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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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Very Best of Deep PurpleVery Best of Deep Purple
Rhino 2000
Audio CD$3.83
$1.78 (used)
Made in JapanMade in Japan
Warner Off Roster 1990
Audio CD$2.08
$1.99 (used)
Perfect StrangersPerfect Strangers
Remastered · Extra tracks
Mercury 1999
Audio CD$1.77
$0.24 (used)
Graz 1975Graz 1975
Eagle Rock Entertainment 2014
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$15.24 (used)
Machine HeadMachine Head
Warner Bros / Wea 1990
Audio CD$5.93
$2.53 (used)
The Complete Albums 1970-1976The Complete Albums 1970-1976
Rhino Records 2013
Audio CD$43.97
$61.96 (used)
In Rock: Anniversary EditionIn Rock: Anniversary Edition
Import · Remastered
EMI 1995
Audio CD$5.24
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Rhino 2005
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Eagle Rock Ent 2005
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DEEP PURPLE shows & tickets


  • Deep Purple at Atlas Arena, Lódz on 25 Oct 2015
  • Deep Purple at CEZ Arena, Ostrava on 27 Oct 2015
  • Deep Purple at CEZ Aréna, Plzen on 28 Oct 2015
  • Deep Purple at Mediolanum Forum, Assago on 31 Oct 2015
  • Deep Purple at Le Dôme, Marseille on 2 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at Patinoire Mériadeck, Bordeaux on 3 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at Le Zénith, Paris on 11 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen on 13 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at Getec Arena, Magdeburg on 14 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at O2 World, Hamburg on 23 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin on 24 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at Olympiahalle, München on 26 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at Festhalle, Frankfurt on 27 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at L'amphithéâtre - Cité Internationale, Lyon on 30 Nov 2015
  • Deep Purple at Zénith Europe, Strasbourg on 1 Dec 2015
  • Deep Purple at O2 Arena, London on 3 Dec 2015

DEEP PURPLE discography


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

3.28 | 383 ratings
Shades of Deep Purple
1968
3.17 | 376 ratings
The Book Of Taliesyn
1968
3.62 | 440 ratings
Deep Purple
1969
4.30 | 860 ratings
In Rock
1970
3.72 | 615 ratings
Fireball
1971
4.28 | 866 ratings
Machine Head
1972
2.91 | 398 ratings
Who Do We Think We Are
1973
3.75 | 573 ratings
Burn
1974
3.02 | 448 ratings
Stormbringer
1974
3.14 | 366 ratings
Come Taste The Band
1975
3.40 | 423 ratings
Perfect Strangers
1984
2.80 | 268 ratings
The House Of Blue Light
1987
2.73 | 224 ratings
Slaves And Masters
1990
2.73 | 241 ratings
The Battle Rages On...
1993
3.64 | 288 ratings
Purpendicular
1996
2.74 | 213 ratings
Abandon
1998
3.05 | 236 ratings
Bananas
2003
3.37 | 231 ratings
Rapture Of The Deep
2005
3.94 | 208 ratings
Now What?!
2013

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

3.19 | 199 ratings
Concerto for Group and Orchestra
1969
4.50 | 519 ratings
Made In Japan
1972
3.79 | 68 ratings
California Jamming
1974
3.39 | 145 ratings
Made In Europe
1976
2.00 | 47 ratings
Last Concert In Japan
1977
4.42 | 83 ratings
Deep Purple In Concert
1980
3.29 | 42 ratings
Live in London
1982
3.05 | 47 ratings
Scandinavian Nights (AKA Live and rare)
1988
2.78 | 62 ratings
Nobody's perfect
1988
3.36 | 24 ratings
In The Absence Of Pink: Knebworth 85
1991
3.95 | 28 ratings
Gemini Suite
1993
4.65 | 45 ratings
Live In Japan
1993
3.28 | 51 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
3.64 | 21 ratings
Live in California 1976: On the Wings of a Russian Foxbat
1995
3.19 | 14 ratings
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Deep Purple In Concert
1995
3.29 | 15 ratings
MK III The Final Concerts
1996
3.65 | 35 ratings
Live At The Olympia 96
1997
3.20 | 58 ratings
In Concert With the London Symphony Orchestra
1999
4.08 | 13 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
2.36 | 17 ratings
This Time Around: Live in Tokyo '75
2000
4.25 | 4 ratings
Australian Tour 2001 - Wollongong
2001
3.13 | 8 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
3.27 | 11 ratings
Inglewood - Live in California 1968
2002
3.70 | 10 ratings
Live in Denmark 1972
2002
3.47 | 19 ratings
Live In Paris 1975: La Derničre Séance
2003
4.00 | 6 ratings
Perks And Tit
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
3.74 | 23 ratings
Montreux 1996
2006
3.72 | 18 ratings
Live at Montreux 2006
2007
4.25 | 4 ratings
Live at Montreux and in Concert
2007
2.60 | 9 ratings
NEC 1993
2007
3.60 | 15 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
3.27 | 11 ratings
BBC Sessions 1968-1970
2011
4.83 | 6 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Official Deep Purple (Overseas) Live Series: Graz 1975
2014

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

2.28 | 6 ratings
Rises Over Japan
1976
4.14 | 7 ratings
The Videosingles
1987
4.67 | 9 ratings
Doing Their Thing
1990
4.17 | 6 ratings
Heavy Metal Pioneers
1992
4.42 | 12 ratings
Scandinavian Nights
1992
3.65 | 27 ratings
In Concert With The London Symphony Orchestra
1999
4.13 | 12 ratings
Total Abandon
1999
4.02 | 10 ratings
Bombay Calling
2000
4.33 | 3 ratings
Around the World 1995-1999
2000
3.83 | 12 ratings
New, Live & Rare - The Video Collection 1984-2000
2001
3.92 | 37 ratings
Come hell or high water
2001
4.22 | 29 ratings
Concerto For Group And Orchestra
2002
4.16 | 16 ratings
Perihelion
2002
3.60 | 23 ratings
Machine Head - Classic Albums
2002
4.57 | 7 ratings
Masters From the Vaults
2003
4.60 | 5 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 | 37 ratings
"Live in concert 1972/73"
2005
4.11 | 32 ratings
Live in California 74
2006
3.31 | 4 ratings
Reflections
2006
4.09 | 16 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
4.69 | 16 ratings
History, Hits, & Highlights
2009
3.75 | 8 ratings
Phoenix Rising
2011
4.67 | 6 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live at Montreux 2011
2011
4.28 | 9 ratings
Perfect Strangers Live
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
Deep Purple with Orchestra - Live In Verona
2014

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

4.40 | 5 ratings
Best of Deep Purple
1970
4.07 | 10 ratings
Purple Passages
1972
4.30 | 10 ratings
Mark I & II
1973
3.32 | 36 ratings
24 Carat Purple
1975
3.28 | 16 ratings
Powerhouse
1977
3.18 | 11 ratings
When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll
1978
4.25 | 16 ratings
The Singles A's and B's
1978
4.40 | 5 ratings
The Mark 2 Purple Singles
1979
2.88 | 53 ratings
Deepest Purple - The Very Best Of Deep Purple
1980
4.67 | 3 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
3.88 | 15 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
2.45 | 28 ratings
30: Very Best Of
1998
3.21 | 5 ratings
Under The Gun
1999
4.40 | 5 ratings
Shades 1968-1998 boxset
1999
3.65 | 5 ratings
Anthems
2000
4.00 | 4 ratings
Extended Versions
2000
3.15 | 10 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
4.57 | 7 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
4.07 | 11 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
5.00 | 3 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)

3.67 | 9 ratings
Kentucky Woman
1968
2.58 | 12 ratings
Hush / One More Rainy Day
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
3.86 | 7 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
2.78 | 17 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
3.67 | 3 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

DEEP PURPLE Reviews


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 Now What?! by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.94 | 208 ratings

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Now What?!
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars I'll admit it- I've never really listened to much Deep Purple until I gave a listen to their 2013 album. I've heard these guys well perceived by critics over the years, and just a little while ago decided to check them out. I gotta say, I was also impressed. But I knew; I couldn't review a band after just listening to a 2013 album, I had to go way on back to their heyday in order to juxtapose this album with the classics.

And after listening, this song is up there. I mean, an album like Stormbringer (which I enjoyed), or Machine Head could not be compared to. It is obviously hard to match work from forty-three years ago when these guys were in their prime. Although I must say that their sound seems much more raw then their classic works. Not to mention they use much more synth on the release as opposed to the simple smashing of hard rocking that you'd see on In Rock (my favorite of all). It may be some sort of pattern that these old bands, once their out of their huge popularity heyday, that they come back with sound that is backed up by other affects in order to support their music which has dulled. Not to say that this dulls their music very much, in fact if you listen to the song 'Weirdestan', you'd swear you were listening to a classic Deep Purple track. Overall, there is a sound of hard rocking that still remains, and it is quite nice, maybe even nicer than some of their older albums.

So, if you are a fan of "classic metal", or Deep Purple for that matter, this is a definite release for you to check out.

Go give it a listen.

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 Fireball by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.72 | 615 ratings

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Fireball
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by FragileKings
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3 stars "Fireball" is occasionally the neglected child of the first three Mk. II albums because it sits between the sensational rocker "In Rock" and the classic "Machine Head". Additionally, some members do not regard it highly. Particularly Ritchie Blackmore has stated his dislike for the album because it was a rush job done between tours and not always with everyone present during a recording session. Still, the album holds some excellent material and represents the halfway mark between the band's aggressive heavy rock approach and the smoother, more mature style of "Machine Head".

The title track has Ian Paice on the drums in furious form and includes his rare use of a double bass drum. It's an unusual song in the Deep Purple catalogue also because there is no guitar solo and instead a bass solo. The song a is charger with Ian Gillan delivering gruff vocals and some of his trademark screams.

"No No No" is a longer piece with a very cool bluesy guitar intro and a slick and easy guitar solo by Blackmore and laid back organ solo by Jon Lord that gradually builds in intensity until Blackmore lets loose with a volley of hard rock guitar arpeggios. Gillan again applies his forceful vocals.

I've never been too keen on "Demon's Eye" but it remains a classic song of the band. I almost feel like it could have been a long slow blues number which the band decided to speed up a bit and add more muscle to it.

To be sure, the oddball of the album is "Anyone's Daughter", a mock country western song that sounds like the band is seriously trying to do a Mike Nesmith (of the Monkees) song, tongue in cheek. I've always enjoyed this one in part because Blackmore's clean guitar playing sounds so smooth and nice, and Lord's piano solo is so sincerely executed. Gillan provides some wonderful humour in his lyrics with lines like, "I won't get no more eggs and water / cos I've laid the farmer's daughter" and "I you hear telling tales and lies, you say I'm dumb and scraggy / But man, this dumb and scraggy is your daughter's baby's daddy". Both Blackmore and Gillan have stated that they regret having the song on the album but I'm glad for it.

Side two opens with a step back to Deep Purple's more experimental days with "The Mule", a song featuring a repeated drum pattern by Paice, a snare burst followed by a roll over the tomtoms, and a long organ and guitar instrumental sequence that let's Lord create more of a psychedelic soundscape with his instrument than an actual solo.

"Fools" has always been one of my favourite tracks, not least because of the heavy rock guitar and Roger Glover's bass which has a really thick and chunky sound. Blackmore plays with the volume knob of his guitar to create a solo that sounds like a cello. Just past the seven minute mark the music reaches a thundering conclusion with guitar, organ, bass, and drums crashing and thundering together.

"No One Came" is less complex than most of the other songs but keeps the heavy rock theme of the album. Gillan delivers lyrics of cynicism about the music business, making references to a "Robin Hood outfit" and the "glitter and shine" of the business. A great album closer.

The reissue with bonus tracks has some good material such as the single "Strange Kind of Woman" which appeared on the North American versions of the original album as well as three songs that didn't make the album. I like "Freedom" the best for its rock and roll sound with a great piano solo and Gillan really screaming out the lyrics at the end. "Slow Train" is interesting because the music of the "ahh-ah-ah-ahh" part was resurrected by Blackmore on the Rainbow album "Bent Out of Shape". There are also some tracks of just fooling around in the studio which are kind of fun to listen to once or twice.

Overall I feel Deep Purple Mk. II were still hot with fresh ideas on this album. Gillan has stated that from a song writing perspective he felt there were new possibilities explored. It fills the spot between "In Rock" and "Machine Head" with some great music, in my opinion. The band really shows off its talent here. I'd give it four stars personally, but three for this site. Perhaps "very good, but not essential".

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 Smoke On The Water - The Best Of  by DEEP PURPLE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
3.16 | 6 ratings

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Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A French compilation album which includes songs from their 1968-1975 period, including every line-up of the band during that period. Of the 18 songs included in this album, 8 are single edits, 2 are special single versions to be released in some countries (the alternate "Piano Version" of "Speed King" for the Dutch singles market, and the US edit of "Smoke of the Water") and one single version ("The Bird Has Flown"). There also are full versions of other seven songs taken from their studio albums from that period. I can say that while it still is a good compilation, maybe some Fans could prefer the full versions of the songs which were presented as single edits in this album. Most of these single edits sound well, with the exception of "Smoke of the Water", which has a bit of the lead guitar part and other parts of the song edited out, a thing that I don`t like very much. Anyway, as a one CD compilation it maybe offers a good track selection for the listeners of the band who only listened to the single edits of these songs being played in the radio. Maybe this compilation also could be interesting for the most dedicated collectors of the band who want to have these edits in their record collection being included in one album.

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 Who Do We Think We Are by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.91 | 398 ratings

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Who Do We Think We Are
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Review by Guillermo
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4 stars I really can`t see why this album is not liked by some people. Taking into consideration the hard time the band was having during the recording of this album, i really expected worst things from this album. Before this album was recorded, Ian Gillan wanted to leave the band, but was persuaded to not do it. There were some pressures from the management. Gillan said in interviews that the band needed a rest, but that the management wanted a new album and more touring. So, Gillan stayed with the band for more time. But he and Ritchie Blackmore were not talking to each other, and Roger Glover said that this situation even caused more problems during the recording of the album. So, despite all these problems, this album is still very good, in my opinion. Maybe some of the lyrics are not very good...but the music in general is very good. But in general the album sounds like it was done with the intention to give to the fans a good quality album in performances and production. In fact, the recording is very good.

"Woman from Tokyo" is maybe the most known song from this album. It maybe lacks some power and some creativity in the "quiet" instrumental section, but it is good anyway. "Mary Long" has good music maybe inspired a bit by Blues music but maybe the lyrics are a bit offensive. "Super Trooper" and "Smooth Dancer" are good Hard Rock songs. "Rat Bat Blue" is one of the best songs from this album. "Place in Line" is a song influenced by Blues, with Gillan even "imitating" some Blues singers, and this song has very good keyboards solos by Jon Lord. "Our Lady" is maybe the best song in this album, another Hard Rock song to finish it in a good level.

After this album was released there was more touring fot the band until June 1973. After that, Gillan finally left the band. And Blackmore also wanted Glover out of the band...so Glover also left the band.

The band sounds tired. Even Gillan`s voice sounds tired. But they had to work. So, I think that it was not their fault if this album was not very good for some fans. I think that it is a very good album, maybe better than the next three final studio albums that the band recorded without Gillan and Glover ("Burn", "Stormbringer", and "Come Taste The Band", this last album with Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore) before they split in 1976.

This line-up of the band (Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord, Paice) played and recorded together again since 1984 until 1989, when again some problems between Blackmore and Gillan led to Gillan to leave the band again and to to be replaced by Joe Lynn Turner. But Gillan returned for another album ("The Battle Rages On", 1993) before Blackmore finally left the band again in late 1993, in not very good terms.

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 Hallelujah (I am the preacher) / April (part one) by DEEP PURPLE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1969
3.31 | 14 ratings

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Hallelujah (I am the preacher) / April (part one)
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars It is a bit strange for me that the new line-up of DEEP PURPLE ("Mark Two": Blackmore, Gillan, Glover, Lord and Paice) decided to record a song which was not composed by them for the A-side of this single. "Hallelujah" was in fact the first song that this line-up recorded in mid 1969, and in fact it was even recorded before Glover was officially invited to be a full member of the band. Blackmore and Lord wanted Gillan in the band, but were not sure about including Glover. So, Gillan was the new official lead singer and Glover was then invited to play as a session musician to record "Hallelujah". It seems that after this song was recorded with good results and after Paice supported Glover as being the new official bass player that finally Blackmore and Lord agreed to include Glover in the band. Gillan and Glover previously played togehter and wrote some songs together in a band called "Episode Six", a band that both left to join DEEP PURPLE, with some legal problems with the "Episode Six" management which were resolved with some money!

"Hallelujah" sounds to me more like a "religious rock hippie song" similar to some of the songs from the "Jesus Christ Superstar" Rock Opera album. I don`t know why the band recorded "Hallelujah", but it is curious that Gillan was going to be the main lead singer in the original album from that Rock Opera which was going to be released in 1970. It is a good song, but not very typical in musical style from the band. It still sounds to me like it could have been recorded by the original line-up of the band.

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 Strange Kind Of Woman/I'm Alone by DEEP PURPLE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1971
4.02 | 14 ratings

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Strange Kind Of Woman/I'm Alone
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Review by Guillermo
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4 stars It seems that by the early seventies some record labels from the U.K. still considered that some songs which were released on singles by some bands should not be included in their albums, despite being recorded at the same recording sessions for those albums. So, while both songs of this single were recorded during the "Fireball" recording sessions, none of them were included in the U.K. version of that album. But in the U.S and in some countries, "Strange Kind of Woman" was released in their versions of the "Fireball" album. I think that "Strange Kind of Woman"" was a much better song than "Fools" or "Anyone`s Daughter". But as a single "A -side "release, it was a very good choice, in my opinion, because I consider it as one of the best songs recorded during the "Firebal" sessions. Maybe it was the most accessible song from those recording sessions, so maybe that was the reason it was released as a single. It is one of my favorite songs from the band, but I prefer the live version from the "Made in Japan" album.

The B-side, "I´m Alone", is also a good song, more like a fast Rock and Roll / Blues song, also much better than "Fools" or "Anyone`s Daughter", in my opinion. It really did not deserve to be relegated as the "B-side" of this single.

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 Emmaretta / The Bird Has Flown by DEEP PURPLE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1969
3.21 | 10 ratings

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Emmaretta / The Bird Has Flown
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Review by Guillermo
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3 stars It seems that "Emmaretta" was the last song that the original line-up of the band (Blackmore, Evans, Lord, Paice, Simper) recorded before Evans and Simper left the band. It is a song with some Soul, Blues and Funky influences, one of the best that this line-up recorded. It includes the use of some Wah-Wah pedal effects by Blackmore. The songs is finished with a brief drums solo by Paice and a fade-out.

The B-side of this single includes a different and shorter version of "The Bird Has Flown" which also sounds well. The full version of this song was included in their third self-titled album from 1969. This song, "Emmaretta" and their full self-titled album showed that this line-up was improving a lot as a band. Unfortunately, differences about the musical direction led to Evans and Simper being fired from the band in mid 1969.

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 Fireball by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.72 | 615 ratings

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Fireball
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Review by Guillermo
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4 stars Not as heavy as "In Rock" but with more variety in musical styles, "Fireball" is another very good album from DEEP PURPLE. Maybe sounding a bit like a "transitional album" between the full Heavy Metal of "In Rock" and the much varied music that they included in "Machine Head". It includes some Blues music influences, like "Machine Head", and some heavy tracks, too.

-"Fireball": it starts with a very good drums pattern by Ian Paice. It is a heavy song.

-"No no No": a song with a combination of fast and heavy parts with a slow Blues influenced part.

-"Demon`s Eye": One of the best songs in the album with very good riffs. Also influenced a bit by Blues music.

-"Anyone`s Daughter": a slow song inlfuenced by Blues and Country music.

- "The Mule": one of the best songs in this album, lt is also heavy, with a very good drums part by Ian Paice. But I prefer the live version of the "Made In Japan" album because it has Ian Paice playing a very good drums solo.

-"Fools": a slow song, not very interesting for me. It sounds to me like some parts of this song were improvised while they recorded it. This song sometimes sounds to me without real direction and a bit forced.

-"No One Came": a heavy song. One of the best from this album.

While "In Rock" was maybe one of the heaviest albums they recorded with this line-up, "Fireball" is still a very good album from this band. It has a better recording and mixing than "In Rock", which was more "noisy", in my opinion.

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 Concerto for Group and Orchestra by DEEP PURPLE album cover Live, 1969
3.19 | 199 ratings

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Review by Guillermo
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3 stars I recently read an interview done with DEEP PURPLE`s original bassist Nick Simper. He says in that interview that shortly before his and Rod Evans`s departure from the band they knew that there were plans to play in concert with an orchestra and to record it for a new album. Simper says that he really did not like the band`s previous Classical Music arrangements done to some songs from their first three studio albums, and that he really never liked the mixture of Classical Music arrangements with Rock in those albums. So, he was not happy with the idea to record a full album with that musical mixture, which was a project mainly planned and created by Jon Lord with the support from the management and from Ritchie Blackmore and Ian Paice. So, Simper and Evans left the band. Lord said in other interviews that Blackmore was always the main "instigator" in the changes in the line-up of the band when he was in the band, and that he was supported by Lord and Paice. So, with Simper and Evans out of the band the new line-up which included Ian Gillan and Roger Glover first recorded a single called "Hallelujah", and later they went to record this "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" album with Conductor Malcom Arnold and the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, an Orchestra which also was going to work with the Dutch band EKSEPTION in their "00.04" album from 1971.

The concert for this album was also filmed, and I also could watch it on the web.

This album has some of the last Prog Rock attempts done by the band to mix Classical Music arrangements with Rock, a thing that they did several times in their first three albums. Those musical ideas were more influenced by Jon Lord thanks to his previous Classical Music trainning. Those ideas sometimes worked well and sometimes they did not work well in those albums. Anyway, the band tried again with a more ambitious musical piece consiting of three Movements, with music composed by Lord, with the Second Movement having lyrics written and sung by Gillan. Maybe it was more of a fad then to try to do a mixture of both musical styles, as several other artists have done it in some of their albums (PROCOL HARUM, THE NICE, THE MOODY BLUES, EKSEPTION...). In the case of DEEP PURPLE the results are not very satisfactory, but as a "musical experiment" it was a good idea, before going with this new line-up to record more heavy albums playing Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music, both styles of music which were more proper for this band, I think.

Those years (from the late sixties to mid seventies) were a very creative period. So, several Rock bands tried several "experiments" and projects to try to give Rock music a more "serious" and respected role in popular music. This album was one of them. The album sounds more like a separated "musical dialogue" between the orchestra and the band, not really mixing their roles very often. The orchestral parts are very good in most parts, and some of the music which the band plays is sometimes heavy. The best parts in this album for me are the Second Movement on which Gillan sings very well but also briefly, and the Third Movement which includes a very good drums solo by Ian Paice, showing that from his early twenties he really was a very good drummer. As a whole, the album sounds as a good project on which Jon Lord took the lead role more prominently. Unfortunately, the album really shows that it was recorded during an era of "musical experiments" which sometimes worked well and sometimes not.

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 Deep Purple by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.62 | 440 ratings

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Deep Purple
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Review by Guillermo
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3 stars This is maybe the best album that the original line-up of the band recorded. While there are still some Classical Music arrangements (in "Blind" and in the long intro to "April"), they are used in a less "pompous" way than in their second album ("The Book of Taliesyn"), and the musical style of most songs is gradually changing more to the musical style that particularly Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice wanted for the band (more Blues, Hard Rock and moving more towards Heavy Metal in songs like "Chasing Shadows", " Fault Line", "The Painter", "Why Didn`t Rosemary", "Bird Has Flown" and the second part of "April" ). Still, there are some Psychedelic influences in some parts (particularly in "Fault Line") and also some Prog Rock arrangements. But as a whole this album sounds more to me like the producer (Derek Lawrence) let the band have more control with their arrangements and music compositions, so the band sounds more "natural" and not as "forced" as in their second album. The band sounds more "mature" in the recording of this album, and in general this album was better recorded than their previous two albums. They also only recorded one cover (Donovan`s "Lalena") which sounds a bit Pop Rock, but it still has a very good arrangement.

Maybe this was the album on which Rod Evans sang better than in their previous two albums, and the rest of the members of the band began to show some improvements in the playing of their respective musical instruments. As a whole the band sounded better. Unfortunately, there were some problems with the musical direction that Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice wanted for the band in comparison to Rod Evans and Nick Simper. The trio wanted a more heavy musical style for the band. So, by mid 1969 it was decided that Evans and Simper were going to be replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover. But the new line-up was still going to record a live album with an orchestra before going directly to play the musical styles that were more adequate for this band: Hard Rock / Heavy Metal.

While the fragment from Hieronymus Bosch`s "The Garden of Earthly Delights" is a bit "strange" to be used for a cover design, it still is a good cover, I think.

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