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DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple

 

Proto-Prog

3.61 | 592 ratings

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strayfromatlantis
5 stars So this is it, the first album to teach me that there are records out there I can enjoy from the first note to the very last one. This album is perfect, at least IMHO.

CHASING SHADOWS capitalizes on the frenetic drumming. The lyrics deal with one of Jon Lord's nightmares. The end of that song comes as a comlete surprise - either the guys ran out of tape or Jon comes suddenly awake. BLIND is the secret highlight of the whole Purple catalogue. The atmosphere of this song - created mainly by the vocals, the harpsichord and the drumming - is unforgettable. Donovan's LALENA is the only cover version on this album. It is a slow, mellow song that fits Ron Evans' vocals perfectly. Pure beauty, this one. The backwards tape of FAULT LINE leads into THE PAINTER, which sets a faster pace and is a hilarious song with excellent drumming. WHY DIDN'T ROSEMARY is the most obvious rock song of the album with a long guitar solo in the middle and tongue-in-cheek lyrics on birth control. BIRD HAS FLOWN displays a heavy side mostly neglected by DP (I can only think of NO ON CAME from the FIREBALL album as a similar example). And as if all these tracks weren't perfect enough, we are offered APRIL, the much hailed prog suite. What a giant step from the band that relied heavily on cover versions to this daring approach. Here DP show that they got guts.

I think MK I got better from one album to another. The same goes for the artwork. The artwork of the first album I find dull and uninteresting, the second one has an artwork by a modern artist inviting the eye to explore the details. Using a section of a painting by Hieronymus Bosch for the 3rd album we have a masterful artwork for a masterful record.

5 perfect stars.

strayfromatlantis | 5/5 |

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