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Founded in Hertford, UK in 1968 - Hiatus between 1976-1984 - Still active as of 2018

The archetypal hard rock band, hugely influential, and still alive and well after almost 40 years, DEEP PURPLE were formed in Hertford (England) in 1968. Their earliest line-up (known as Mark I) featured guitarist Ritchie BLACKMORE, drummer Ian Paice (who was to be the only constant member in all the numerous incarnations of the band), keyboardist Jon LORD, bassist Nick Simper and vocalist Rod Evans. Their first album, "Shades of Deep Purple", included a cover of JOE SOUTH's "Hush", which became a big hit in the USA. The following two efforts were definitely more progressive in tone, especially their third, self-titled album, which saw Lord's masterful, classically-influenced use of the B3 Hammond organ steal the limelight.

In 1969, Evans and Simper were fired, to be replaced by two former Episode Six members, bassist Roger GLOVER and legendary vocalist Ian GILLAN, who had also starred in the lead role in the original version of Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar". This line-up, which is widely known as DEEP PURPLE Mark II, gave the band international renown - even though their first album, Lord's pet project "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" (recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) was poorly received.

With Gillan and Glover on board, DEEP PURPLE recorded a series of extremely successful albums, which saw them blend the progressive stylings of their first three albums with an increasingly harder-edged approach, like 1970' ground-breaking "In Rock". Their sound featured lengthy, dazzling duels between Lord's Hammond and Blackmore's Stratocaster, punctuated by Gillan's sky-high screams - nowhere better embodied than in their stunning, 1972 live album, "Made in Japan". In the same year, they released "Machine Head", one of the essential rock albums of all time, which featured the seminal riff of "Smoke on the Water" (inspired by a true episode happened during the recording of the album itself in Montreux, Switzerland), as well as other classics such as "Highway Star" and "Space Truckin'".

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DEEP PURPLE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.29 | 561 ratings
Shades of Deep Purple
1968
3.21 | 546 ratings
The Book of Taliesyn
1968
3.61 | 629 ratings
Deep Purple
1969
4.35 | 1222 ratings
Deep Purple in Rock
1970
3.79 | 848 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.33 | 1222 ratings
Machine Head
1972
3.02 | 564 ratings
Who Do We Think We Are
1973
3.87 | 837 ratings
Burn
1974
3.07 | 616 ratings
Stormbringer
1974
3.21 | 515 ratings
Come Taste the Band
1975
3.51 | 613 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
2.87 | 387 ratings
The House Of Blue Light
1987
2.69 | 320 ratings
Slaves And Masters
1990
2.77 | 343 ratings
The Battle Rages On...
1993
3.68 | 397 ratings
Purpendicular
1996
2.83 | 293 ratings
Abandon
1998
3.02 | 320 ratings
Bananas
2003
3.32 | 319 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
2005
3.91 | 340 ratings
Now What?!
2013
3.57 | 132 ratings
InFinite
2017
3.71 | 59 ratings
Whoosh!
2020

DEEP PURPLE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.22 | 298 ratings
Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1969
4.51 | 683 ratings
Made in Japan
1972
3.80 | 105 ratings
California Jamming
1974
3.45 | 220 ratings
Made In Europe
1976
2.13 | 74 ratings
Last Concert In Japan
1977
4.37 | 134 ratings
Deep Purple In Concert
1980
3.37 | 68 ratings
Live in London
1982
3.21 | 69 ratings
Scandinavian Nights [Aka: Live and Rare]
1988
2.88 | 93 ratings
Nobody's perfect
1988
3.40 | 33 ratings
In The Absence Of Pink: Knebworth 85
1991
3.96 | 47 ratings
Gemini Suite
1993
4.23 | 75 ratings
Live In Japan
1993
3.40 | 80 ratings
Come Hell Or High Water
1994
4.67 | 9 ratings
On Stage: Black Night
1994
4.67 | 9 ratings
On Stage: Highway Star
1994
4.44 | 9 ratings
On Stage 1970 -1985
1994
3.61 | 33 ratings
Live in California 1976: On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat
1995
3.28 | 19 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Deep Purple In Concert
1995
3.46 | 22 ratings
MK III The Final Concerts
1996
3.70 | 49 ratings
Live At The Olympia 96
1997
3.27 | 79 ratings
In Concert With the London Symphony Orchestra
1999
3.96 | 25 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
2.55 | 26 ratings
This Time Around: Live in Tokyo '75
2000
4.25 | 8 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Wollongong
2001
3.40 | 15 ratings
Live At The Rotterdam Ahoy
2001
3.35 | 12 ratings
Kneel & Pray
2001
2.14 | 16 ratings
Space Vol 1&2 - Live in Aachen 1970
2001
3.40 | 15 ratings
Inglewood - Live in California 1968
2002
4.00 | 20 ratings
Live in Denmark 1972
2002
3.90 | 10 ratings
Perks And Tit
2004
3.69 | 32 ratings
Live In Paris 1975: La Dernière Seance
2004
3.13 | 6 ratings
Deep Purple with the London Symphony Orchestra and friends
2005
4.43 | 7 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Newcastle
2005
3.24 | 15 ratings
Live in Europe
2006
3.71 | 33 ratings
Montreux 1996
2006
3.80 | 25 ratings
Live at Montreux 2006
2007
4.29 | 7 ratings
Live at Montreux and in Concert
2007
2.74 | 16 ratings
NEC 1993
2007
3.83 | 23 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
3.48 | 23 ratings
BBC Sessions 1968-1970
2011
4.48 | 29 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Now What?! Live Tapes
2013
3.91 | 22 ratings
The Official Deep Purple (Overseas) Live Series: Graz 1975
2014
4.15 | 26 ratings
Long Beach 1971
2015
4.13 | 16 ratings
From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken)
2015
3.81 | 16 ratings
...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
2015
4.13 | 8 ratings
Long Beach 1976
2016
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Infinite Live Recordings Vol.1
2017
4.00 | 4 ratings
Live in Newcastle 2001
2019
4.40 | 5 ratings
Live in Rome 2013
2019

DEEP PURPLE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.55 | 10 ratings
Rises Over Japan
1976
2.62 | 12 ratings
The Videosingles
1987
4.64 | 14 ratings
Doing Their Thing
1990
4.18 | 11 ratings
Heavy Metal Pioneers
1992
4.50 | 20 ratings
Scandinavian Nights
1992
3.67 | 39 ratings
In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra
1999
4.20 | 16 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
4.02 | 12 ratings
Bombay Calling
2000
4.50 | 4 ratings
Around the World 1995-1999
2000
4.00 | 16 ratings
New, Live & Rare - The Video Collection 1984-2000
2001
4.01 | 48 ratings
Come hell or high water
2001
4.23 | 41 ratings
Concerto For Group And Orchestra
2002
4.13 | 22 ratings
Perihelion
2002
3.66 | 33 ratings
Machine Head - Classic Albums
2002
4.64 | 11 ratings
Masters From the Vaults
2003
4.50 | 10 ratings
Live Encounters
2004
3.74 | 9 ratings
Rock Review 1969-1972
2004
3.63 | 8 ratings
Deep Purple's Made In Japan (Rock Milestones)
2005
4.79 | 48 ratings
"Live in concert 1972/73"
2005
4.17 | 41 ratings
Live in California 74
2006
3.29 | 5 ratings
Reflections
2006
4.09 | 25 ratings
Live At Montreux 2006
2007
4.50 | 10 ratings
Around The World Live Boxset
2008
4.60 | 5 ratings
Stormbringers - The Inside Story
2008
4.71 | 24 ratings
History, Hits, & Highlights
2009
4.00 | 17 ratings
Phoenix Rising
2011
4.83 | 12 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
4.41 | 25 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.30 | 10 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live In Verona
2014
4.40 | 10 ratings
From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken)
2015
4.42 | 12 ratings
...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
2015

DEEP PURPLE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.63 | 8 ratings
Best of Deep Purple
1970
4.20 | 16 ratings
Purple Passages
1972
4.45 | 20 ratings
Mark I & II
1973
3.35 | 47 ratings
24 Carat Purple
1975
3.35 | 25 ratings
Powerhouse
1977
3.19 | 15 ratings
When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll
1978
4.33 | 24 ratings
The Singles A's and B's
1978
4.17 | 12 ratings
The Mark 2 Purple Singles
1979
2.93 | 64 ratings
Deepest Purple - The Very Best Of Deep Purple
1980
4.50 | 6 ratings
Fireworks
1985
4.29 | 7 ratings
Greatest Purple
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Anthology
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Best Of Deep Purple
1987
4.50 | 4 ratings
Black Night - Best
1990
2.85 | 16 ratings
Knocking At Your Back Door: The Best Of Deep Purple In The 80s
1991
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Best of Deep Purple In Brazil
1991
3.89 | 18 ratings
The Compact Disc Anthology
1991
1.79 | 10 ratings
Progression
1993
4.14 | 18 ratings
The Deep Purple Singles A's and B's
1993
4.33 | 3 ratings
I Successi
1993
4.40 | 5 ratings
Soldier of Fortune: The Greatest Hits
1994
3.18 | 9 ratings
Smoke On The Water - The Best Of
1994
3.86 | 7 ratings
Child in time 1984-88
1995
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Collection
1997
2.18 | 12 ratings
Purplexed
1998
2.52 | 35 ratings
30: Very Best Of
1998
3.25 | 7 ratings
Under The Gun
1999
4.44 | 9 ratings
Shades 1968-1998 boxset
1999
3.67 | 6 ratings
Anthems
2000
4.00 | 5 ratings
Extended Versions
2000
3.14 | 14 ratings
The Very Best of Deep Purple
2000
4.08 | 6 ratings
On the Road
2001
4.33 | 6 ratings
The Soundboard Series
2001
4.60 | 5 ratings
Collectors Edition - The Bootleg Series 1984-2000 (12 CD)
2001
4.50 | 4 ratings
Very Best Deep Purple Album Ever
2001
4.00 | 6 ratings
In Profile
2001
4.69 | 13 ratings
Listen Learn Read On
2002
3.37 | 8 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Best of Deep Purple
2002
4.00 | 8 ratings
Singles Collection 68/76
2002
4.50 | 4 ratings
Winning Combinations split CD
2003
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Essential
2003
4.67 | 6 ratings
Purple Hits - The Best of Deep Purple
2003
2.64 | 9 ratings
The Early Years
2004
3.00 | 2 ratings
New Live & Rare
2004
4.08 | 14 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2005
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Ultra Selection
2005
1.73 | 4 ratings
The Deep Purple Collection
2006
3.50 | 5 ratings
Higway Stars
2006
3.36 | 5 ratings
Greatest Hits (Steel Box Collection)
2008
3.00 | 2 ratings
Gold - Greatest Hits
2009
4.56 | 9 ratings
Singles & E.P. Anthology 1968-1980
2010
3.00 | 2 ratings
Essential
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Deep Purple Collection
2011
4.45 | 11 ratings
Now What?! (Gold Edition)
2013
4.30 | 10 ratings
Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69
2014
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Vinyl Collection
2016
4.00 | 7 ratings
A Fire in the Sky
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Classic Songs Live in Concert
2017

DEEP PURPLE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.67 | 20 ratings
Hush / One More Rainy Day
1968
3.69 | 13 ratings
Kentucky Woman / Hard Road
1968
3.32 | 15 ratings
Emmaretta / The Bird Has Flown
1969
3.46 | 13 ratings
River Deep Mountain High / Listen, Learn, Read On
1969
3.34 | 18 ratings
Hallelujah (I am the preacher) / April (part one)
1969
4.53 | 24 ratings
Black Night/Speed King
1970
4.29 | 17 ratings
Speed King / Into the Fire
1970
2.70 | 11 ratings
Deep Purple In Rock
1970
4.12 | 21 ratings
Strange Kind Of Woman/I'm Alone
1971
4.28 | 18 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.09 | 11 ratings
April
1972
4.64 | 14 ratings
Black Night
1972
3.53 | 17 ratings
Never Before / When a Blind Man Cries
1972
4.58 | 19 ratings
Highway Star
1972
3.82 | 11 ratings
Super Trouper / Blood Sucker
1973
4.21 | 14 ratings
Woman from Tokyo
1973
4.63 | 19 ratings
Smoke On The Water
1973
4.38 | 16 ratings
Burn
1974
3.91 | 11 ratings
Might Just Take Your Life
1974
3.45 | 11 ratings
Lady Double Dealer
1974
3.50 | 8 ratings
You Can't Do It Right / High Ball Shooter
1974
3.92 | 12 ratings
Stormbringer
1975
4.10 | 10 ratings
You Keep on Movin'
1975
4.42 | 12 ratings
Child In Time / Smoke On The Water / Fireball
1975
4.00 | 6 ratings
New Live & Rare Vol. 2
1976
3.63 | 8 ratings
El vuelo del pajaro (The Bird Has Flown)
1977
4.00 | 6 ratings
New Live & Rare
1977
4.22 | 9 ratings
Black Night
1978
4.25 | 8 ratings
Burn
1980
3.83 | 6 ratings
New Live And Rare Vol.3
1980
4.18 | 11 ratings
Knocking At Your Back Door
1984
3.89 | 9 ratings
Nobody's Home
1984
4.23 | 13 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
4.14 | 7 ratings
Deep Purple
1984
3.80 | 5 ratings
Off the Record Special with Mary Turner
1985
4.14 | 7 ratings
Smoke On The Water / Living Wreck / No, No, No
1985
4.17 | 6 ratings
Black Night
1985
3.19 | 8 ratings
Bad Attitude
1987
4.14 | 7 ratings
Call of the Wild
1987
3.25 | 8 ratings
Hush
1988
3.25 | 8 ratings
Love Conquers All
1990
4.00 | 9 ratings
King of Dreams
1990
4.00 | 2 ratings
Fire in the Basement
1990
3.50 | 2 ratings
Tour Brasil '91
1991
2.72 | 9 ratings
The Battle Rages On
1993
4.00 | 8 ratings
Anya
1993
3.71 | 7 ratings
Time to Kill
1993
3.71 | 7 ratings
Talk About Love
1993
4.00 | 5 ratings
Anyone's Daughter / Speed King
1994
4.25 | 8 ratings
Black Night
1995
3.25 | 4 ratings
Aviator
1996
2.75 | 4 ratings
Hey Cisco
1996
4.59 | 8 ratings
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming - Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic
1996
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Turtle Island Shuffle
1996
3.20 | 5 ratings
Don't Hold Your Breath
1996
3.40 | 5 ratings
Any Fule Kno That
1998
2.75 | 4 ratings
Don't Make Me Happy
1998
2.75 | 4 ratings
Whatsername
1998
4.00 | 4 ratings
Black Night (live Australia 1999)
1998
3.25 | 4 ratings
Smoke on the Water (live '99)
1999
2.83 | 21 ratings
Days May Come and Days May Go: The 1975 California Rehearsals
2000
4.00 | 10 ratings
1420 Beachwood Drive: The California Rehearsals Pt 2
2000
3.50 | 2 ratings
House of Pain
2003
3.50 | 2 ratings
Haunted
2003
3.33 | 6 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
2005
3.00 | 3 ratings
Rhino Hi-Five: Deep Purple
2005
3.67 | 6 ratings
Well Dressed Guitar
2005
3.50 | 2 ratings
Encore: Lucille / Maybe I'm a Leo
2012
3.50 | 6 ratings
All The Time In The World
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Vincent Price
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
Above and Beyond
2013
4.50 | 2 ratings
Hell to Pay
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
Out of Hand
2015
3.67 | 3 ratings
Johnny's Band
2017
4.10 | 10 ratings
Time For Bedlam
2017
4.00 | 9 ratings
All I Got Is You
2017
4.00 | 5 ratings
Limitless
2017

DEEP PURPLE Reviews


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 Whoosh! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.71 | 59 ratings

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Whoosh!
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

2 stars Deep purple is a band that does not need an introduction. From the beginning they made a significant impact to rock music in general. Albums like In rock, Fireball, Machine head and MK III's Burn will be forever known as classic milestones of rock. Deep purple had lot's of line up changes and from the beginning of their career until 2020 they released 21 studio albums. For me personally the magic stopped after their Stormbringer album. There are solid efforts from the band from 1974 but they never captured the magic from the period and albums mentioned in the beginning. Whoosh! Is a third studio effort produced by Bob Ezrin and it's the weakest of the bunch. I must say that I never had a problem when a band changes their sound for the better, but it the case of Deep purple not many good things happened. The songs on this album are weak and none of the 13 songs bring anything memorable. This is an album that I will not return to any time soon.
 Deep Purple in Rock by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.35 | 1222 ratings

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Deep Purple in Rock
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by A Crimson Mellotron

4 stars Quintessential. This is the best word I have for this legendary record. Probably the most recognizable album by Deep Purple for the general public and probably their most well-known cover art. This album was first in many aspects: the first album recorded with the two newcomers Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, comprising the Mark II lineup alongside Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, and the magnificent Jon Lord. It is the first really heavy album by the band and one of the first really hard rocking proto-metal albums and their breakthrough in Europe. It is also an album that introduced the longer song form for this genre with the absolutely legendary 'Child in Time'.

No more psychedelia, just heavy and loud, a direction that each band member agreed is the right one for Purple. The sessions have obviously resulted in the creation of some of the most iconic rock songs ever recorded. 'Speed King' and 'Bloodsucker' are two stark examples of this new musical direction, fast, heavy, loud, and enjoyable head-bangers. Tremendous, big and memorable riffs, masterful playing from each instrumentalist, and frantic screams from Gillan - what else would anyone want from these guys? Then comes 'Child in Time' which really needs no introduction - it is simply essential.

Side two is weaker in terms of resonation and overall sound quality. Here, the band let the music flow more freely and to more unconventional directions, if the opposite word was to be applied for side one. 'Flight of the Rat' is a more traditional rock song with crazy solo moments from Lord, Blackmore, and Paice. 'Into the Fire' almost feels like a proto-groove metal, a song written by Glover as a warning against drugs. 'Living Wreck' was almost left out of the album but it obviously made the final cut and for good, a decent riff and nice vocals by Gillan, topped by a darker solo by Blackmore played through an octave pedal. 'Hard Lovin' Man' is more of a jam, and something that sounds like the blueprint for many NWOBHM songs. Finally, the non-album single 'Black Night' is fairly well-known and beloved by many fans of DP.

Each member is absolutely in control of everything they do, the record is stunning and 'one of heavy metal's defining albums'.

 Fireball by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.79 | 848 ratings

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Fireball
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Review by A Crimson Mellotron

5 stars 'Fireball' is one of the albums that sometimes get neglected because of the year they were released in or because of the albums that come before and/or after. I think the latter is the case of this unbelievable release. Bracketed by what could be considered the two most iconic Deep Purple albums, 'Fireball' might have been slightly overlooked throughout the years and this has helped me love it even more.

This is just the second album with newcomers Gillan and Glover on vocals and bass respectively, and stylistically it does not differ too much from its hard-rocking predecessor 'In Rock'. The band is obviously having a lot of fun on this LP, yet they are still trying new sounds and techniques, which surely makes this a milestone of 70s hard rock (and proto-heavy metal).

But does this album prog? I'd say to an extent. If it does, this definitely happens on side two. And let me reverse the order in which I mention the album's contents. With just three bombastic experimental hard rock epics, this is one of the strongest album sides that can be found in all of the band's history. Because when you have the almost psych-rock tune 'The Mule', the memorable and solid 'Fools', and the funky and hard-hitting 'No One Came' with its enduring chorus, you can do no wrong.

Respectively, side one is not a tint worse - the title track is one of the most recognizable DP songs ever, 'No No No' is interesting and a bit unexpected but another great song in the band's catalogue, 'Demon's Eye' is iconic, and 'Anyone's Daughter' is... just fun. (Although some of the band members consider it a mistake, and it really sounds a bit off, it is not a terrible song by any means)

Probably not a masterpiece in the context of the site but an absolute crowning achievement of hard rock, and I will stick with this feeling I have for 'Fireball'. There is not a single weak track here and moreover, this album captures perfectly everything that Deep Purple stand for - big, heavy, memorable riffs and melodies, masterful playing from every instrumentalist, uncommon and intriguing songwriting, and above all, a grandiose enjoyment that comes along with experiencing these guys' music.

 Shades of Deep Purple by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.29 | 561 ratings

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Shades of Deep Purple
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Review by A Crimson Mellotron

3 stars A not so humble beginning for one of the three hard rock/proto-metal holy bands; Deep Purple started paving the road of their glorious history with an album heavily influenced by Vanilla Fudge, presenting to the world a mixture of psychedelic rock, heavy rock, tints of prog, and ephemeral moments of pop music; a joyous collection of songs, and an overall impression that this band is in for something special - that is how 'Shades of Deep Purple' makes me feel every time I play it.

The earliest incarnation of the band is surely not as iconic as the one that reigned the world from 1970 onwards, but is no less important, as this album set a very specific flavor to the band - one of great energy, vitality, and joy. The first three Purple albums all share the same asset that was later touched upon less - they are all quite accessible; whether one owes this fact to the more generic vocals of Rod Evans, as opposed to Gillan's banshee screaming, or to the lighthearted nature of the songs.

However, this record is a very good example of the popular music in Britain back in '68 and also a very important first step for the group.

A mixture of original compositions and cover songs (in the fashion of Vanilla Fudge, 'their heroes', as Ritchie Blackmore would refer to them), the albums has eight tracks and a length of 42 minutes.

Side one opens with the instrumental 'And the Address', a fast-paced and catchy song with a great Jon Lord riff, backed up perfectly by Blackmore. Interestingly (and surprisingly), the band revisited the song on 'Whoosh', creating something like a full circle; curious stuff! This is followed by their first big hit 'Hush', a poppier psychedelic single that has been in my opinion overplayed by radio stations. 'One More Rainy Day' is a good example of the lighthearted nature of the Mark I line-up's music that I already mentioned, and 'I'm so glad' is a well-executed cover on which Blackmore's bluesy side shines.

Side two opens with another very recognizable piece of music from Purple, 'Mandrake Root', a proto-heavy metal track covered in psychedelic drapery, followed by a Beatles cover of 'Help!'. 'Love Help Me' is just fine and 'Hey Joe' is a powerful closing track with silly lyrics.

The most experienced musician from the quintet at that time was Jon Lord, something that anyone could tell just by listening to the eight songs on this debut LP but Blackmore and Paice were surely the two 'diamonds in the rough'. 'Shades of Deep Purple' is a very good album, and a recommendation for anyone who wonders what hard rock and prog looked like in embryo.

 Machine Head by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.33 | 1222 ratings

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Machine Head
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by iluvmarillion

5 stars One of the most influential rock albums ever made, my one and only experience at a Deep Purple concert was buying really expensive tickets five rows from the front and being warned to wear ear plugs, then not being able to see the stage when the concert started because there was a surge of people to the front of the stage. I can't even remember whether I enjoyed the concert or not. It was a long time ago. Richie Blackmore has legend status in Australia and it's easy to see why when you listen to this album. Machine Head showcases his talents as brilliantly as any other album the band has made.

Smoke on the Water features one of the greatest guitar riffs of all time and it's not even the best song on the album. For me that accolade goes to Lazy, the proggiest and the funkiest, with some Hendrix like guitar licks from Ritchie Blackmore and a great organ intro from Jon Lord that gives you no clue where the song is leading you to. Pictures of Home is almost as good as lazy. It starts on drums with a great driving beat from Ian Paice, then goes into several guitar solos before Jon Lord comes in on Hammond organ and then Roger Glover, not be outdone comes up with a great bass solo near the end.

The opener, Highway Star, is a little like the main riff in Fireball, only a lot better, more interesting catchy tune, with some really fine organ soloing from Jon Lord, Ian Gillian's high voice driving it and Ritchie Blackmore waiting in the wings a bit contributing to the overall rhythm before coming in near the end with a stunningly quick guitar solo. Maybe I'm Leo, reduces the pace of the album to a slow heavy number, which suits Ian Gillian's voice to provide a bluesy touch to the song. Blackmore is equally good playing blues as hard rock. If there is a weak song, it's Never Before, with a fairly generic tune, but Roger Glover provides his best bass work on the album, which makes it as interesting to listen to as the rest of the album.

Space Truckin', which finishes the album, would have made just as good an opener as Highway Star. The next best guitar riffing after Smoke on the Water, here on Machine Head, it's only four and a half minutes long. I'm more used to the extended live version on the Made in Japan album, but this shorter version is just as good.

Machine Head reminds you that back in the days of vinyl, bands were restricted to about 40 minutes of music. Deep Purple cram into those 40 minutes of music not one wasted note. Pity bands like Dream Theater today, working with the luxury of CD's, don't know when to stop and overfill their albums with a lot of noodling. They could learn off Deep Purple.

 The Videosingles by DEEP PURPLE album cover DVD/Video, 1987
2.62 | 12 ratings

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The Videosingles
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Review by martindavey87

1 stars Don't get me wrong, I love Deep Purple, and I really enjoy the songs on offer here, but these videos are all pretty hilariously bland and uninteresting, and sure reflections of the times and music genre. Besides that, this DVD is barely half an hour long, and comes with no extras, and all these videos are available on YouTube. Not even some additional chit chat between the videos. So there's really no point in owning this unless you're an OCD collector like me, who needs to own everything. And even then, it only takes up space.

But I'm a collector, and I only paid 50p for this. So why not?

 Whoosh! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.71 | 59 ratings

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Whoosh!
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by FinlayFDC

5 stars Whoosh Track by track review (Spoiler: it's pretty f****** good)

With 2020 being such a bleak and depressing time for Music, Musicians and artists, one would hope that as the world-wide pandemic (hopefully) draws to a close, we can start focussing on the new albums coming towards the end of 2020.

One of those is Deep Purple's 21st Studio album, coming a leviathan 50 years after the incarnation of Deep Purple's Mark II lineup. Deep Purple in Rock (1970) marked a turning point in Deep Purple's sound change, from early progressive rock, to a harder heavier stadium rock feel. Even though Deep Purple's live Performences have been unparalleled for the majority of those 50 years, their ever-changing lineups and soundscapes have led to mixed reviews amongst their many albums post 1973.

However, Whoosh (2020) almost transports the listener right back to that transition period between their progressive, and the nascent of their hard rock sounds. If one were to ignore the crisp and extremely detailed production of the album it could easily be a sequel, or even indeed a prequel to the great deep purple albums of the early 1970's. Whoosh one of Purple's longest albums, encapsuates that early sound, right the way through the 70's, as well as being a nod to (dare I say?) Modern music from Deep Purple. It's really got everything on it.

Track by track

1. Throw My Bones

The opening track, the first look we got into the workings of Deep Purple in 2020. Morse's heavy guitar riff drives the song, whilst Paice's drumming matches the pace and both complement Ian Gillan's voice, which hasn't lost a step since those aforementioned early albums. A bulldozer of an opening track.

2. Drop the Weapon

Heartfelt lyrics about the issues surrounding gun violence, once again the driving riffs return, but are complemented by some of the best lyrics on the album.

3. We're All the Same in the Dark

Hammond organs and harmonies!. A simple blues inspired song that proves Ian Gillan hasn't lost it with beautifully clear and conscience lyrics. Weirdly reminiscent of early Rainbow tracks.

4. Nothing at All

One of the best produced, and arguably the most beautiful songs on the album. The return to the melodocism of early Deep Purple was something rarely seen in the later albums. The exquisite arpeggioed guitar riff could easily have been a 70's Blackmore special, yet instead it shows just how much of a worthy replacement Steve Morse was for the Black knight. Gillan brings a softer lyrical approach to this song and his words really help to balance out the classical organ melody heard with the Guitar. The organs and Golver's unrelenting bass really finish the song of. When first realised got a lot of airtime because of its beauty and rightly so. Could also be a nod to earlier progressive work I.e. shades of Purple. It's a really good song.

5. No Need to Shout

This album is full of driving riffs and this song is no exception. A 70's sounding classic. Fantastic opening riff once again supported by Ariey's piano playing. Definitely a song where they show off a little.

6. Step by Step

Quite a gothic one, definitely a unique song on the album. I would argue that this the 'Marmite' track which has featured on so many albums released this year.

7. What the What

One of the less-serious songs on the album. Still very funky and proof that Purple wanted to have some fun with this album and they've let their proverbial hair down for this track. A skiffle and rock n roll inspired sound- a Berry-Cochran inspired phycadellic piano-heavy medley.

8. The Long Way Round

Pure stadium rock. Very Deep Purple. A song that evidently has roots in Purple's eponymous hard rock style of the early 70's. There's quite a lot going on with this one. God there's some good piano solos on this album.

9. The Power of the Moon

A heavy, darker sounding track. Rather macabre sounding Glover's bass is everything on this track. Morse's solo is pretty good as well. Quite a few tracks remind me of Floyd's a Saucerful of Secrets and this is one of them.

10. Remission Possible

Purple is definitely exploring a heavier side in this album. This one and a half minute instrumental show's of the band's talent to be able to wow audiences as unit rather than single out a particular member.

11. Man Alive

Reminiscent of Purple's Perfect stranger days. This was the 2nd song released to the public. The music could easily be a song written 50 years ago, yet the lyrics and spoken word parts are right out of 2020. Very ironic, when considering that the song tells a story of how the world was created. The organ parts once again come through. Quite progressive, another reminder of early pink floyd and yes albums. Feels like a Purple and barrett pink floyd mashup. One for the prog fans.

12. And the Address

At this point we've had everything so... I mean why not? This song was great when it came out in 68, this upscaled, slightly reworked version still kicks ass. The inclusion of this track really helps emphasise fact that this album could have been made anytime from 1968 until 2020.

13. Dancing in My Sleep

A hard rock and blues finale, with what feels like John Lord's signature style on the keys, straight out of the first few Purple albums.

Wow It's difficult to sum this album up in so few words. My only criticism is that it is not really a prog album In the traditional sense, but there are very clear prog elements here, and if you can look past this, and see it for what it really is- a hard rock masterpiece that could have been written in the early days of 1970 as opposed to 2020. It is an album that both encapsulates the glory days of purple, as well as proving why new Music from Deep Purple is still relevant in 2020. Purple aren't taking themselves too seriously either. Their not actively trying to relive their glory days. It's fun, silly, serious and the inclusion of their 68 track (and the address) was brilliant. Purple are still here, whether you want them to be or not!

 Fireball by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.79 | 848 ratings

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Fireball
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This review takes the 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition (nine additional tracks) into consideration as to whether it adds to or takes away from the original album.

"Fireball" is the sort of disappointing middle child of the power trio of DP MKII albums. However, even so, it still has some great moments, but loses a bit of steam being place in between two huge DP albums "In Rock" and "Machine Head". The record company pushed the band into rushing the album and the band pretty much felt like they didn't get to develop the album quite as well. One thing for certain, the band had found its sound by now (1971) and was feeling pretty confident about it. They might have been a little too confident on this album, but it works for them a few times (like on the mystical/oriental flavor of "The Mule", and the more straight ahead blues-rockers "No, No, No" and "Demon's Eye"), but there are times when it seems they are looking for something a little different and not quite nailing it down ("Anyone's Daughter" and "Fools"). In the end, the album comes across feeling a bit mediocre, lacking the fire of the albums that came before and after it. Somehow, the excitement isn't quite there. But most of you have already heard or read the reviews about the original version of the album. Does the expanded edition make it any better?

The 25th anniversary edition expands the album by 9 tracks. The original release in the US substituted "Strange Kind of Woman" for "Demon's Eye" both of which are highlights on either version. This re-issue brings them both together with the first bonus track being "Strange Kind of Woman" (originally titled "Prostitute") which was released only as a single in the UK. This is followed by the non-album b-side from that UK single "I'm Alone" (fast moving rocker similar to "Fireball"), and then two non-album outtakes "Freedom" (nice boogie-inspired riff, honky-tonk style piano solo and Ian finally gets to let loose on the vocals during the 3rd verse) and "Slow Train" (a more original sounding track but one that holds it's own quite well and would have substituted nicely for one of the weaker tracks on the original album) . These 3 tracks alone would make any DP fan drool with delight. The expanded section of this edition already elevates the overall sound of the album from 3.5 to 4 stars. Will the other tracks maintain that status?

The rest of the bonus tracks are more curiosities than anything else. Next is the familiar sound of "Demon's Eye" but in a remixed version done in 1996. The sound seems a bit more pristine and cleaned up, but it doesn't detract from the original at all, and since it's one of the album's better tracks, it's reappearance is quite welcome. A "sort of" medley follows under the name "The Noise Abatement Society Tapes" which takes themes from "Midnight in Moscow" (a Russian march tune), "Robin Hood" and "William Tell" and melds them together in a instrumental "practice" session. Mostly just the band goofing around. There is an alternate, instrumental take on "Fireball (Take 1)", something that I could take or leave, nothing special. "Backwards Piano" is a short snippet from the piano solo at the end of "No One Came" played in reverse. It all ends with another 1996 remix, this time of "No One Came".

So, the good news is that the expanded edition does actually add to the overall album because of the first four bonus tracks and the two remixes are nice. For me, it makes the album that much better and is worth it even if only for the outtakes, which are stronger than a few of the original album tracks. So, this elevates the album to a 4 star affair, from just good to great. I actually enjoy the album more because of these tracks.

 Shades of Deep Purple by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.29 | 561 ratings

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Shades of Deep Purple
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

3 stars The story of Deep Purple begins with the name of a musician that you won't see on any of Deep Purple's album line-ups. That person was Chris Curtis, former drummer of the beat band 'The Searchers'. The British taste in rock music was changing, and the beat bands were dying out, so Curtis had plans to start a new band that followed along with those changes, something that would be similar to The Nice or The Moody Blues. Something psychedelic, like Jimi Hendrix or Cream, yet experimental like Pink Floyd and something accessible like The Rolling Stones. Curtis' idea was to be the lead singer to a revolving bunch of band members who would step off and on the stage while he remained the only constant. The band was to be called 'Roundabout'.

Early on, Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore were recruited to be in this new band. It was soon found that Curtis was going to be too authoritative, and was asked to leave the band, however, Lord and Blackmore enjoyed working together so they continued to recruit members. Nick Simper was soon recruited as bass player. Ian Gillian was also asked to joint, but declined. Rod Stewart was considered but was felt that he wasn't up to standard. However, Rod Evans did make the cut and left his club band 'The Maze' and brought along Ian Paice as drummer who replaced the original choice. The band didn't change their name until after some demos were recorded. Just before their first gig, Blackmore suggested naming the band after his grandmothers favorite song, and the name 'Deep Purple' stuck. The five original members (later known as the Mk. 1 lineup) started working on their first album, rehearsing for 2 months and recording it in 3 days. The album has 4 original tracks and 4 covers. The decision to do so many covers was because none of them at the time were accomplished song writers and to also try to follow in the footsteps of 'Vanilla Fudge' in making extra long versions of famous covers.

'And the Address', one of the original songs on the album, is the opening track and is also the first written by the band. It starts things off with an instrumental, opening with what would become the familiar psychedelic organ and guitar power chord sound. The sound is a bit rough and unpolished compared to what it would in later years. The song has the blues-y sound of Cream, but sounded more like beginners at the time. This is followed by the first cover on the album 'Hush', which would also be the first single. Those unfamiliar with Deep Purple's earlier sound will notice the mostly unremarkable voice of Ron Evans, not that he was bad, he just didn't stand out much. The killer organ sound would stand out, however, and would be the thing that would push the band's signature sound even more in subsequent albums. The single would turn out to be a hit for the band and it got their name out to the UK public. The B-side of that single is the next track on the album; 'One More Rainy Day'. This one was written by Lord and Evans and was the last track to be recorded for the album. It sounds more like an accessible song, very pop-oriented and also underwhelming. The first side ends with a longer track 'Prelude: Happiness/I'm So Glad' which is partially written by the band and partially a cover of a Skip James song. The first half, which is credited to the entire band, actually uses parts from the classical composition 'Scheherezade' by Rimsky-Korsakov before moving into a poppy version of James' delta blues song, which was also covered by 'Cream'. It does have a few extended instrumental sections, but they sound like a beginner band.

The 2nd side opens with an original track called 'Mandrake Root' which was originally an instrumental. Lyrics were added at the last minute because the band didn't want more than one instrumental on the album. The song has a more blues inspired sound more like the first track on the album. Incidentally, both tracks were recorded at the same time. The instrumental break features fast and furious drums and a boiling organ solo with a heavy and psychedelic guitar solo following later. The cover of The Beatles 'Help!' follows. This is a much slower version than the original and given the psychedelic treatment very similar to that of 'Vanilla Fudge'. This was apparently the track that landed Deep Purple a recording contract. It is actually a beautiful rendition of the song, but it also leans more towards a pop sound with instrumental break becoming a bit more intense. 'Love Help Me' is an original track written by Blackmore and Evans, but is mostly underwhelming. The final track on the original version was another cover, this time of 'Hey Joe', which had been made famous by Jimi Hendrix. Deep Purple's version starts it off with a 'Bolero' style, long introduction before it kind of clumsily slips into the familiar song. It's a decent enough version at least for a new band, but with the attempt to bring in the Spanish feel ends up making it sound a bit choppy and messy.

The Remastered CD edition of the album includes an outtake, an original song called 'Shadows' which was left off the album. It sounds more like on of their more accessible tracks, a bit too poppy and one that was definitely better left off the album. There is an instrumental version of 'Love Help Me' which is still just as underwhelming as the album version. Then there is an alternate take of 'Help!' which isn't much different from the album version, probably less interesting if anything. A BBC Top Gear Session version of 'Hey Joe' takes out the Spanish dance sections at the beginning and end and actually presents a more concise and 'cleaner' version. The last bonus track is a live US TV performance of 'Hush'

So, this ends up being a not very consistent album for a band that would soon enough establish themselves as one of the best hard rock bands eventually. But this album pretty much remains entertaining mostly for the historical value than anything else. The fact that the album had to be recorded so quickly makes it feel like a rush job. After this album, the band would move to a more jam and experimental band, focusing more on the psychedelic sound that would carry them through their first years. As far as this album, it is fairly underwhelming and definitely has very little to offer as far as progressive music is concerned, but it still ends up being a decent hard rock effort by what was then a fledgling band who never though they would be around as long as they now have been.

 Slaves And Masters by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1990
2.69 | 320 ratings

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Slaves And Masters
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

2 stars Released in 1990, 'Slaves and Masters' is Deep Purple's 13th studio album. With all of DP's albums, this one holds the distinction that it is the only album released by the Mark V line-up of the band, even though the line-up was active from 1989 to 1992. The Mark V line-up was exactly the same as the famous Mark II line up with one exception: Ian Gillan had been fired from the band (again) and Joe Lynn Turner, former lead singer for 'Rainbow' from 1981 to 1983 and then later for Yngwie Malmsteen. Ian Gillian is the lead singer most recognized from DP, and previously, he had been replaced by David Coverdale in 1973, then readmitted to the band in 1984, only to be fired again in 1989.

For 'Slaves and Masters', Turner definitely brought his 'Rainbow' influence with him as many fans think this album sounds more like an album from that band even though the other members, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice were all regular members of DP. Apparently, the other band members considered hiring Jimi Jamison (Survivor) to sing on this album, but he, thankfully, was not available. However, even with Turner, the critics panned this album calling it too lightweight and weak, more AOR than anything else released by the band. Jon Lord says that he never recognized this album as a DP album, while Turner says it was the last great DP album.

Turner's vocals definitely don't have the power and emotion that are often present in Ian Gillian's vocals, and in reality, there just isn't any comparison as Turner definitely sounds more radio friendly than DP ever sounded. His vocals also don't have any distinct sound to them, so with this more accessible sound, the album could have easily been from 'Rainbow', 'Europe', or 'Bon Jovi' as much as it could be from DP. It sounds like pretty much most of the pop-metal that came from the 80 and early 90s.

It's not all a wasteland of middle of the road blandness however as 'King of Dreams', the opening track, proves with a good amount of Lord's organ, and the appearance of some organ solos throughout some of the tracks also help one to hear shades of DP from before, but its never enough to raise it to a higher level. Blackmore gets in a few good guitar licks and riffs here and there, but again, most of the punch is gone as the songs are filed down to near-pop music levels. The fast boogie does shine through on the instrumental break of 'Fire in the Basement', but the fire from the instrumental breaks gets doused by the vocal melody. Nothing else much happens on the rest of the album until you get to the last track 'Wicked Ways' which, during the instrumental break, the tempo slows down and you get some nice strings and guitar similar to the work on 'Perfect Stranger', but by now it is too little too late.

Turner would remain for the tour for this album, but DP was pressured to bring back Gillian for the Anniversary tour that was coming up, so they nixed Turner and Gillian returned, this time to stay. Unfortunately, DP was left with this rather deadweight album as a stain on their discography. Yes, they had released some mediocre albums in the past, but this one is just too boring and AOR sounding, an album where DP sounds like they are trying to be inspired by 80s and 90s pop-metal when they should have been showing them how it should be done.

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