Excellent album - top notch production & audio.
Recorded Live on 24/09/1969, this is a forerunner for such masterpieces as Metallica's S&M etc.
2 Disc Set - disc 1 is the band themselves minus orchestra, including a belting Child In Time with a cracking Blackmore solo.
Disc 2 offers up the orchestra & band collabaration - It is really good stuff, specially composed by Jon Lord & the Classical sections are often reminiscent in style of Holst's The Planets suite. It's big, bombastic stuff. Ok, it's not as heavy as the Symphonic Metal of today, and in places it's a little dated (usually due to the Hammond Organ which is a very 60's/70's style sound) but it is still really, really good!
The musicianship from both camps is amazing and it's a prime candidate for good quality headphones.
Nicely packaged too, with informative liner notes.