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  • Audio CD (28 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: PLG UK Catalog
  • ASIN: B00KVKULVM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Listen  5. Mandrake Root (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Help (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 6:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Hey Joe (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 6:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Hush (1968 Monitor Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Prelude: Happiness/I'm So Glad (2003 Remix) 7:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. River Deep, Mountain High (Mono Mix) [2014 Remastered Version]10:10Album Only


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Listen  3. Kentucky Woman (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Exposition/We Can Work It Out (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 7:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Shield (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Anthem (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 6:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. River Deep, Mountain High (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version]10:12Album Only
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Listen  9. Kentucky Woman (2003 Remix) 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Oh No No No (Studio outtake) 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Playground (Remixed Instrumental outtake) 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  1. Chasing Shadows (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Why Didn't Rosemary? (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bird Has Flown (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version] 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. April (Stereo Mix) [2014 Remastered Version]12:07Album Only
Listen  9. Emmaretta (2012 Stereo remix) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Bird Has Flown (Early Version) [2012 Stereo remix] 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Why Didn't Rosemary? (Early Instrumental take) [Stereo Mix] 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Blind (Stereo Mix) [2003 Remix] 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lalena (Stereo Mix) [Instrumental] [2014 Remastered Version] 5:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. April (Stereo Mix) [Part 1] [Single B-side] 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Emmaretta (Mono Mix) [Original single A-side] 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Bird Has Flown (Mono Mix) [Original US single B-side] 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 

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DEEP PURPLE Hard Road: The Mark 1 Studio Recordings 1968-69 (2014 UK 5-CD album box set comprising the albums - Shades Of Deep Purple [Mono Mix] Shades Of Deep Purple [Stereo Mix] The Book Of Taliesyn [Mono Mix] The Book Of Taliesyn [StereoMix] and Deep Purple [Original Album]. Each album includes digitally remastered bonus material including alternative mixes album outtakes instrumental versions alternate takes and B-sides as well as previously unreleased versions - featuring

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Stratpack on 31 July 2014
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Hard Road takes its name from the alternate title of the track Wring That Neck. For some reason in the US, the track was originally issued as the former. Perhaps an apt title for a Mk1 box set as Purple were really just coming to grips with forming their sound/style that would eventually crystalize on the In Rock album in 1970.

So what does this box set include? Five discs covering their first three studio albums, including Shades of Deep Purple and Book Of Taliesyn in mono as well as stereo (the self titled 3rd album was never released in mono). Each disc is housed in a reproduction mini LP sleeve and the set is accompanied by a 48 page booklet. The whole set is actually very similar to the Deep Purple Originals 3CD box sets that were released in 1995/7.

Bonus tracks - Although there are loads of 'bonus' tracks here, most were already issued when the 3 albums were remastered in 2000. There are some 2003 remixes of tracks as extras too, though these tracks were originally released on The Early Years album issued in 2004. In fact discounting the mono mixes, there are only 3 unreleased tracks - Why Didn't Rosemary? (early instrumental take), The Bird Has Flown (early version, 2012 stereo mix) and a 2012 stereo mix of Emmaretta. Out of these three, the stereo mix of Emmaretta is great, Ritchie's guitar sounds a bit more seperate in the mix. I love this track and know every nuance so its great to hear it sounding remixed and slightly different. The guitar and drums are allowed to fight on beyond the fade out on this one - great stuff!

The mono mixes - I'm afraid they don't do it for me. Mono mixes were disappearing in 1968/9 and I'm pretty sure the Shades and Taliesyn monos are just fold downs from the stereo mixes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jens Dalsgaard on 31 Oct 2014
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A lovely box set. It is obvious a lot of care has been put into it. The CDs comes in replica sleeves of the real LP albums and everything looks nice. There is a very tasteful booklet with the history of the and at the time and it is so detailed it took me an hour to read. There are even an interesting interview with Nick Simper (who comes across as a pretty bitter man) and the producer of the albums (who apparently doesn't gives a rats a** as it was only work to him.) A little sad as it seems the box has been put together by devoted fans and they had deserved better. About the CDs. The first two albums are also included in mono. The sound is fine but I cannot figure out if the mixes are ture mono or just fold downs. There is no mono version of the tird album as it was never relased that way. The mono albums are in my opinion for completists only. Nice to have but not essential. The streo album have been remastered in 2014 and they sound really, really good. They are the best sounding versions I have heard so far. The bonus tracks are a bit disappointing. They can mostly be found on the remasters from 2000 or on 'The BBC Sessions 1968-1970.' The only new and previously unreleased tracks are 'Why Didn't Rosemary' (Early instrumental take), an early version of 'Bird Has Flown' and an untrimmed version of 'Blind'. Apart from being a 2003 remix it has about 5 seconds of studio noise at the beginning. Not really any big deal and I could still have lived a happy life without this track. There is, however, an excellent 2012 stereo mix of 'Emmaretta' which is worth to take into consideration as it has an untrimmed ending. Only down side about this box set there are no liner notes about the bonus tracks. Why are there two stereo versions of the intrumental 'Playground'?Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dpv on 9 Sep 2014
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There are gatefold sleeves for "The Book Of Taliesyn" and "Deep Purple", American and UK sleeves for "Shades Of Deep Purple" and "The Book Of Taliesyn".
The sound is very good. Nice booklet includes new interview with Derek Lawrence and Nick Simper.
Unfortunately there is no sound of footsteps in the end of "Shades Of Deep Purple" stereo version.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Simpson on 1 Aug 2014
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This set is the best mastering on Cd for this release I have ever heard, better than the original Japan release, the last remasters used to much noise reduction !!
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