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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'".

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

3.29 | 513 ratings
Shades Of Deep Purple
1968
3.20 | 500 ratings
The Book Of Taliesyn
1968
3.62 | 574 ratings
Deep Purple
1969
4.34 | 1137 ratings
Deep Purple In Rock
1970
3.77 | 793 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.32 | 1146 ratings
Machine Head
1972
3.00 | 525 ratings
Who Do We Think We Are
1973
3.84 | 773 ratings
Burn
1974
3.07 | 581 ratings
Stormbringer
1974
3.20 | 482 ratings
Come Taste The Band
1975
3.49 | 576 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
2.85 | 360 ratings
The House Of Blue Light
1987
2.72 | 299 ratings
Slaves And Masters
1990
2.75 | 320 ratings
The Battle Rages On...
1993
3.68 | 377 ratings
Purpendicular
1996
2.82 | 278 ratings
Abandon
1998
3.01 | 305 ratings
Bananas
2003
3.32 | 303 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
2005
3.92 | 313 ratings
Now What?!
2013
3.59 | 94 ratings
InFinite
2017

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

3.20 | 283 ratings
Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1969
4.50 | 656 ratings
Made In Japan
1972
3.79 | 99 ratings
California Jamming
1974
3.43 | 204 ratings
Made In Europe
1976
2.10 | 71 ratings
Last Concert In Japan
1977
4.37 | 124 ratings
Deep Purple In Concert
1980
3.33 | 62 ratings
Live in London
1982
3.19 | 63 ratings
Scandinavian Nights (AKA Live and rare)
1988
2.83 | 85 ratings
Nobody's perfect
1988
3.39 | 30 ratings
In The Absence Of Pink: Knebworth 85
1991
3.92 | 43 ratings
Gemini Suite
1993
4.19 | 71 ratings
Live In Japan
1993
3.39 | 75 ratings
Come Hell Or High Water
1994
4.57 | 7 ratings
On Stage: Black Night
1994
4.57 | 7 ratings
On Stage: Highway Star
1994
4.29 | 7 ratings
On Stage 1970 -1985
1994
3.61 | 30 ratings
Live in California 1976: On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat
1995
3.24 | 17 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Deep Purple In Concert
1995
3.41 | 20 ratings
MK III The Final Concerts
1996
3.70 | 46 ratings
Live At The Olympia 96
1997
3.25 | 73 ratings
In Concert With the London Symphony Orchestra
1999
3.91 | 23 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
2.48 | 23 ratings
This Time Around: Live in Tokyo '75
2000
4.17 | 6 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Wollongong
2001
3.38 | 13 ratings
Live At The Rotterdam Ahoy
2001
3.28 | 10 ratings
Kneel & Pray
2001
2.03 | 14 ratings
Space Vol 1&2 - Live in Aachen 1970
2001
3.36 | 14 ratings
Inglewood - Live in California 1968
2002
3.94 | 17 ratings
Live in Denmark 1972
2002
3.88 | 8 ratings
Perks And Tit
2004
3.64 | 28 ratings
Live In Paris 1975: La Derničre Seance
2004
3.07 | 5 ratings
Deep Purple with the London Symphony Orchestra and friends
2005
4.40 | 5 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Newcastle
2005
3.19 | 13 ratings
Live in Europe
2006
3.73 | 32 ratings
Montreux 1996
2006
3.83 | 23 ratings
Live at Montreux 2006
2007
4.29 | 7 ratings
Live at Montreux and in Concert
2007
2.69 | 14 ratings
NEC 1993
2007
3.71 | 21 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
3.43 | 21 ratings
BBC Sessions 1968-1970
2011
4.44 | 25 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Now What?! Live Tapes
2013
3.83 | 18 ratings
The Official Deep Purple (Overseas) Live Series: Graz 1975
2014
4.17 | 18 ratings
Long Beach 1971
2015
4.07 | 14 ratings
From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken)
2015
3.92 | 12 ratings
...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
2015
4.50 | 2 ratings
Long Beach 1976
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Infinite Live Recordings Vol.1
2017

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

2.54 | 9 ratings
Rises Over Japan
1976
4.20 | 10 ratings
The Videosingles
1987
4.64 | 11 ratings
Doing Their Thing
1990
4.22 | 9 ratings
Heavy Metal Pioneers
1992
4.41 | 17 ratings
Scandinavian Nights
1992
3.67 | 36 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
4.02 | 46 ratings
Come hell or high water
2001
4.21 | 38 ratings
Concerto For Group And Orchestra
2002
4.14 | 20 ratings
Perihelion
2002
3.63 | 31 ratings
Machine Head - Classic Albums
2002
4.60 | 10 ratings
Masters From the Vaults
2003
4.50 | 8 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
4.80 | 43 ratings
"Live in concert 1972/73"
2005
4.14 | 37 ratings
Live in California 74
2006
3.29 | 5 ratings
Reflections
2006
4.12 | 22 ratings
Live At Montreux 2006
2007
4.38 | 8 ratings
Around The World Live Boxset
2008
4.60 | 5 ratings
Stormbringers - The Inside Story
2008
4.67 | 21 ratings
History, Hits, & Highlights
2009
4.00 | 16 ratings
Phoenix Rising
2011
4.80 | 10 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
4.38 | 23 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.22 | 9 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live In Verona
2014
4.44 | 9 ratings
From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken)
2015
4.60 | 10 ratings
...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo)
2015

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

4.50 | 6 ratings
Best of Deep Purple
1970
4.15 | 14 ratings
Purple Passages
1972
4.40 | 15 ratings
Mark I & II
1973
3.35 | 44 ratings
24 Carat Purple
1975
3.32 | 21 ratings
Powerhouse
1977
3.17 | 13 ratings
When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll
1978
4.30 | 23 ratings
The Singles A's and B's
1978
4.13 | 8 ratings
The Mark 2 Purple Singles
1979
2.92 | 63 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 | 1 ratings
The Anthology
1985
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Deep Purple
1987
4.50 | 4 ratings
Black Night - Best
1990
2.82 | 14 ratings
Knocking At Your Back Door: The Best Of Deep Purple In The 80s
1991
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Deep Purple In Brazil
1991
3.89 | 17 ratings
The Compact Disc Anthology
1991
1.68 | 9 ratings
Progression
1993
4.09 | 16 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
2.19 | 11 ratings
Purplexed
1998
2.50 | 34 ratings
30: Very Best Of
1998
3.20 | 6 ratings
Under The Gun
1999
4.38 | 8 ratings
Shades 1968-1998 boxset
1999
3.65 | 5 ratings
Anthems
2000
4.00 | 5 ratings
Extended Versions
2000
3.12 | 12 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
4.67 | 12 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
2.56 | 8 ratings
The Early Years
2004
4.08 | 13 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 | 1 ratings
Gold - Greatest Hits
2009
4.56 | 9 ratings
Singles & E.P. Anthology 1968-1980
2010
3.00 | 1 ratings
Essential
2011
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Deep Purple Collection
2011
4.45 | 11 ratings
Now What?! (Gold Edition)
2013
4.25 | 8 ratings
Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69
2014
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Vinyl Collection
2016
4.00 | 4 ratings
A Fire in the Sky
2017
3.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Songs Live in Concert
2017

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

2.68 | 15 ratings
Hush / One More Rainy Day
1968
3.70 | 10 ratings
Kentucky Woman / Hard Road
1968
3.23 | 11 ratings
Emmaretta / The Bird Has Flown
1969
3.50 | 10 ratings
River Deep Mountain High / Listen, Learn, Read On
1969
3.32 | 15 ratings
Hallelujah (I am the preacher) / April (part one)
1969
4.51 | 20 ratings
Black Night/Speed King
1970
4.36 | 14 ratings
Speed King / Into the Fire
1970
2.63 | 8 ratings
Deep Purple In Rock
1970
4.07 | 17 ratings
Strange Kind Of Woman/I'm Alone
1971
4.21 | 14 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.00 | 9 ratings
April
1972
4.58 | 12 ratings
Black Night
1972
3.42 | 14 ratings
Never Before / When a Blind Man Cries
1972
4.53 | 15 ratings
Highway Star
1972
3.80 | 10 ratings
Super Trouper / Blood Sucker
1973
4.18 | 11 ratings
Woman from Tokyo
1973
4.56 | 16 ratings
Smoke On The Water
1973
4.29 | 14 ratings
Burn
1974
3.90 | 10 ratings
Might Just Take Your Life
1974
3.50 | 10 ratings
Lady Double Dealer
1974
3.50 | 8 ratings
You Can't Do It Right / High Ball Shooter
1974
3.91 | 11 ratings
Stormbringer
1975
4.00 | 8 ratings
You Keep on Movin'
1975
4.30 | 10 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
3.71 | 7 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
5.00 | 1 ratings
Fire in the Basement
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
Tour Brasil '91
1991
2.59 | 8 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
2.00 | 2 ratings
The Turtle Island Shuffle
1996
2.75 | 4 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
2.82 | 20 ratings
Days May Come and Days May Go: The 1975 California Rehearsals
2000
4.11 | 9 ratings
1420 Beachwood Drive: The California Rehearsals Pt 2
2000
4.00 | 1 ratings
House of Pain
2003
4.00 | 1 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 | 1 ratings
Vincent Price
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
Above and Beyond
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
Hell to Pay
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Out of Hand
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Johnny's Band
2017
4.11 | 9 ratings
Time For Bedlam
2017
4.13 | 8 ratings
All I Got Is You
2017
4.00 | 5 ratings
Limitless
2017

DEEP PURPLE Reviews


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 Concerto for Group and Orchestra by DEEP PURPLE album cover Live, 1969
3.20 | 283 ratings

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Concerto for Group and Orchestra
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Collaborator Heavy Prog Team

2 stars (I am only reviewing the original "Concerto for group and orchestra" album, not later editions containing "Wring that neck", "Child in time" etc.)

I have found that through the years this album been an alluring one. The cover is strikingly simple with its photo depicting the interior of Royal Albert Hall and the group is at first really not visible but there they are, slouched in the seats of the great theatre. It has become quite an iconic cover and it has been the very thing that drew and draws me in to this album. And yet, I find it a difficult piece of Music but not in the sense one might imagine..

The marriage of classical music and rock is one that is made in heaven. The pompousness of classical music merges so well with the over the top view of progressive rock. Unfortunately it doesn't always turn out as great as it could have done. Ekseption and ELP are but a few of the prog rock groups that managed to pull it off in the most glorious of fashions. Jon Lord, as brilliant a man as he was, dreamt of making the perfect blend of the two genres and actually got the go ahead quite a few times in his career. The first attempt was "Concerto for group and orchestra" and the idea was born half a century ago. When released in 1969 it was really not the barnstormer he had hoped for. For the marriage to succeed classical music (in this case a symphonic orchestra) has to cooperate with rock music (the group). When that is the case I love it, as in the case of the brilliant "VIctor" by Rigoni & Schoenherz. In the case of "Concerto..." you get a scizophrenic experience since the two genres for the most part seem seperated from each other. You get the orchestra playing without the group for 8-10 minutes and then the band plays for a while before handing over the microphone (or whatever) to the orchestra. This is the case, in general, on "Concerto...". Only rarely do they interact with each other. I get a bit uninterested in the long classical bits, which is a shame, just waiting for the group to come crashing out of the speakers.

The parts where Deep Purple actually plays are generally good and interesting. I wish Gillan sang a bit more but there you go. The rock pieces are not very complex but energetic and shows, if nothing else, something new as opposed to the albums recorded by the Mark I setting. I find that interesting. To make matters worse, sorry to say, there is a lengthy drum solo in the third section that should have been shorter, in my opinion.

The musicianship is as always spectacular and the sound of the group is quite raw and rough, which I like. The thing I like the most about the album is actually the organ played so brilliantly by Mr. Lord. It may be it's not his most technically challenging playing but the sound and how he handles the keys is enough to give me goosebumps. As for the vocals, as previously mentioned, Gillan should have been given more space and really show his talent since he by then had been given the role as lead singer, now that Evans was out of the picture. He gets only a fraction of room to show his talents and that's a pity.

So, while this could have been a defining moment in the progress of progressive rock music it falls pretty flat in comparison to other excursions in the same genre made by other bands. I think Lord, however proud of the achievement he was, should have given the execution of it all another thought. Had he merged the two genres into one pompous cohesive body of work this would really have been something extraordinary. The opening of side A should not have consisted of eight minutes of classical music. It would have suited the album better had the classical music started the album with, say, three minutes and then let the band enter it would have been a completely different matter. When you get to know the album properly it all works fine, you just live with it, but it makes the album sort of a hard listen. You just sit there, waiting for the rock parts to dive head into the pool of orchestrated music. It really never happens. While it is all very competent and quite bold it does not reach the heights I hoped and still hope for. Nevertheless I hold a great love for this album. It's something endearing with it but at the same time the flaws and inadequacy of the end result is there and no matter how much I want it to be different, there it is. Warts'n'all.

 Live In Japan by DEEP PURPLE album cover Live, 1993
4.19 | 71 ratings

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Live In Japan
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by hieronymous

1 stars This remixed recording has so much potential, and yet falls so miserably. The good: you get to hear the shows mostly in the order that they were performed (a few songs were cut in order to keep the length to 3 CDs), including the onstage banter - mostly Ian Gillan offering explanations of the songs. The bad: the bass guitar sound has been ruined. All you can hear are the sub-bass frequencies, there is no high end or midrange. I haven't listened to Made in Japan (the classic album that was culled from the three shows represented on Live in Japan) in decades, so I thought maybe my memory was faulty, but it just couldn't sound like this! So I bought the cheapo original CD release, and there was the glorious bass sound of Roger Glover!

I think I know what happened - when they went to remix the original tapes, they heard that the bass was distorted and must have tried to "fix" it. But to me, that distorted bass sound is what was so cool! That's what bass sounded like in the early '70s! It may not be the ideal bass sound if you expect it to be clean, but nowadays people spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars to try and get that sound (think Orange amps and Darkglass Electronics effects, for example). They really really messed up on this one. I bought my copy used, I've heard it, and it's getting sold right back to Amoeba Records. Completely unlistenable to me. I'm going to keep my classic cheap original master CD and enjoy that. Apparently the deluxe single CD release from 2013(?) has the original Made in Japan track listing but also includes the encores and is remastered from the 1972 mix I might spring for that but I would have to listen to the 2013 remix before buying in case they screwed it up again.

 The Book Of Taliesyn by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.20 | 500 ratings

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The Book Of Taliesyn
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars Recorded only three months after their debut, DEEP PURPLE quickly released their sophomore followup THE BOOK OF TALIESYN which continued all the traits of "Shades Of Deep Purple" with a mix of originals and covers, however despite the basic similarities that include different styles such as psychedelic and hard rock mixed with classical music arrangements interspersed throughout, THE BOOK OF TALIESYN nurtured these ideas even further with more sophisticated compositional approaches that are now regarded as some of the earliest proto-prog archetypes of the late 60s despite the fact that the album was mainly aimed at the hippie crowds in the US where it was released in October 1968. DEEP PURPLE surprisingly was completely ignored in the UK (where it was held back until 69) with their earliest albums until they became so popular in a few short years (with "In Rock") that they could not be ignored any longer.

The album title is a slightly alternate spelling taken from the 14th-century Book Of Taliesin which is one of the most famous of all Middle Welsh manuscripts that were attributed to the bard which was famous for setting a wide number of moods in the Medieval courts in the days of King Arthur in Camelot. Likewise the album THE BOOK OF TALIESYN is a loose concept album attempting to evoke the same sense of diverse mood shifts that a bard would propose in the context of the situation. The album contains seven tracks that range from spunky little blues rockers such as the opener "Listen, Learn, Read On," "Exposition" and other segments in different tracks which all all tinged with a period glaze of psychedelic keyboard embellishments that deviate into fantastic classical musical expeditions which finds Jon Lord dishing out some impressive keyboard playing that was only rivaled by Keith Emerson in The Nice.

The original tracks were composed by Ritchie Blackmore, original vocalist Rod Evans, Jon Lord and Ian Paice making the early episodes of DEEP PURPLE very democratic in nature. Ironically the album cover art (which is my favorite of the DP canon) was created by John Vernon Lord (no relation to the keyboardist). There are three cover tracks as well. The most popular track of this album is the Neil Diamond cover "Kentucky Woman" and the two part track that begins with "Exposition" cedes into a woefully out of place more bluesy rendition of the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out." The final cover and in my opinion, the best track on the album comes as the closer and is an excellent cover of Ike & Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" which introduces a new highly developed progressive rock approach to the band's resume as it churns out over ten minutes of satisfying musical changes taken Ike & Turner's funky soul domain into surreal psychedelic and classically tinged progressive rock territory.

At this point DEEP PURPLE was far from a household name and listening to THE BOOK OF TALIESYN these days give few clues to the world class act they would become in their Mark II days. While this album is satisfying on many levels, it feels like they were trying to pull off too many ideas that never feel resolved. The mix of psychedelic bluesy rock mixed with outbursts of classical keyboard segments display veritable exciting ideas gestating in the midst and there are even moments where the chugging of the guitar and riff sound like they are ready to break into such classics as "Highway Star" however for the most part the album soars along in psychedelic blues rock mode and while Rod Evans certainly had the perfect voice for the 60s hippie scene, he lacked the overall powerful effects that Ian Gillan added down the road. Fans of DEEP PURPLE should certainly check out these interesting origins even if all the proper elements hadn't quite coalesced in a totally satisfying way. Not a bad way to get your groove on. The newer remastered versions are quite superior to the original as far as i've heard.

 Who Do We Think We Are by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.00 | 525 ratings

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Who Do We Think We Are
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars DEEP PURPLE was always a strange act. A rather random cast of characters starting as a pool of talent arranged in a similar way to pop acts like The Monkees, somehow found its own soul as one member after another built upon what came before and finally beginning with their 1970 landmark album "In Rock", the band had hit upon the perfect chemistry. This was the period that has been designated the Mark II era of the band's long and changing career and was the time when Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitars), Jon Lord (keys, piano, organ), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums and percussion) were one of the most successful bands alongside Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin in the nascent world of hard rock and early heavy metal. The band sold albums by the millions and couldn't book enough shows to fill the demand of their dynamic live performances. Their success was the envy of musicians far and wide and one of those rare acts that seemed to appeal to all whether they preferred hard rock, prog, soul, jazz or classical. This band simply had a universal charm.

And then there was the negative side of the equation. After the success of their multi-platinum release "Machine Head," DEEP PURPLE became living legends and toured like there was no tomorrow under the management's brutal dictatorship and constant pressure to perform. All was not well with the PURPLE ones after the whirlwind tours across the world had finally come to an end. Exhausted were they and that is exactly when the pressure reared its ugly head. Instead of the sensible idea of allowing the band to recuperate from their enervating and demanding live performances, the record company and all the money grubbing whores who profited dearly from the band's phenomenal success instead pulled out their slave driving whips and put the band immediately back in the recording studio to pump out a followup album which resulted in the very frowned upon WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE which to this day still divides hardcore fans like the DMZ between the Koreas.

As the tale goes, the infighting between management and members resulted in major schisms that led to Ian Gillan jumping ship only a few months after WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE was released. Citing fatigue as the main culprit which led to all the other issues at hand, the band carried on the best that they could although agreeing on tracks to include on the album was one of the major points of contention. The rather short album consists of a mere seven tracks and includes one of the band's most famous tracks "Woman From Tokyo" which narrated the famous Japanese tour that also yielded one of the most celebrated live album recordings of the entire rock era with their hugely popular "Made In Japan." After that famous single, what we mostly get is another six musical compositions that have sort of fell to the bottom ranks within the greater DEEP PURPLE canon, and that is indeed a true shame because i happen to be one of those who actually loves this album although i will readily concur that WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE is indeed one of the weakest releases within the Mark II lineup.

Often cited as nothing more than a series of disconcerting efforts and passionless pits of uninspired drudgery that showed the band playing their older material by the numbers, i see this album from a different point of view. True that this without doubt could have been a better album given all the vital circumstances needed to create a "Machine Head 2," however even taking the album for what it is, this is one excellent album filled with classic PURPLE material. For one, i don't want a sequel of a previous masterpiece but rather a new set of tunes that take a bold new approach to the sound laid out from what came before. WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE does just that with heavy guitar riff oriented bluesy rock in tandem with the excellent keyboard accompaniments and yet more strong vocal performances from Gillan. There is no slacking off here that i can detect.

After the initial "Woman From Tokyo" the tracks continue with an interesting array of heavy rock that is more blues oriented than on their previous albums but not too far off the cuff of other Mark II albums when all is said and done. "Mary Long" is an exception listed below (me no likey) and while "Super Trouper" doesn't jump into the typical heavy DEEP PURPLE rocker, it does however have a unique fragility to it with a very catchy melody and smooth instrumental interplay that is more sophisticated than the average DP track. "Smooth Dancer" is an absolute gem with a heavy emphasis on a nice guitar riff (reminds me of what "Nobody's Home" would sound like on the future "Perfect Strangers) with excellent keyboard interplay in the form of a rather honky tonk sounding piano run. The melody creates one of my absolute favorite DP tracks of their career. The keyboard solo is also quite adventurous as Lord is a relentless madman.

Next up: the phenomenal "Rat Bat Blue." This is yet another masterpiece of music in the band's long career with a heavy blues riff that adds some interesting progressive rock time signature workouts at key moments (albeit brief). Honestly it sounds a tad like "Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo" by Rick Derringer only without the lame cheesiness and elevated to a higher arts position. Brilliant grooves, excellent vocal interplay and one of Jon Lord's most treasured sizzling keyboard performances in his entire career that makes Keith Emerson look like nothing more than a piano student who wants his mommy. "Place In Line" takes the pure blues route that sounds more like a John Lee Hooker track than the DEEP PURPLE the world had come to know, however despite this sidetrack into a sorta "Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues" that sounds a tad Janis Joplin, this track finds resolution as it ratchets up heaviness. A major faux pas for some but for me this merely finds a band paying tribute to a style of music that inspired the members all the while adding their own voice. I find it quite satisfying myself. Last up: "Our Lady." Spacey organ intro is followed by a semi-ballad that maintains a thick organ presence and sounds a bit like a 60s psychedelic band of some sort. Not one of the best tracks of the album and definitely not a wise ending choice but i find this one to have a nice groove and beautifully intricate melody as well.

Here are a few reasons i can detect as to why this album has received such a bad rap. 1) Reputation. Yeah, this album has gotten trashed by everyone over the years to the point that someone who had never listened to this album would assume that the band was trying to record covers of The Partridge Family or something. 2) The album cover and title are admittedly awful and give the impression that all the stale and soulless tunes that have been purported to exist surely must be as such since the cover is about as inspired as a adipose laden ass sitting on a plexiglass coffee table. 3) There are some bad moments on this one although not nearly as bad as one would expect. Unfortunately one of these musical faux pas' s comes as the second track "Mary Long" which is a rather insipid tale doubt a girl losing her virginity and even hosts a major no-no of stealing the riff from Clapton's "I Shot The Sheriff" for certain parts of the track. 4) This is different than "Machine Head" and has a completely different energy. Riffs are varied, solos (both guitar and organ) are more varied. Everything is more eclectic and more ideas are strewn about which makes some people feel uncomfortable i guess, especially when the relativity factor is part of the equation (that being it followed the brilliant consistency of its predecessor.)

A perfect album this ain't. There are so many ways this could've been a better album but i personally love this one a lot and find it a testament to the fortitude of a great band at their absolute worst that is still able to crank out excellent music despite wanting to pull out a semi-automatic rifle and blow everyone else around them away. While i would never tout this album as the pinnacle of the band's career in any way, shape or form, i do find this to be woefully underrated, under-appreciated and misunderstood. While i will probably never convince anyone to the contrary, i cannot find the horrible aspects of this album that i have read about forever. This is an excellent album that only could've been much better with some rearranging of tracks and a few more months of recovery after a lengthy tour. However, as fate would have it, the band would splinter, Gillan would exit stage right and David Coverdale would usher in the Mark III phase. True that we cannot change history but we can alter our misguided perceptions of a great album that's been deemed inferior for too long.

Four stars because the strengths are so much greater than the weaknesses.

 InFinite by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.59 | 94 ratings

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InFinite
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

5 stars There is only one review in progarchives until now for "InFinity", and I must say that this is a very good one which describes properly what it is and what can be expected to expect from this album.. But there is a basic disagreement between our points of view because I do consider this a masterpiece as well as "Now What ? Lets see why :

1 - I have no problem with vintage production; and I was expecting a return to the seventies as strong as possible. It is a matter of taste.

2 - They evolved again ! While anxiously expecting for "Infinity", I was considering if they would be able to repeat "Now, What ?"; because this 2013 effort was almost perfect and left no room for changes and development. I was wrong ! They didnīt repeated that, they went to a new sound, more in the seventies although no related with MK2. The main point here is the bringing of keys to the first line without compromising weight in their sound. More than never bass lines sustained the heaviness, avoiding similarities with MK1 sound. They were heavy and keyboard oriented as they never were. They achieved the perfoming of an old and modern sound at the same time !

3 - Steve Morse sound is as good as never, even with keys in the front line. He does not waste hundreds of notes playing at 200 miles per hour. His kind of hided playing here made me miss guitars brightness in this album until the end of "Birds Of Pray". That screaming guitar expresses what I am not able to do with words. This is a good point to comparisons; I do not prefer Morse to Blackmore or Blackmore to Morse. They are delightly different and a fast guitar solo like in "Place In Line" or the more known "Highway Star" are perfect to be appreciated as well.

4 ? The songs are shorter than in "Now, What ?" and we progheads are fond of epics. So ir was an exercise of making a fantastic album without obeying our prog protocols. And they got to achieve that fantastic album?

In a matter of conclusion I would like to thank Deep Purple as a band for giving us "Now What ?" in 2013 and "Infinity" in 2017. These albums bring a new bright for hard rock that only finds pair in Black Country Communion work. But there stands present Glenn Hughes, another monster of musician. And even if the grandpapas of Deep Purple retires from touring, I will still be dreaming with another "Infinity" as much as I dreamed with another "Now What ?"?

 Now What?! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 313 ratings

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Now What?!
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

5 stars This is a masterpiece of music. Letīs go straight to the reasons :

1 - This album is a homage to Jon Lord. It is nice to see that those decades as partners was able to create a sense of friendship among those sixties boys. It seems Jon was a gentleman, an easy guy to be in touch; but there is an example in the same band that shows this is not as common as we would like that to be. Ok, this is not about the music, this is about emotion. But what is prog, what is music, what is art if not emotion ? This is well posted in Ianīs verses "Your souls had been touched, are forever entwined". This things grows in importance when you are more than fifty years old?

2 - The new way of doing and performing music was recovered and discovered as well at the same time. Improvisation is the musical core of those guys; and when Bob Ezrin saw them jamming he came with the perspective of producing them an album straightly based in their instrumental skills. Their songs come from improvisation sessions, where its roots are launched. So, this means a return to what make them formidable musicians; but not a return repeating the seventies. The new way of performing was so succesful that here in progarchives "Now, What ?" score less than just "In Rock" and "Machine Head", and I am in total agreement with these scores

3 - The music itself. Homege to Jon Lord, achievement of an excellent new/old style, etc... Fantastic but useless if the music is poor; but this is not the case. The Opener "A Simple Song" pairs with their best openers; maybe is not match only for tracks like "Child In Time" and "Highway Star". Even average melodies like "Hell to Pay" benefits from instrumental interludes and Bob Ezrinīs job as producer. And if we follow the album, we will see plenty amount of quality in songs like "Above And Beyond", "Blood From a Stone", "Uncommon Man" and... gosh there is not a weak one here !

It was a grateful surprise that Deep Purple was able to reinvent themselves in 2013, even if profoundly set in their roots. As a prog and hard rock fan I can only thank them to be so bold and compromised with music to the point of presenting us what was not expected anymore : a masterpiece of music...

 Rapture Of The Deep by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.32 | 303 ratings

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Rapture Of The Deep
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

3 stars This is the hardest one from MK6/7 for me to review. I have conflicting visions here; it has some real good songs; but it is too uneven; maybe only "House Of Blue Light" surpasses it as an uneven work. Fastly speaking, HOBL has a bunch of songs, four of them, very strong; but the rest of the album is simple not easy to be heard. ROTD may not have songs as weak as HOBL; but its strong ones is not as powerful.

Even with this restriction, I can see "Rapture Of The Deep" as a improvement when compared to Bananas. The opener is (as always), a very good song. "Wrong Man" has an interesting guitar riff, not prog related but good to be appreciated by hard rockers ears. The song "Rapture Of The Deep" is good, not essential; "Clearly Quite Absurd" is good, but with Ianīs voice became a highlight in this album. Junkyard blues is ok, not more; and the closer "Before Time Began" is the other peak here.

Now comes the conclusion. Three stars, and the main point here is that about the real good songs, the opener is firmly planted in Deep Purple overall way of performing music and the other one is the closer. There are other average ones, of course; but the weak ones really put the album down. Good, not essential, with moments of bright that makes it deserves public attention.

 Bananas by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.01 | 305 ratings

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Bananas
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

3 stars This is going to be an easy one to rate and comment. First they didnīt repeat the album; they left the heaviness present on Abandon. In my opinion, they went to the other extreme; creating what can be considered one of their softest efforts. There are here some slow pace songs that sustains this assessment; the clear and soft ballad "Haunted" and the blues based "Walk On".

The opener "House Of Pain" is a favorite of mine; they always have a good opener to apply in their works. This is the song that can be used to bring reflections about the way we music appreciators were seeing Deep Purple at that time. The path chosen seems not to make us fan base happy. In what sense ? Ok, the album is not AOR like that poor sound contaminating several bands in the eighties; but is not what we like to hear them sounding. And how can we present our wishes ? Thatīs simple; for our prog mind "House Of Pain" is too short and doesnīt give conditions for the band to develop their instrumental interlude which makes them master musicians. Bob Ezrin noticed that, Ian Gillan confirms this in interviews and the results was two masterpieces to be soon released in 2013 and 2017.

As a conclusion, this is easily a good but not essencial work. Could be much better; it is only to consider them using the approach that Bob Ezrin would bring soon to their sound; imagine "House Of Pain" receiving the production "Hell to Pay" from "Now, What" received. Oh, what an upgrade that would be...

 Abandon by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.82 | 278 ratings

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Abandon
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

4 stars OK, I am not following mainstream and giving it 4 stars diverges a lot from progarchives scores. So I must defend in details this rating of mine. Let's see if you readers at least understand my reasons; agreement may not be possible :

1 - I do appreciate changes, as I set clear in another review; and Abandon differs a lot from Purpendicular or any other Deep Purple album.

2 - Those changes led them to release what I consider the heaviest album of them. It was very good to see them challenging themselves is this direction, even if there is more weight and less prog here. It didn't bother me although I understand it may not be welcome here; low ratings reflects that...

3 - There are strong compositions here; at least for my taste. The first half being better than the last one. Songs 1, 3, 4 and '69' really got my admiration. A special comment must be set do "Don't Make Me Happy"; this is a song where Ian's voice really shines in extraordinary way, which leads me to consider him one of the two best voices that sings hard rock. It is like "Fools" from "Fireball" and "Mitzi Dupree" from "House Of Blue Light". These are songs that elevates overall quality of their albums; and I would not recommend another singer to cover them.

As a conclusion this is a three stars album. If you miss Mr. Lord shinning Hammond keys, consider it was exchanged by heaviness supported by bass and guitar. I rouded it up one star because it was a bold effort of the band to change and innovate. I like heavy music, and for those about heavy metal this is a work that deserves the receiving of a good amount of attention...

 Purpendicular by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.68 | 377 ratings

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Purpendicular
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

4 stars It was a very good event for the sake of music appreciators the exchange of guitar ace Ritchie Blackmore by the guitar master Steve Morse. It is not my objective to compare their qualities; but I do consider obvious that a band which was about to end could be reborn full of power and enthusiasm as a result of that interchange. Last efforts from Deep Purple MK2 (The Battle Rages On and House Of Blue Light pale in comparison with their golden era albuns; and Slaves&Masters MK5 may be considered purely dispensable. So, even the presence of a musician like Ritchie Blackmore was not allowing the band to record what is to be expected from a band like Deep Purple, and internal turmoil led them to a definitive rupture. So, the arrival of Mr. Morse got a lot of rejection from Blackmoreīs fan base; which is easy to understand. But in my opinion the change was absolutely for good; and I point it out in the following reasons :

1 - Lack of creativity. Deep Purple was not able to produce a Fireball anymore (no masterpiece requested here); not even a Perfect Strangers. More and new compositional energy was requested !

2 - Mr Morse brought the missing creativity and allowed the band not to repeat an excellent album like "Fireball"; but to develop a brand new sound; a necessary upgrade in any first line band musical career.

Even the entrance of Tommy Bolin in 1975 didnīt brought such a consistent change in ther sound. Not that Mr. Bolin was a second rate guitar player (Tommy Bolin was also a guitar ace); the fact is that he didnīt have the time and the band was under influence of another musical giant called Glenn Hughes; the soul of Stormbringer and Come Taste the Band. But what exactly am I to say about this "new sound" to be found in Deep Purple MK6 e Deep Purple MK7 ? Letīs see :

1 - The compositions : there was nothing even close to "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" until that day. It was clear that Steve Morse was not about to substitute Ritchie Blackmore but to walk in his own heels. And it reflected immediately in their compositions

2 - The paper of rhythm section : Not until that moment bassist Roger Glover could occupy such a large space in their sound. It can be seen very clearly in "Loosen My Strings".

3 - Steve Morse is not a guitar player that sets his attention in playing a lot of notes as fast as possible. This is another reason that leaves more space for Roger Glover to give punch in their sound; and folks, I do like a lot this. The bass not only sets the rhythm; there are spaces for it to fill ang guarantee heavyness to their sound ! This new way of playing guitar which is clearly noticeable in a highlight as "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" ! As once was told by bass master Ron Carter; whose saw fine art in controlling rhythm patterns with the smallest amount of notes he can figure out !

4 - Variation between recorded songs. We have the opening number. We have The Aviator, with its country approuch. Rosa Cantina and Loosen My Strings. Songs very diferent one from the others. It is opposes MK2 reality; the four albuns of the seventies (two of them masterpieces), did not have that amount of variation even among between them

As a conclusion, it is a solid 4 star rating. The first five songs indicates a masterpiece; but the second half I considered not as good. They were knowing each other as musicians; but a lot of good things was about to come. And I suggest you to not miss Blackmore; time changes, band changes, but for Deep Purple MK6 e MK7 4 and even 5 stars are perfectly possible. Do not act like myself that do not listen Dream Theater anymore after the leaving ok Mick Portnoy...

Thanks to Raff for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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