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Deep Purple



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5 stars During the seventies I wore out my vinyl album of MIJ and had to buy it again! Then I had to buy the CD and then the remastered version of the CD.

According to Bruse Dickinson of Iron Maiden, this is the best rock album of all time. I would have to agree. There are no overdubs or doctoring, what you hear is what it was like!

The album kicks off with "Highway Star" and from the word go, this is a fantastic live opener. The tone of Blackmoreīs guitar is perfect!

What can possibly be said about "Child in Time" Gillan delivers the performance of a lifetime, actually going up and screaming in octaves! And this is a live performance! The man has perfect pitch. Blackmoreīs guitar solo is known to be one of his best on this track.

"Smoke on the water" was rated as the number one riff of the century. I actually prefer this live version to the studio one just for the amazing guitar solo.

"The Mule" gives Ian Paice the spotlight. He delivers one of the best loved drum solos on his small Ludwig kit. This solo is also rated very high in the drum world and has become a benchmark for great rock drum solos.

The interplay of vocals and guitar on "Strange Kind of Woman" where Gillan imitates Blackmores guitar is just incredible, making it sometimes quite difficult to know if you are indeed hearing a guitar or Gillanīs voice!

"Lazy" is a great rhythm and blues number which features yet another great solo by Ritchie. There isnīt a weak number on this album!

On "Space Truckin" Jon Lord unleashes a barrage of space sounding keyboards, supported by Gloverīs driving bass and Paiceīs drums.

This is the ultimate Deep Purple album and most probably the ultimate hard rock album ever! If I could, I would give it six stars!

WaywardSon | 5/5 |


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