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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 | 568 ratings
Shades of Deep Purple
1968
3.22 | 552 ratings
The Book of Taliesyn
1968
3.62 | 636 ratings
Deep Purple
1969
4.35 | 1239 ratings
Deep Purple in Rock
1970
3.79 | 855 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.33 | 1242 ratings
Machine Head
1972
3.03 | 574 ratings
Who Do We Think We Are
1973
3.87 | 845 ratings
Burn
1974
3.07 | 621 ratings
Stormbringer
1974
3.22 | 520 ratings
Come Taste the Band
1975
3.51 | 617 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
2.87 | 394 ratings
The House of Blue Light
1987
2.69 | 324 ratings
Slaves And Masters
1990
2.78 | 345 ratings
The Battle Rages On...
1993
3.68 | 400 ratings
Purpendicular
1996
2.83 | 297 ratings
Abandon
1998
3.02 | 324 ratings
Bananas
2003
3.32 | 323 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
2005
3.91 | 346 ratings
Now What?!
2013
3.58 | 136 ratings
InFinite
2017
3.71 | 74 ratings
Whoosh!
2020

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

3.22 | 305 ratings
Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1969
4.51 | 696 ratings
Made in Japan
1972
3.81 | 107 ratings
California Jamming
1974
3.45 | 223 ratings
Made In Europe
1976
2.13 | 74 ratings
Last Concert In Japan
1977
4.37 | 136 ratings
Deep Purple In Concert
1980
3.37 | 68 ratings
Live in London
1982
3.22 | 70 ratings
Scandinavian Nights [Aka: Live and Rare]
1988
2.88 | 94 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 | 81 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 | 20 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
3.73 | 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 | 24 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
4.67 | 15 ratings
Doing Their Thing
1990
4.18 | 11 ratings
Heavy Metal Pioneers
1992
4.50 | 20 ratings
Scandinavian Nights
1992
3.68 | 40 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
4.16 | 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
4.40 | 26 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
4.38 | 17 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)

2.69 | 21 ratings
Hush / One More Rainy Day
1968
3.69 | 13 ratings
Kentucky Woman / Hard Road
1968
3.31 | 16 ratings
Emmaretta / The Bird Has Flown
1969
3.46 | 13 ratings
River Deep Mountain High / Listen, Learn, Read On
1969
3.34 | 19 ratings
Hallelujah (I am the preacher) / April (part one)
1969
4.53 | 25 ratings
Black Night/Speed King
1970
4.33 | 18 ratings
Speed King / Into the Fire
1970
2.70 | 11 ratings
Deep Purple In Rock
1970
4.12 | 22 ratings
Strange Kind Of Woman/I'm Alone
1971
4.26 | 19 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.09 | 11 ratings
April
1972
4.64 | 14 ratings
Black Night
1972
3.54 | 18 ratings
Never Before / When a Blind Man Cries
1972
4.60 | 20 ratings
Highway Star
1972
3.75 | 12 ratings
Super Trouper / Blood Sucker
1973
4.27 | 15 ratings
Woman from Tokyo
1973
4.60 | 20 ratings
Smoke On The Water
1973
4.31 | 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
4.25 | 12 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
2.67 | 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
3.60 | 5 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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 Who Do We Think We Are by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.03 | 574 ratings

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Who Do We Think We Are
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

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

3 stars the time 1973 rolled around, Deep Purple was exhausted after constant touring and the tensions in the band were making things very difficult for the band to work together. The Mark II line-up still made up the band and was continuing to be very successful despite all of the tensions. This was true all through the recording sessions of their 7th studio album. The band couldn't work together, so studio time was split up on an individual basis. They were also having a hard time agreeing on what songs should go on the next album 'Who Do We Think We Are'. Rumors were that Gillan and Blackmore were not getting along, but the band blames the countless hours that they were pushed to continue pumping out albums for the corporate labels. After their extensive touring, they were pushed into the studio to make this album. However, even with all the tension in the band and the fact that the critics didn't like the album much, it still was one of the band's biggest selling albums.

It starts off with their hit single 'Woman from Tokyo', and this starts thing off very promisingly with one of my favorite introductions from the band and the excellent contributions from everyone involved from Gillan's dynamic vocals, Lord's excellent organ and piano work and the driving guitar riff and passages. It's interesting that the single version of the song leaves out the psychedelic section in the middle of the track. 'Mary Long' is not quite as interesting a song, a little more of a less interesting hook and instrumental backup, and sort of a less engaging vocal, even though the lyrical content was pertinent with a chastisement at the hypocrital moralities of the older generation of the time. The chorus is much less interesting, though it is effectively damning. The tracks continue to stay around the 3-4 minute duration for a while, with the uninteresting 'Super Trooper' that even the psychedelic effects added to the vocals in the chorus can't save this one. In fact, it takes the steam right out of the song. 'Smooth Dancer' finishes off the first side (What? Already?). This one is definitely more solid, but it's also lacking anything original or interesting. It's okay, but nothing special, except for the instrumental break which is too short, but has also been done before, but much better.

The 2nd side has the longer tracks on it, but even then they are still between 5 ' 7 minutes and only has 3 tracks. I can imagine a big complaint here would have been the short duration of the album. The movement from the psychedelic sound to a more blues-rock sound is quite apparent on this side, though the songs are a bit better with a little more jamming and a great vocal by Gillan on 'Place in Line' where he sings in an atypical lower register on the verses. It's a pretty great change up, and probably the best track on the album, especially when the tempo picks up towards the middle to more of a peppy boogie/swing beat and a nice fusion sounding guitar (and later organ) solo. 'Rat Bat Blue' is also pretty good, but is mostly saved because of the instrumental section which at least is a little big longer than the ones on the first side. 'Our Lady' ends the album with a rather mediocre track unfortunately.

The 2000 remastered edition adds seven bonus tracks that help to lengthen the duration of the album. It starts with the '99 Remix of 'Woman from Tokyo' which gives it a brighter tone and certain things stand out a bit more, with a longer jam session at the end. Then there is an alternate bridge section (only that section) from 'Woman from Tokyo', just the part that slows down with a more ambient style. This is followed by an out-take that was not used on the album called 'Painted Horse'. This is an okay track that probably would have been a better choice for a closer than the 'Our Lady' track. It features some harmonica use and a great guitar solo. There is a '99 remix of 'Our Lady' that adds another minute to the original, but still doesn't do much to make the track much better. There is a short clip from the writing session of 'Rat Bat Blue' followed by the '99 remix of that song with that brighter sound that makes the individual instruments stand out better. This all accumulates to the long, 11 minute 'First Day Jam' that helped to generate a lot of the ideas for the final album, and actually shows the band working together (which was a rare occurrence at this time). The only member missing was Roger Glover who was apparently stuck in traffic. Blackmore plays the bass for this session. It's nice to hear the band actually work together here. This, along with the outtake song, are the main reasons to search out this remastered version.

After the release of this album, it would seem that the Mark II version of the band was finished. Ian Gillan would leave the band right after the release to try for a solo career. Bassist Roger Glover would also leave the band at this point. Yes, replacements were made, yet it would be difficult to match the excitement of the Mark II lineup. Eventually, however, this lineup would return for the comeback album 'Perfect Strangers'. As for this album, though, it just isn't the band's best, and, understanding the turmoil in the band, it is easy to see why. It's still better than some other albums that strove for a more commercial or 'time-appropriate' sound, but they have definitely done better too. It's a good, average album, so 3 stars.

 Purple Passages by DEEP PURPLE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1972
4.38 | 17 ratings

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Purple Passages
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Lupton

5 stars I am fairly sure for most Deep Purple fans the first really essential album is "In Rock" I am probably in the minority who actually enjoy their earlier work as much as their supposedly "Classic" Gillan fronted years.The group's original singer Rod Evans has a particularly agreable voice- very similar to Greg Lakes and even fans of the Gillan fronted lineup would be at least aware of his singing on their first hit single "Hush" The general consensus especially among critics is that for the first three albums they were still trying to find their sound but that is actually not really the case. They were certainly experimenting with different styles and formats but to my ears quite successfully.

"Purple Passages" is a summation of their early years cherry picking the best tracks of their first three albums plus the non LP single "Emmeratta". The three cover version "Hey Joe, Hush and "Kentucky Woman" are all excellent and generally more punchy and inventive than the originals. Of the two instrumentals "Hard Road/Wring That Neck" is by far their best known as it has appeared on at least two other compilations but I actually prefer "And The Address Is" - it is so groovy with some great punchy keyboard work by Jon Lord.I can imagine it being played at a nightclub in the late 60's when it was recorded being danced to by swinging 60's girls in mini skirts and knee length boots. It is just so COOL.I was interested to see it get re-recorded on the group's most recent LP "Whoosh".

The compilation also includes the lengthy quasi Classical "April" which also illustrates just how ambitious the group was in the early day an an obvious forerunner for the "Concerto For Group and Orchestra" recorded soon after.

This album is a superb one-stop shop of their early pre-Gillan years work.I found this on CD (a Japan only release ) but worth tracking down.

5 stars

 The House of Blue Light by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1987
2.87 | 394 ratings

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The House of Blue Light
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

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

3 stars In 1984, Deep Purple released their comeback album "Perfect Stranger" to a lot of happy fans. The classic Mark II line- up had reformed and that resulted in a welcome reception for the band. The album was pretty good though it was definitely more hard rock oriented with some swashes of progressive sound, and they seemed to move away from what was the typical sound of hair bands in favor of finding a place where their older sound could still feel up to date, and they succeeded in this. Even with the popularity of that album, though, it was still 3 years before the band released their next album "The House of Blue Light" with the line-up remaining intact from the previous album.

Apparently, however, there was a lot of contention among the members. The band, looking back in retrospect to the making of this album, admit that it was a very difficult album to make, not because of the material, but because of their problems of working together. Blackmore was the most regretful about his performance on the album saying he wishes he had taken things more seriously. It would seem both the critics and fans agreed that the finished project was a step in the wrong direction especially after the success of their previous album.

Most people would agree that this album was a failure as far as material is concerned. However, I don't think it is a total loss. There are some good tracks here, but they are the first two tracks "Bad Attitude" and "The Unwritten Law", and the last two tracks "Mitzi Dupree" and "Dead or Alive". The first two tracks are much along the same line as the tracks from the "Perfect Stranger" album, a lot of great riffs generated from Jon Lord's symphonic sounding synths and Blackmore's heavy guitar, and even though there doesn't seem to be a lot of progression from the previous album, they are still off to a good start. Also, the last two tracks harken back more to the band's classic sound with "Mitzi's Dupree" with the deep and heavy rocking blues sound with a touch of psychedelic flavor, exactly what you want to hear from the band, and "Dead or Alive" which is one of their faster moving and rocking out tracks, both of these featuring excellent riffs and memorable solos from both Blackmore and Lord.

The other 6 tracks that make up the middle of the album is where it all falls apart. These are the ones where you can tell that the band just didn't have their heart in the album. "Call of the Wild" is a poor attempt to make the band sound current, but people didn't want Deep Purple to sound like that. It is much too poppy and sounds contrived. It barely made a dent on the single chart, so no one seemed impressed by this awful attempt at all. This continues with "Mad Dog" and "Black & White", which almost works, but then it just doesn't. "Hard Lovin' Woman" could have been okay, but it needs a jam inserted in there somewhere, but no one showed up for that. "The Spanish Archer" is a cool title, but that's all it has going for it. The biggest letdown is "Strangeways", the longest track that hints that it could have been a great track, but the long instrumental break where Lord plays a repeating riff as if there is going to be some great soloing going on, and then that never happens. It's like the track is not finished. When Blackmore finally sounds like he is going to take it somewhere, it fades away. In the end, it's almost 8 minutes of a repeating riff and not much else.

10 songs, 4 pretty good ones and 6 terrible ones. It's not a complete wash out, but it's not what people were expecting or wanting from the band. The middle of the album sags so bad, that the listener loses all hope that the band may never be able to pull it off again. Most of the fault seems to lie with the band, and they have accepted the blame in retrospect. If only their hearts and souls were in this album, it would have easily been as good a their previous album, but with only 4 great songs that neverless don't really expand on their previous sound, this album can only be considered non-essential.

 Whoosh! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.71 | 74 ratings

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Whoosh!
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Blaqua

4 stars With their 21st album, Deep Purple become the first rock band to have released a studio album in seven different decades! A feat that testifies to this legendary act's loyalty to quality music. Whoosh!'s 13 songs alternate between DP's characteristic hard rock and blues, spiced with keyboard sounds and classic rock in general, resulting in a motley compilation that must not go unnoticed.

From a progressive point of listening, the solemn "Power of the Moon" and the heavy prog of "Man Alive", with its narration, delicious guitar solo signed by Steve Morse & ambient intro and outro, stand out. The latter could be viewed as the title track, tackling the issue of transitory nature of humanity, as symbolized by the man (a traveler of space and time) depicted on the cover. The band demonstrates mature restless musicianship in other tracks too, on "Nothing at All", with synth solo by Don Airey inspired by classical music, on the somber "Step by Step", which resonates with majestic sounds reminiscent of pipe organ, while the energetic instrumental "Remission Possible" is too frustratingly short.

A blend of raffish pop and rock heaviness is present in songs such as the danceable "Drop the Weapon" (cool off man, forget about it!), "No Need to Shout" (just shut your mouth and go away!) and the catchy "We're All the Same in the Dark". "What the What" makes sure to remind us that traces of good old rock 'n' roll can still be found in the hip-hop- dominated 21st century. Although none of the aforementioned songs is as outstanding and replayable as "Birds of Prey" and "The Surprising" from their previous album Infinite, the band, through this latest decent tracklist, shows it's still running strong, more than 50 years since its first riffs.

 Whoosh! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.71 | 74 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 | 1239 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 | 855 ratings

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Fireball
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

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 | 568 ratings

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Shades of Deep Purple
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

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 | 1242 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
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

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?

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