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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'".

Unfortunately, ego clashes and differences in musical direction caused the departure of both Gillan and Glover, who were replaced by an already established musician (also possessed of awesome pipes), former TRAPEZE bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, and an unknown singer from North Yorkshire, David Coverdale, whose deep, bluesy voice was distinctly different from Gillan's high-pitched wail. The first Mark III album, ...
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Perfect Strangers (Remastered)Perfect Strangers (Remastered)
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Machine HeadMachine Head
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Made in JapanMade in Japan
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DEEP PURPLE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.28 | 458 ratings
Shades of Deep Purple
1968
3.18 | 444 ratings
The Book Of Taliesyn
1968
3.61 | 505 ratings
Deep Purple
1969
4.32 | 1009 ratings
In Rock
1970
3.73 | 712 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.29 | 1013 ratings
Machine Head
1972
2.94 | 468 ratings
Who Do We Think We Are
1973
3.83 | 678 ratings
Burn
1974
3.03 | 523 ratings
Stormbringer
1974
3.16 | 426 ratings
Come Taste The Band
1975
3.45 | 507 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
2.82 | 318 ratings
The House Of Blue Light
1987
2.71 | 262 ratings
Slaves And Masters
1990
2.75 | 284 ratings
The Battle Rages On...
1993
3.63 | 339 ratings
Purpendicular
1996
2.77 | 248 ratings
Abandon
1998
3.04 | 271 ratings
Bananas
2003
3.34 | 269 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
2005
3.92 | 262 ratings
Now What?!
2013

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

3.21 | 235 ratings
Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1969
4.50 | 600 ratings
Made In Japan
1972
3.80 | 80 ratings
California Jamming
1974
3.40 | 180 ratings
Made In Europe
1976
2.02 | 59 ratings
Last Concert In Japan
1977
4.41 | 106 ratings
Deep Purple In Concert
1980
3.25 | 50 ratings
Live in London
1982
3.15 | 56 ratings
Scandinavian Nights (AKA Live and rare)
1988
2.81 | 74 ratings
Nobody's perfect
1988
3.37 | 25 ratings
In The Absence Of Pink: Knebworth 85
1991
3.90 | 33 ratings
Gemini Suite
1993
4.68 | 59 ratings
Live In Japan
1993
3.26 | 61 ratings
Come Hell Or High Water
1994
4.50 | 4 ratings
On Stage: Black Night
1994
4.50 | 4 ratings
On Stage: Highway Star
1994
4.20 | 5 ratings
On Stage 1970 -1985
1994
3.59 | 27 ratings
Live in California 1976: On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat
1995
3.21 | 15 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Deep Purple In Concert
1995
3.29 | 16 ratings
MK III The Final Concerts
1996
3.69 | 44 ratings
Live At The Olympia 96
1997
3.22 | 65 ratings
In Concert With the London Symphony Orchestra
1999
3.85 | 20 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
2.38 | 20 ratings
This Time Around: Live in Tokyo '75
2000
4.25 | 4 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Wollongong
2001
3.10 | 10 ratings
Live At The Rotterdam Ahoy
2001
3.21 | 9 ratings
Kneel & Pray
2001
1.90 | 11 ratings
Space Vol 1&2 - Live in Aachen 1970
2001
3.25 | 12 ratings
Inglewood - Live in California 1968
2002
3.71 | 14 ratings
Live in Denmark 1972
2002
4.00 | 6 ratings
Perks And Tit
2004
3.53 | 24 ratings
Live In Paris 1975: La Dernière Seance
2004
3.08 | 4 ratings
Deep Purple with the London Symphony Orchestra and friends
2005
4.25 | 4 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Newcastle
2005
3.11 | 9 ratings
Live in Europe
2006
3.69 | 29 ratings
Montreux 1996
2006
3.71 | 21 ratings
Live at Montreux 2006
2007
4.25 | 4 ratings
Live at Montreux and in Concert
2007
2.61 | 11 ratings
NEC 1993
2007
3.53 | 17 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
3.29 | 14 ratings
BBC Sessions 1968-1970
2011
4.38 | 16 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
3.56 | 9 ratings
The Official Deep Purple (Overseas) Live Series: Graz 1975
2014
4.10 | 10 ratings
Long Beach 1971
2015
3.80 | 5 ratings
From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken)
2015
3.67 | 3 ratings
...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
2015

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

2.38 | 7 ratings
Rises Over Japan
1976
4.29 | 7 ratings
The Videosingles
1987
4.67 | 9 ratings
Doing Their Thing
1990
4.13 | 8 ratings
Heavy Metal Pioneers
1992
4.40 | 15 ratings
Scandinavian Nights
1992
3.66 | 34 ratings
In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra
1999
4.18 | 14 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
4.02 | 11 ratings
Bombay Calling
2000
4.33 | 3 ratings
Around the World 1995-1999
2000
3.93 | 14 ratings
New, Live & Rare - The Video Collection 1984-2000
2001
3.90 | 40 ratings
Come hell or high water
2001
4.23 | 34 ratings
Concerto For Group And Orchestra
2002
4.15 | 18 ratings
Perihelion
2002
3.64 | 27 ratings
Machine Head - Classic Albums
2002
4.63 | 8 ratings
Masters From the Vaults
2003
4.50 | 6 ratings
Live Encounters
2004
3.74 | 9 ratings
Rock Review 1969-1972
2004
3.60 | 7 ratings
Deep Purple's Made In Japan (Rock Milestones)
2005
4.79 | 40 ratings
"Live in concert 1972/73"
2005
4.12 | 34 ratings
Live in California 74
2006
3.31 | 4 ratings
Reflections
2006
4.08 | 20 ratings
Live At Montreux 2006
2007
4.38 | 8 ratings
Around The World Live Boxset
2008
4.50 | 4 ratings
Stormbringers - The Inside Story
2008
4.65 | 17 ratings
History, Hits, & Highlights
2009
4.00 | 13 ratings
Phoenix Rising
2011
4.71 | 7 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
4.32 | 13 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.25 | 4 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live In Verona
2014
3.50 | 2 ratings
From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken)
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
2015

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

4.40 | 5 ratings
Best of Deep Purple
1970
4.10 | 11 ratings
Purple Passages
1972
4.31 | 13 ratings
Mark I & II
1973
3.33 | 38 ratings
24 Carat Purple
1975
3.29 | 18 ratings
Powerhouse
1977
3.18 | 12 ratings
When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll
1978
4.29 | 21 ratings
The Singles A's and B's
1978
4.40 | 5 ratings
The Mark 2 Purple Singles
1979
2.89 | 56 ratings
Deepest Purple - The Very Best Of Deep Purple
1980
4.50 | 4 ratings
Fireworks
1985
4.33 | 6 ratings
Greatest Purple
1985
4.67 | 3 ratings
Black Night - Best
1990
2.80 | 12 ratings
Knocking At Your Back Door: The Best Of Deep Purple In The 80s
1991
3.89 | 16 ratings
The Compact Disc Anthology
1991
1.58 | 7 ratings
Progression
1993
4.06 | 14 ratings
The Deep Purple Singles A's and B's
1993
4.50 | 2 ratings
I Successi
1993
4.67 | 3 ratings
Soldier of Fortune: The Greatest Hits
1994
3.16 | 6 ratings
Smoke On The Water - The Best Of
1994
3.83 | 6 ratings
Child in time 1984-88
1995
4.33 | 3 ratings
The Collection
1997
2.17 | 9 ratings
Purplexed
1998
2.47 | 30 ratings
30: Very Best Of
1998
3.21 | 5 ratings
Under The Gun
1999
4.33 | 6 ratings
Shades 1968-1998 boxset
1999
3.65 | 5 ratings
Anthems
2000
4.00 | 4 ratings
Extended Versions
2000
3.12 | 11 ratings
The Very Best of Deep Purple
2000
4.09 | 4 ratings
On the Road
2001
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Soundboard Series
2001
4.67 | 3 ratings
Collectors Edition - The Bootleg Series 1984-2000 (12 CD)
2001
4.67 | 3 ratings
Very Best Deep Purple Album Ever
2001
4.25 | 4 ratings
In Profile
2001
4.50 | 8 ratings
Listen Learn Read On
2002
3.32 | 6 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Best of Deep Purple
2002
4.00 | 7 ratings
Singles Collection 68/76
2002
4.50 | 4 ratings
Winning Combinations split CD
2003
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Essential
2003
4.60 | 5 ratings
Purple Hits - The Best of Deep Purple
2003
2.56 | 8 ratings
The Early Years
2004
4.09 | 12 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2005
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Ultra Selection
2005
1.73 | 4 ratings
The Deep Purple Collection
2006
3.38 | 4 ratings
Higway Stars
2006
3.31 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits (Steel Box Collection)
2008
4.43 | 7 ratings
Singles & E.P. Anthology 1968-1980
2010
4.75 | 4 ratings
Now What?! (Gold Edition)
2013
5.00 | 2 ratings
Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69
2014

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

2.58 | 12 ratings
Hush / One More Rainy Day
1968
3.67 | 9 ratings
Kentucky Woman / Hard Road
1968
3.21 | 10 ratings
Emmaretta / The Bird Has Flown
1969
3.44 | 9 ratings
River Deep Mountain High / Listen, Learn, Read On
1969
3.31 | 14 ratings
Hallelujah (I am the preacher) / April (part one)
1969
4.49 | 16 ratings
Black Night/Speed King
1970
4.10 | 10 ratings
Speed King / Into the Fire
1970
2.54 | 7 ratings
Deep Purple In Rock
1970
4.02 | 14 ratings
Strange Kind Of Woman/I'm Alone
1971
4.08 | 12 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.00 | 8 ratings
April
1972
4.50 | 10 ratings
Black Night
1972
3.38 | 13 ratings
Never Before / When a Blind Man Cries
1972
4.30 | 10 ratings
Highway Star
1972
3.67 | 9 ratings
Super Trouper / Blood Sucker
1973
4.10 | 10 ratings
Woman from Tokyo
1973
4.42 | 12 ratings
Smoke On The Water
1973
4.09 | 11 ratings
Burn
1974
3.78 | 9 ratings
Might Just Take Your Life
1974
3.33 | 9 ratings
Lady Double Dealer
1974
3.29 | 7 ratings
You Can't Do It Right / High Ball Shooter
1974
3.78 | 9 ratings
Stormbringer
1975
4.00 | 7 ratings
You Keep on Movin'
1975
4.13 | 8 ratings
Child In Time / Smoke On The Water / Fireball
1975
4.00 | 4 ratings
New Live & Rare Vol. 2
1976
3.67 | 6 ratings
El vuelo del pajaro (The Bird Has Flown)
1977
4.00 | 4 ratings
New Live & Rare
1977
4.00 | 7 ratings
Black Night
1978
4.00 | 6 ratings
Burn
1980
3.75 | 4 ratings
New Live And Rare Vol.3
1980
4.10 | 10 ratings
Knocking At Your Back Door
1984
3.75 | 8 ratings
Nobody's Home
1984
4.18 | 11 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
4.00 | 6 ratings
Deep Purple
1984
4.00 | 4 ratings
Off the Record Special with Mary Turner
1985
4.00 | 6 ratings
Smoke On The Water / Living Wreck / No, No, No
1985
4.00 | 5 ratings
Black Night
1985
3.50 | 6 ratings
Bad Attitude
1987
4.00 | 5 ratings
Call of the Wild
1987
3.29 | 7 ratings
Hush
1988
3.14 | 7 ratings
Love Conquers All
1990
3.88 | 8 ratings
King of Dreams
1990
3.86 | 7 ratings
Anya
1993
3.60 | 5 ratings
Time to Kill
1993
3.60 | 5 ratings
Talk About Love
1993
2.44 | 7 ratings
The Battle Rages On
1993
3.75 | 4 ratings
Anyone's Daughter / Speed King
1994
4.00 | 6 ratings
Black Night
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
Aviator
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
Hey Cisco
1996
4.67 | 6 ratings
Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming - Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic
1996
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Turtle Island Shuffle
1996
2.50 | 2 ratings
Don't Hold Your Breath
1996
3.33 | 3 ratings
Any Fule Kno That
1998
2.50 | 2 ratings
Don't Make Me Happy
1998
2.50 | 2 ratings
Whatsername
1998
3.67 | 3 ratings
Black Night (live Australia 1999)
1998
2.67 | 3 ratings
Smoke on the Water (live '99)
1999
2.79 | 19 ratings
Days May Come and Days May Go: The 1975 California Rehearsals
2000
4.00 | 8 ratings
1420 Beachwood Drive: The California Rehearsals Pt 2
2000
3.00 | 5 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
2005
3.00 | 2 ratings
Rhino Hi-Five: Deep Purple
2005
3.75 | 4 ratings
Well Dressed Guitar
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Encore: Lucille / Maybe I'm a Leo
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
All The Time In The World
2013

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 Machine Head by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.29 | 1013 ratings

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Machine Head
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I don't like to review classic albums very much because anything that can be said about them has already been said and everybody already has an opinion anyway. Obscure bands or lesser known albums are more fun to dig up and inform the world of their existence. But today I listened to this album all the way through for the first time in maybe 8 years or so, and I found I heard it in a whole new way.

I became a fan of Deep Purple back in '84, only a couple of months before the reunion album "Perfect Strangers" was released. I loved it! But DP albums were not easy to find on cassette back then. I was lucky to find "Burn" and "Fireball" but "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste the Band" were not available. After "House of Blue Light" I lost interest for many years. Ian Gillan was gone then back. Then Ritchie Blackmore was gone. But in 2006 I was curious about "Rapture of the Deep" and I liked it enough to go and buy all DP's studio albums on CD. All of them!

Then for the last nine years or so, I haven't listened to any album from start to finish except for maybe "In Rock", which is still my favourite. But last night I was suddenly struck with the desire to hear "Machinehead" again and this morning in went on play.

From the start, "Highway Star" seemed to be lacking something. There was a lack of bass depth. My ear buds? The music is fast but basically very simple-sounding. The lyrics are like something a bored person would write when half drunk and just taking the piss on lyric writing. The only place I felt the song really shines and shows what the band is truly capable of is in the guitar and organ solos. Here we get a glimpse of the musical prowess of the band. But "Highway Star" is a rock classic, and for speed and Gillan's soaring screams at the start, the proto-metal element is sufficiently there.

"Maybe I'm a Leo" is strangely my favourite track. It has this funky drop down groove and the music is full, rich in bass, and sounds wonderful. The guitar solo comes in with style and smoothness. The 30th anniversary reissue includes a disc of remixes with alternate guitar solos and the solos for this song and "Smoke on the Water" just don't have the same articulation and style. They are just lead guitar solos. On the originally released version, Blackmore goes for style and feel rather than technincal skill or speed and it just works! Jon Lord's organ sound on his lead part is not really a favourite of mine but he makes it work for a simple but appropriate bluesy solo. Ian Paice still has his chops, putting in fills and doing great stuff on the drums. This would slowly disappear from his drumming with Deep Purple and be almost absent for many years.

"Pictures of Home" is one of three songs the band wrote about their experience recording in a closed down hotel (closed for the season) at Lake Geneva. It opens with a drum intro and features solos by Blackmore, Lord, and Roger Glover (bass) as well!

The original side one closes with "Never Before". It has another funky groove to the intro. It's here where I began to really notice how the band was playing their music. Everybody has a part and each part seems independent in that each musician has his own riff or rhythm bit to do. But they of course put all their parts together to make the songs. This is what I was missing on "Highway Star". Now the band are like different components of a machine all moving in their own functional space but all responsible for making the machine work smoothly. It's not rhythm guitar, organ, and bass all playing the same thing to a 4/4 beat. This is prog style composition. And the remarkable thing is that Deep Purple, on "Machine Head" for sure, are playing heavy rock with blues and funk and classically-influenced solos, composed with prog thinking and coming all together in songs that became radio hits and fan favourites. I've been listening to an awful lot of proto-metal and prog from the 1969-1974 period (I don't mean the music is awful) and I think I can finally appreciate just what a feat Deep Purple accomplished with this album. When David Coverdale joined the band, he said in an interview that he had played with great musicians before but this was a whole knew level. I'm starting to appreciate that.

"Smoke on the Water", everyone knows the riff, everyone knows the story in the lyrics. But what about the riff during the verses and chorus? Again, each musician has got his own thing going on. It's not as simple as one might first think. The guitar solo is really so well laid out, especially how it wraps up as the lead riff returns. The organ solo is left until the end and Paice puts in some tasty drum work as the song slowly fades out. The band never intended for this to be a single. They had high hopes for "Never Before". But the audience told them that this song was the ticket! On YouTube I saw a video of songs Deep Purple allegedly ripped off and the "Smoke" riff apparently already existed in some jazz piece, but in another interview, Blackmore said he got the idea by reversing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony intro notes. Whatever the case, the "Smoke" riff along with "Satisfaction" by the Stones have been recognized as the two most well-known riffs in rock history. Elementary school students in Japan who haven't the first clue about anything other than The Beatles (and only if their parents like them) know the "Smoke" riff. Like Beethoven, Blackmore's riff may just live on for centuries.

"Lazy" is a clever piece with a classical organ intro that slides into a grumbling blues. The whole instrumental first half of the song has the band putting out so many moves shifting between straight ahead blues and blues-based rock. The song itself is alright and Gillan brings back his scream vocals. It wraps up like a blues club act.

The album closer "Space Truckin'" is where the band probably reach their most metal point. There's this awesome groove where the drum beat and the guitar/organ notes alternate and it gives the song a terrific charged feeling. Gillan goes full force at the end and the blues-based heavy riff is really a peak point on the album.

The 30th anniversary edition includes "When a Blind Man Cries" and is the third song about the Swiss experience. Though it wouldn't have really had an appropriate spot on the album, it makes a great bonus track. Gillan is so smooth and Blackmore's guitar solo is full of emotion.

I was originally disappointed with this album, way back in 1984 when I first got it, because it didn't rock out with that same wrecking ball assault attack that "In Rock" did. This album is smoother, cooler, groovier, and more mature. It's very cleverly composed songs and music. It's not heavy as in metal very much and it's not prog like their first three albums were more like. It is a classic album for a very good reason, though. It's some damn fine music!

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 Deep Purple by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.61 | 505 ratings

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Deep Purple
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars What we have hear is possibly the finest example of proto-prog that Deep Purple ever put out. But, as experimental and original as the music on this self-titled release is, it is not quite up to the same standard as what would come with the band's Mark II era.

Even though "Deep Purple" has numerous tracks, ranging from "Chasing Shadows", which sounds like an early demo version of Uriah Heep's "Look At Yourself", to backwards tape experiments to folk-ier acoustic ballads to typical blues rockers, but the one that should be on everyone's mind is "April". Indeed, if there's ever a reason to buy this album, that would be it. A 12 minute suite, "April" was probably one of the finest prog tracks when it came out, perhaps even one of the first prog epics, period. The first section is classic British prog-folk, with Ritchie Blackmore offering beautiful pastoral guitar and Jon Lord complementing him with his signature distorted Hammond organ. If you're a fan of early Genesis or just a fan of the general pastoral English vibe with blues touches going on in a lot of the prog of the time, these 4 minutes alone are worth investigating. From there follows some orchestral string interplay, before a haunting bluesy conclusion wraps up the album.

If only "April" had been revisited later with the Mk II era and included on one of their phenomenal albums; unfortunately the rest of the material on "Deep Purple" is too forgettable to give this album over 3 stars. Still a great disc to look for if you're into turn-of-the-70's proto prog, a la "Salisbury". Good, but non-essential.

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 Stormbringer by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.03 | 523 ratings

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Stormbringer
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Easy and approachable, Stormbringer satisfies a hard-rock itch by scratching with the right combination of loud and heavy riffing, rugged vocals by David Coverdale, and Blackmore's signature guitar soloing. John Lord's keyboards, which occasionally drift into the funky lilting of the era's R&B/Soul sound, add an interesting touch as well. Some reviewers describe that Stormbringer is an off putting album because it plays with the Deep Purple formula a little too much; after all, this is Blackmore's last record with the group before he formed the (more interesting) Rainbow. For me, my criticism drifts more to the song writing, which is about 50% creative hard rock or thoughtful balladry, and 50% sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll schlock. A few of these moments will appeal to prog fans, but for newcomers to the band Stormbringer may not be much more than a fun diversion in to '70's hard rock. Which, in scheme of things, is actually a pretty awesome place to be! Check it out after listening the bands more complete and influential works.

Songwriting: 2 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

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 The Book Of Taliesyn by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.18 | 444 ratings

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The Book Of Taliesyn
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Kjarks

5 stars I am very surprised by the poor consideration the progressive rock fans have for this record. Does my radically reversed interest for it result from a sentimental attachment, back to my discovery of this work which seemed so strangely beautiful to the 8 or 9 years old boy who discovered it in the early 1970's, seeing there a bridge between classical and rock, at the same time as in "Trespass" and "Take a pebble". "The book of Taliesyn" is, in my opinion, the most beautiful work of Deep Purple.

Certainly, "In Rock" remains his masterpiece, because of its energy, virtuosity, the precision of the themes, etc. But it's pure hard rock, even "Child in time" and its prominent organ has no obvious prog feature. "The book of Taliesyn" is a pure progressive rock album.

Maybe the two easy songs of the album, "Listen, learn, read on" and "Kentucky woman", have disappointed some listeners. I recognize the second one may seem to reveal an uncertain taste ! But the five other pieces elaborate a collection of finely crafted melodies with permanent classical references. For instance, the beautiful violin and organ solos in "Anthem" ; or "Exposition", a solemn opening to one of McCartney's masterpieces : "We can work it out" that seems to me transcended here.

The instrumental "Wring that neck" could have been composed by Keith Emerson but the virtuoso keyboards is enriched with a sharp guitar. Maybe John Lord has never played better than in this fired piece and his dialogue with Ritchie Blackmore is quite exciting. In the splendid version of "We can work it out" and all along the subtle tempo of "Shield", Rod Evans' deep and majestic voice could remind Greg Lake's singing.

And in the end, Deep Purple managed to make a great symphonic piece of a famous rhythm and blues top hits ! A little bit pompous sometimes, undoubtedly, but isn't emphasis an element of prog rock ?

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 Scandinavian Nights (AKA Live and rare) by DEEP PURPLE album cover Live, 1988
3.15 | 56 ratings

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Scandinavian Nights (AKA Live and rare)
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The value of live albums might surely be discussed. In my opinion there are only few live albums that actually makes some sort of difference. I used to really get into recordings of concerts but I have grown sort of less interested. There are live albums that are truly great and some of those made by Deep Purple ranks among these. While most people go for 'Made in Japan', and quite rightly so, there are other of Purple's that are just as good or at least interesting. This album is, I think, very interesting out of two reasons. First because it is recorded in Stockholm, where I live, and secondly (and most importantly) it showcases the very beginnings of MKII in a live setting. Having just released 'In rock' it is amazing to hear not only 'Child in time' but also 'Into the fire', which is one of those great songs Purple made. 'In rock' is, as you most surely is aware, one of those great transition albums where Purple went from the past to the present and totally re-shaped themselves into loud, hard-hitting power machines. And they managed to bring that noise and heaviness to the stage. In fact, they did more than that. They did it with a bang and great glory.

The chemistry between the instrumentalists is great. Unbelievable, actually. The noise and armageddon created and still they are attentive to each other. Obviously it is Lord and Blackmore who takes the center stage. The way that Lord treats his Hammond organ is beyond belief. The noises and sounds he portrays... And Blackmore? Well, he's Blackmore.

Two tracks range for half an hour. 'Wring that neck' and 'Mandrake root'. If you like long jams these two must be your oversized cup of tea. I dare say that I do not listen to these tracks all the way through on every listen but they are certainly interesting and the playing is great. I just wonder what Gillan was up to when the others excelled in soloing. He can't be playing the congas throughout, can he? (I heard a story once where he claimed to have made love to a girl during one of these long solos.) Anyway, great playing.

'Child in time' has always been a great song to do live. Again the organ plays the main part and what a part. The song is such a great one to do live, since it builds and builds into this amazing climax. Also, to hear 'Black night' performed live at this stage is great. If you're into drum solos yous hould listen to 'Paint it black', where Paice gets his chance.

SO, the question: is this at all essential? Well, maybe not. I mean, it's great to hear these guys perform their music and they do it with enthusiasm and power but does it add anything to the legacy of the band? I'm inclined to say yes, actually, since it is such an early example of MKII playing live. If you go amiss your life won't be spoiled but if you are a fan I do think you could do well to listen. I'm stuck somewhere between three and four stars but I think I 'll go with the latter. It is a great recording and it is nice to hear them play before the ego's shoots the band into pieces. If you're a fan, take listen. If you're just a casual listener, go for 'Made in Japan'.

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 Made In Japan by DEEP PURPLE album cover Live, 1972
4.50 | 600 ratings

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Made In Japan
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

4 stars "Made In Japan" is hailed by some as the live album to end all live albums. And I'd say it's pretty darn close to that. Featuring 6 live renditions of studio classics, plus "The Mule", "Made In Japan" documents the raucous spectacle and sheer bombast of Deep Purple's Mk II line-up. The music is heavy, energetic, noisy, well-performed and headbanging-galore.

Standout tracks are "Child In Time", with a particularly well-done solo by Ritchie Blackmore, "Strange Kind Of Woman", with its guitar and vocal call-and-response duel and "Smoke On The Water", which is much, much better than its studio counterpart. My only complaints are the length of the drum solo in "The Mule", which will appease all hardcore drum aficionados but goes on a bit long for my tastes, and Jon Lord's rendition of the opening organ solo from "Lazy", which he absolutely butchers, turning the moody, atmospheric studio version into what sounds like an epileptic R2-D2.

Those two little qualms aside, the only thing preventing "Made In Japan" from getting a 5 star rating is the fact that all of the songs (save for "The Mule"), and more, can be found on "In Concert", performed just as well if not better. Still an excellent addition to any rock, metal or prog collection - 4 stars.

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 Machine Head by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.29 | 1013 ratings

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Machine Head
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

4 stars Aside from the weak track of "Smoke On the Water", this really is one of Deep Purple Mk II's finest moments, the other being "In Rock". I may be a bit biased in my review as this was the first rock album I'd ever heard, way back at the age of 8, but I'm confident that it really is a masterpiece. While I loved it the instant I heard the first power chord of "Highway Star", the album has grown on me over the years, and not just in a nostalgic way, either.

"Machine Head" isn't a very progressive album; "Pictures of Home" and "Lazy" (the two strongest tracks) are the only songs that really have a smattering of prog in them. This doesn't mean that it isn't a great album, though, because it really is. "Highway Star" is one of the most perfect driving songs ever written, up there with "Radar Love" and "Free Bird". And Ritchie Blackmore's solo is one of the most intensely delivered in music; I sweat almost every time I hear it. "Maybe I'm A Leo" features great blues soloing and "Pictures of Home" is a special blend of primordial progressive hard rock like "Run With The Wolf" off of Rainbow's "Rising" that I just can't get enough of.

"Never Before" and "Smoke On The Water" are both more straightforward hard rock but the latter is iconic enough that it has its place. "Lazy" is the album's best song with moody, emotive, virtuosic blues soloing from Blackmore and Lord. The spacey organ intro on this one gives me chills every time. And "Space Truckin'" is a lively, percussive finish with sci-fi lyrics that finishes off the album on a fun note.

"Machine Head" is one of those great rock albums where every song offers something different that lets it stand on its own while still working coherently as part of a greater whole. A masterpiece of rock music and an album that I'd highly recommend to anyone. 4 stars for the purposes of this site, though; this is progarchives, not rockarchives, after all.

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 In Rock by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.32 | 1009 ratings

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In Rock
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

5 stars Deep Purple's "In Rock" was the first offering by the famous Mk II era and their fourth album in the span of under 2 years. There are many albums that are hailed as "classic", "revolutionary" or "innovative" that aren't really too deserving of those titles, but this certainly isn't one of them. Released in the spring of 1970, "In Rock" singlehandedly popularized heavy metal, a genre that had only been approached by a select few other artists, such as Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Black Sabbath and Cactus. The album is one with unyielding intensity that remained untouched back in the day and is still thrilling to listen to today.

The album contains a mixture of heavy-hitting hard rock songs like "Bloodsucker", "Into The Fire" and "Hard Lovin' Man", some of the earliest speed metal with "Speed King" and "Flight Of The Rat" and the progressive masterpiece "Child In Time". All 7 of the album's tracks, as well as its corresponding single "Black Night" are all hard rock classics and feature blistering guitar work by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan's untamable vocal range, Jon Lord's heavy Hammond organ licks and the rock solid rhythm section of Paice and Glover. An exhilarating ride for 45 years and counting, Deep Purple's "In Rock" is a masterpiece of rock music.

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 The Very Best of Deep Purple by DEEP PURPLE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.12 | 11 ratings

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The Very Best of Deep Purple
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars This is a very good starting point for people looking to get into Deep Purple that might already own an album or two, otherwise there isn't much point in buying it.

The compilation just contains hits for the most part and as a result almost all of the songs are from the classic Mk II era. There are four songs by different eras, with "Hush" and "Kentucky Woman" featuring Rod Evans and Nick Simper on vocals and bass, respectively, and "Burn" and "Stormbringer" featuring David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. The song selection is pretty good in that they cover just about every essential song in the band's catalog and "Demon's Eye" is the only really expendable selection. The track order works well and the CD is packed at almost 80 minutes so you're certainly getting your money's worth with this purchase.

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 Deep Purple In Concert by DEEP PURPLE album cover Live, 1980
4.41 | 106 ratings

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Deep Purple In Concert
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

5 stars If there's one Deep Purple live album that every classic rock fanatic has to own, it's this one.

Featuring two complete BBC shows from the Mark II era, it shows the depth, talent and unrelenting energy of the band's live performances in a better manner than any other live recording of their's I've heard, even (dare I say it) "Made In Japan".

The second show, from 1972, features a setlist that includes most of the songs from "Machine Head" and therefore has a strong overlap with "Made In Japan". "Highway Star" and "Strange Kind of Woman" are both roughly comparable to the Japanese versions. It's with the next two tracks that the perks of owning this album become apparent. "Maybe I'm A Leo" and "Never Before" are both Machine Head numbers that were seldom included in live sets and the versions here do them both great justice, with strong jamming on both. Another upside for "Never Before" is the radio announcer's funny introduction to "Lazy", "Here's another track from Machine Head, this is called Lazy, which might mean it's a slow one...probably isn't...it's not...".

"Lazy" then promptly kicks off and from the get-go it already proves itself superior to the "Made In Japan" version with Jon Lord's organ intro alone. His playing is much more in accordance with the beauty, atmosphere and depth of the studio recording, unlike the Made In Japan version which sounds much more like R2-D2 having a seizure. My only complaint about this rendition is that the harmonica being played over Ritchie Blackmore's soloing is quite distracting but it's still a great song. The show carries on with "Space Truckin'" and "Smoke On The Water", which are both similar to their Japanese counterparts. This version of "Space Truckin'" has a slight edge for me just because of Jon Lord's funky organ intro before the main riff starts as opposed to Ian Paice's hi- hat solo from Japan. The set ends with an energetic cover of Little Richard's "Lucille", a fun, strong end to a great show.

The first disc strays away into less explored territory. Taken from 1970, it opens with two numbers from "In Rock": "Speed King", which is fast and loud in classic Deep Purple fashion, and one of the group's more progressive pieces, "Child In Time". As with many of the other "Made In Japan" tracks, this version of the song is just as strong, powerful and thrilling to listen to. The band then ends with two extended jam songs from the Mark I days, the instrumental "Wring That Neck" and "Mandrake Root". "Wring That Neck" is probably the masterpiece of both shows. A hard rocking minor key blues, it shows off some of both Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord's finest neoclassical, blues and hard rock jamming abilities. It stretches on for 19 minutes, which is the ideal length for the song as it allows enough time to fully expand on all the musical ideas its template allows for while not stretching on too long as with some other versions I've heard. "Mandrake Root" finishes off the show with some jamming that's not unlike that in "Space Truckin'", though some jazz elements protrude.

The production of both shows is good for live recordings of the time, just slightly under par of "Made In Japan" as the drums can be a bit loud in the mix. In short, "In Concert" offers all of the excitement, talent and spectacle that has made "Made In Japan" one of the premiere live albums of all time, plus a little more.

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