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DEEP PURPLE

Deep Purple

 

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NickCrimsonII
3 stars Deep Purple III, the third album by the rock legends, released in June 1969 in the US and in September in the UK on Harvest Records. Of course, by the time the band was fairly new and gaining momentum, creating a mix of psychedelic rock with elements of prog and hints of hard rock (that they will entirely embrace exactly on their next album).

This album is not too different from the couple that came before it, and I must say that these first three DP albums are definitely my go-to Purple records. Yes, they are good for what they are, they are important in the evolution and the history of the band, they are also quite fun to listen to but compared to everything else that came out in that same period, especially in the psychedelic and prog rock realm, the first three Deep Purple albums are average psych-prog records.

It was undoubtedly the right decision to change Rod Evans with Gillan, as the former would not have fit the band's new sound (from 1970 onwards), he is a great pop and psychedelic singer, though. However, nothing comes close to the banshee screaming of Gillan that really changed the hard rock game at the time.

As for the album, I don't feel like going through a song dissection. I must say there are some really enjoyable and surprising tracks ' Chasing Shadows with its catchy melody and tribal drumming, Lalena is a pleasant psych-ballad, The Painter is more energetic, Bird Has Flown has grown to be one of the more popular songs from this album, also quite enjoyable and rocky, and April being the big surprise, and more of a Jon Lord piece than a Deep Purple one. It's good however, that he was able to fully explore his classical influences on a DP album.

Overall, a good album, that finishes the psychedelic trilogy. I wouldn't call this album an excellent addition to any prog rock collection, though. At the same time, it doesn't hurt to have it.

NickCrimsonII | 3/5 |

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