music did get a tad repetitive, but hey every band starts somewhere with new material. Most of this album seems like a letdown if you hear the Mark II albums first, but compared to the first two albums this a huge step forward.

The album kicks off with the incredible "Chasing Shadows", which features an excellent tribal drum beat and some nice bass work by Simper. The vocals are repeated a few too many times, but the massive Ian Paice drum solo that closes the song is well worth the wait. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Ian Paice is THE greatest progressive drummer hands down, and he does it all on his little Ludwig kit. Skip the uneventful "Blind" and arrive at their only cover song, "Lalena". Rod Evans is at his career peak here, still nothing special but he gets the job done. Certainly no comparison to Donovan, but a lot worse justice could have been done to the song. "Fault Line" contains nothing of interest, and then we come to the A side finale, "The Painter". Ritchie seemed to have been sleeping on the previous songs, so your ears aren't prepared for the riff ambush the erupts when "The Painter" kicks into gear. This is probably the song that gave birth to your favorite Mark II songs like "Speed King" and "Smoke On The Water". The B side contains the boring "Why Didn't Rosemary?" and the straight forward rocker "Bird Has Flown". Make it past these and their 12 minute three part suite, "April" beings. The first two parts have a very operatic feel, probably the base of their live album to follow. The last part is the only way to end this album, loud and heavy with great riffs and more amazing drumming. The first 9 minutes is worth sitting through to hear this piece.

The best of the three Mark I albums, without a doubt. However, it is still not essential to a casual Deep Purple fan. if you are interested in big hits, look elsewhere. If you are interested in hearing the sounds that the early line-up cut their teeth on and how the "classic" line-up got their inspiration, this is the album for you. Any rock n' roll fan should pick this up if you come across it, but don't go and search for it.

3 stars for the music, and add another half for Ian's amazing solos.

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Posted Saturday, February 24, 2007

Review by Seyo
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5 stars The third, self-titled, album of DEEP PURPLE is by far the best of the early period including the Mark I line-up. The band were finally capable of making their own developed original songs, with only one cover - the excellent rendition of Donovan's psychedelic ballad "Lalena". There is no weak track on the album, starting from strong heavy rock opener "Chasing Shadows" up until the symphonic leanings of "April". There are still a lot of psyche elements mixed with jazzy, improvisational hard rocking and real proto- progressive expansion of the sound. Even the cover design incorporating the band members into the Bosch's XVI century surreal painting "Garden of Joy" is very good!

Unlike many similar work of the era, "Deep Purple" is never boring; each track has its own identity and the listening experience is diverse and challenging. Hard-rocking boogie of "The Painter" and "Rosemary" (anyone mentioned Roman Polanski?) combines nicely with wonderful psyche prog of "Blind" (perhaps the best moment on the record) and "Bird Has Flown". In fact, if you are to investigate low points of this album, the most obvious flaw is too extended symphonic orchestral piece that somehow breaks the integrity of "April" composition.

As someone who is not a fan of the band's most popular Mark II period that spurred the development of heavy metal, "Deep Purple" comes as a big surprise and shows how many pieces of wonderful music are still buried in the vaults of history. It is a shame that none of these songs have been properly introduced to the public, always giving preference to the undisputed classics of metal genre but also largely outdated and quite banal juvenile works such as "Speed King", "Child in Time", "Smoke on the Water" or "Highway Star". This album is probably the most "progressive" album in DEEP PURPLE catalogue (and along with "Burn" most unfortunately neglected), therefore it is highly recommended to listen.

PERSONAL RATING: 4,5/5 P.A. RATING: 5/5

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Posted Monday, August 06, 2007

Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars Transitional

Deep Purple's eponymous album was in fact their third, and the final part of the Mark 1 trilogy. The growing confidence of the band is reflected in the almost complete exclusion of cover versions, the sole exception being the relatively obscure Donovan song "Lalena". Within the band, the writing credits are reasonably well spread, with Jon Lord having a hand in all the other songs, and Ritchie Blackmore in five of the eight tracks. The songs themselves are generally kept shorter and tighter than on the first two albums, the 12 minute closing suite "April" being the only song to last substantially beyond 5 minutes.

The opening "Chasing shadows" has early hints of the direction Blackmore and Lord wished to take the band in, the basic rhythm being vaguely reminiscent of "Black night". Blackmore's wah wah guitar solo, the echoed vocals and the driving Hammond organ are all reminiscent of the sound of the fledgling Uriah Heep who appeared around the same time. "The painter", preceded by the experimental "Fault line" is similarly heavy, displaying Blackmore's growing confidence as a virtuoso rock guitarist.

There are a couple of more ordinary and now dated sounding songs such as "Blind", which is a dull harpsichord backed pop ballad. Likewise, "Why didn't Rosemary" is an average plodder saved only by Blackmore's fine intervention. "Lalena", the Donovan cover, is a delicate ballad in the "Come away Melinda" mould, which affords Rod Evans the chance to add one of his best vocal performances. The song is a straightforward crooner, but it is a fine one nonetheless.

The final track "April", is an adventurous, largely instrumental piece featuring an orchestral arrangement, vocalising and some fine instrumental work. It is quite unlike the rest of the album, and indeed anything else the band have recorded with the possible exception of Lord's "Concerto" and the stillborn "Gemini suite".

It is significant that the album was released in the USA over six months before its appearance in the band's UK homeland. By this time, Deep Purple were making good progress in the States while still virtually ignored at home. That said, the album sold in poorer numbers than its predecessors. Significant changes were required in personnel and direction, and these would being to be emphatically addressed before the album had even been released.

The remastered version of the CD includes 5 bonus tracks. Two of these ("Lalena" and "The Painter") are alternative versions of tracks on the album, recorded during a BBC session. The third is a single version of "Bird has flown" which preceded that which made it onto the album. The two remaining tracks are different versions of "Emmaretta" which was a non album single B side (of "Bird has flown", the songs were reversed for the US version of the single).

The sleeve illustration is taken from a painting called "The Garden of Earthly Delights" which is owned by the Vatican. The original painting is actually in colour, the use of black and white on the album being the result of a printing accident.

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Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Review by philippe
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4 stars This one is among my favorite Deep Purple albums, I don't like much the so called classic period with Ian Gillan (I just can't support his voice). However we must be honest with history, none Deep Purple's releases can be considered as part of progressive rock roots. This is classic rock with heavy tendencies and some nice instrumental sections, but there's nothing really innovative or revolutionnary in the way of composing and playing instruments. The same thing can be said about others 70's hard rockin' bands mentionned in the archives. Shades of Deep Purple was a weak album, The book of Taliesyn was just correct and this self title is certainly the most personal, refined of the three. This album contains certainly their most proggy moments despite some naive pop aspects. "Chasing shadows" is an effective acid pop song with a nice groove and cool fuzzy guitars. Blind is a beautiful nostalgic ballad mixed into a dreamy- psych vibe, with enigmatic neo classical arrengements (clearly among the best, my personal favourite and definitely progressive for this time). "Lalena" is an other emotional, langorous composition with a nice keyboard accompaniment and brillant hammond organs solos. "Fault Line" is a trippy psychedelic piece instrumental with weird effects and fuzzy guitars, short but essential. "The painter" is a punchy rock'n roll composition with a strong groove. "Bird has flown" is a bombastic heavy rockin' exercice with wha wha guitars, nothing really suprising and rather basic despite some epic Hammon organ interludes. April figures among Deep Purple forgotten classics, a vibrant neo-classical epic composition wih a really original musical aesthetic. This album is the supreme reference if your are looking for the most progressive / eclectic / emotional side of the band.

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Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars This is without doubt the best realized of their early albums. It is better produced and sounds less rough than the first two albums. Here for the first time they wrote almost all the material themselves and it is all the better for it. No Beatles covers this time.

You could argue that this is also the most progressive Deep Purple album. Chasing Shadows features interesting percussion, giving it an almost Latino feel. It comes to a very abrupt ending, and Blind takes over - a harpsichord driven ballad with some classical influences. Great! Again, with interesting drums, not your regular rock beat here! The song ends with the harpsichord playing without any backing by other instruments.

Lalena follows, another ballad, very mellow and the only cover on this album (originally a Donovan song, I think). This song is driven by floating Hammond organ and mellow electric guitar with quiet jazzy drums in the background. Good, but not exceptional.

Fault Line opens with an effect that could have been on a rap album!! Then a guitar solo comes in on top of it, very psychedelic. Then The Painter kicks in, the first real rocker on this album, it sounds very much like the songs from the previous two Deep Purple albums. Again, good but nothing outstanding. Fortunately, at only just under four minutes, this song doesn't drag on for very long. Why Didn't Rosemary follows in a similar style with several organ and guitar solos.

Bird Has Flown is another rocker that tends to drag a little bit with its improvisational organ workout. Probably the least good track here. April, a 12+ minutes symphonic piece with grand piano, acoustic guitars, choir and full orchestra ends the album on a high note. It is certainly not a masterpiece, but probably the best of all of Deep Purple's symphonic attempts. The vocals don't come in until almost nine minutes into the track!

This album is the place to start if you want to discover Deep Purple's early pre- heavy metal days. We must keep in mind that this was 1969 and neither prog nor heavy metal existed yet. Deep Purple would go on to create heavy metal with their next album, but here they were as much proto-prog as proto heavy metal. In 1969 Deep Purple were not too far away from what Yes were doing on their debut album. As with Yes' debut album, this album too has mostly historical value, but it is still a very nice addition to any prog collection if you want to know about the roots of progressive rock.

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Posted Sunday, July 20, 2008

Review by Gatot
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3 stars This third album by Deep Purple represents significant milestones for the band in three things. First, it was the last album when the band's American record company went bankrupt so the band was in limbo while they were basically broke. Second, it was the first time that Deep Purple explored their musical horizon using string arrangement in track called "April". Third, it was the time when Deep Purple fired Rod Evans and Nick Simper, so it was the end of Deep Purple Mark I. The rest is history that they entered Dep Purple Mark II which was then considered by many music critics as the peak line-up for Deep Purple. In my case, when I was teenager, actually I was not aware about the term "Mark I" or "Mark II" which actually meant "line-up". At that time, it was like the terminology only applied to Deep Purple.

Personally I like this album even though it's not considered as great albums by many people. But if we look at the foundations of Deep Purple music in the later stages, this album represents key elements that letter characterize Deep Purple music. Blackmore's stirring guitar and backward effects on `Fault Line,' foreshadow the same techniques used on `The Mule' from the 1971 Fireball album. This third album was influenced by classical music like Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov. This album did not yield a hit single and was not categorized under rock album. The material did not receive enough airplay or limelight. The music represents a blend of psychedelic, experimentation (observe "April"), and British rock. The cover of Donovan's `Lalena' is so well performed that it should have been considered as the band intention to go pop (?). The experimentation is rampant in Ian Paice's heavy percussion of the opener `Chasing Shadows'. Actually, in the history of prog rock, "April" contributed as milestones in progressive rock movement as it contains Deep Purple experimentation with string arrangements. Overall, this is a good album that represents critical milestones of Deep Purple. As we all know that after this album Deep Purple released "In Rock" (1970) which then was used as blueprint for their later music making, instead of pursuing the "experimentation" elements in "April": bein a true progressive rock band. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

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Posted Thursday, September 11, 2008

Review by poslednijat_colobar
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4 stars The homonymous album by Deep Purple is the best one of the 60s for the band. The good news become more and more for Deep Purple. There is only one cover - Lalena, the songwriting and musicianship credits are much better than the previous releases. This would be the last album for Rod Evans and Nick Simper with the band. They were fire after the album. It's strange for me, because of the progress of Deep Purple at that time. On this album Ritchie Blackmore is already proven guitarist. The genre is still the same with the previous two albums with little harder nuance. But it doesn't show what is yet come - the true hard rock period for the band. Probably, because of the line-up changes - the genre of the band had changed dramatically after this album. Being a 1969 release Deep Purple has a strong psychedelic influence. The best songs on the album are Blind and April - the longest and one of the best Deep Purple's compositions. Why Didn't Rosemary contains strong rock & roll structure, while Bird Has Flown revealed big musical potential by the band members. Blind is one of the best ballads made by Deep Purple - contains strong artistic vocals made by Rod Evans and dramatical feelings. April shows the whole band collected in one composition. Classical/rock mixture arranged in mature manner. But after the changes late in the same year, the band have to wait for its first and biggest masterpiece - In Rock one more year. Deep Purple - Deep Purple: 4 stars!

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Posted Monday, December 22, 2008

Review by Kazuhiro
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4 stars The power of this album might be a work in the work of the first stage of Deep Purple by which Rod Evans and Nick Simper were on the register that should be called very excellent Art Rock. The popularity might be a little few for the music of the band at this time. However, the music that they had already done might have been in the region of artistry and high Music. There is a part where the shadow of the performance that the member of the second stage did as making the sound has already been seen, too. And, it is an element of Blues and an element of psychedelic in the music characters of them done at this time. And, it will have the flow from which essence as Art Rock is splendidly shown.

It was also true that the discord of the member of the band had already surfaced at time when this album was announced. The directionality of the band that the member thought about became a dissension and appeared. In Rod Evans, the fact that relations Nick Simper are related to the work of "Warhorse" is a well-known fact to the formation of "Captain Beyond". And, Tetragrammaton Records of the sales agency of this album is driven in in the state of the bankruptcy. Various factors enclosed the band as a situation of a band at that time. Various ideas of the band that found directionality the way it should be of the band and to have to face from the album and the selections might have become preparations of one Hard Rock of the following Deep Purple to the part.

The guitar of Blackmore might give the impression of keeping from in this album. However, the flow that the music at which Blackmore and Jon Lord had to aim at that time and the idea are made an embodiment as a band will have been a flow connected with the legend and the masterpiece.

Flow of part in which "Chasing Shadows" Hard Rock and Blues Rock. And, "Blind" etc. where the taste of the song of Rod Evans is expressed well splendidly express the composition of the album. "Why Didn't Rosemary?" where good feeling of Blues is expressed might be suitable for the flow of the album. "April" etc. expressed as a part of Hard of "Bird Has Flown" and perfect Art Rock might succeed as very high-quality Art Rock.

Flow that band rushes into in age of the second stage. And, the situation and it is likely to have groped at that time at the time of surrounded the band. However, Deep Purple might make the directionality of the first stage in announced the album of very artistry and high Art Rock in this album succeed and receive one the top if it thought about the artistry of the work besides those situations.

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Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Probably Deep Purple´s most obscure record ever. Their third Mark I release would also be their last: singer Rod Evans and bassist Nick Simper would be soon sacked to be replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover respectively. I was always curious about this album, but for some reason only recently I found it in a friend´s record collection and he was kind enough to let me borrow it for some time. Upon hearing it two things were quite clear: first, they still didn´t have their own sound. Second, they were already so good (technicly) they could have tackled almost any style of music.

Deep Purple, the album, is a good collection of tunes that shows the group growing bolder and more confident in terms of songwriting and arrangements. There´s a lot of experimentation here and most of them succeed in one way or another. The percussion driven opener Chasing Shadows is a good example of their willingness to try different things. Blind is another, with Jon Lord adding nice harpsichord lines while Blackmore does a quite Hendrix-like solo. Their version of Donovan´s Lalena is good too: nice ballad featuring maybe Evans best vocal perfomance ever.

There are some hints fo the future DP sound in songs like Painter and, specially, Why didn't Rosemary? (it could have been on Fireball). But the record´s highlight is surely the 12+ minutes opus April. This is their most challenging song so far, some parts foretelling their next move, Concerto For Group And Orchestra. Great acoustic guitar intro, long and inventive instrumental parts, some of Lord´s most interesting orchestral arrangements and a stunning perfomance by all involved. This track alone is worth the price of the CD. Not that is a masterpiece, but it was an incredible bold move and a tour de force for a band that was still sharping their talents.

Conclusion: a (very good) transitional record. Deep Purple tried some new things and some of them would not be used again, but the lessons were well learned and it is no wonder they became so huge. They had the potential since they arrived and this CD is clear proof of their evolution. April is their most progressive track ever, I guess, and any proghead should hear it. Deep Purple was one of the fathers of Heavy Metal, but they also could have been a prog band. And, in a way, they always were.

Rating: 3,5 stars.

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Posted Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Review by Rune2000
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3 stars They say that strong personalities create magnificent artistry and Deep Purple is definitely a prime example of this phenomenon. Unfortunately there is also a dark side to this saying and right now I honestly can't think of another band that fluctuated as much on both sides of this extreme scale. This basically meant that Deep Purple could deliver magnificent performances which then could be followed up by equally horrendous flops.

Jon Lord and Ian Paice co-founded Deep Purple in 1968 and were also the only constant band members during the golden period from 1968 to 1976. The original lineup (a.k.a. MkI) consisted of Lord, Paice, Nick Simper, Ritchie Blackmore and singer Rod Evans. By the time of their band-titled release the band had already achieved a hit with Hush and Jon Lord continued to dominance Deep Purple's sound and direction. This was the time when Lord's trademark sound emerged and thanks to his frequent experimentation with the Hammond organ he became one of the great innovators of the early prog scene right next to Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. Unlike those symphonic wizards Lord's style was heavily rooted in the blues sound which he embraced fully on the recordings. To me this basically explains why Jon Lord was a doomed progressive rock artist from the start so there isn't really a need to speculate on how his career would have turned out if he was instead a member of a high profile prog rock band. Incidentally, this is also why most of the early bands like the Moody Blues and Procol Harum could never really cross the barrier into Symphonic Prog territory.

Between 1968 and 1969 Jon Lord had a short lived experimental phase where he tried to fuse classical music with rock. A prominent example of this is the song April which is easily this album's stand out composition. The rest of the material consists mainly of groovy blues rock music without the upbeat compositions that MkII lineup would make Deep Purple famous for in the next couple of years. Blackmore's speed and virtuosity on lead guitar hasn't yet achieved anything noteworthy although there are a few interesting occasions, like The Painter, Bird Has Flown and the first minutes of April, that can be of interest for his fans. Lord's organ sound is often more prominent than Blackmore's guitar which can be considered somewhat of a rarity for a band that features both guitar and keyboard in the lineup. It's almost like Blackmore is playing rhythmic guitar with only few instances where he takes the spotlight.

The band-titled third album might not be as significant to the fans of Deep Purple as some of their '70s output but this is easily the most consistent release from MkI-lineup which is a great place to start for anyone who is interested in that formation of the band. To everyone else this is still a good, but non-essential release.

***** star songs: April (12:10)

**** star songs: Chasing Shadows (5:35) Blind (5:26) Lalena (5:06) Fault Line (1:46)

*** star songs: The Painter (3:52) Why Didn't Rosemary? (5:04) Bird Has Flown (5:36)

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Posted Monday, May 03, 2010

Review by tarkus1980
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4 stars The first lineup's peak, no less. Apparently, while casual fans of the group have likely never even heard of it, there are many fans who (no kidding) consider this the band's best album ever; while I obviously don't agree with this assessment, I can definitely see where those fans are coming from. Whatever may be, this is definitely Deep Purple's "art-rock" peak, often effectively combining a restrained-yet-mature rock attack with classical passages and interesting studio tricks. Sometimes it gets dull (in my opinion) but there's really not one bad track on here.

The opening "Chasing Shadows," for instance, combines a very crisp, punchy pop song with an incredible percussion rhythm, the first real sign that Paice had developed a style of his own (as opposed to being a really good imitator of Mitch Mitchell). I'd like a little more Ritchie here, who's basically shoved into the background except for one nice solo, but what's here is fine, and Lord's organ solos show that he'd figured out how to make his endless solos go somewhere. Besides, Rod Evans sounds more convincing as a "rocker" on this track than he had on any part of the first two albums, so that's definitely something.

"Blind" is a pop ballad doesn't entertain that much (except for the harpsichord throughout - hey, if a good melody was attached, it could pass for Kinks! Well, maybe not), but the cover of the Donovan track "Lalena" is plenty entertaining, thanks to Evans' delivery. Oh sure, the lyrics have some lousy rhymes, but Evans makes the track emotional despite them almost by his lonesome; sure, the soft melody and organ solo help, too, yet it's definitely Rod's show here. No significant Ritchie dose, but I only notice that after the fact, as I'm too busy enjoying the track when it's on.

Up next is the traditional instrumental-leading-to-a-pop-song track, this time breaking the pattern by doing an original instead of a cover for the track. It also somewhat breaks the pattern by making the instrumental section really interesting - what the hell are these backwards cymbal noises (I think that's what it is, correct me if I'm wrong) doing back in 1969?? Add in a great fuzzy bass riff, some eerie organ noises and a quiet, menacing guitar part (before ending in a really whacky way), and you have something a hundred times as interesting as the corresponding instrumentals on the last two albums. The main song, "The Painter," then manages to rock like a mother in parts, with a fine groove augmented by (you guessed it) great guitar and organ solos that preview the entertaining work of Mk. II well, albeit at about half-speed.

And then ... more rock! "Why Didn't Rosemary?" is a fine fine piece of blues rock, a practically textbook example of how to make generic mid-tempo rock entertaining. Great guitar solos (Ritchie was getting ready to explode, you see)? Check. Great singing? Check. Great organ? Check. Great drum groove? Check. "Bird Has Flown" is a bit weaker to my ears, since I don't dig Evans' singing here as much as before, but it's definitely worth it if only for the background wah-wah.

Finally, there's "April," the big classical-meets-rock suite. Well, sorta - it's more a band- plays-moody-theme/leaves/orchestra-plays-classical-theme/leaves/band-comes-in-and- rocks suite. The ending "rock" part is a bit too tepid for my tastes (that is, it ostensibly "rocks out," but I can definitely agree with the assessment of some that there's not enough real fire to be found), but the initial theme that the band plays is extremely interesting - that is, if you're into slow, moody electric guitar notes over a somewhat martial acoustic- guitar+organ theme. The choir is a bit of a tacky touch, if you ask me, but whatever. The orchestra section is ok, too.

So that's the end of Deep Purple Mk. 1 - very, very good in some places, no worse than ok in others. Evans and Simper got fired sometime after this album was released, which is probably a good thing (considering that the "classic" Purple albums would hardly be possible with them in the lineup), but it should definitely not be said that they exited after a poor album. Unless, of course, you reeeeeally crave headbanging, in which case you should probably stay away for a while.

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Posted Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Deep Purple' - Deep Purple (7/10)

The year 1969 could be said to be when the band Deep Purple finally hit their stride. Cutting down on their covers of other artists material and developing their sound into the bluesy behemoth that would pioneer heavy metal, Deep Purple's self-titled third album shows the band somewhat moving out of their cage and doing some pretty adventurous things. Not to mention that they had a symphony and concerto in the works by this point, Deep Purple was meeting their artistic mark, and this record does tend to indicate this. However, as is evident from the numerous throwback tracks here, Deep Purple had not completely moved out into the open yet.

'Deep Purple' is essentially a mix between straightforward bluesy tracks, and more left-of- center art rock. Naturally, the artistic side of Deep Purple shines a little more brightly than does the blues, but overall, the band has a fairly tight grasp on both sides of their side. 'Chasing Shadows' has some very nice psychedelic undertones to it over a blanket of hard rock, and 'Shadows' gives a baroque classical vibe. Keyboardist Jon Lord's contributions really shine here, including an incredible orchestral arrangement in the middle of the largely instrumental final track 'April'. Apart from that, he really douses the songs with some great classical charm, made quite evident by his use of arpeggios and rich organs.

While pieces like the indomitable 'April' really show the band breaking free of rock convention (with parts that sound like they are paying homage to composer Ennio Morricone), there are still moments on this album where the rock is kept straightforward and energetic. While Deep Purple is still as rocking here as they are with their more complex moments, the musicianship doesn't feel quite as good and organic as it was on earlier albums. However, taken into consideration that the self-titled shows Deep Purple trying out new things, this can be excused. Ron Evan's voice is here instead of Ian Gillian who would join shortly after, but while this may not be the Purple's vocalist that we consider to be part of the canonical lineup, he does a good job here, hitting his mark and achieving a warm tone to his voice during the more mellowed moments.

Deep Purple's self-titled is a very good album, and a step forward for rock music at the time, although I would say that the band gets even better with their subsequent 'classic' records. A great piece of proto-metal and art rock.

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Posted Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review by 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.

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Posted Monday, December 03, 2012

Review by Warthur
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2 stars A bit of a transitional album this, with Deep Purple honing their songwriting chops and dialling back their reliance on cover versions compared to its two preceding albums. The band's own compositional abilities aren't quite ready for prime time yet, to my ears; they seem to be casting around a little aimlessly looking for a new sound, which they'd only attain once personnel shakeups yielded the Mark II lineup. The tension between going all-out progressive on the one hand and going hard rock on the other does yield some interesting moments, but there's more heat than light coming off Deep Purple at this point in time.

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Review by Guillermo
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3 stars This is maybe the best album that the original line-up of the band recorded. While there are still some Classical Music arrangements (in "Blind" and in the long intro to "April"), they are used in a less "pompous" way than in their second album ("The Book of Taliesyn"), and the musical style of most songs is gradually changing more to the musical style that particularly Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice wanted for the band (more Blues, Hard Rock and moving more towards Heavy Metal in songs like "Chasing Shadows", " Fault Line", "The Painter", "Why Didn`t Rosemary", "Bird Has Flown" and the second part of "April" ). Still, there are some Psychedelic influences in some parts (particularly in "Fault Line") and also some Prog Rock arrangements. But as a whole this album sounds more to me like the producer (Derek Lawrence) let the band have more control with their arrangements and music compositions, so the band sounds more "natural" and not as "forced" as in their second album. The band sounds more "mature" in the recording of this album, and in general this album was better recorded than their previous two albums. They also only recorded one cover (Donovan`s "Lalena") which sounds a bit Pop Rock, but it still has a very good arrangement.

Maybe this was the album on which Rod Evans sang better than in their previous two albums, and the rest of the members of the band began to show some improvements in the playing of their respective musical instruments. As a whole the band sounded better. Unfortunately, there were some problems with the musical direction that Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice wanted for the band in comparison to Rod Evans and Nick Simper. The trio wanted a more heavy musical style for the band. So, by mid 1969 it was decided that Evans and Simper were going to be replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover. But the new line-up was still going to record a live album with an orchestra before going directly to play the musical styles that were more adequate for this band: Hard Rock / Heavy Metal.

While the fragment from Hieronymus Bosch`s "The Garden of Earthly Delights" is a bit "strange" to be used for a cover design, it still is a good cover, I think.

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5 stars I've gone back and forth down through the years as to whether or not this is Deep Purple's best album and I guess it depends on whether or not I've been listening to it lately or not. There are times that I think In Rock is better but in the end I have to admit that Deep Purple is the album that ... (read more)

Report this review (#1170054) | Posted by By--Tor | Friday, May 02, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars 6/10 There is something missing here. The self-titled album Deep Purple is really a work of transition between the psychedelic / blues rock of the previous two albums with the rawness and hard-rock albums of the following. ironically, it lacks an identity. I was very recpetivo the openings ... (read more)

Report this review (#871654) | Posted by voliveira | Tuesday, December 04, 2012 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Still in elementary school but already getting into classic- and roots-of-metal bands like Deep Purple, I sought to find the earliest recordings of proto-metal bands, and a cassette copy of DP's self-titled third album happened to be on the shelf of a local record shop. Already familiar with the ... (read more)

Report this review (#720486) | Posted by FragileKings | Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars And in the end, everything changed. I want to say: after this album the music of Deep Purple is not been the same. Third album of the training Mark I. A beautiful work. The opening tracks: Chasing Shadows and Blind, slip on the blues, on the rhythm (perhaps without great emotion) and the solo ... (read more)

Report this review (#557944) | Posted by anywhere | Thursday, October 27, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The final album of Mark 1 before Gillan/Glover took over and Deep Purple released the utterly brilliant In Rock album. ....... And that orchestra album too. But less said, the better. Deep Purple still had this heavy hippie sound from the 1960s. But changes were a foot with Blackmore imposing h ... (read more)

Report this review (#466390) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Tuesday, June 21, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars "Deep Purple" is the first album of DP Mk1 and in my opinion (but not only mine) is the more close to Prog (with "Concerto..." and "Fireball"). But "Deep Purple", in my mind, not sound so better that his predecessors. After all this is the last album of Mk1, the final battle between Blackmore ... (read more)

Report this review (#395820) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Monday, February 07, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars the third album of the British Hard Rock band "Deep Purple", this Psychedelic Masterpiece, not Progressive masterpiece, but The book of taliesyn and the Concerto, was the most progressive albums of the band. 1-Chasing Shadows Very unusual song, with african percusions and Psychedelic Wah-Wah ... (read more)

Report this review (#241235) | Posted by humbertogillan | Friday, September 25, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars When Listening to "April", try not to forget that you are listening to a Deep Purple album ! Purple's eponymous album is the last one with Rod Evans as singer and Nick Simper as bassist and then the last studio album before "In rock" (excluding the Concerto for Group and Orchestra). It start ... (read more)

Report this review (#212218) | Posted by Ultime | Thursday, April 23, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Legend Of Zelda soundtrack?I bought this cd for 3 dollars from one of those drug-store discount bins. Best impulse buy of my life! At the time I was unfamiliar with anything from Mark I (except Hush), but Mark I is easily my favorite now. Although keys take a role on much of their catalogue, nev ... (read more)

Report this review (#199648) | Posted by Sgt. Smiles | Sunday, January 18, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Oh, what DEEP PURPLE could have gone on to become had Richie stayed with the band and they had continued on this path but alas, they are forever to be known for the easiest guitar riff played at least 12 times a day on any local classic rock station. Don't get me wrong, I like Smoke On The Wate ... (read more)

Report this review (#192129) | Posted by manofmystery | Sunday, December 07, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars First step in creating symphonic progressive rock in 1969 was this album . Many bands at that period , specially italian , french & german bands did a thanksful job in this prospect . But , for Deep Purple it was their best achievment ever in 40 years . Apparently they g ... (read more)

Report this review (#168726) | Posted by trackstoni | Saturday, April 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars So this is it, the first album to teach me that there are records out there I can enjoy from the first note to the very last one. This album is perfect, at least IMHO. CHASING SHADOWS capitalizes on the frenetic drumming. The lyrics deal with one of Jon Lord's nightmares. The end of that song ... (read more)

Report this review (#162179) | Posted by strayfromatlantis | Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars On their third self-titled outing Deep Purple start sounding more confident about their future direction. Compared to the first two, here the amalgalm of adventurous proto-prog and boogie hard rock is much more wholesome, without the sentiment that they had to throw on a bunch of fillers and cover ... (read more)

Report this review (#135636) | Posted by Salviaal | Friday, August 31, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Was April not the first ever group & orchestra collabaration. When will Deep Purple ever get the credit for being one of the first ever 'Progressive Rock' bands as they were called in the 70's. Everyone calls it 'prog rock' now but that never existed back in the 70's - all that existed then ... (read more)

Report this review (#108751) | Posted by lotuseuropa1 | Wednesday, January 24, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars a good good album, with very high moments, the best album of the mark I. it starts with chasing shadows (8/10), a really moved song with a great work of ian paice and nick simper. blind (9/10) is a nice song with emotive keyboards. lalena (5/10) is an uninspired song, the ballads are not too c ... (read more)

Report this review (#54311) | Posted by frippertronik | Tuesday, November 01, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The zenith of the Mark 1 version of the band and the last album to feature Simper and Evans who were fired in favour of Glover and Gillan. To those doubters who say Deep Purple were not progressive, I say check out this album. Imaginative playing and inventiveness abound, Lord plays hapsicor ... (read more)

Report this review (#49722) | Posted by jimpetrie2000 | Sunday, October 02, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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 harpsic ... (read more)

Report this review (#47630) | Posted by Bilek | Wednesday, September 21, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Lest anyone be deceived, this is only an OKAY album, and certainly no masterpiece. It's good to see people supporting Deep Purple - a band's I've admired for over 25 years - but this isn't representative of their later work, and isn't even very progressive. What you'll find here is decent ... (read more)

Report this review (#46760) | Posted by | Thursday, September 15, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A big 5 out of 5 for this one, but good luck finding it on vinyl. At this point in America, their first label, Tetragrammaton (owned by Bill Cosby), went deep in bankruptcy and only sold this album for two or three months. Bummer! Anyway, this marks the change from their R&B/Vanilla Fudge in ... (read more)

Report this review (#46717) | Posted by uriah561 | Thursday, September 15, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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