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Proto-Prog definition

The denomination Proto Prog comes from the combination of two words, Proto from the Greek The earliest,. and Prog which as we know is a short term for Progressive Rock, so as it's name clearly indicates, refers to the earliest form of Progressive Rock or Progressive Rock in embryonary state.

These bands normally were formed and released albums before Progressive Rock had completely developed (there are some rare Proto Prog bands from the early 70's, because the genre didn't expanded to all the Continents simultaneously

The common elements in all these bands is that they developed one or more elements of Prog, and even when not completely defined as part of the genre, they are without any doubt, an important stage in the evolution of Progressive Rock.

Generally, Proto Prog bands are the direct link between Psyche and Prog and for that reason the Psychedelic components are present in the vast majority of them, but being that Progressive Rock was born from the blending of different genres, we have broadened the definition to cover any band that combined some elements of Progressive Rock with other genres prior to 1970.

Some of these bands evolved and turned into 100% Prog, while others simply choose another path, but their importance and contribution in the formative period of Prog can't be denied, for that reason no Prog site can ignore them.

Iván Melgar - Morey

Proto-Prog Top Albums


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4.47 | 925 ratings
ABBEY ROAD
Beatles, The
4.50 | 539 ratings
QUADROPHENIA
Who, The
4.34 | 1106 ratings
DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK
Deep Purple
4.38 | 845 ratings
REVOLVER
Beatles, The
4.31 | 1119 ratings
MACHINE HEAD
Deep Purple
4.32 | 956 ratings
SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
Beatles, The
4.36 | 527 ratings
WHO'S NEXT
Who, The
4.31 | 609 ratings
THE DOORS
Doors, The
4.17 | 744 ratings
THE BEATLES [AKA: THE WHITE ALBUM]
Beatles, The
4.24 | 461 ratings
STRANGE DAYS
Doors, The
4.27 | 402 ratings
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED
Hendrix, Jimi
4.13 | 676 ratings
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
Beatles, The
4.02 | 430 ratings
L.A. WOMAN
Doors, The
3.91 | 658 ratings
RUBBER SOUL
Beatles, The
3.93 | 512 ratings
TOMMY
Who, The
3.96 | 353 ratings
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: ELECTRIC LADYLAND
Hendrix, Jimi
3.84 | 749 ratings
BURN
Deep Purple
3.99 | 271 ratings
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: AXIS - BOLD AS LOVE
Hendrix, Jimi
4.13 | 166 ratings
TWELVE DREAMS OF DR. SARDONICUS
Spirit
3.93 | 305 ratings
NOW WHAT?!
Deep Purple
4.06 | 169 ratings
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
Brown Band, The Arthur
3.76 | 778 ratings
FIREBALL
Deep Purple
4.10 | 98 ratings
RENAISSANCE
Vanilla Fudge
3.89 | 117 ratings
CROWN OF CREATION
Jefferson Airplane
4.02 | 83 ratings
TOUCH [ALSO RELEASED AS: 20-20 SOUND]
Touch
4.14 | 62 ratings
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
United States Of America, The
3.84 | 127 ratings
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY
It's A Beautiful Day
3.65 | 371 ratings
PURPENDICULAR
Deep Purple
3.61 | 557 ratings
DEEP PURPLE
Deep Purple
4.04 | 64 ratings
S.F. SORROW
Pretty Things, The
3.81 | 116 ratings
AFTER BATHING AT BAXTER'S
Jefferson Airplane
4.12 | 47 ratings
LOOKING ON
Move, The
3.87 | 75 ratings
SPOOKY TWO
Spooky Tooth
3.61 | 190 ratings
SURREALISTIC PILLOW
Jefferson Airplane
3.56 | 297 ratings
WAITING FOR THE SUN
Doors, The
3.53 | 437 ratings
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT
Beatles, The
4.21 | 29 ratings
WHITE-FACED LADY
Kaleidoscope / Fairfield Parlour
3.83 | 58 ratings
CLEAR
Spirit
3.49 | 564 ratings
PERFECT STRANGERS
Deep Purple
3.94 | 44 ratings
H.P. LOVECRAFT II
H.P. Lovecraft
4.04 | 35 ratings
PARACHUTE
Pretty Things, The
3.98 | 38 ratings
PEOPLE, HELL AND ANGELS
Hendrix, Jimi
4.01 | 35 ratings
THE COLLECTORS
Collectors, The
3.94 | 40 ratings
RAINBOW BRIDGE
Hendrix, Jimi
3.75 | 63 ratings
THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER
Spirit
3.52 | 212 ratings
THE WHO SELL OUT
Who, The
3.62 | 92 ratings
VANILLA FUDGE [AKA:YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON]
Vanilla Fudge
3.52 | 180 ratings
BY NUMBERS
Who, The
3.51 | 191 ratings
LET IT BE - NAKED
Beatles, The
3.62 | 80 ratings
INFINITE
Deep Purple
3.58 | 98 ratings
VOLUNTEERS
Jefferson Airplane
3.76 | 38 ratings
THE MIRROR
Spooky Tooth
3.42 | 455 ratings
HELP!
Beatles, The
3.64 | 50 ratings
ANDROMEDA
Andromeda
3.66 | 45 ratings
BAKERLOO
Bakerloo
3.85 | 24 ratings
GRASS AND WILD STRAWBERRIES
Collectors, The
3.81 | 26 ratings
PAUL KANTNER, GRACE SLICK & DAVID FREIBERG: BARON VON TOLLBOOTH & THE CHROME NUN
Jefferson Airplane
3.61 | 45 ratings
SHAZAM
Move, The
3.80 | 24 ratings
CHOICE CUTS
Masters Apprentices, The
3.91 | 18 ratings
A TOAST TO PANAMA RED
Masters Apprentices, The
3.48 | 89 ratings
SPIRIT
Spirit
3.41 | 221 ratings
IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA
Iron Butterfly
3.58 | 31 ratings
WHY? MÁQUINA!
Máquina!
3.56 | 32 ratings
YOU BROKE MY HEART SO I BUSTED YOUR JAW
Spooky Tooth
3.83 | 14 ratings
JUST FOR YOU
Sweetwater
3.82 | 14 ratings
MODEL SHOP
Spirit
3.79 | 14 ratings
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN: ZIM ZAM ZIM
Brown Band, The Arthur
3.67 | 18 ratings
PÄRSON SOUND
Pärson Sound
3.51 | 34 ratings
FROM HOME TO HOME
Kaleidoscope / Fairfield Parlour
3.42 | 74 ratings
METAMORPHOSIS
Iron Butterfly
3.55 | 25 ratings
SILVER APPLES
Silver Apples
4.17 | 6 ratings
REQUIEM
Brown Band, The Arthur
3.75 | 12 ratings
MAN AT THE MOON
Hansson & Karlsson
3.47 | 36 ratings
BRAINBOX
Brainbox
3.69 | 13 ratings
GET THE PICTURE?
Pretty Things, The
3.63 | 16 ratings
THE PRETTY THINGS
Pretty Things, The
3.45 | 36 ratings
MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTRY
Move, The
3.79 | 9 ratings
CALIFORNIA BLUES
Spirit
3.51 | 21 ratings
SPIRIT OF '76
Spirit
3.70 | 10 ratings
SPIRIT OF '67
Vanilla Fudge
3.54 | 18 ratings
SWEETWATER
Sweetwater
3.86 | 7 ratings
JINX
Coven
3.59 | 13 ratings
SAVAGE EYE
Pretty Things, The
5.00 | 2 ratings
BEACON
Silver Apples
4.33 | 3 ratings
THE GARDEN
Silver Apples
3.42 | 31 ratings
I CAN FLY
Pan & Regaliz
3.55 | 13 ratings
GATTCH
Gattch
3.71 | 7 ratings
CROSS PURPOSE
Spooky Tooth
3.36 | 70 ratings
THE CRY OF LOVE
Hendrix, Jimi
3.33 | 298 ratings
RAPTURE OF THE DEEP
Deep Purple
3.69 | 7 ratings
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN: TANTRIC LOVER
Brown Band, The Arthur
3.55 | 11 ratings
REX
Hansson & Karlsson
4.50 | 2 ratings
THE AMAZING WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN: THE VOICE OF LOVE
Brown Band, The Arthur
3.75 | 4 ratings
DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO
Masters Apprentices, The
3.35 | 48 ratings
H.P. LOVECRAFT
H.P. Lovecraft
3.50 | 8 ratings
MELON
Sweetwater
3.67 | 3 ratings
CROSS TALK
Pretty Things, The
3.33 | 40 ratings
THE LAST PUFF ( FEATURING MIKE HARRISON)
Spooky Tooth
3.50 | 4 ratings
FOR PEOPLE IN LOVE
Hansson & Karlsson
3.33 | 27 ratings
TO SAMUEL A SON
Gods, The

Latest Proto-Prog Music Reviews


 Love by BEATLES, THE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.02 | 77 ratings

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Love
The Beatles Proto-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

4 stars This cd was a collaboration between Geroge Martin and his son Giles when they were asked to work for the Cirque du Soleil. They have created this soundscape using any sound from the original Beatles multi-track tapes. The used sound to combine some songs or use the sound of songs to go in other songs. The results are impressive especially in 5.1. It's about an hour and a half medley that can be listened like one song with not much pause between songs. The sound is all over the room and is a new experience to hear those songs that we all know for a long time. I could hear some heavy parts that I never heard on the old versions. This is a soundtrack for a film with a nice choice of songs, the more accessible ones and the more experimental ones from the latest albums of The Beatles. This cd could serve as a introduction to the band and in that case, you can be satisfied with the stereo cd, but if you want to hear the Beatles songs with new arrangements and in surround, you need the DVD-audio. This is more than a simple and easy compilation of the bands greatest hits, it's more than 2 years of hard rock with the collaboration of many people to brings this to the public.
 Who Do We Think We Are by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 1973
2.99 | 512 ratings

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Who Do We Think We Are
Deep Purple Proto-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury 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.

 The Who Sell Out by WHO, THE album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.52 | 212 ratings

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The Who Sell Out
The Who Proto-Prog

Review by Mortte

5 stars Plenty of reviews written about this, I donīt think I can say anything new about it, but because I found the last review of it a bit poor, I think I should say something about it. I think the last review is a part of that trend in 2000`s to try to prove sixties music wasnīt as great as it was. I know there are many people, who think 2000`s music is as great as sixties and or/seventies, or maybe even better. I am not saying all the 2000 music is [&*!#], there are still great musicmakers, but in 60-70 specially major record companies hadnīt made their artists that kind of money making products as today. Of course money making has always been their priority, but the artists freedom to make music was much more bigger then, record companies gave them many chances to try to make selling albums before they throw them away than today. And I think that was one reason to the great music of 60-70, not the only.

About this masterpiece, I have listened Who now thirteen years and over a decade this has been the greatest Who album to me. Of course I really love also Tommy, Whoīs Next and Quadrophenia, but I have also always loved the energy of first Who albums. This album has both: energy of first Who albums, but also the more progressive music from the later albums. Only true sixties pop songs in this album are "Our Love Was" and "Canīt Reach You". I find the first side of the album as great as the second. "Odorono" and "Tattoo" are really spiritual, the latter is also very acoustic with great symbal playing from Moon. The side one ending piece "I can see for miles" is the greatest Who single to me, it has that great Who-energy and starting "Armenia City In the sky" too. "Silas Stingy" and "Sunrise" in the b-side are also very spiritual songs. The endind "Rael" is a crown of this album! Towshend used part of this song later in Tommy, as he did also some other earlier songs released later in Odds and Sodds, but I have found this version the best. Rael was also Towshendīs will to do larger entities just like "A Quick One, While Heīs Away" was a year later, but I think it was better although it was only almost six minutes long. There was part 2 of "Rael" that ended only into first album version credits, it was released later in the "Thirty Years of Maxium R`n`B".

About commercialism in music, even the Who had pressures of selling records that time. Their singles werenīt selling much in 1967 and although the Who Sell Out is masterpiece, it didnīt sell well. But what band of today decides to make an rockopera after commercial failings? The Who took a big risk into it, but it was worth of it. Tommy become one of their biggest artistic and commercial success. 1967 was the begin year of concept albums. I think the Who sell out was one of the most genius concept albums of that year. To built up album round the pirate radio channel Radio London was very original and rebellious idea and it still works well.

This is really not prog album, specially if you think prog is the same as Genesis and Yes seventies albums. I listen a lot progmusic, but to me any music genre is not better than the other. To me this Who album is one of the ten best all time albums. Itīs just because itīs genius sad melodies also itīs brilliant idea of concept album. Really have always loved the cover of it. I recommend people who donīt like sixties music generally, doesnīt listen it and really doesnīt write reviews about it. Although Whoīs best years are over, they continue to play their great music. I was really happy about their latest great live version of Tommy. "Endless Wire" from 2006 was also really great new album, to me itīs better than "Who by Numbers" or "Who are You". So I am not sad although most of the new music just bores me. Although I have now listened music forty years, I still found great albums from sixties and seventies that Iīve never heard.

 The Who Sell Out by WHO, THE album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.52 | 212 ratings

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The Who Proto-Prog

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This jaunty, sarcastic, sometimes cynical, sometimes brilliant, sometimes tedious release by the Who reminds me that many legendary rock bands sound nothing like what we hear today on classic rock FM. For example, who would guess that the band that blasts out "Who Are You" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" would find rave reviews with this dithering collection of tongue-in-cheek songs? Listeners born after 1975 beware: The Who Sell Out is probably not what you think it is.

So what is it? It's a mostly goofy art-pop album that sounds very '60's and very British. Is it bad? No, it's just ... The Who Sell Out. Be prepared for a handful of genuinely fun pop tunes like "Our Love", a few moments of Who-style heaviness, and songs that will probably make you shrug your shoulders with ambivalence. I found the second side of the album more musically engaging.

The album's best moments are the faux-commercials, which are legitimately brilliant at times. Commendable cynicism-- something I can't imagine a massive pop-star of today coming close to including in their work. Frankly, this is what elevates the song for 3-star status to me. Maybe some of the B-sides will reveal themselves to me in the future, but for now, I think that this music will probably hook some listeners much more than others.

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

 InFinite by DEEP PURPLE album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.62 | 80 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
3.93 | 305 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
3.33 | 298 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
3.03 | 297 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 | 272 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
3.65 | 371 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...

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