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2.64 | 9 ratings | 1 reviews | 38% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. And The Address (Remix) (From Shades Of Deep Purple) (4:33)
2. Hush (Monitor Mix) (From Shades Of Deep Purple) (4:11)
3. Mandrake Root (From Shades Of Deep Purple) (6:09)
4. I'm So Glad (Remix) (From Shades Of Deep Purple) (7:07)
5. Hey Joe (Remix) (From Shades Of Deep Purple) (7:13)
6. Kentucky Woman (Alternate Take) (From The Book Of Taliesyn) (5:30)
7. Listen, Learn, Read On (From The Book Of Taliesyn) (4:01)
8. Shield (From The Book Of Taliesyn) (6:03)
9. Wring That Neck (BBC Session) (From The Book Of Taliesyn) (4:40)
10. Anthem (From The Book Of Taliesyn) (6:28)
11. Bird Has Flown (From Deep Purple (Third)) (5:32)
12. Blind (Remix) (From Deep Purple (Third)) (5:28)
13. Why Didn't Rosemary? (From Deep Purple (Third)) (5:01)
14. Lalena (Instrumental) (From Deep Purple (Third)) (5:09)

Total Time: 77:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Rod Evans / vocals
- Nick Simper / bass
- Ritchie Blackmore / guitars
- Jon Lord / keyboards
- Ian Paice / drums

Releases information

CD EMI 5966112 (2004)

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DEEP PURPLE The Early Years ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(38%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(25%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars I find rather strange to issue a compilation of Mark I in ... 2004. As such, it is not an uninteresting effort should it have been released, let's say in 1973 (just after MIJ) when the band was at its peak. I really have no clue who could be interested to discover their earliest catalogue some thirty six years after the release of their first album "Shades". OK some tracks are remixed (not too bad actually) but that's not a big deal, really.

What I'm missing here is "Help" from "Shades" and "River Deep, Mountain High" from "The book".

The progiest number of the Purple (and there were very few, believe me) was undoubtfully "April" from their third album (it is their longest studio track ever as well - over twelve minutes) is not available here which is quiete a P.I.T.A. The cover version of "Lalena" which was another highlight of this album is represented by an instrumental version for it. Maybe not the best idea.

The remixes (mostly from "Shades") are really superior to the original recordings. An alternate take form "The Book" like "Kentucky Woman" as well as a BBC studio / live version of "Wring". All the numbers from "Deep Purple" are as they were released initially.

I am a die-hard fan of the band. They were one of the band which turned me into a rock music addicted kid in 1970. I am interested in this work just a bit, so I guess that the usual listener will find this compilation completely useless.

For super die-hard fan. Two stars.

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